Introducing Stefan Van Houwe, Fundraising Intern
What do you do as an intern here at The Children’s Society?
I work in the regional fundraising team, and I receive lots of short and long term tasks from the people around me. These include working with different spreadsheets, looking for contact details, writing newsletters and brainstorming new possibilities with social media. The fun thing about being an intern is that I switch between the marketing, retail and policy departments. I studied marketing in my university, so it’s beneficial for me to experience many aspects of the organisation so that I can see and learn as much as possible.
Beyond being an intern, what else do you do?
I like going out and discovering the city, to just walk around and see unexpected things and places. Other than that, I am trying to learn how to play the piano on my own. I’m not very successful just yet, but I’ll get there.
What interested you about The Children’s Society?
I never thought I would be working in charity, but a friend of mine suggested that I look into the organisation. I chose to work here, because I want to learn as much as possible. Charities are different from any other business, because the motivation for raising money is to accomplish the social task we want to achieve—helping children. It feels nice to contribute to the work this organisation is doing.
In addition to children’s well-being, are there any other causes you support or are passionate about?
Not yet, but since I started working here, I want to do something to make a change. I have always been interested in charities that work with disabled or ill people, so I would really like to volunteer with these kinds of organisations.
So far, how have you found being an intern here?
Wonderful. I have now worked here for five weeks, and I find it to be very engaging. This is a nice introduction to the charity business, because the people are helpful and I am learning a lot from them. Also, I have a good motivation to work here, because every penny we get from fundraising goes towards improving the well-being of a child.
How have you found living in London?
I love it. London is such a diverse city with so many places to discover and people to meet. I like having the opportunity to see art and fashion in so many different styles. It is also nice to travel from place to place and get the feeling of being in a different city.
Would you like to talk about anything we haven't spoken of?
I am very happy to have the chance to be interning here. I am originally from Belgium, and I find working in London to be very exciting. It seems to be far more professional and moving than the various cities I’ve previously lived in.