Kathy Kelly Long is the pantry manager at Broad Street Food Pantry. She oversees all of their operations, coordinates volunteers, and works on fundraising. Much of her time is spent ensuring that the pantry is stocked and communicating with the volunteers.
She likes to hire interns because students bring a different perspective, and they have different skills that workers at the Pantry don’t necessarily have, such as marketing or web design.
Interns assist in a variety of capacities. They work on special projects that are business, communications or nutrition related. Kathy said, “I usually have a broad area of need, and I work with students to apply their interests to our needs so that they can help us out.”
The Food Pantry takes students from other schools as well as Otterbein. Primarily, they have students from OSU, and sometimes they get students from Columbus State.
For Kathy, Otterbein is close to her heart. Her daughter is an Otterbein alum, and so that is what initially got her interested in Otterbein interns. Kathy said, “With our current Otterbein intern, her photography skills are much different than at other schools. There’s also more of an emphasis at Otterbein on service, and so students tend to understand the nonprofit world a little more.”
Kathy’s advice for students going through the interview and application process is that they should have a good sense of what they could contribute to the nonprofit world. They should be able to communicate their values, what they find important, and what they could bring to the organization.
During the actual internship, Kathy thinks it’s very important for the intern to communicate regularly with his/her supervisor. She also encourages interns to share their ideas if they have them.
If you are interested in doing an internship with the Broad Street Food Pantry, contact Kathy Kelly Long at firstname.lastname@example.org