I’m Almost Done School and Going to be an Intern!

I’m Almost Done School and Going to be an Intern!

A candid look at the Fundraising and Volunteer Management Program at Humber from hjc’s future intern, Cinthia Bunford.

Pursuing a career in the non-profit sector has always appealed to me. I want to be part of a generation that helps make the world a better place. I’ve spent time volunteering, helping people integrate to Canada, and I’ve seen both pain and joy around the world. After much traveling and volunteering overseas I finally knew it was time to stay in Toronto and begin yet another adventure: pursuing this career.

I came across the Humber Fundraising and Volunteer Management Post-Graduate Program and I was pretty sure this is what I had been looking for. I wanted to learn the inner workings of the non-profit sector as well as the philanthropy field that has been steadily growing in Canada. Humber’s Fundraising Program is a well-known program with a great reputation in the GTA, and the reputation is extending across Canada and overseas.

Six Months into the Program

The program has provided a community of like-minded people with whom my personal and professional ties will only grow. My expectations coming into this program were completely surpassed within the first month. My instructors are wise, supportive, accomplished and have equipped me and my peers with a superior foundation of knowledge.

It has been an exciting, practical, and intense program. With all the theory, assignments, teamwork, events, and opportunities to interact with charities, it feels like I’ve been at Humber for years! I’m extremely happy to have joined Humber.

I believe the program provides a well-rounded foundation of knowledge in the non-profit sector. A few of my peers have worked in the charitable sector and they agree that they have learned valuable experience and a wide range of knowledge at Humber. These experiences would have taken years to come across in the workplace. Humber’s program is for anyone and everyone who wants to enter (or continue) working in the charitable sector. If you’re interested, note: this program is not for the fainthearted. It’s hard work and long hours, and it pushes you to manage your time more effectively.

Transitioning to My Internship

Now, I feel empowered knowing I have a great understanding of the non-profit sector, but I’m also fully aware that there is much more for me to learn. The program has just started to scratch the surface with online fundraising, but in May, my peers and I will learn about adopting and using new technology in the charitable sector. Then, in June, I will be joining hjc as their Fundraising Innovation Intern.

I’m excited to continue learning more about integrated marketing and fundraising throughout the summer. I love technology, and like most people in our society, I choose to interact with causes I’m passionate about through different channels. I look forward to learning how to welcome, steward, invite, and upgrade donors through creative online methods.

posted on May 29

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