After completing a summer internship in Washington, D.C. with the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) at their national headquarters, Sophie Alphas ’17 has launched her career in the non-profit sector. She has accepted a position with Share our Strength – No Kid Hungry, a national organization striving to end child hunger by connecting kids to healthy nutrition programs.
At Share our Strength, Alphas will further advance her skills in development and fundraising. She will work with the non-profits’ “Dine Out Team” by building partnerships with large-scale restaurants as part of the organizations’ effort to provide nutritious breakfasts and summer meals to children who are hungry throughout the U.S.
Alphas says her previous experience as a member of the HWS Chapter of PLEN, and then as a development intern with the organization, increased her passion for social justice and international policy. PLEN is a non-partisan organization that helps introduce undergraduate women to role models, skill trainings and career paths within the public policy arena. William Smith Dean Lisa Kaenzig serves as chair of the Board of Directors of PLEN.
In an article written by Alphas for The Plenary, a blog created by PLEN to support mentorship and collaboration, Alphas describes how the organization gave her the foundation to build a strong resume and start networking. Read the full article here.
“PLEN exposed me to different opportunities and allowed me to develop the professional skills I would need to pursue my goals,” says Alphas.
In the development department at PLEN, Alphas organized internal data, making information more accessible for fundraising efforts. She also worked to identify potential donors.
Day to day, Alphas says she found herself coming back to skills she learned at Hobart and William Smith. “At HWS, I went from class to my job at the Office of International Students Affairs, to volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club, to tutoring elementary school students,” says Alphas. “There are so many moving parts in a large organization and I find myself applying my flexibility to handle different situations.”
Alphas graduated from HWS with a BA in anthropology and sociology. She also completed a minor in European studies.