Having gained experience in the non-profit field through her work with Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters, Katherine Levenstein ’12 spent her summer working for YES Inc., a global non-profit dedicated to fighting poverty through large-scale job creation and entrepreneurship for youth.
Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., YES Inc. supports 55 country networks across the globe. With support from YES Headquarters, these networks work independently to create unique programs that build an entrepreneurial culture where young people move toward formal employment. Collectively, the global YES Network strives to build the individual capacity of youth, empowering them to create sustainable livelihoods in their communities.
“I chose to work for YES because it is a non-profit organization that is small and locally based. The environment is a great one to work and learn in,” explains Levenstein.
During her time with the organization, she was exposed to a range of responsibilities, from event planning to marketing and public relations. While most of her time was spent helping the organization to plan for an event in November, she also served as the social media expert for the summer, managing both the Twitter and Facebook pages for the organization. Working closely with the marketing manager, she was able to gain insight into the field.
“I have gained useful skills in the areas of work that I am interested in pursuing after graduation from HWS. I have also made great connections with the people I worked with. This internship offered me the opportunity to try out different kinds of work in the larger field in which I am interested in. In turn, I have learned more about myself as a worker and what kinds of things I prefer doing over others,” comments Levenstein.
Levenstein is a writing and rhetoric major with a double minor in women studies and media and society. On campus she has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, helps to run Big Brothers Big Sisters and works at the Cellar Pub. She is also a member of Women’s Collective, The Monthly Visitor and The Herald.
In the photo above, Levenstein enjoys dinner at a New York City restaurant during her internship.