Recognizing that many University students aspire to a career in nonprofit service where they can contribute to the common good, Seton Hall parents Jesus and Patricia Rodriguez P19 have established The Rodriguez Family Nonprofit Intern Scholarship Fund. Committed to supporting academically gifted students with promise, potential and a bright future, the Rodriguez Family hopes this Scholarship fund will help defray students' expenses, allowing more of our students to gain professional experience while providing important service to a variety of nonprofit organizations.
To prepare for this career, students typically intern at organizations with service missions and opportunities for professional growth. Seton Hall's Career Center manages a large and diverse internship program, consisting of employers from all industries, including for-profit, nonprofit, government and academia. While most employers provide compensation for their interns, oftentimes nonprofit organizations are unable to do so. The Career Center has created an application process, criteria and guidelines for awarding the stipends, which qualified students will need to apply for in advance.
Here are the Fall 2019 recipients of the Rodriguez Family Scholarship:
Scholarship recipient Priscilla Febus interned at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark
Sophomore Priscilla Febus, from Bloomfield, New Jersey, interned at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, where she served as a summer legal intern. In this role, she translated documents from Spanish to English, attended court proceedings and filed documents at Homeland Security and the court office. Priscilla majors in communication and intends to double major in political science, two career fields that would help her towards becoming an Immigration Attorney. She was also selected to be part of the first Buccino Leadership Institute cohort in the College of Communication and the Arts.
Junior Kyle Gaydo, an English major from Boonton, New Jersey, interned at Newark Science and Sustainability, an environmental organization that manages two community gardens in Newark. Looking to increase awareness of the organization, Kyle managed their social media presence and helped revive their blog by writing articles about the organization's garden. His initiatives had the goal of increasing email blast responses and even led to one person buying a share of their produce after they learned about the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. "Through this experience, I learned so much about the environment through a lens I otherwise would have never known," said Kyle. "I went in with next to no knowledge of how to garden, let alone manage one, and I left learning all about that, along with community engagement and social media management. I grew to deeply appreciate an urban setting and the need to reclaim space from industrial capitalism for the people."
Scholarship recipient Sydni Carmichael-Lopes currently interns at kindness.org
Senior Sydni Carmichael-Lopes, an art, design and interactive media major from Hempstead, New York, currently interns at kindness.org, a nonprofit start up based on the research that living a kind lifestyle can improve your mental health and well-being. As a creative intern at the company, Sydni worked in many areas — from big production video shoots to developing social media strategy and content with the other interns. "I absolutely loved getting to grow my professional network, filling it with people who not only inspire me to be better but believe in me and my talents as well," said Sydni. "Working at kindness.org has definitely increased my interest in the nonprofit line of work."
The scholarship donors are the parents of Erin Rodriguez '19, who graduated with honors from the College of Arts and Sciences and is pursuing her M.P.A. degree at Seton Hall. "The nonprofit field plays a vital role in building healthy and strong communities," said Erin. "I have been so fortunate to be able to have had the opportunity to work with organizations with empowering missions. Because I believe so strongly in the influential effects of doing such work, I am proud that my family can assist in giving others the same opportunities I have been afforded."