Jessica on Week 5 of her Winter 2014 Internship

Name: Jessica
Major: Historyjessica smasal
Minor: Sociology
CFS Program: Field Studies in Social Justice

This winter, I am working at Intuit: The Center for Outsider and Folk Art as a development intern. I have absolutely loved this opportunity and am learning a lot about the role of fundraising and grant writing in the world of museums and non-profits. These are valuable skills that I will absolutely use as I transition from Northwestern into the real world.
While searching for an internship, the Chicago Field Studies staff were incredibly helpful. Through this process, I gained valuable skills in interviewing, cover letter writing, and searching for a position that best fit my interests. I now feel a lot more confident in my abilities to execute these tasks, which will be valuable tools in my search for a full-time position.
The Chicago Field Studies in Social Justice Class has been an outstanding learning opportunity. We are only in week five, but already I feel like I have learned value lessons about the Chicago community, its challenges, and opportunities for community development. Our readings and discussions have been thought-provoking, comprehensive, and at times quite eye-opening.
Overall, I am very glad to be participating in Chicago Field Studies for a second term. It has truly been a unique and valuable part of my Northwestern experience.