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Internship Alum Spotlight- Sarah Trygstad

Upon Graduating in May of 2015, Sarah went on to pursue her MPA, at NIU. She participated in the Internship Program twice while completing her undergraduate degree in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement. During her internship at the Midwest Museum of Natural History, Sarah was responsible for marketing programs, exhibits, and inspiring the community to learn more about natural history.

Q: What was the biggest benefit and/or the coolest part of your internship experience?

Sarah: The biggest benefit of my internship experience was learning about a sub-sector of the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit organizations can have a wide variety of missions and programs. My experience with MMNH showed me the unique roles and responsibilities of a museum such as collections management, creation and maintenance of exhibits, and natural history education.

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

Sarah: Students should pursue internship opportunities because they offer invaluable experiences outside of the classroom, as well as, link what you’ve learned to the real world. Also, with an internship, you have the opportunity to explore different passions and interests. Again, the nonprofit sector covers a wide variety of sub-sectors and internships provides an opportunity to test the waters before you graduate.

Q: What are you up to now?

Sarah: After I graduated in May 2015, I continued my education and pursued a master’s degree at NIU. I graduated in May 2017 with a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management. I recently relocated to Rochester, MN and am now the Events and Communications Specialist for Hiawatha Homes, a nonprofit who provides services to people with disabilities.

Q:Please share any additional comments you have about your internship experience. 

Sarah: I would like to thank the Roberts Family Foundation for supporting this internship program. For me, it was the highlight of my time as an undergraduate and it would not have been possible without their generous support. I can honestly say I would not be where I am today without my experiences as an intern. Again, thank you!


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