Colin Prince is a junior studying Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the O’Neill School with a minor in Event Planning. This past summer, he joined the 2021 cohort of Daniel C. Smith Fundraising and Development Interns at the Indiana University Foundation. This internship was a hands-on and intensive 12-week program that included a book club, a 3-week fundraising workshop, an intern case competition, and other informative and exciting projects and experiences. Colin also had the opportunity to work alongside his host unit, the IU Bloomington School of Education’s Department of Development and Alumni Relations, to create various reports, plan community events, cultivate and post social media content, and engage with donors through phone calls and stewardship visits. See what he has to say about his time in Bloomington over the summer:

1. Why were you interested in the IU Foundation?

When I received word about this internship opportunity, I was extremely excited to learn more about the Foundation’s work as well as learn more about this entirely different section of the nonprofit sector! Fundraising was something that I had been interested in exploring but had never found the proper gateway/outlet to do so. The IU Foundation provided me with the chance to learn and grow and even helped me realize that development work was the field for me.

2. What is your interest in nonprofit management?

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to help others. In high school, this took the form of providing acts of service to my home, school, and community through Key Club International. Over this past summer, however, my previous understanding of helping others shifted when I was introduced to higher education fundraising and development work. As I look to the future, I hope to become a higher education development officer to assist students, such as myself, who require financial assistance and resources to maximize their college experience.

3. How did this internship prepare you for your future career plans?

Before my internship, I thought I had my future figured out. However, things changed drastically after working at the IU Foundation. I realized that I still wanted to help others, but I wanted to shift my focus to development work and fundraising for higher education purposes. This internship provided me with the necessary background knowledge and skills to enter the fundraising field and become an impactful and successful development officer. Without the Foundation, I would have never realized my passion for making higher education a more equitable and accessible experience/space for all.

4. How did you go about finding and applying for your internship?

Surprisingly enough, two different people initially sent me the link to apply for the IU Foundation internship! However, I also stumbled across a LinkedIn post promoting the internship opportunity a few days after receiving my initial notifications about the application opening. Nevertheless, I was lucky to have an immensely strong support system by my side throughout the entire application and interview process.