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Internships at HSP build skills, experience

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  • Two HSP interns Lianne Dottin (left) and Eric Domingo (right) busy at work during their internships last summer.

    Two HSP interns Lianne Dottin (left) and Eric Domingo (right) busy at work during their internships last summer.
    Humanitarian Service Project

Karole Kettering

With college students looking for new ways to get ahead in a changing job market, a number of local students have sought to combine the traditional internship experience with a semester of serving the community. The Humanitarian Service Project (HSP,) of DuPage County, has been working with such community-minded students, for yen years, providing these students the opportunity to both enrich their own lives and the lives of those in need. HSP hosts interns in a variety of fields including, Marketing, Public Relations, Grant Writing, Accounting, Project Management, and, of course, those interested in getting the full "general" non-profit experience.

Karole Kettering, Executive Director and Co-founder of HSP, said "the inspiration behind HSP's Internship Program is to give young people a place to learn and develop the skills they will need as they enter the job market, and give them the opportunity to help HSP's programs to serve those suffering under poverty."

The interns enrolled by HSP throughout the year contribute significantly to the success of all of HSP's projects, which include the year-round Senior Citizen and Children's Birthday Projects, and the seasonal Feed the Kids, School Supply Drive, and Christmas Offering. Through their support of these programs, HSP's interns have an active role in serving thousands of needy seniors, children, and families throughout DuPage and Kane Counties, while gaining valuable job experience.

HSP is always open to accepting applicants who wish to combine their internship experience with community service. Those interested can contact HSP: .

For more information see HSP's website:

HSP 465 Randy Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188.

About The Humanitarian Service Project

HSP's mission is to alleviate the pain and suffering that poverty creates in seniors and children living in DuPage and Kane Counties, Illinois. Last year during the Christmas Offering, 1,636 children received gifts and 150 impoverished families received three weeks of groceries, frozen meats, and fresh produce. With the Senior Citizen Project, HSP provides monthly food deliveries of 100 pounds including fresh produce, frozen meats, non-perishables, paper products and secret pal gifts to 121 low-income seniors. The Children's Birthday Project reaches the youngest underprivileged, making birthdays and Christmas truly memorable occasions for 900 children. Feed the Kids program provides 100 low-income families with groceries and fresh produce. HSP conducts an annual school supplies drive, which sends supplies to the DuPage Back to School Fair in addition to furnishing schools and individual children with necessary supplies.