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Q&A with Sarah H. | Business Operations Department Intern at The Foundling

Internships present a great opportunity for students and young adults to learn about working at a nonprofit. This summer, a group of interns from across New York City had the chance to see our work in action, collaborate with staff and make a difference in the lives of the people and communities we serve. Each week this summer, we will highlight one of our interns, sharing what makes them special, and recognizing their accomplishments and achievements.


Where do you go to school?


I’m a rising junior at Stanford University. In the fall I will be studying in Washington D.C. for the quarter.


What is your favorite subject in school to study?


Entrepreneurship, Strategic Philanthropy, and Social Impact. I love tackling issues, brain storming, pitching ideas and being hands on.


Where do you see yourself in five years?


In five years, I hope to have completed business school and to be an entrepreneur by starting my own endeavor or by getting more involved with an existing establishment. In addition, I hope to have opportunities to contribute creative ideas, work on teams, and lead while making a positive impact on society as a whole. I also plan to stay active and continue my training in rowing (I am currently a member of the Lightweight Rowing Team at Stanford). I especially want the experience of rowing with siblings.


Who is your role model and why?


My parents are my role models because they have so much love to give to others and they have taught my five siblings and me to do the same. They have instilled the belief that hard work, faith and family are of the utmost importance and that we are empowered to make the world a better place. The dedication to service inspired me to found a service project during my freshman year of college. In Project S.W.E.E.P. (Stanford Women’s Educational Erging Program), my teammates on the rowing team and I teach disadvantaged youth how to use the rowing machines. We were also able to take them to the boathouse which was an amazing experience. I love the sport of rowing and feel fortunate to have opportunities to give back.


What project did you work on while at The Foundling?


One of my projects while at The Foundling has been in finding the contact person who will run the Employee Wellness Initiative.  I love people and it goes to show you how one conversation from your personal life can lead to a major change in one’s work life.  Employee Wellness has been a great group effort and I am happy I could help out.


What will you take away from your experience at The Foundling?


I value the strong relationships I have developed with the entire Business Operations team. They have been such great mentors and strong role models. I will continue to reach out for wisdom and advice as The Foundling is such a supportive environment.


What piece of advice would you tell future Foundling Interns?


Do not be afraid to propose new ideas. Also remember that you have the potential to make a positive impact no matter what your tasks may be.


What is your spirit animal and why?


I would have to say I am a squirrel. I have lots of energy and like squirrels; I like the idea of storing, planning, and preparing. Not to mention, I love eating healthy and I always have nuts with me for snacking.


If you could take a trip anywhere, where would you go and why?


London with my family! I went to preschool there and loved it, but I want to experience it now that I am older. My family is a significant aspect in my life so it’s extremely important to me that they get to enjoy it too.


What is the last book you read, what are you reading now?


The last book I read was Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead”, it’s empowering for women in business and focuses on staying confident. Currently, I am reading “Rhythm of Life: Living Everyday with Passion and Purpose” by Matthew Kelly who is a Catholic speaker and runs a consulting agency which shows you, you don’t have to choose, you can have faith and everything else too.


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