She is currently a senior at Elon University as a Human Service Studies major with a minor in Criminal Justice Studies and Sociology. Kacie gained interest in interning with us after Michael Cottingham, our VP of Marketing and Communications, was invited to sit on a panel at Elon to discuss communications as a profession.
United Way of Greater Greensboro: What’s the focus of your internship?
Kacie Lynch: The focus of my internship, I believe, is to interview United Way donors, program participants, and program employees and create profiles and stories based on each individual’s unique experience.
UW: What has got you most excited about this internship?
KL: I am most excited about hearing each individual’s personal story and to convey these experiences into stories.
UW: At the end of your internship, what do you hope to have accomplished?
KL: I hope to have gained a comprehensive understanding of non-profits and to have created content that can be utilized to increase campaign funding.
UW: What was your first impression of United Way?
KL: My first impression of United Way was that all of the people who worked in the GSO were incredibly driven. I immediately wanted to be a part of this organization, in particular, because of the passion that I saw in employees.
UW: What does service mean to you?
KL: I believe anyone can partake in community service, but that it takes special individuals to actually be engaged and connected with what they are doing. In order to engage and connect with community service, I think that you have to find something resonates within you. You have to find something that compels you, that drives you, that you relate to.
UW: Who is your biggest role model and how have they shaped the person you are and/or becoming?
KL: My biggest role model is my dad as he has always encouraged me to find something that I am passionate about and pursue that. During my first semester of college, my dad emailed me a photo. It said, “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called STRESS. Working hard for something we love is called PASSION”. These words have guided my decisions and have pushed me to discover what I am passionate about, which is helping others and connecting them to resources. Had my dad not sent me these words my first week of college, I might have settled for something I was mildly interested in, as opposed to something that excites me and that drives me to make the world a better place.