Northern Indiana Community Foundation Welcomes Interns Alyson Braden, Kennedy Niedbalski, and Miranda Shepherd

19 Jun Northern Indiana Community Foundation Welcomes Interns Alyson Braden, Kennedy Niedbalski, and Miranda Shepherd

Left to right: Alyson Braden, Kennedy Niedbalski, and Miranda Shepherd

This summer, the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF) received funding from the Lilly Endowment to hire interns seeking to gain experience with the Fulton, Miami, and Starke County Community Foundations. Miranda Shepherd, Alyson Braden, Kennedy Niedbalski have been selected to serve as the interns for the NICF this summer.

This is Shepherd’s second summer with the Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF). Last year, she was hired to help coordinate Moving Starke County Forward, another local organization with which the SCCF is affiliated. This year, she will work exclusively with the Community Foundation as Management Intern.

Shepherd is a Knox High School graduate. After graduation in 2015, Shepherd began her studies at Ancilla College. She then transferred to Indiana University South Bend, where she is now a senior majoring in general studies with a minor in medical billing and coding. Miranda plans to be a physical therapist.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with the Foundation,” said Shepherd. “It is a joy to witness the great things that are happening in my community and to be a part of it. I look forward to learning more about this amazing organization and all that they do.”

Braden graduated from Maconaquah High School in 2017. She is a sophomore at Purdue University, where she is majoring in communications and minoring in art and design. She hopes to work in marketing with a focus on graphic design.

“Working at the Northern Indiana Community Foundation has opened my eyes to the generosity and hard work of fund founders and employees at the Foundation,” said Braden. “I love the energetic atmosphere, and I feel very at home working here.”

Niedbalski graduated from Tippecanoe Valley High School in 2017. She is also a sophomore at Purdue University, where she is majoring in corporate communication with a minor in dance and a certificate in entrepreneurship. She intends to open a competitive all-star cheer gym someday.

Niedbalski said, “I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to intern for the Northern Indiana Community Foundation. The people I interact with throughout the community are very inspiring, and I enjoy working with them every day.”

Throughout the summer, the interns will help to plan events, interview donors, and write their families’ stories, write press releases, attend various meetings and events, and help with office tasks.

“We’ve had the privilege of working with many interns over the years, and we’ve seen these young people grow during their time with us and move on to become successful, community-minded individuals,” said Jay Albright, NICF Executive Director. “We’re excited to welcome our three interns this year and to see how their individual talents will help strengthen our organization.”

For more information, contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation toll free at 877-432-6423, or at 574-223-2227.