Maalik Phipps is a Junior at NIU with a major in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE).
This semester, Maalik participated in the Internship Program and was paired with the Ellwood House Museum. The following is what Maalik had to say about his internship experience:
Q: What projects are you working on as an intern?
Maalik: During my internship at the Ellwood House Museum, I participated in their two fall fundraising events: Wine on the Terrace and the Holiday Open House.
Wine on the Terrace: I helped with the overall setup of the venue regarding tables, lights, chairs, drinks, and planning for the arrival of the event. My secondary duty was to sell raffle tickets and silent auction tickets. I also welcomed guests and collected admission from individuals participating in the event.
Holiday Open House : I helped schedule the live music for the event by coordinating with local musicians in DeKalb, IL. I also decorated the mansion which consisted of setting up Christmas trees, light fixtures, and signage denoting sponsorship from supporting organizations.
Q: What is the best part of your internship?
Maalik: The individuals that work in the Ellwood House Museum are amazing so the biggest benefit of my internship experience has been working with the staff. Also, the mere fact of working in a mansion was quite a unique and intriguing experience.
Q: In your opinion, why should students pursue internship opportunities?
Maalik: Students should pursue internship opportunities because they will be immersed in an environment that will increase professional development. An internship also helps students develop new skills, apply known skills in a new way, and expand their professional network which ultimately leads to more job opportunities.
Q: Please share any additional comments you would like to share about your internship experience.
Maalik: I would like to thank the Roberts Family Foundation. With your support, you have created more opportunities for students, like myself, and have helped us participate in this life changing experience. I would also like to thank you for the warm heart and compassion that you have; with your help students gain exposure to the workforce that would be a challenge to acquire any other way. Thank you for making a difference.