Reflections: 2018 Summer Communications Interns

At Trident United Way, our interns don’t make copies—they contribute to fulfilling the mission of Trident United Way. From participating in a United Way Worldwide Twitter Chat to website editing to photography, these incredible college students were essential to the busy summer season in the Marketing and Communications department. Meet them below!

Kaleb Dill

Communications and Marketing Intern

From: Landrum, SC

College: College of Charleston

Studying: B.S in Marketing and B.A in Studio Art

Why did you want to intern with Trident United Way?

I saw a story a few months ago on the outreach Trident United Way does with the community. Giving back is a big part of my personal philosophy and I was excited to see that there was a company that felt the same way. You can imagine how excited I was when I found out there was an internship in my skill set here. I would really hope to be able to come to work every day to a place where not only my technical skills were valued, but my personal philosophies were as well.

What’s your favorite project during your internship?

One of my favorite projects during my internship was creating a new staff page for Trident United Way’s website. I photographed all the staff members to update their headshot photo for the new format of the staff page. I had a great time meeting each staff member during this project. Another project that I enjoyed seeing come together was the 2018 campaign video. Seeing all the steps that it took to finish this project helped me realize how important collaboration and teamwork are. 

During my first week as an Intern at Trident United Way I visited local elementary schools and passed out books in classrooms. This was a part of the African American Leadership council which links people by a common interest and purpose of strengthening the community through giving and volunteerism. The best thing about passing out these books was seeing the priceless reactions of the children. Seeing firsthand how the outreach of Trident United Way and the AALC supports the Tri-County area deepend my belief in the importance of giving back to the community.  

Tell us about your proudest accomplishment.

My proudest accomplishment is my photography business that I have started. I have enjoyed watching it grow and can’t wait to see where it goes.

What should everyone add to their Charleston bucket list?  

One thing that you should add to your Charleston bucket list is to watch sunrise at the Pineapple Fountain or the Battery.

Where do you want to be in 10 years? 

In 10 years I would love to be working in a marketing firm located in Charleston. Over the next 10 years I hope my photography business, Kaleb Dill Photography will continue to grow larger in the Charleston area.

Additional:

As I move on to my last year at College of Charleston, I leave Trident United Way with an experience that preps me for the real world, and the confidence I need to succeed post grad. The whole team at Trident United Way is very knowledgeable and talented in what they do and, in turn generous with their time when relaying information and explaining new concepts to me. They have graciously let me have my hand in many projects, which has given me the chance to expand my skill sets. I’ve learned that a supportive environment is certainly not something to take for granted. Luckily for me, I am surrounded by people who understand the importance of a good cup of coffee (or two!). I can’t thank Christy Boudolf enough for giving me this amazing opportunity to learn from people who have so much talent and expertise in what they do.



Micaela Hegarty 

Communications and Marketing Intern


From: Sumter, SC

College:  Colorado State University - Global

Studying:  A.A.S in Marketing Management (completed). B.S. Communications (seeking).

Why did you want to intern with Trident United Way?

My first Communications research paper with Colorado State University – Global had me track the career path of leading individuals in the Communications field on LinkedIn. Of the 20 individuals with 500+ networks in the Communications field at the director or management level they had one qualifier in common, an internship. I knew I wanted to work in the non-profit industry following my graduation thus Trident United Way seemed like the perfect fit. 

What’s your favorite project during your internship?

My favorite project during this internship was the #UnitedWayChat. Christy the VP of communications and volunteer engagement and Caroline Morris the marketing and communications manager allowed me to run a Twitter campaign from start to finish. The #UnitedWayChat chat included a multitude of United Ways creating content on their volunteers and efforts. This included the strategizing the content, creating graphics, copywriting, engaging with consumers and analyzing the data. My supervisors were kind enough to let me compile the process into a report that I could carry with me as a part of my portfolio.

Tell us about your proudest accomplishment. 

As an introvert I came into this internship aware that I needed to work on my verbal communication skills. Christy the VP of communications and volunteer engagement and Caroline Morris the marketing and communications manager allowed me to flex these muscles by assigning me interview and photography projects within and outside of Trident United Way. My favorite photography and interview assignment was participating in the volunteer project between Pinnacle Events and Windwood Farms Boys Home. Prior to the event I researched the organizations so I could come prepared with interview questions that correctly conveyed both the organization and receiving agency’s mission. These opportunities helped bring me out of my shell and allowed me to see Trident United Ways volunteer work and efforts in action.

What should everyone add to their Charleston bucket list? 

According to the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine Charleston is the No.1 city to visit and I’m not surprised in the slightest. As a recent transplant to the Charleston area I’ve been exposed to their abundance of food, shopping, art, architecture, and coffee. If you visit Charleston I would make sure to visit City Lights Coffee owned by a South African gentleman with a talent for pulling delicious espresso and carry that drink down a few blocks to the Coming St. Cemetery where the city noise quiets amidst the historic gravestones.

Where do you want to be in 10 years? 

In 10 years I’d love to work for a non-profit or green agency as a communications coordinator or social media manager. I believe the future is ever evolving so I am open for different paths to occur. 

Additional:

This internship has been an amazing opportunity and I would suggest it to anyone who is wishing to learn a variety of work varying from graphics, social media, video, photography, visual editing, content editing, marketing research, content writing, CRM system management, SEO research, and so much more. The culture is full of upbeat and giving individuals who wish to give back to the community that they live in. It has only solidified my desire and passion in making a career in non-profit.