Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Getting to Know Our Summer Interns

HSP is excited to have two new summer interns on board!

Michelle Clements, who will be a senior at Notre Dame in the fall, and Alaina Pfeifer, who will be a junior at the University of Iowa, started as interns last week.

Michelle is double-majoring in Sociology and Spanish and is interested in becoming a social worker in the Chicago area after graduation. She is interested in seeing the behind-the-scenes, vital administrative work that makes the amazing end results of the projects possible. Michelle is working on referrals for seniors and is assisting with coordinating inventory for the Feed the Kids project.

“I like how HSP focuses on both seniors and children because they’re two very important groups. I’ve worked with children before, but I don’t have much experience with seniors,” Michelle explained. As a social worker, she’ll need to choose the demographic she wants to work with, so she’s eager to learn more about seniors and their needs.

Alaina is double-majoring in Journalism & Mass Communication and Spanish. She is interested in public relations and marketing in the Chicago area. At HSP, she hopes to gain experience in the field of communications and public relations. She is working with Paul, our Community Outreach Coordinator, to create speaker boards. The boards are presented at our speaking events at various community organizations. At these speaking dates, community organizations hear about HSP, what we do, and how they can help with sponsorships and donations. These boards are an important tool to provide information about HSP’s programs and impact. She’ll also be helping with our summer programs: Feed the Kids, Vacation Bible School connections, and Back to School supplies.

When asked what drew her to HSP, Alaina said, “I think HSP is a really cool organization. I respect what they do and the help they provide for people that need it.”

Both Alaina and Michelle will be with us through August. We’re excited to see them grow!

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