Summer Interns Making an Impact on MCLP

The Multicultural Leadership Program is hosting three summer interns, hailing from Illinois Wesleyan University and Heartland Community College, who are lending their unique skills to MCLP while also gaining valuable hands-on experience with an established non-profit.

Josie Blumberg is this summer’s Development Intern for MCLP. A senior international studies major at Illinois Wesleyan University, Josie brings to MCLP her prior experience as a development intern for a similar organization in Washington, D.C. “I look forward to not only utilizing and strengthening the skills I developed during my internship position in D.C., but I also hope to continue to gain new skills and new experiences that will help me to work internationally in the nonprofit sector when I graduate,” she said. Josie’s work this summer has involved managing MCLP’s database of contacts, grant writing, and expanding donor outreach and sponsorships.

This summer’s Writer and Editor Intern is Rachel McCarthy, an Illinois Wesleyan University English-Writing major from Riverside, Illinois. After completing her freshman year at Wesleyan, Rachel is looking forward to put her coursework into action by building her professional experience through meaningful work. “This program fundamentally changes people’s lives,” said Rachel after learning about MCLP through IWU’s career center. “I’d like to be a part of that transformative experience in any way I can.” Rachel’s experience writing press releases and feature stories for IWU’s Office of Communications has informed her work with MCLP’s news, print media, social media, and more.


Micheal Powe is serving as MCLP’s Administration Intern this summer. A native of Centralia, Illinois, Micheal graduated from Heartland this May with an applied sciences associate’s degree in Administrative Office Professional. Micheal was first introduced to MCLP through a conversation with Michael Wolf, an MCLP alumnus and board member. Afterwards, he did further research into the program and said, “I love that they are community-oriented and promote diversity and inclusiveness within our community.” So far, Micheal has appreciated this opportunity to expand on his technical knowledge of computer programs and contribute to the overall success of MCLP.

By Rachel McCarthy

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