Katherine Foley.

Empowered Women International - Alexandria, VA

Project Description

Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient

“I now see more clearly the separation in our society due to race, religion, or ethnicity. I notice this separation in the streets, schools, and government.”

Prior to beginning my internship, I was anticipating working with and forming personal connections with the women who sought out EWI’s business training. My experience this summer far exceeded my expectations. Not only was I able to meet women from all types of backgrounds, but I was also welcomed onto the staff as a valuable contributing member. My work and tasks this summer ranged from researching marketing opportunities, assisting in the maintenance of EWI’s online store, and writing about the successes of women who have benefited from EWI’s training. I gained firsthand experience about what it is like to run a small scale non-profit, which was one of the main reasons I wanted to work with EWI. I got to see all the sides of a non-profit: the personal connections to clients, the difficulty to get funding, the joy of even small steps forward, and the complexity of becoming emotionally involved with the sometimes heartbreaking stories of the immigrant and refugee women while also attempting to maintain a professional front. I am thankful that I got to see the good and the difficult sides of a small non-profit; I learned about what works and what doesn’t.

My experience at EWI has strengthened my resolve to work with people who live on the margins of society and who are overlooked. I now know how much more I need to learn about the social problems in our world, and I am looking forward to continuing my education with a Master’s Degree in Social Work.

Project Details

  • Date September 1, 2011
  • Tags 2011, Preston, Social Service, USA

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