Recent graduate Tess Mailey has always had a passion for women’s rights, and as a psychology major at Temple University, she sought professional experiences that would give her experience in the field.
“As a woman, I think using your power and privilege to uplift and empower other women is not just important, but it is also necessary,” said Mailey.
As she continued through her education, she learned that she was also passionate for nonprofit organizations, and upon graduating in May, she accepted a position as a Development and Fundraising Coordinator for US2020, a national nonprofit organization she will be working for through the AmeriCorps VISTA program.
By having four internship positions within the non-profit sector during her collegiate career, Mailey was able to develop professionally and pave the way for success post-graduation.
Mailey’s first internship took place while she was studying abroad in London. She completed tasks related to marketing for a nonprofit organization, and one of her main projects was building content regarding self-confidence for the organization’s blog.
Upon returning from overseas, Mailey continued her work with nonprofits by interning with a domestic violence center, where she worked on a grant proposal and manned a hotline for victims.
During her last semester at Temple University, Mailey took two internships with Dress for Success and Girls Inc. where she worked with women seeking professional clothing for job interviews, and also implemented a science program for middle school-aged girls in a West Philadelphia charter school.
Although her last semester was busy, Mailey learned a great deal from her experiences and was able to master time management skills.
“Balancing these internships, my job, and classes made me become much more organized and taught me to successfully manage my time,” said Mailey. “I was able to learn so much more than I would have if I just had one internship [at the time].”
Along with the great learning opportunities Mailey received from her internships, she also ensured her success in future endeavors.
“My experiences working with various nonprofits both in the United States and the United Kingdom gave me a much better understanding of how nonprofit organizations operate, and I’ve learned that there are so many moving parts to a nonprofit and you will wear many hats in your position,” said Mailey. “Since I was given the opportunity to do so many different things [during my internships] it made the situational questions in the interview [for my current position] a breeze.”
Mailey will be starting her full time position at US2020 in July. The nonprofit specifically focuses on providing young students with mentors in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.