Meet D’onna King! D’onna is a senior at Grand Valley State University, graduating in April with a Bachelor’s degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration, with an emphasis in Budget and Finance.
My time with Kennari Consulting was more than just an internship; I was able to learn valuable skills, gain references for my resume, and create relationships with professionals that can be a resource after graduation. I never realized how important networking with professionals was before this internship.
I was able to work alongside members of the grants, project management, and admin teams – I was even able to work directly with the president of Kennari Consulting. I particularly enjoyed working with the project managers because I was able to shadow meetings with clients and attend events. While participating in client meetings, I learned about working with donor databases, researching projects, social media marketing, and presenting in webinars.
During my internship, I had the opportunity to attend Degage Ministries’ Celebrate Community event. This event highlighted the ways I can continue to help those in my community by volunteering my time. I also attended the virtual Young Professionals of Color Conference. This conference helped me learn how to reinforce my personal and financial foundations to weather these challenging times and to continue to build professional success in the face of uncertainty.
This internship has provided a jumpstart to my nonprofit career. When I first started, I had no clue what I wanted to do; now I am walking away with two new internships secured and a career path ahead of me!
It was an absolute pleasure to work with D’onna this semester! We are so grateful for and impressed by her ability to adapt to a virtual internship setting. Among D’onna’s most impressive attributes are her ambition, eagerness to learn, positive attitude, and willingness to take on any challenge. We are excited to see the impact she will no doubt make on the nonprofit world!
To learn more about Kennari Consulting’s internship program, check out our careers page.