Emily is a Senior at Northern Illinois University who is majoring in Political Science. She is interning at Kishwaukee United Way through the DCNP Internship Program for the Fall 2019.
Here is what Emily had to say about her internship experience so far:
Q: What projects are you working on as an intern?
Emily: As the intern for Kishwaukee United Way, I have been working on their biggest fundraiser of the year, Taste: Bottles & Brews. I have requested online donations as well as donations from local businesses by going door to door. I also am in charge of tagging each donation that will be used in the silent auction.
Q: What is the biggest benefit and/or the coolest part of your internship experience?
Emily: Going into this experience I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought most of my time would be sitting at a desk. I was surprised at how much I have been included in meetings and trainings that have supplied me with lots of networking opportunities. It has allowed me to connect with people around the nonprofit community in a professional way.
Q: In your opinion, why should students pursue internship opportunities?
Emily: I think all students should pursue an internship during their academic career. They supply so many opportunities and sharpen skills that will be used in the professional world after graduation.
Q: Please share any additional comments you have about your internship experience.
Emily: I want to thank the Roberts Family Foundation for their generous financial support. With your support, I received a stipend through my internship. This experience has been very eye opening and humbling. I’m truly thankful for this experience and feel more prepared for my professional career after graduation.