Spring 2017 interns

Meet our 2017 spring interns!


Nola Tolsma

As the fellowship assistant at AP, I have had the opportunity to work with and for marginalized communities around the world. AP is a model of a successful operation working to support organizations doing much needed work in their communities. Rather than coming in with an agenda and a budget, AP asks what is needed and works with the locals instead of over their heads. This is one of the many things I admire about Iain and the team – they are not afraid to be humble and do the dirty work to help the job get done.

My work here included helping with the Fellowship hiring process for this summer. I helped post job listings, review applications, interview, set up training, etc. I also helped with writing the Annual report and updating some parts of the website. Don’t be misled, though, while we do work hard, this group is like a family and we have a blast working together (and eat lots and lots and lots of chocolates).

I feel that I learned more this semester than I possibly could have imagined, and I really understand how much of a jack of all trades you need to be to run a nonprofit. I am so so grateful to AP for the opportunity to learn and grow as a person, student and future NGO employee. AP is doing something right, and I am honored to have been a part of it this semester.


Angelique Palomar (sometimes Angelica, mighty mouse, mighty midget or fire cracker)

I became the Jane of all Trade because of AP. From being an electrician to coordinating events, it was like getting to try a new piece of chocolate from a See’s Candy box! As a fundraising assistant, I was in-charge of maintaining the donor database and drafting emails to AP’s massive network. All while getting the hang of Global Giving, Network for Good and Constant Contact, I took on the role of Communications and Media Outreach Assistant. Every day was different, filled with a variety of work from designing graphics, to asking my friends and family in helping with a GlobalGiving campaign appeal. I even learned basic HTML coding! The biggest project I managed was quilt outreach. I coordinated events with solidarity groups from various universities.

I’ve gained invaluable skills, knowledge and lasting friendships from my time at AP. Here I am thinking I would be contributing to marginalized communities, little did I know how much this experience would return to me in ten-folds. I am incredibly proud to be a part of a truly impactful organization. Cheers!


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