Meet Our Summer Interns

Every year Jewish Family & Career Services and the Jewish Community offer several internships for college students either from the Louisville area or who attend local colleges and universities.  This year we were lucky to have many interns who have made large impacts on our organizations and the clients we serve.  They have attended several professional development workshops led by Erin Heakin, one of JFCS’ Career Counselors who runs our Career Quest program for high school and college students and graduates.

 

Amber Fuller

Amber Fuller is the Engagement and Social Media Intern this spring and summer at JFCS. She is a senior Marketing student at the University of Louisville with minors in Communication and Art History. We sat down with her and asked a few questions about her experience here:

So Amber, what brings you to JFCS?

I volunteered here as part of a service project for a Management elective and was asked to come back and intern this spring. I love that JFCS has so many amazing programs and does so much good for the community. I am proud to be a part of a network that lifts people up and affects positive change.

What are you most passionate about learning — personally or professionally — and why?

Professionally, I am passionate about market research. I love that it allows you measurable data to use as a window into the mind of a consumer. I like studying why people do what they do. I think market research and digital marketing is a powerful way to learn people’s habits so that companies can market products and services they want.

How does your internship align with your studies?

My internship aligns perfectly with my marketing curriculum. I have learned so much about the actual implementation and management of SEO, Google Analytics, Ad words, target marketing, creating digital content, storytelling, and engagement. It allows me to be analytical and creative, which is perfect for me. I could not ask for a better fit.

What has been the most impactful experience so far?

I think my most impactful experience has been networking with like-minded professionals at JFCS and other organizations.

 

Lilly Pinhas is our Special Events and Development Intern this summer at JFCS. She is a senior Political Science major with a minor in Communications at

Lilly Pinhas

Bellarmine University. We sat down with her and asked a few questions about her experience here:

 

So Lilly, what brings you to JFCS?

I have been a volunteer at JFCS ever since my Pledge 13 year of community service for my Bat Mitzvah. I wanted to experience working with an organization that I already passionate about to see if I would enjoy working in the non-profit sector after graduating next May.

What are you most passionate about learning — personally or professionally — and why?

I want to more about fundraising because I have always enjoyed fundraising and want to learn best practices. I am interested in learning how to reach out to people, building relationships, connecting with donors on a personal level, and enhancing my overall communication skills.

How does your internship align with your studies?

As a Political Science Major, I have studied a lot about civil rights laws, which relates directly to the important work that JFCS does for our community. I have also been able to utilize my communication minor through contacting people and companies to ask for donations and follow-up correspondence.

What has been the most impactful experience so far?

Seeing the success of the silent auction for the Republic Bank Player’s Challenge, I put together was gratifying. I have also learned many different tactics for reaching out to people and organizations. This is my first experience working in a professional setting, so I am hoping this experience will open doors for me in the future through networking will like minded professionals.

 

Zoe Sapin

Zoe Sapin is the Marketing Intern this summer at the Jewish Community Center. She is an incoming junior at the University of Louisville and is majoring in Sociology with minors in Business Administration and Russian Studies. We sat down with her and asked a few questions about her experience:

So Zoe, what brings you to the JCC?

I am familiar with the JCC community, and I am part of Hillel at the University of Louisville and Bellarmine. I applied because it sounded like an excellent opportunity to learn and gain some real world working experience.

What are you most passionate about learning – personally or professionally – and why?

I enjoy learning about people’s similarities and differences to find ways to help them. I think non-profit work is a great avenue for my skill sets. I am also interested in learning about how the modern workplace functions and gaining experience as a professional adult.

How does your internship align with your studies?

In my Business Administration minor I will be learning about marketing, so having a marketing internship allows me to see real world applications of marketing campaigns. Marketing also ties into my sociology major a great deal! Effective advertising is all about analyzing different types of people in society and tailoring your marketing efforts to your target market. The better you understand people, the more powerful your marketing will be.

What has been the most impactful experience so far?

I have enjoyed getting to write some pieces for the Community newspaper and learning more about the different programs at the J through writing about them. Personally, my internship at the JCC has inspired me to get in touch with my roots and Jewish Culture.

 

Kendyll Vance is our Career Services Intern this summer at JFCS. She is a Junior at Central High School in the Law and Government Magnet Program. We sat down with her and asked a few questions about her experience:

Kendyll Vance

 

So Kendyll, what brings you to JFCS?

I feel like working here would give me an actual office experience and also give me experience working closely with different people considering this is my first real job.

What are you most passionate about learning — personally or professionally — and why?

Personally, I am most passionate about law. Whether it be criminal law, constitutional law, or family law, if it has the word law in it, I want to know about it. Professionally, I am all about helping people. Whether someone needs my input or just some help making copies, I will always be there, and I am always happy to help.

How does your internship align with your studies?

Well for this job you have to have a great sense of responsibility and maturity. These components are the main things I feel like you need for high school, college, and especially future careers.

What has been the most impactful experience so far?

The most impactful experience so far has to be when I get to leave the office and network or when I sit in the Jumpstart Your Job Search meetings since I do believe that it is not what you know, it is whom you know.

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