Give DeKalb County 2022 ReportingJuly 26, 2022
Nonprofit Day 2022August 2, 2022
Wilfredo participated in the Internship Program at We Care Pregnancy Clinic during the fall semester of 2017. He was a Political Science and Nonprofit & NGO Studies major with a minor in Sociology at Northern Illinois University.
Q: What was the biggest benefit and/or the best part of your internship experience?
Wilfredo: The biggest benefit was gaining professional experience that stands out in my resume. I am consistently being asked about this internship in my resume, even when I was interviewing with law firms. Additionally, it gave me real life insight into what it was like to work at a nonprofit. I had to come up with a creative solution to address the needs of the nonprofit.
Q: In your opinion, why should students pursue internship opportunities?
Wilfredo: Above anything else employers want to see experience. They want to see that you have taken the time to develop a professional set of skills that they can use. The time to start this development is in undergrad. It also provides a key insight into possible career choices, my internships in undergrad ranged from Adult Probation, WeCare Pregnancy to interning with Judge Snyder helped shaped what I wanted to do in life. These experiences have proved crucial to my professional development.
Q: What are you up to now?
Wilfredo: Currently I am attending law school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. I am entering my last year this coming fall. These past two summers I have been working at a law firm in Milwaukee called Godfrey and Kahn.
Q: Please share any additional comments you have about your internship experience.
Wilfredo: The funding of this internship from the Roberts Family Foundation was crucial to my participation in it. I had to work during undergrad and without funding it would have proved too difficult to do. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to participate in this internship.
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.