Connor Kockler

Intern name: Connor Kockler

Major(s)/Minor(s): Political Science Major and Economics Minor

Title/place of internship/fellowship, etc.: Outreach Associate at the Jubilee USA Network

How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.? I found out about Jubilee USA through a combination of factors. Working on The Record this past fall I knew a friend who had worked there previously, and I was able to learn more through talking with the Political Science department and my own research.

What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.? My work at Jubilee USA included: drafting and posting communications materials such as press releases and web pages, providing social media support through live tweeting, writing posts and building a social media strategy as part of the social media team, as well as managing donor and support info and contacts through customer relations management software, emails, and phone calls.

What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience? The most beneficial aspect of my experience was learning how to work successfully and productively in a remote environment. The pandemic has been a challenging experience but I feel like I am now equipped with the tools to work well in whatever workplace environment I might have in the future.

What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.? I was really surprised at just how close our team at Jubilee USA became even though all of us weren't together in one place. Through regular video calls and check ins, I really felt like we were able to get to know each other really well and build strong bonds for the future.

How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future? I will definitely be able to apply what I've learned about remote work to my jobs in the future. Working for Jubilee USA also gave me a wealth of knowledge about the non-profit sector and the international financial system. This will be a great help in looking at future opportunities in the future and give me a more informed economic and social perspective.

What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience? I would advise interested students to be on the lookout early for potential internship opportunities. You never know who is looking for interns and what great experiences you might be able to find.