As the Intern Queen, I pride myself on connecting students all over the world with unique opportunities at amazing companies. Today, I'm kicking off a new feature - giving my lovely interns a sneak peak inside of the companies who post with us. This week, I got to chat with Matt Feldman of Prevent Child Abuse America, who oversees their internship program (among other things). I hope this gives you a glimpse into the opportunites that are available to you - as an intern and beyond!! Enjoy :)
1. What do you do at Prevent Child Abuse America & how long have you worked there?
I am the Senior Director of Marketing for Prevent Child Abuse America. In that role I oversee our branding, special events, corporate partnerships and our Pinwheels for Prevention campaign.
2. What is the company's mission and approach?
Our mission is to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children. Our approach is to help ensure healthy starts for all children, recognizing that child development is a building block for both community and economic development. We know that when all children don’t have equal opportunity for healthy growth and development, we put our future as a society at risk. Innovative communities across the country are achieving great results in preventing abuse and neglect from ever occurring; we at Prevent Child Abuse America are committed to bringing this kind of ingenuity to communities everywhere.
Looking forward we have begun the development of a bullying prevention center, we continue to advocate for a national plan for the nation’s children, and intend to be at another forty years, or more, raising awareness, impacting policy, and activating the public to recognize that we all play a role in ensuring that all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, and happy, lives.
3. What's unique about your internship program?
Our internship program is unique in that we can offer opportunities in seven different areas (Office of the President, Administration, Bullying Prevention, Chapter Services, Communications, Marketing & Research). We do our best to match opportunities with the skills interns are looking to develop, and many of our internships can be completed remotely from anywhere in the country.
4. Who is your ideal candidate? What experience, characteristics & personality traits do they possess?
We don't expect a student or recent graduate to have loads of experience in these respective areas. What we're looking for are aptitude, a willingness to work hard and learn, organization, good communication skills and a team-first attitude.
5. How can students throughout the nation get involved & support your mission?
Good question. Students can volunteer for or support Prevent Child Abuse America at the national level, or match-up with one of our 50 state chapters to make a difference at the local level.
Apply for Prevent Child Abuse America's Summer 2014 internship HERE!