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Nonprofit Internship Program: Highlighting Our Fall 2023 Interns and Organizations

Posted on October 11, 2023 by Avery Crews Prado de Lima, TPF Fellow 2023/24
In July of 2023, I had the privilege of managing the Nonprofit Internship Program that TPF Fellows Abby Rolland, Connor LaGrange, and Kellie Alexander had previously led. This opportunity exists in collaboration with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and seeks to connect students at the school with opportunities at nonprofits in the Suncoast region. These internship opportunities are paid, fully remote positions with The Giving Partner organizations in Manatee, DeSoto, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties. This program is especially exciting for me to work on as I participated in two internships (Neuro Challenge Fall 2021 and Lemur Conservation Foundation Fall 2022) while pursuing my master's degree from the school.

It is such a full circle moment, from starting my first internship two years ago to welcoming new interns and organizations into the program this fall. We are so excited about the continued growth of this program, the partnerships created with nonprofits here in the Suncoast region, and the unique professional experiences students can have while participating.

This semester, we are delighted to introduce three new interns:
Laurel Granfield is an undergraduate student at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and she will be serving as the Communications Engagement Intern at FUNducation under the guidance of Executive Director Neirda Thompson-Pemberton. FUNducation is an organization that empowers youth to be tomorrow's innovators through education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.).

Manal Alshiekh is a second-year student in the Master's Degree Program at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and will take on the role of Donor Engagement Analyst at Take Stock in Children of Manatee County alongside CEO Anne LeBaron and the Community Liaison Ann Colonna. Take Stock in Children of Manatee County seeks to offer deserving students scholarships, mentorship, and a beacon of hope, enabling them to realize success throughout their college journey and in all aspects of their lives.

Kimberly Hesterman is pursuing her B.A. in Philanthropic Studies. She will be the Legacy Giving Plan Analyst at Resilient Retreat, working with Executive Director Lisa Intagliata and Director of Development & Donor Relations Stacy Quaid. Resilient Retreat is a nonprofit that provides free, trauma-informed programs for survivors of abuse, first responders, and helping professionals to heal the impacts of trauma on the mind, body, and spirit.

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 this can continue to grow.

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