Clara Herrero: Community Engagement Specialist
“Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 90 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice. We are one of the 15 affiliates in the international confederation, Oxfam.”
What does your organization look for in co-op students?
Oxfam specifically looks for a student that is an innovator. We like students that will contribute to the structure and organization of our Oxfam branch. For instance, a previous co-op student introduced Google Documents to the office; a mechanism that has helped streamline inner-office work. Further, we look for someone with experience doing community organizing.
What can co-op students expect to do while working for your organization?
We will be conducting a training session in Washington D.C. later this year. The next co-op student that we take on will help work with these volunteers ahead of time and for the duration of the training. Past co-ops have recognized this opportunity as an invaluable practical experience.
What do you think students take away from their time with your organization?
Students that work with us ultimately understand how Oxfam works as an organization. Many facets of this experience will benefit students in future endeavors. They learn how U.S. legislation has an effect on people throughout the world. I also notice that co-op students’ communication skills develop significantly.