My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Self-Help International, Waverly, IA, USA
I was the Communications and Development Intern at Self-Help during the Spring 2019 semester. First and foremost, Self-Help is an awesome and selfless organization that does incredible work abroad. Since I was responsible for editing various blog posts, I often read stories of those involved in Self-Help’s programs, and the stories are truly inspiring. Self-Help is not a relief organization, but helps people help themselves, as their mission states. Interning here has solidified my love for nonprofits.
As far as interning goes, I had freedom in the tasks I did, such as fundraising and writing. If I asked to work on something new that would benefit the organization, I would usually be given the flexibility to do that. Megan was a great mentor that taught me new tasks, and she is approachable and willing to answer any questions (and I had many questions). I edited blog posts; wrote social media posts; wrote material for the sponsorship packet; wrote “A Recipe for Healing our World” 60th Anniversary Gala program; spent time researching, calling, and organizing the silent raffle, and more. I was even able to create a video story for the 60th Anniversary Gala (link below). Consequently, interning here was a great professional growth opportunity for me. I recently accepted a job offer as an Event Coordinator in Minneapolis in which I work with nonprofits, and I know my experience with Self-Help helped me secure this job.
A con is that it is an unpaid internship (but it IS a nonprofit, and maybe potential interns could ask about a stipend or ask about scholarships from their college). The other con is the downtime you may have. This might be a con for others, but I was good at finding areas the organization could improve upon and areas of research (the silent raffle, imagining a google ads campaign, etc.) I could do to fill this time, though, and I really enjoyed that.
Lastly, the people here are pretty great. Susan has awesome stories, her husband Jeff is funny and sweet when he stops in, and the list goes on. It’s a small office, and it will feel more like a family when you’re done.