Internship Spotlight: Mackenzie Magwire

MARYVILLE, Mo. – Last summer, Northwest Missouri State University student Mackenzie Magwire learned that working for a non-profit organization provides unimaginable satisfaction while donating your time and constant effort to help others.

This summer, Magwire worked as an intern for the Kansas chapter of March of Dimes. March of Dimes is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help mothers around the country have full-term pregnancies and research problems that threaten the health of their infants. Along with holding a countless amount of awareness events, the Kansas chapter also awards grants to local organizations to meet the urgent needs of families within their communities.

Magwire was able to work directly with the special events team in planning and conducting one of the chapter’s most popular events of the summer.

“My favorite part about this internship was getting to work the Bikers for Babies event,” Magwire, junior public relations major from Kansas City, Mo., said. “I enjoyed seeing all of the hard work I put in come together.”

Mackenzie learned of this internship opportunity by networking with a family friend, but insists that without the knowledge she has gained from the department, the internship experience would have been entirely different.

“Here at Northwest, I learned how to work an auction, make mail mergers and increased my communication skills which helped when I was seeking donations” Magwire said. “Specifically, the communication department prepared me for this experience by helping me be organized and ready for anything that I’m asked to do.”

To learn more about the March of Dimes visit their Twitter page, @marchofdimes, or view their website at

If you are currently looking for an internship, be sure to check out Career Services’ “How to Find an Internship” from 1-2 p.m. on December 3 in Meeting Room A of the Union.

For more information regarding the Department of Communication and Mass Media and how it can help you find an internship or prepare you for one, contact Matt Walker at


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