Jana Clark’s W.I.S.E. experience certainly looks different than what she initially anticipated; typically, W.I.S.E. fellows are given housing on campus for the summer, so students who live across the country can participate in competitive New York City-based internships. However, Clark, an international student, is conducting her internship remotely — from her hometown in Germany.
“I start at 12 in the afternoon, which is nice because I do not have to start early in the morning but because of the time difference, I have about three hours of independent work before anyone else is ‘active’,” she shares. “I work from 12 to 8 pm so it is a long workday, but I always have something to do and have enjoyed everything about it thus far.”
Clark is a communications intern at the Fresh Air Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for New York City children from low-income areas to experience nature through summer development programs and camps.
Her daily tasks include Zoom meetings, writing blog posts, assisting with developing public relations strategies, and conducting social media research on similar nonprofit organizations..
A communication major with a concentration in public relations and a minor in environmental studies, Clark knew she wanted to work for an organization that is environmentally conscious.
“I have always wanted to work in the nonprofit sector, whether for environmental justice or other social justice issues, but to be involved in a field that would allow me to write about these issues and raise awareness of them,” she says.
W.I.S.E. has proved to be an invaluable experience for Clark.
“I decided to apply not only because of the career development and networking opportunities, but because it would be a place where women were empowering women to be their best selves and develop our confidence as leaders in the professional world,” she says.
In addition to being a 2020 W.I.S.E. fellow, Clark is vice president of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), assistant to the vice president of philanthropy for the Sigma Delta Tau sorority, publicity and marketing chair, and a staff writer for Her Campus Manhattan. She is also a student worker in the Communication department and is actively involved in Campus Ministry and Social Action and the L.O.V.E. program.