This week at
HSP we’ve been lucky enough to welcome, not one,
but three new interns to our intern team. These interns will be utilizing the
skills they are currently studying in school to help serve the needy seniors
and families in HSP’s programs,
while also gaining valuable experience about working in the non-profit world.
We are very excited to be hosting these students for their internships, and
would like to introduce you to them.
First up we have Melinda Hernandez who joins us from
At Elmhurst College Elmhurst,
Melinda is studying English with a minor in Intercultural Studies. Melinda says
she is looking forward to applying her writing skills in a professional setting,
and is looking forward to her experience at HSP
a great deal. Melinda will be contributing to HSP
by writing HSP’s publications as
well as interviewing and writing “updates” about the impoverished seniors in
our Senior Citizen Project. Once she graduates, Melinda hopes to work in Public
Relations, and is also an aspiring author. Outside of work and school, she says
she enjoys cooking, sketching, and is quite an avid reader.
Secondly, we would like to introduce Lydia Gantz a student from
College Lydia is an
English major and is also pursuing a minor in Sociology. Lydia plans on
working in the non-profit industry after graduating, which she says is what
motivated her to apply for the internship at HSP.
She says she is looking forward to getting the “in the trenches” experience of
how a non-profit operates. Lydia
will also be working on “senior updates” and contributing in other ways to
meeting the needs of the impoverished seniors and children in our programs.
Outside of school, Lydia
volunteers with refugee children in Wheaton,
and is an amateur percussionist.
Believe it or not, we welcomed a second
to HSP this week as well, Lydia
Medina, a student of the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Lydia is
training to become an Art Therapist at Adler, and comes to HSP to complete her “Practicum” for her degree. Lydia will be
spending her time on the senior update project, interviewing the needy seniors
in our project. These updates will better HSP’s
knowledge on the seniors’ needs and current situation. Lydia says she
hopes to work with children and seniors in her future career as an art
therapist, and is looking forward to working directly with our clients. As one would
expect from her career choice, Lydia
is very interested in art, but she’s also very interested in cooking, fitness,