Netiya Shiner and Maria Gomez are Shimer students participating in the Shimer Internship/Mentorship (SIM) Program. They regularly post updates about their internship experiences.
This post is from Netiya, who is interning with the Illinois Choice Action Team.
Hi, extended Shimer community! This is my first blog post (amazingly enough - I think I've been active in almost every sub-community of Shimer except the blog) and I'm excited to be able to blog about an awesome opportunity I've been given this summer. But before that, I should probably introduce myself properly. Hi, I'm Netiya Shiner, and I'm going into my fourth and final year at Shimer College next fall. I started at Shimer three years ago as an early entrant, and I'm studying sociology and natural sciences. I've just returned from an incredible year abroad in Oxford with the Shimer-in-Oxford program, and as mentioned I'll be in Chicago all summer - doing what, you ask? - well let me tell you!
Studying in Oxford at the Bodleian Library for my gender studies tutorial.
This summer, I've been given the opportunity to work with a not-for-profit organization I have volunteered with in the past called the Illinois Choice Action Team. ICAT works to ensure women's health and reproductive rights, particularly among low-income women in the greater Chicago area. The organization is volunteer-based, and working with them in the past I've been able to meet a lot of amazing people who are passionate about serving their communities.
Through my internship, I expect to improve my understanding of the ins and outs of working in the non-profit sector. Additionally, I'll be participating in and organizing various outreach programs, including canvassing at the Chicago Pride Parade and an event at Pitchfork Music Festival this summer (stay tuned for more info).
My internship with ICAT begins this week, and will run through August. For more information about the organization, check out their facebook page. ICAT is always looking for more volunteers, and if you're interested in getting involved don't hesitate to get in contact. I look forward to keeping everyone posted about my internship experience, and I thank the Illinois Choice Action Team, Shimer College, and the SIM (Shimer internship/mentorship) committee for this wonderful opportunity to become more involved in my community.
For now, here's a photo of me on a Shimer-in-Oxford trip to Stonehenge:
Until next time,