Kathleen Johnson CPP Intern’11


Binder #: 25
Major: Hispanic Studies and Education
Passion: Education & Outreach, Youth
Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters, State Farm

Project Summary: The Community Partnership Program is a very unique internship opportunity for Illinois Wesleyan University students. Featuring a 2:1 split,the internship places the student in a department at State Farm and a local not-for-profit agency. In my particular instance, I was placed in the Multicultural Business Development group at State Farm and Big Brothers Big Sisters in the community. In MBDG I analyzed the 2012 Census looking for growth trends and leading indicators among the three major multicultural segments: African-American, Asian, and Hispanic, and what business implications that growth had for State Farm.At BBBS, I worked on increasing the organization’s outreach to the Hispanic community in Bloomington-Normal, trying to recruit more volunteers to be mentors, and finding a new intern with Spanish skills who could take over my endeavors in the fall and spring. Both corporate and non-profit aspects of this internship provided me with very fulfilling work and by the latter half of the summer began to overlap quite a bit.The CPP Internship on both the corporate and non-profit sides has been a fantastic experience.