Volunteer Center McHenry County was lucky enough to have Anthony Engle, now a senior at Jacobs High School, as our 2019 volunteer summer intern. Anthony's incredible work ethic, engaging personality and wise-beyond-his-years smarts made him an incredibly valuable asset to our team. As he finished his internship, he shared just one more piece of wisdom for our nonprofit readers on reaching student volunteers. Check out his blog post below!
By Anthony Engle
As summer ends and the thought of school looms over me, I'm not sad or disappointed, rather happy and excited. I go back to high school to enter my senior year on August 13th, and I will greatly remember this summer and everything I did – whether it was going on vacations, hanging out with friends, or my first internship at the Volunteer Center McHenry County.
This summer I decided I wanted to get some practical job experience and see what it would be like to work at a nonprofit. I contacted the Volunteer Center having heard about them online and seen their social media marketing on Instagram. I set up an interview and was able to learn more about the nonprofit and how they work I would do would transfer into valuable skills for me in the future.
I would've never thought I'd have learned so many preprofessional skills in such a short amount of time. It wasn’t anything that a class at my school would be able to teach me. I was able to learn how to make connections and professionally talk to others, whether it was through email, a phone call or face-to-face interaction. I learned about office programs and clerical work. I've helped design leadership programs and held discussions. I've learned how to find grant funding and how to create sustainable growth. All of this I hope to implement into service clubs at my school so we can have a larger impact on our community.
But the biggest takeaway was the importance of nonprofits, not just the big, international ones, but the small, local ones that create huge positive impacts in my own community. It's truly an enriching experience to be able to work with and intern for a nonprofit.
Believe it or not, many high school students want to get out there and do the same thing. One of the best ways to reach high school students is to create a social media presence on Instagram and Twitter – and use hashtags. We love them!
Lastly, feel free to contact schools. A lot of students are incredibly close with their teachers and counselors. If a counselor or teacher learns about a program or opportunity, they'll know students to contact that would have a genuine interest.
I'm so thankful for having the opportunity to intern this summer with a nonprofit. I'm so happy to have gained valuable skills and learned more about nonprofits in my community.
Volunteer Center McHenry County wants to extend a heartfelt thank you to Anthony for spending his summer with us! He made a huge impact on the community and our organization.
Program & Outreach Director for VCMC