Riley McCabe is in the Internship Program this fall, interning with Tanzania Development Support. Riley is a Senior and a Nonprofit & NGO Studies major, minoring in Sociology and Latino & Latin American Studies.
Q: What project(s) you are working on as an intern?
Riley: This semester, I am working on several projects for TDS. I am primarily working on organizing and creating a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign. I am also doing grant research alongside Jason Michnick, the Executive Director of TDS. A third project I’m working on is creating a social media calendar.
Q: What is the biggest benefit and/or the coolest part of your internship experience?
Riley: The coolest part of my internship is that Jason (the Executive Director) and the Board of Directors are all very supportive and involved! I meet with Jason at least once a week via Zoom, and have attended a couple board meetings and will attend more.
Q: In your opinion, why should students pursue internship opportunities?
Riley: Internships are the perfect opportunity to get a taste of a future career and to really see what that could look like. An internship is also more than just work, it’s a mentorship opportunity. Internships are a great place to learn from mistakes.
Q: Please share any additional comments you have about your internship experience.
Riley: Without the financial support provided as a DCNP intern, I would not be an intern at all this semester. Thank you to the Roberts Family Foundation for providing financial support so I can add an excellent internship experience to my resume!
The Internship Program is a collaboration between the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership, the Center for Nonprofit Studies, and Career Services at Northern Illinois University, supported by the Douglas C. and Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation.