Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Two New Interns Join HSP!

Yesterday, HSP was happy to welcome new intern Michael Thurston onto the team. Michael is currently a senior at North Central College, majoring in Sociology. Michael joins us as a general intern, and, in this capacity, he will be assisting HSP in a number of different projects including interviewing the needy seniors we served for our annual updates on their status. Michael comes onboard our intern team already having some familiarity with HSP and our programs. A few years ago, as a student at College of DuPage, Michael did community service hours with us as part of the College’s Service Learning program. Michael is planning on applying to work with AmeriCorps after he graduates, and eventually intends to get a Masters Degree in Social Work. These goals, and his strong drive to serve others, are what guided Michael to want to join the HSP team. He says that going on a service trip to the Gulf Coast shortly after Hurricane Katrina is what inspired him to dedicate himself to serving others. Michael is also heavily involved with Habitat for Humanity, and even went to Guatemala last summer to help build houses in a remote village. With such a clear passion for service, Michael certainly fits in well here at HSP, and we are glad to welcome him to the team.

          Then today HSP added another bright intern to the team, Byron McGuire. A recent graduate from Elmhurst College, who discovered HSP at the Elmhurst College Job Fair only a few weeks ago, Byron will be working as a Grant Writing Intern. Byron graduated with an English Degree, making him the ideal candidate for writing up and applying for the necessary grants Humanitarian Service Project needs to be a success in helping serve the needy seniors and children of DuPage and Kane Counties. Byron has been interested in the non-profit world for quite some time, seeing as he was involved with First Church’s Outreach House, helping with children, and participating in a monthly food drive. Outside his interest in service, Byron reaches out to many others in his spare time with his very own Youtube channel, where he applies his more creative writing skills by sharing his poetry. Byron’s goal, after HSP, is to find a career that he really enjoys.

        Both Michael and Byron have expressed excitement in starting their internships, and we at HSP are grateful to be able to have them join our team. Please join us in welcoming them to HSP.

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