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Interns at Work: Alee Johnson ’15 Live Like Jack Foundation, Washington, D.C.

“I had an amazing experience working with the fantastic group of individuals on the LLJF board, and the advice and support they offered me was tremendous.”

How did you learn about this internship?

I received an email from Career Development inquiring interest in the internship and followed up to learn more about the opportunity, whom I should contact and the application process.

What gave you the edge in landing this internship?

My passions for the outdoors and working with people were instrumental in the kind of enthusiasm LLJF was looking for in an intern.

Describe your daily duties.

Each day was always different, which was an aspect I really enjoyed about this internship! My tasks included a wide range:

  • Generating and managingsocial media presence
  • Developing blog and Instagram accounts, managing Facebook and email communication
  • Creating and organizing fundraising strategy
  • Planning a fundraising event for 250 attendants in collaboration with the Holleman Fellowship
  • Strengthening board communication and organizational structure
  • Forging communication for corporate partnerships
  • Designing newsletters and potential merchandise logos
  • Organizing contact lists
  • Editing print and digital communication materials
  • Delegating tasks among foundation supporters and board members

What was your favorite part or perk of the internship?

I had an amazing experience working with the fantastic group of individuals on the LLJF board, and the advice and support they offered me was tremendous. For this reason, I also most enjoyed being able to make an impactful contribution to LLJF as a new and growing foundation.

How did you like living in the city where the internship was located?

I loved being able to live in D.C.–it is such a fantastic city! While a large metropolitan area, it offers such a unique atmosphere with its vast amount of green space and sense of southern charm. I also really enjoyed having access to such a great and large network of W&L alums.

What key takeaways/skills will you bring back to W&L?

A great network of mentors within and outside the W&L community is a key takeaway. Communications and versatility are other major skills I will take away from this experience.

What advice would you give to students interested in a position like this?

Be open to learning every single day. You will be handed a wide range of tasks, so prepare and be eager to develop new skills.

Will you pursue a career in this field after graduation?

While a great experience, the non-profit sector will not be the direction I take. However, I do plan to stay connected with LLFJ as a board member and continue my involvement aside from my professional career.

Describe your experience in a single word.

Valuable.

Hometown: Salisbury, NC
Major: Studio Art, English

Company Name: Live Like Jack Foundation
Location: Washingon, D.C.
Industry: Non-Profit
Position: Summer Intern
Was the internship paid? Holleman Fellowship recipient