In the summer of 2014, Rachel interned with the Baltimore Community ToolBank through The Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Internship Program, “which offers paid summer internship opportunities in the nonprofit sector to college juniors, seniors, and graduate students attending Maryland institutions.” She wanted an internship that aligned with her academic studies and gave her tangible nonprofit experience. The ToolBank provides inventory tools to other nonprofit and charitable organizations to increase their capacity for projects and efforts in the community.
By working with the ToolBank, Rachel’s attitudes about Baltimore began to change over the summer. “I quickly realized there was a lot more to Baltimore than I could have possibly imagined. I was inspired by all of the work each community organization was doing to improve the Baltimore Metro Area.” She witnessed how the ToolBank reached people across the city. She realized “Baltimore is not what you see on The Wire, but a collaboration of neighborhoods lead by passionate people.”
Rachel’s internship gave her a first-hand experience in her future career field, a better understanding of Baltimore City and its neighborhoods, and the opportunity to network with other nonprofit professionals. Rachel plans to stay in Baltimore after graduating after falling in love with the city through her internship and seeing the great social and career opportunities for young professionals.
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