Internship at ASU Foundation leads to full-time job for 2019 Barrett grad Amanda Alibrandi
An internship has led to a full-time job for Amanda Alibrandi, a Barrett Honors College senior set to graduate next month.
Alibrandi, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in non-profit leadership and management, recently began working as a project manager of content and storytelling for the Arizona State University Foundation where she assists with donor engagement programs for Women in Philanthropy and President’s Club. Her main areas of focus are programming and scripting for high-level donor interactions, and ensuring consistency and strategy in communications to showcase the university.
She got the job after completing the Micheal Boulden Memorial Internship at the ASU Foundation. The paid internship prepares an ASU student for a career in higher education fundraising by exposing them to development fundamentals, product and industry knowledge and allowing them to engage with alumni and friends of the university.
As an intern for two years, Alibrandi helped with programming and social media for Sun Devil Giving Day, the university’s annual one-day fundraising event that engages faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters. She also assisted Women in Philanthropy in its process to make three $100,000 grants to ASU service groups.
“Working for the Foundation has been an extension of my Sun Devil experience. It has given me a different perspective to see ASU through a donor lens,” Alibrandi said.
“To discover this is an amazing place to work and engaging (donors) through events has been rewarding.”
In addition to her internship, Alibrandi was a member of the 2018-19 cohort of the Spirit of Service Scholars Initiative in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions for outstanding students interested in pursuing careers in the public and nonprofit sectors.
As a Spirit of Service Scholar, she received a scholarship and mentorship from high-profile practitioners and leaders as well as education on core topics for public service through seven Saturday seminars.
She also was involved in different leadership organizations including ASU’s Next Generation Service Corps, an organization dedicated to building character and cross-sector collaboration skills.
Her passion for service started when she was a sophomore in high school after attending a local leadership and service seminar through Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY). Into her college years, she continued to volunteer with HOBY and working with students to find their passion and their own definition of leadership and service.
She credits training she received as a Spirit of Service Scholar, her internship experience, and The Human Event – Barrett Honors College’s signature course for first-year students - with propelling her into her first professional higher education development job.
“Having an internship is very motivational and a real world experience. You really have to know what you want to get out of an internship, put yourself out there, meet people, build relationships and take initiative. You have to take what you’re learning conceptually and use it to lead you to your end goal,” she said.
“Human Event was one of my favorite classes. Being in Human Event and building relationships with professors really taught me to put myself out there. I think being able to say I was a Barrett student notified people about my work ethic and high standards.”