Q: What project(s) are you working on as an intern?
Holly: I am implementing a recycling program on campus, setting up Canva for graphic design, creating media, updating social media, and creating a presentation to give to the board of directors.
Q: What is the biggest benefit and/or the best part of your internship experience?
Holly: I get to start/create projects I am interested in and I am involved in extra events outside the office! I feel like I have already left a lasting impact on the organization even though I am only halfway through. LIF doesn’t have connections on campus and I have already started to create some. I also feel like even after I’m done with the internship, they will continue to use their free nonprofit Canva account to make appealing media and save time!
Q: In your opinion, why should students pursue internship opportunities?
Holly: It gives you real world experience and provides opportunities to not only grow your skills but to also learn to navigate realistic problems that arise. Overall they prepare students for the ebbs and flows of the workforce through resilience and learning.
Q: Please share any additional comments you have about your internship experience.
Holly: To the Roberts Family Foundation, thank you so much for this opportunity and your support. I can see that these internships not only are helping me, but also helping my classmates to learn and grow, too. I’m grateful to be a part of this and make an impact as well as develop as a professional. Thank you!
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.