Major in English with a minor in African American Studies, class of 2009
Through co-op and other forms of experiential education, English majors have the opportunity to explore their interests, enrich their academic education, and make a meaningful contribution to their community. Caitlyn Keckeissen is an Honors student who has participated fully in Cooperative and Experiential education and serves as a role model to other students who might wonder, “What can you do with an English major?”
Caitlyn has completed two co-ops and was honored with the Community Service Leadership Award in 2006 as well as the American Eagle Spirit of Service Award in 2008 for her commitment to service in the Boston area. In addition to her co-ops, Caitlyn has served as a Service-Learning Teaching Assistant, Jumpstart Team Leader and Corps Member, and Playspace Activity Leader for Horizons for Homeless Children. She participated in Global PACT – Thailand in May 2008, working with peers from Rutgers University and Maejadee Wittayakom High School in Thailand to identify areas of need in the community and respond effectively.
Center of Community Service Co-op, Summer & Fall 2006
During her time at the Center of Community Service, Caitlyn coordinated the Fall Volunteer Fair, enabling students to connect with over 70 community-based organizations for volunteer, internship, and employment opportunities in the Boston area. Additionally, she planned the NU Service Day, engaging over 500 students in one-time volunteer activities with 13 community partners.
Wellington Management Foundation Administrative Assistant & Grants Coordinator, Summer 2007 – Present
Caitlyn began working with the Wellington Management Foundation as an administrative assistant to the Director of the foundation, coordinating the grant cycle and maintaining the day-to-day activities of the foundation. She stayed on after the end of her co-op term, taking on the role of Grants Coordinator, and organized the foundation’s historical data to track the impact of the grantmaking program in new ways. She contributed to the first-ever globalization efforts of the foundation by performing research on education and philanthropy in London, and also developed primers on key topics in education to improve the professional development of volunteer grant reviewers.
Future Plans and Goals
Caitlyn plans for a career in non-profit work, and is specifically interested in community-based organizations that work towards economic development among populations that are disadvantaged. She is applying for graduate school programs in Development Economics and plans on attending graduate school beginning in Fall 2010.