3df60a9Last semester, as I was looking online for internships to apply for, I came across United Way of NWA. While I knew that an internship with a non-profit organization is a volunteer position, I was very excited about the possibility of interning with the kind of organization I would like to someday work for. My friends and family told me that I’m crazy for thinking I’ll be able to work a full-time job, be a full-time student, and take on this internship, but it has been well worth the time-management challenge.

As a Marketing and Communications intern, there is always something for me to do, and I always feel like I’m helping in some small way to make a difference. While some days I do things like cutting out flyers, making buttons, or writing on chalkboards for an event, other days I spend completely on social media. I get to help schedule posts for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as plan ahead and gather information for the spring marketing campaign.

Coming into the United Way office twice a week gets me so excited to someday work for a similar, local nonprofit agency, and I wish I could be here every day. When you work for a non-profit, it’s more than just a job, it’s a mindset. Every person who works here is truly passionate about making a difference in their community. Not a single employee goes home every night and stops caring about the 1 in 4 children living in poverty in NWA, and this dedication is vital to the success of our mission- to provide every child a pathway out of poverty. It may seem like an extreme goal, and it is, but seeing the inner workings of this organization gives me confidence in their ability to reach it.

I’ve only been here for a month, but I’m already very grateful for my time at United Way of NWA. Not only have I learned about marketing and communications, but my eyes have been opened to the number of children living in poverty in our area. I hope to help United Way share this issue with as many people as possible, because together we can make a difference.

Kristen Jenson
United Way of Northwest Arkansas
Intern, Marketing and Communications