Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

A Glimmer of Hope Foundation

Summer 2017

Position: Programs Intern
Student: Sustainability Studies Junior

This past summer I interned at A Glimmer of Hope Foundation. Glimmer is a private nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of impoverished Ethiopians through water, healthcare, agriculture, and livelihood. It was founded by Donna and Phillip Berber, current CEO and chairman, respectively - two wonderful people who have a passion to spark change in the lives of the most needy. Now Glimmer has grown into a welcoming work environment filled with people who love the work they do.

For me, a typical workday had me reporting to anywhere between one and five different people. Originally, I was hired for the position under the Program Development Manager of the organization. When working for her, much of my day was spent assessing program data and helping clean up the foundation’s database. On the surface this task is rather mundane, however I personally enjoyed it as it brought me closer to the heart of what Glimmer does.

On other days, my skills would be used to help the CFO and finance department. Thanks to my good eye for detail and strong background in math, I was often assigned to review extensive budgets. For me, I found the added responsibility of working for the CFO a wonderful challenge that taught me a lot.

Besides that, I spent much of my time researching different concepts for various employees, learning tons about nonprofit operations and development work in the process. Overall, Glimmer taught me more than I could have hoped or expected of such an internship, and I truly will miss working there.

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