Posted: 04 April 2013

Meet Monica Foss, Fundraising Intern

What do you do as an intern here at The Children’s Society?

I work in the regional fundraising and development team. I do a little bit of everything! So far, my tasks have been helping with communications by updating databases, finding contact information, and sending mailings. I dabble in social media, leaflet designs, research and blogging. Currently, I am also working on a marketing plan for the Great North Run in Newcastle!

Beyond being an intern, what else do you do?

I am a student as well as an intern. I study with the CAPA programme in South London and at the University of Minnesota, where I am a public relations major. In my spare time, I’ve been exploring the city, reading on the tube and trying as many different cuisines as possible.

How did you come to do your internship at The Children’s Society?

My internship coordinator placed me here and I couldn’t be happier. I wanted to experience the work culture of a charity, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the warm and amusing people who work here.

In addition to children’s well-being, are there any other causes you support or are passionate about?

The planet! I strive for sustainability in my everyday life and am passionate about travelling to beautiful outdoor places. I hope to see the savannahs of Africa, rainforests of Brazil and maybe a glacier in Greenland before they disappear.

So far, how have you found being an intern here?

It can be difficult not always knowing what people are saying to me (American English is startlingly different), but it makes the day more interesting. I’ve learned that 'zed' is the letter Z, 'naught' means 'zero' and 'cheers' can be used for just about anything.

Some of the more fun things we've taught each other revolve around food: apples and peanut butter are a brilliant combination, and Jaffa cakes are a delicious snack meant to be eaten all in one bite. My co-workers are fun and very nice, and they make the time here more than just a learning experience.

How have you found living in London?

I absolutely love it and would seriously consider moving back here after graduation. The diversity of the people, food and celebrations is something you can’t get in very many other places. I also like that it would take me a whole lifetime to experience all that London has to offer. Not to mention — I do love the rain.

Monica in Bath

Would you like to talk about anything we haven't spoken of?

I didn’t expect the UK to have such a different culture from the States, but I have been proven wrong over and over again. I especially love the work culture, which is much more relaxed and open than those I’ve encountered at home. I’ve found that it’s easier to work towards a goal when I get along with all my co-workers and can operate on a base of camaraderie with them. I hope to return to a job here in London as soon as possible!