Prior to graduating in May of 2017 (and joining the Community Foundation in 2018!), Marc Hooks participated in the Internship Program, interning with Kishwaukee College Foundation.
Q: What was the biggest benefit and/or the coolest part of your internship experience?
Marc: The biggest benefit of the experience for me was getting to see how an organization runs from the inside. At Kishwaukee College Foundation, they gave me the opportunity to observe board meetings and planning meetings, and see how the day-to-day operations were conducted. It was so valuable to see that first-hand.
Q: In your opinion, why should students pursue internship opportunities?
Marc: Internships provide so much for a student. First, it looks great on a resume. Having real world experience can be a valuable asset for job hunting. Internships also provide networking opportunities that will connect you to future opportunities. The biggest benefit though is to be able to test out the career and see where you fit in best. Internships provide lessons that will guide where you want your career to end up.
Q: What are you up to now?
Marc: After I completed my undergraduate degree, I went on to get my Master of Public Administration degree from NIU where I interned in local government. Currently, I am the Grants and Community Initiatives Manager at the DeKalb County Community Foundation.
Q: Please share any additional comments you have about your internship experience.
Marc: When I chose to participate in the DCNP Internship Program, I did so because it provided both a connection to the DeKalb County nonprofit sector and a generous stipend. Thank you to the Roberts Family Foundation for making this program possible.