Senior’s passion for nonprofits reaffirmed with Centre-in-Washington internship
A highly attractive internship program is the cornerstone of Centre College’s study away program in Washington, D.C., now in its third year and thriving. In addition to taking courses on architecture, U.S. foreign policy and international affairs, participants in the Centre-in-Washington program complete full-time internships at organizations that best fit their interests. Sarah Stracener ’15 (pictured below) is currently studying away in D.C. and found her perfect fit at a nonprofit called So Others Might Eat (SOME).
An interfaith, community-based organization, SOME works to meet the needs of those who are impoverished or homeless in the nation’s capital.
“SOME works to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness with dignity,” Stracener explains. “We provide daily meals and showers, as well as dental, medical and optical care. The organization also offers affordable housing units, emergency housing and an education center that teaches technical skills to help people get jobs.”
Stracener, a history major from Richmond, Ind., currently serves as a development intern, so she has been primarily involved in fundraising efforts. Her main project has been helping to plan SOME’s annual fundraising gala and auction, which was held Nov. 22.
“The event raises money to help SOME provide daily services as well as to expand its area reach,” she says. “This year’s gala was very successful.”
Though new to the organization, Stracener has felt that her opinion is still valued.
“I have realized that, even as an intern, I have just as much impact as those on staff when it comes to providing ideas and feedback.”
Moreover, Stracener has long been passionate about nonprofit work, and thanks to her internship at SOME, she is now more certain than ever that this is her calling.
“This experience has further confirmed why I want to go into this type of work,” she says. “You never know when you might fall on hard times and need a service like SOME. Being able to provide the helping hand through a nonprofit of any sort is amazing to me.”
Learn more about So Others Might Eat.
Based on the success of the Centre-in-Washington program, this fall the College launched its latest domestic study away program in Chicago in partnership with the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Learn more about Centre-in-Chicago.
by Caitlan Cole
Inset photo: Sarah Stracener prepares for SOME’s 28th annual gala and auction, which took place Nov. 22 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.