Intern Spotlight – Jake Swick

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Intern Spotlight – Jake Swick

Jake Swick is a Junior at NIU with majors in Political Science and Community Leadership and Civic Engagement and a minor in Spanish.

This semester, Jake participated in the Internship Program and was paired with the DeKalb County Community Action Department (DCCAD). The following is what Jake had to say about his internship experience:

Q: What projects are you working on as an intern?

Jake: As the Development Intern, I work on projects that advance the mission of DeKalb County Community Action. Some projects include:

  • Work with CSBG Coordinator to ensure that documents and planning tools are aligned across the Department to communicate the work of Community Action and to comply with the CSBG Organizational Standards.
  • Assist with the process of completing a Needs Assessment for the Community Action Plan, including data gathering, research, survey analysis, facilitation of focus groups.
  • Gather information and assist with the process of application to the State of Illinois for a 501(c)3 fundraising arm for the Department.
  • Research new grant and marketing opportunities.

Q: What is the best part of your internship?

Jake: The most rewarding aspect of interning with the DeKalb County Community Action Department (DCCAD) is being able to apply my knowledge to make a real difference. I have specifically trained for much of the work I am doing now throughout my nonprofit and community development college education. Being able to help improve the community with my college education while still being an undergraduate student is one of the greatest experiences I could ask for. I feel right at home working with the DCCAD

Q: In your opinion, why should students pursue internship opportunities?

Jake: Knowledge is only half of what is necessary to getting to where we want to be. We also need experience, outside of the classroom, to really gain necessary qualifications to apply our knowledge. Pursuing internship opportunities is one of the greatest ways to gain critical experience in the field we want to make an impact in.

Q: Please share any additional comments you would like to share about your internship experience. 

Jake:  I am incredibly thankful for the Roberts Foundation for making an opportunity, truly greater than money can buy, possible. I hope to one-day help support opportunities like this for future young students aspiring to make a difference in the community.
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