Our third internship post is from Madison, MPP post grad 2014.
Greetings from Beantown! This summer, I am working and living in Boston, MA, and I am really enjoying exploring this great city. I work with the nonprofit Technology Underwriting Greater Good (TUGG) through an organization called New Sector Alliance. Batten’s very own Colleen Farrell (MPP 2012) is also an alum of this great program, which combines training and mentorship with nonprofit consulting services through an Americorps grant. I am working with TUGG to help them standardize and codify their internal processes as they prepare to expand to San Francisco. This means I’m doing a lot of process mapping, performance measurement, and working to implement a new client relationship management system. Hopefully the work I am doing will allow TUGG’s Executive Director (and sole employee) to expand his reach without having to hire additional full-time employees.
While several of my first-year classes have helped prepare me for this work (looking at you, Professor Mahoney), I find that the experience that has most helped me this summer is working with Formative Change Group (FCG). Although I had worked in the nonprofit world before, it wasn’t until working as a student consultant with FCG that I realized just how constrained some small nonprofits are. Resources are incredibly hard to come by, and many nonprofits will sacrifice on things like capacity building and overhead in order to expand programmatic work. This summer, I feel like I am going to make a real difference in TUGG’s ability to function, and I hope to continue that work with FCG next year in Charlottesville.
In the meantime, my next challenge is to find out where the best chowder is. Can’t wait to see you all back in Charlottesville!