Letter to the Editor: Opportunities to work with non-profit groups

Throughout interim, fellow Augustana student Mallory Schulte and I worked as interns with South Dakota Voices for Children, a nonprofit organization with offices in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Voices is dedicated to improving the lives of children through program and policy advocacy.

Mallory and I found our internship experience at Voices to be invaluable in extending our learning outside the classroom and giving us a glimpse of the professional non-profit world.

Mallory, a junior government and economics major, connected with the organization last spring by becoming an active member of its Early Learning Child Advocacy Group. She spent the month of January researching how after-school programs benefit children, families and communities. Mallory plans to stay in South Dakota and wants to have a career involving research around children’s issues. She feels her internship at Voices provided an excellent opportunity to achieve that goal.

As a senior English and journalism major, I chose to intern at Voices because I wanted to gain experience in the communications and public relations aspect of a non-profit organization. During January, I worked to present Voices’ message to the public through writing news releases and working with social media such as Twitter. As a result, I have become a more confident writer and communicator. My internship experience with Voices  gave me experience in the professional realm of communications and provided the opportunity to learn about and become more involved with children’s issues and advocacy.

Any student interested in children and/or the non-profit world would benefit from an internship with South Dakota Voices for Children. As Mallory said, Voices gives its interns the chance to take an active role in working and learning, and it allows interns to explore their own areas of interest with the help of experienced staff.

I found Voices’ staff more than willing to help students achieve their goals. From research to writing, Voices took what Mallory and I learned in the classroom and brought it to life, putting us in contact with people and issues concerned with the well-being of children and the greater good of society.

South Dakota Voices for Children offers internship opportunities in two of its major projects, the Afterschool Partnership and the Budget and Policy Project, as well as in other areas such as research and communications. Students interested in interning with SDVC should call (605) 367-9667 or email the organization at office@sdvoicesforchildren.org.

“Like” South Dakota Voices for Children on Facebook, and follow the organization on Twitter at SDVoicesforChildren.


Submitted by Mariel Ridgway