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  • Sofia Baneth 8:11 pm on March 1, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , First blog, , , , non-profit,   

    Introducing New Spring Blogger: Sofia Baneth 

    My name is Sofia Baneth and I am one of the new spring bloggers for the AU Career Center. I am a freshman from Raleigh, NC currently interning at Machik, a non-profit in DuPont (description and link provided below).

    I am currently a Public Health major and Spanish minor, but I am also considering a major in CLEG (Communications, Law, Economics, and Government) and double minoring in public health and Spanish. I hope to one day intern (or work!) for the NIH, USDA, or on the Hill (do I sound like a typical AU student yet?!).

    But that’s enough about me – let me tell you a bit more about Machik.

    Machik is a nonprofit organization working to strengthen communities in Tibet. Cofounders and sisters, Losang and Tashi Rabgey established the organization after visiting their family in Tibet back in the 1980’s. Machik began when the Chungba Primary School was first built in Kham, the Southeastern region of Tibet.

    Despite its rural setting, the school has been sustained through Machik’s efforts and has successfully taught the children of Chungba. Machik provides the students a bilingual education of Chinese and Tibetan, which has been vital in their development as individuals and the community as a whole.

    Likewise, Machik coordinates a “Summer Enrichment Program,” which organizes volunteers from around the world to not only help them foster a sustainable Tibetan community, but also increases awareness of the issue and what can be done.

    Machik does so much more, but I will leave it at that for now.

    Until next time!

    P.S. Check out my bio on the Machik website.

    Or visit Machik’s homepage.

  • Lizzie 1:03 am on May 15, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: AmeriCorps, , non-profit, ServeNext   

    First Day 

    If I were a superstitious person, I might have turned around before I even got to my first day of my summer internship. There I was, all dressed up in my internship clothes, blending in with the hordes of Washingtonians heading to the metro. I felt like an imposter, as if any moment someone would call me out – Intern! We have an intern here! I walked down the first set of escalators, turned the corner, and there it was – or rather, wasn’t. Not a single light was on. Pitch black.

    I never found out what happened to make all the lights go out. I stumbled down the escalator (out of course) and the train came on time. Luckily, the rest of the day was much better. I met my coworkers, set up my desk, ate lunch in a park, and made it home successfully.

    I am working as a Summer Fellow with the non-profit ServeNext. The organization works to advocate for national service programs in Congress. I’ll be specifically working in Development. Since my focus of my MPA is Non-Profit Management, its a perfect internship for me!

    I look forward to writing blogs about what I’m doing at my job, life as an intern, and working in DC! Keep checking back for new posts.

  • Danielle Wilsey 7:18 pm on February 27, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , final paper, , , , non-profit, real work,   

    Where Coursework and Real Work Intersect 

    So this semester, I am enrolled in a Non-Profit Management class at American. So far, it has covered the basics of creating the articles of incorporation, the bylaws, fundraising, the board and many, many other things! Although the topics change from week to week, there is one long-term project that our professor has us working on which will turn into a final paper: an organizational analysis of a successful non-profit organization. Lucky for me, I just so happen to work at one!!

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    • miranda78 6:12 pm on February 28, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is great you are able to find connections between your career and class work. I find it really motivates you then to see the value of both educational experiences.

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