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Get to Know MANP's Summer Intern

by Jessica Lantos

We are so happy to have an intern with us this summer! Jillian Jacobs has chosen to forego what might be the more typical summer activity options for a college student and is helping us instead with a variety of planned (and not so planned!) projects. We thought you’d like to get to know her a bit! (And as a side note, if you have interns or are considering an internship program, learn how to manage the risks of nonprofit interns.)

Jillian Jacobs

Let’s start with easy. Your school and major?

Colby-Sawyer College, I’m majoring in Business Management with minors in Media Studies and Leadership.

What led you to wanting to serve as an intern this summer?

The biggest reason was because I was excited to get the opportunity to have an in-depth, up-close view of what it’s like to work in the nonprofit sector. To me it’s like taking a car for a test drive: I get to see what it’s like to be a part of my (possible) future career field before I actually have to commit to a real job. It’s giving me the chance to decide what I like and don’t like about it, meet people who have been in the industry and can give me insights I won’t get in one summer, and figure out how well my goals and personality fit into this kind of work environment.

I know that I want to work for a charitable nonprofit (or multiple) when I graduate, but I’m not sure what specific area I want to get involved with. Based on this fact, I knew MANP was the perfect choice for me this summer because the experience will give me a broad understanding of the nonprofit sector, while still being directly related to the career I want. My major (Business) focuses almost exclusively on the for-profit sector, so even though I’ve been studying organizations and management for 3 years, I know very little about the type of organization I actually want to work for (nonprofits). I know interning at MANP will fill in those knowledge gaps for me, while at the same time displaying the diversity of the sector so I don’t feel pinned down by one specific mission area.

I have a lot of friends who were/are interns who literally just made coffee and copies all week, and MANP immediately made it clear to me that I would have a lot of freedom in deciding the kinds of things I wanted to do and learn. From what I understand, that’s not very common, and I’m definitely grateful to MANP for giving me that chance!

Any perks of being an intern?

Other than getting to “test drive the car” I would say the biggest perk is probably the fact that I don’t have to worry so much about making mistakes. Not that everyone is worried about making mistakes, but I feel like there are so many places in our society where mistakes are viewed as horrible things that people need to push through or forget about. As an intern, you’re expected to make mistakes and then learn from them, so it’s a very forgiving environment. That forgiving attitude makes it easier to focus on learning and getting better (which is what I’m here to do!), rather than automatically being perfect at every task.

If you weren’t spending your summer with MANP, what would you be doing?

Spending a lot more time watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Not that that would be a good thing. Being an intern is a much better use of my time.

Graduation looms! What’s next?
The ultimate question! Ideally I’d find a nonprofit organization for a cause I’m really passionate about (most likely LGBTQ advocacy and/or gender justice) and work in some sort of media role (like Communications) or pre-management position. But honestly I’ll do whatever pays the rent – I can always volunteer for social justice causes on the side!

And now for the most important questions . . . Favorite ice cream flavor?

Rocky Road

Your favorite non-MANP Maine place? 

Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth

The best book you’ve read recently that’s not a textbook?

Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell!

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