Q: What project(s) are you working on as an intern?
Madeleine: I am currently working on social media posts, monthly newsletters, and website updates. I am also working on a campaign to empower people with disabilities as well as planning for Band Together, which is an event to raise funds for Opportunity House Athletics.
Q: What is the biggest benefit and/or the best part of your internship experience?
Madeleine: I have made stronger connections within the community and to get a feel for the nonprofit world and see if it is what I want to do for a career. This internship has helped me a lot in the classroom. A specific example of this is in one of my classes we are working as consultants for a small business. The business uses platforms like Constant Contact (mass emailing) and Canva (graphic design). I have been using these platforms at my internship, which gives me an advantage.
Q: In your opinion, why should students pursue internship opportunities?
Madeleine: Students should pursue internship opportunities because it allows them to gain job-like experience which is appealing to employers. It’s also just a great way to network and students are able to explore different career paths and test them out in a way.
Q: Please share any additional comments you have about your internship experience.
Madeleine: Thank you so much to Roberts Family Foundation for your generosity and willingness to give to the community. I am beyond grateful to have the opportunity to build my experience and explore my potential career path. This wouldn’t have been possible without your support. Thank you!
The Internship Program is a collaboration between the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership, the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies, and Career Services at Northern Illinois University, supported by the Douglas C. and Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation.