Interning at the United Way of Central Massachusetts (UWCM)
Name: Maureen Quirk
Hometown, State: Wakefield, MA
Internship Sponsor: United Way of Central Massachusetts (UWCM
As an intern at UWCM, my chief responsibilities include: assisting in event preparation and management, writing and editing press releases, contacting and thanking donors, compiling and updating spreadsheets, and providing insight and feedback in meetings. The majority of these responsibilities specifically pertain to working on the Women’s Initiative campaign.
United Way of Central Massachusetts (UWCM) is the local branch of the nationally recognized non-profit organization, the United Way. The organization strives “to connect people and resources to improve the community”. As the marketing project specialist intern, I contribute to the fulfillment of this mission.
I report directly to the Program Manager for the Women’s Initiative campaign, and under her supervision I’ve quickly learned the multifaceted roles of employees who work in a not-for-profit environment. My supervisor oversees every aspect of this campaign from the administrative duties to planning events that attract hundreds of attendees.
In this fast-paced culture, every day brings something new – a new project, new professional or volunteer to meet, or a new relationship to build. While preparing for the upcoming Dollar Scholar financial literacy conference, one day we’re thanking the donors who support this program and the next day we’re preparing all the materials for the event, and the following day we’re already prepping the initial stages of the next program. My Public Relations class trained me for this active, demanding, and constantly evolving work environment.