Posted 24 July 2013, 0 comments

Katey talks about volunteering to help young people learn to read, her work here and her time in London

Katey McCutcheon

Katey McCutcheon, our Digital Intern, has been a great addition to our digital team.

She took a few minutes recently to talk about her work, how she has found living in London and her other charitable work.

What do you do as a Digital Intern here at The Children’s Society?

I write and edit content for the blog, update webpages and edit copy and format for our email campaigns.

Beyond being an intern, what else do you do?

I’m a senior at West Virginia University (WVU) and hold a position as a sister of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. I’ve worked in many restaurants, retail and have had two editorial internships.

Besides interning in London, I travel around England with the group that I came here with and our instructor. There is never a dull moment or down time here, but I wouldn’t want that anyway. 

How have you found living in London?

Although there isn’t a language barrier, it’s still a culture shock. The tube system is easier than the New York City subway (which is near where I grew up), which is a plus, but what really has made me fall in love with London is the history the city holds.

Every building has a story and London has remained current on a global scale for centuries by protecting its history but by also embracing change.

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

The WVU London Internship Program made it possible for me to intern in London after an education company placed me. Not only do we work at our internships but the program also has a study abroad element.

We travel and sightsee with our instructor and we are graded on attendance, participation and a paper at the end.

In addition to helping children, are there any other causes you support or are passionate about?

As a sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma we participate in many philanthropic and community service events each year, but our organisation’s philanthropy primarily supports a charity called Reading Is Fundamental (RIF).

I love RIF because I have the opportunity to work with and help children, similar to here. We raise money for the charity through fundraising events, donations and also hold children’s book drives, then we go to local primary schools to deliver the books and read to the children. 

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

Everyone has been really nice and helpful here. The digital team always has something for me to do, so I’m constantly learning new things.

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