Summer Internship – Clark-Fox Family Foundation
*co-edited by Ella Funke ‘22
My name is Claire Heggie and I am currently a junior at Saint Louis University studying economics and political science with a minor in education. I attended the Cor Jesu INC event during the winter of my sophomore year (January 2021). I decided to sign up for the event because I was interested in seeing what kind of summer internships were out there and I wanted to make some initial connections!
I decided to sign up for a timeslot with the Clark-Fox Family Foundation in Clayton, Mo., because their organization's mission really stood out to me. The Clark-Fox Family Foundation is dedicated to regional growth in the St. Louis area through investments in social justice, immigration, public health, education and more. I stayed in touch and participated in a few rounds of interviews for a summer internship with the Foundation. During my interviews, I made sure to highlight how my work experience, education and volunteer activities correlated with the Foundation’s mission and values, and I got the internship!
During my internship, I had a couple of different roles. My first task was to conduct outreach to other non-profit and governmental organizations and provide them with our resource maps to help them and the people they serve. I was also in charge of increasing camp provider engagement. To do this, I created and managed a weekly newsletter, a camp provider Facebook page and an online resource page. Finally, I worked on data analysis for Blueprint4summer, which is a summer camp database for families.
Overall, my internship was a great experience. My favorite part was that I got to be creative and pitch my own ideas to my supervisors. I also got to explore a field relevant to my career interests and put everything I had been learning in college to use. I encourage all Cor Jesu alumnae to sign up for the INC event. It’s an opportunity to find an incredible experience that speaks to you!