Name: Jennifer Byrne
Hometown: Sudbury, MA
Internship Sponsor: United Way of Central Massachusetts
Primary Responsibilities: As an intern at United Way, my primary responsibilities include: web content creation, event planning and preparation, posting to social media sites, creating marketing materials using state of the art software, updating and maintaining mailing lists, and performing administrative work.
Blog Entry: Interning at the United Way of Central Massachusetts has given me the opportunity to assist in planning and preparing for events that improve the lives of people in the community. Before beginning my internship, I assumed the United Way was only a fundraising organization. However, I have found that the United Way focuses on connecting people with the resources they need to be successful. They work with agencies and volunteers to identify immediate problems and generate solutions to the more pressing needs facing the community.
United Way has a fun, fast-paced environment and has helped me to gain valuable interpersonal communication skills. In addition, working on several projects at a time has increased my time management and event management skills.
The main events I have been preparing for are the Dollar Scholar Conferences coming up in March. These events are sponsored by the Women’s Initiative and help raise financial literacy awareness for 8th grade girls. The goal of the program is to set the stage for these teenage girls to become responsible and confident in their personal finances.
Prior to this, I interned at Mattel doing activities such as inventory management, business planning and analysis, and sales forecasting. United Way, a non-profit organization, has provided me with an opportunity to experience event planning and marketing. It is inspiring to work with the employees at United Way, who are so passionate about making a difference in the community and truly believe in the valiant mission of the organization.