National Volunteer Month Spotlight: Sydney Schultz

Sydney Schultz, an International Studies major at Pepperdine University and CIANA’s Digital Communications Intern, has been helping provide clients with resources and information to help navigate the pandemic since January 2021.

What made you want to intern with CIANA, and particularly in Communications?

As soon as I saw this internship opportunity to help integrate new Americans, I knew it would be a perfect fit. I absolutely love engaging with diverse populations and since the COVID-19 pandemic made this internship online, it was possible for me to support CIANA’s mission even from out-of-state.

The Communications experience has been a great combination of applying my advocacy background into the digital publications sphere to serve our clients. Each day, I am constantly learning about what resources are needed in the Queens immigrant community, and how to best communicate with these individuals. The skills and knowledge I have gained from this work will definitely help me as I pursue similar fields after graduation. Interning, especially in this field and with CIANA, is so rewarding because I can serve others, which I am committed to doing in the future. <