Natalie is an alum of the DCNP Internship Program where she interned with Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association and Network of Nations. She currently works as the Community Events Manager for Marklund. Here is what Natalie had to say about her internship experience and how it impacts her today:
Q: How did the Internship Program assist you in your search for a professional job?
I truly believe that I would not be where I am professionally if I did not participate in the DCNP Internship Program. This Program has, hands down, given me the professional experience that employers are looking for when searching for a new candidate in their organization. Personally, I was able to obtain an amazing position after my first interview post graduation because my internships provided me with so many amazing experiences to reflect on.
Q: How do you use the experience you gained in your internship in your career now?
The DCNP Internship Program has given me important hands-on experience working in a nonprofit that every student should have before entering the work world. My internships specifically allowed me to build on my fundraising, community building, and event planning skills that are now crucial in my current position.
Q: What impact has the Internship Program had on the person you are today?
The Internship Program has influenced me greatly. Aside from the amazing experience I gained from the program, I have built life-long relationships with my organizations and the DeKalb community. Serving a wide range of demographics has ultimately opened my eyes to worlds that I was once unaware of.
Q: Please share any additional comments you have about our internship experience.
Thank you to the Roberts Family Foundation! I will forever be thankful for how the Internship Program has built me professionally and personally.