Since June of 2023, I have had the joy of managing the Nonprofit Internship Program that had previously been guided and grown by TPF Fellows Abby Rolland, Connor LaGrange, and Kellie Alexander. This opportunity for students in the Philanthropic Studies Program at Indiana University- Indianapolis to participate in an internship opportunity with a nonprofit here in the Suncoast is made possible through our collaboration with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. These internship opportunities are paid, fully remote positions with The Giving Partner organizations in Manatee, DeSoto, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties.

This program is continually evolving and we are always seeking unique and engaging internship profiles from our nonprofit partners. The Patterson Foundation’s Advancing Philanthropic Leadership team is glad for the continued growth of this program and for the unique professional experiences students are able to have while participating in this program. We look forward to continuing to grow and expand the impact of this program.

This semester we are pleased to share that we have three remarkable interns at three new organizations here in the Suncoast region.

La’Kanyere Harrison-Patton is a second-year M.A. student at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and serves as the Donor Engagement Analyst Intern at United Way of Charlotte County under the guidance of Family Empowerment Director Jill Swan and Resource Development Director Kristen Syzch. United Way of Charlotte County is an organization driven by a desire to transform local lives by mobilizing the power of community to break the cycle of poverty.

Zoie Algers is pursuing her B.A. in Philanthropic Studies and is the Fundraising/Event Coordinator Intern at All 4 the Members, working with Sponsorship Director Susan Vipond. All 4 the Members is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming senior care and assisting the aging population with aging in place for as long as possible.

Nazmul Haque is a second-year M.A. student at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and will take on the role of Development Associate Intern at Senior Friendship Centers alongside Chief Development Officer Declan Sheehy. Senior Friendship Centers seeks to build vibrant communities by advancing wellness, connection, and enrichment throughout the journey of aging.

As the Nonprofit Internship Program continues to develop, it is with great excitement that I look forward to learning from these three interns and organizations about their experiences this semester and continue to think about ways that this program can continue to grow.


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