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5 in 5! with Kara Teresi, Relationship Manager at Feeding Children Everywhere

January 22, 2013

Feeding Children Everywhere is a social charity that empowers and mobilizes people to assemble healthy meals for hungry children. Good will, volunteer participation, and focused efficiency come together to produce an exciting and meaningful meal packing event. You can find more information on Facebook and Twitter.

Kara Teresi is a Relationship Manager at Feeding Children Everywhere who loves to connect with people and help them discover how they can help in the fight against hunger. Kara also assists in managing the Intern Program at FCE, leading their volunteers and further developing their Human Resources Department.

1. How did you get started in the industry? How can someone who is interested in your work get started?

Kara Teresi

Kara Teresi, Relationship Manager at Feeding Children Everywhere

I first got started in the industry during college where I completed two summer internships with nonprofit organizations. After graduating college, I came across the nonprofit, Feeding Children Everywhere (FCE). I volunteered at a meal packing event where we packaged 20,000 meals for Haiti.

A nonprofit that was both locally and internationally focused intrigued me. I went to Haiti a few weeks later and was moved by what I experienced there. Upon my return to the States, I chose to work with FCE. The best way for someone who is interested to get started in our work is through our Intern Program. We offer Spring, Summer and Fall internships.

2. What’s the future of your industry or job?

The future of our industry is ending world hunger. The need is to put 100 million meals in crisis food pantries at public schools around the US each year. We believe that every child in the United States, and around the world should have sustainable access to food. Our goal next year is to send 50 million meals around the world.

3. What do you look for when you hire an intern or entry-level candidate?

We have 5 key areas that we look for when we hire an intern or entry-level candidate. They are as follows: Professionalism, Experience, Availability, Leadership and Communication.

4. What is one thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression?

Our interns are incredible so it’s not hard for them to make favorable impressions. If I had to choose one thing, I would say interns make a favorable impression when they bring a new idea to the table and use teamwork to turn the new idea into a successful outcome.

5. Can you share a positive intern story and an intern horror story? No names needed…

We have two interns who both graduated college recently. They did exceptional work during their internships. We hired them on as Staff. We have many more positive intern stories like this.

Intern horror story-we had an intern on his first day hit the car of one our top corporate sponsors. To our horror the intern left and never returned.

Interested in interning for a non-profit? Feeding Children Everywhere is currently looking for interns! Apply now.

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