A victory in her journey toward a career in nonprofit organizations, Rebecca McDonald ’18 is interning at the Fred L. Emerson Foundation in Auburn, N.Y., this summer. At the foundation, which administers grants to non-profit organizations in Upstate New York, McDonald is collaborating on potential grantee research, digitizing records and familiarizing herself with grants management software.
“My ultimate career goal is to find work that integrates community service and advocacy, especially in education and the arts,” says the economics major, who has developed her commitment to the community through work with the HWS chapter of America Reads and the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival.
McDonald also credits the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education for facilitating a greater familiarity with the non-profit sector through its job shadow program, which led McDonald to spend a day at Ithaca College’s Office of Institutional Advancement. Finding a sense of duty in the promotion of higher education, McDonald is also working in the HWS Office of Advancement this summer in a part-time position.
“Experiencing these different work environments is extremely helpful in gaining a wider view of the non-profit, development and philanthropic sectors,” she says.
McDonald, who transferred to HWS from Cayuga Community College in the fall, is a member of the Public Leadership Education Network, the only national organization dedicated to preparing collegiate women for leadership in public policy.
“Before coming to HWS I had a general idea regarding my desire to work in the non-profit field, but through my experience gained this past year, I’ve been able to narrow that focus and gain real opportunities to work in both development and the philanthropic sector,” McDonald says.