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Austin Parks Foundation


Spring 2021

Position: Programs Intern
Student: Georgraphy & Sustainability Studies Senior 

Austin Parks Foundation’s mission is to create and maintain parks, trails, and green spaces in Austin through programs that encourage the positive use of public spaces in neighborhoods across the city. This non-profit empowers community leaders and connects with different communities across Austin to educate them about the parks and resources to promote healthy environmental change and sustainability. I found this position after exploring student’s past internship opportunities on the Department of Geography & the Environment page. As a Programs Intern, I am responsible for supporting the programs team with a range of administrative tasks, community outreach, and volunteer program support. I help to identify community or corporate events that align with the organization's mission, find events for participation by our volunteers, and manage APF's volunteer management tool (GivePulse). Furthermore, I support the Park Developer and Outreach Manager with community input events such as surveying, gathering and organizing data, and creating reports for planned park improvements. Lastly, I identify neighborhood stakeholder groups and maintain close contact with community leaders to create successful volunteer projects. My favorite part about being on the APF team is that I can see the direct impact my work makes on the local community and I get to learn about the various parks in Austin that make the city so great!

Summer 2019

Position: Development and Events Intern
Student: Philosophy & Sustainability 

The Austin Parks Foundation(APF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining and preserving Austin's Parks and recreational spaces. "The Challenge" that APF describes in their mission, is the substantial funding gap in the city of Austin's Budget and the green spaces within city limits. Despite having some of the most dedicated land for parks spaces, the City of Austin has fallen flat in providing accessibility to parks and maintaining them, calling on non-profits like APF to the cause. Specifically, APF focuses on what they call the "Eastern Crescent," a geographical area of the city's least funded parks in East Austin, a neighborhood that has seen rapid growth and development in recent years. With an office situated in the heart of East Austin, APF's work includes transforming abandoned parks, putting on community events for Austin residents (including being the main beneficiary of Austin City Limits), and providing grants to neighborhoods and small organizations to help improve their parks.

The Development and Events Intern works primarily to provide stewardship and operational support to the Development team of APF. Daily tasks include stewarding third-party organizations and corporate sponsorships, maintaining relationships with donors and volunteers through seasonal greeting cards and managing constituents and data in a customer relations system. This role requires the intern to be flexible in terms of assignments, as tasks are often delegated from numerous people in the office, specifically in regards to managing donor data. Additionally, this internship requires the intern to represent APF when stewarding, often meeting with representatives from other organizations to discuss sponsorship details. 


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