Westminster students shadow non-profit organizations in Kansas City

BY BRITTANY MORRIS
GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

Last month, several Westminster students traveled to Kansas City to participate in a Shadow Day hosted by Nonprofit Connect of the Kauffman Foundation. After the event, seniors said that they felt more secure about entering the workforce. Shadow Day provided students with a behind-the-scenes look into non-profit organizations and ignited their passion to work in this field.


Westminster senior Jordan Esry chose to shadow Unbound, an organization that serves poor communities around the globe. She described the day as an eye-opening experience.

“It was really inspiring to see how much people at Unbound cared about the work they were doing,” she said.

While Esry did not know much about non-profit organizations before the event, Shadow Day allowed her to learn about various aspects.

“Typically, I just think of nonprofit as the outreach, but shadowing showed me a larger picture of non-profits that I didn’t realize was so important,” she said adding, “It was very interesting to learn about the financials, public relations, and other areas I don’t always think about.”

“Typically, I just think of nonprofit as the outreach, but shadowing showed me a larger picture of non-profits that I didn’t realize was so important.” — Jordan Esry, ’18

Nathan Wilson, ’18, decided to learn more about Greek life. He shadowed Bob London, the national executive director of the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity.

Wilson said his experience allowed him to appreciate non-profit organizations more: “They are a business sector that tends to be misunderstood, and they do a lot of great work. I like how it is a way to pursue public policy and social work without going into the government.”

Both students described Shadow Day as a valuable experience and said they would encourage other college students to shadow as well.

“It is so much easier to learn about an organization when you’re actually talking with the people who work there,” Esry said. “Shadow Day helped me gain more insight about Unbound and the nonprofit sector in general.”

Wilson agreed that the event gave students a closer look at the non-profit world.

“It really helps you learn about the world you may enter and how to best position yourself after graduation,” he said.

“[Shadow Day] really helps you learn about the world you may enter and how to best position yourself after graduation.” — Nathan Wilson, ’18

Other students who participated in the event included: Melissa Buehner, John Lindstrom, Nick Hardeman, Kyle Kroll and Sandra Mondragon.

According to The Center for Career Development, Liz Icenogle, ’05, covered the registration fee for each student. For more information about working in nonprofit organizations, contact liz.icenogle@gmail.com.

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