Finding My Path: An Internship That Shaped My Future

May 7, 2024 | News & Events

As our Communications Intern, Madisyn Reed, finishes her final month at the Community Foundation, we asked her to share her thoughts about her experience. We are honored and humbled by her kind words. Join us in celebrating her graduation in the UWSP class of 2024!

A Community of Support

The best aspects of the Community Foundation are the people and the welcoming environment they create. Everyone here treats you like family. About a month into my internship, I still remember walking into the office and feeling like I’d been part of the team for years. This sense of belonging has been pivotal in my personal and professional growth.

Growth and Discovery

This internship has contributed to my personal and professional growth in many ways. From being more comfortable and confident about expressing my voice in the office to discovering my passion for graphic design. I graduate this spring from UWSP with a bachelor’s in marketing, but after working on various Community Foundation projects and having an amazing mentor, I will be taking more classes in graphic design. 

Looking Ahead

My experience at the Community Foundation has shaped my thoughts about my future career path by showing me that I have a passion for helping people and connecting community members to accomplish a common goal. The people I have met, the relationships I have built, and the connections I have made in the community make this job so fulfilling and rewarding.

Post-graduation, my heart is set on the nonprofit sector, particularly in the Appleton Area. The thought of working for another organization integral to the community excites me; it’s where I believe I can make a real difference.

Advice to Future Interns

Do not be afraid to ask for help or ask questions! Everyone who works here is so nice, understanding, and more than willing to take a few minutes out of their day to help you. Take advantage of the networking events and the Community Foundation’s relationships with organizations throughout the community. I learned more about our community through the Community Foundation than in my four years living in Stevens Point as a UWSP student. I met so many people in the community and became aware of different organizations. I’ve even noticed I’m significantly more familiar with logos around Stevens Point and what their businesses do. 

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