Each year, The Michael J. Fox Foundation acquires a talented pool of interns who lend their skills to our mission to cure Parkinson's, and experience the day-to-day operations at a fast-paced nonprofit.
Today’s post features a Q&A with Jenna Minetola, a 2013 graduate of DeSales University, who is interning with the Development team.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I start my day really early in the morning with a commute from Wikes-Barre, PA to NYC, so the first thing I do is grab a cup of coffee! Once I get to the office, some of my responsibilities include: data entry, filing documents and assisting with special event preparations. Last week, I was also fortunate enough to help prepare and attend Team Fox's Annual MVP Awards Dinner. While helping our 400+ guests locate their nametags, it was so great to meet and chat with many of them!
What first got you interested in fundraising and events?
At DeSales University, I was heavily involved with clubs and internships that required work in both fundraising and event planning. All of those experiences- along with my degree in Public Relations- steered my career goals in the direction of nonprofit work, specifically in fundraising and event coordination.
What do you hope to take away from your time at MJFF?
I hope to learn as much about MJFF as possible! It is truly a remarkable organization that I will spport years after my internship ends. I know that my time at MJFF will prepare me for a career in the nonprofit sector and I look forward to seeing how my knowledge in the field expands!
Tell us one random fact about yourself!
At an annual fundraising event in college during my sophomore and senior years, I shaved my head for cancer research!