Contributing to a community
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2008
Heather Macnaughton ’10 is spending the summer in beautiful Daytona Beach, Fla. Rather than working on her tan, she's helping to relieve the stress of food and oil crises this summer as an intern at the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties. “I thought that a non-profit organization would be a good place to start,” explains Macnaughton, who worked with Career Services to get an idea for a summer internship. “I set up my internship with the Director of Campaigns. I’m getting good experience this summer, no matter what career path I choose.” Macnaughton is currently planning for the United Way’s Day of Caring Kick-Off Campaign, which will take place in August. “I’m involved in the campaign and volunteer departments. I set up volunteer opportunities and food drives, contact companies to contribute their time, and research data for the campaign’s annual report,” she says. “I basically do a little bit of everything!” Her work for the United Way is both challenging and rewarding. “The food crisis is hitting hard, and it’s difficult to help people get used to that,” she explains. “But I like being able to represent what I believe in. It’s very rewarding to contribute to the welfare of a community.” Macnaughton is an international relations major with a double-minor in Spanish and Latin American studies, and is considering adding a public policy major to her list. She is active in community service on campus, volunteering for America Reads and LAO’s Community BBQ. “I can apply the most important skills I’ve learned at HWS to my internship: how to be responsible and how to get my work done,” she says.