Working as an intern at The Mohawk – Hudson Land Conservancy gave me the opportunity to develop my communication skills and business knowledge. My primary experience as a development and marketing intern included contacting local business, conducting competitive research in the organization's community, event planning and preparation, and creating databases to aid in everyday functions and fundraising. I was also tasked with aiding in the expansion of community outreach and coming up with creative ways to attract supporters. Given that I am considering a potential career in nonprofits, it was beneficial to have an inside look to help me decide whether I would want to pursue this avenue. While at Mohwak-Hudson I completed two separate mass mailings, directly contacted over 100 local business owners, created six different databases comprised of information useful for marketing and assisted in the planning of two events. I also designed and implemented an instructional guide for the Board of Directors on utilizing the organization's calendar system. I was able to apply the knowledge and skills that I obtained from courses in my Business Administration program.
Lea Montalto-Rook, Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, Internship Supervisor
Barry worked on a variety of projects over the three months that he was with MHLC. He was immersed in the world of small nonprofit and performed well on all tasks assigned. Barry was able to work on projects with minimum supervision, which was a great asset to our little organization. He learned about nonprofit fundraising, advocacy, communications, and events. The work that Barry performed this semester was essential to moving the organization forward. He assisted with several fundraising efforts and completed several important projects for our Summer Solstice celebration, a community fair designed to raise awareness for MHLC and the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail. We were delighted to have him with us this semester.