Lydia Singerman.

Masakhane Center - Newark, NJ

Project Description

Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient

“I worked for a small and relatively new non-profit organization that focused on providing a comprehensive education regarding sex and sexuality to the underprivileged and underserved Newark community.”

Due to the small scale of the organization I had the opportunity to see the inner workings of a non-profit and get first hand experience. The internship was extremely hands on and based around experiential learning. In addition I was able to gain a more comprehensive background in different topics regarding sex and sexuality as well as current events concerning the New York and New Jersey area.

This summer I was able to accomplish the following: designing and teaching a workshop series, managing a social media site, and assisting in the planning of a fundraising event. Due to the small size of the organization and its lack of funding I sometimes found the organization to be unorganized and unreliable. Though I enjoyed my experience sometimes I found the work environment and expectation frustrating given the circumstances but overall the challenges presented acted as learning opportunities. The hands on experience and independence provided an invaluable lesson.

I know the background, insight, and knowledge that I gained will feed into what career path I choose. This was my first time working for a non-profit and the knowledge and experience I gained is invaluable to my future work. In addition I have gained the background knowledge to work with women reproductive health organizations.

Project Details

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

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