Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Helping Hand Home for Children

Fall 2017

Position: Development Intern
Student: Humanities Senior

As an intern at Helping Hand Home for Children, I work with members of the development department each day. I also have a semester-long marketing project that I am working on daily as well. A few people I work with most directly are the development coordinator and director, the development associate who deals with fundraising and donations, and the events manager. Each day is different, but mostly consists of work with these employees. I work with the donor database and help create thank you letters and donation request letters. I sometimes run errands for the events manager doing things like getting supplies for invitations, gifts, and other items for the events. An example is going to pick up items for the rider of Jimmy Wayne, who was a speaker at a major event, Champions for Children, for the home. I also help with internal events in the home like meetings for the gala participants and social events for the society members.

As a day to day description, I work three days a week. I come in and say hello, and then I check my emails and usually I will have messages from coworkers asking for help with things they need like letters or entering information into a database. If any additional help is needed, all the offices are close together so people will just come to me and ask me to help with something. Some tasks are not the most exciting, like making labels and making copies, but they are very relevant and are the kinds of things the development team would be doing without me. But a lot of tasks are important, like helping with information in the database or marketing materials (which is my specialty so they try and give me tasks related to this mostly). If I don’t have other tasks to work on, I work on my marketing packet, which will be provided on tours to potential donors of the home after I leave. All in all, the development team has worked with me to show me the function of nonprofit development, and has really tried to get to know me and give me assignments based on my skills and interests. I have really enjoyed my internship at Helping Hand Home and I would recommend interning with this wonderful organization. 

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