Aberdeen Presentation Sisters Engage College Students through Internship Program

Education is the underlying fabric that weaves itself into all of the Presentation ministries. We have a long history of teaching in the Dakotas and offering scholarship assistance for grades K-12. As we looked to the future, we wanted to explore new ways to share the value of education with college students. From this dream, an internship program was developed in the Sioux Falls Mission Development Office. The hope was to create relationships with young adults, while offering a learning opportunity where we could share our mission and enhance the student’s career path.

Janie Voss embraced the spring 2017 internship with an intensity of heart. She shared her many talents and handled projects with enthusiasm and confidence. Her main focus was assisting with the preparations for our annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. Janie grew up in a small town in Nebraska, was raised in a pastor’s household and shares a mission and vision that is similar to that of the Presentation Sisters. She graduated from Augustana University in May with a business and marketing major and minor in art. Janie continued her partnership with the Sisters and we were delighted for the opportunity to work with her further this summer. Janie expressed, “The Presentation Sisters’ internship is one that allowed me to ingrate my faith and mission-based values with skills and knowledge building. Working within the Mission Development Office has been a perfect opportunity to learn about the inner workings of another Christian faith organization whose core ambitions aim towards peace, justice and promoting human dignity. Those are just a few, among many, of the organizational values that inspired me to extend this opportunity through the summer.”

Janie is helping with a variety of projects, including design, marketing and website assistance. She has also been a valuable resource as we work to grow our communication channels with younger, mission-driven partners. Our internship program is going into its 6th year and has been a great investment of time, as we look back on the relationships built with youthful spirits, to help spread Nano’s mission and charism into the future.