Name: Mackenzie Benton
Hometown: Lampasas, Texas
Company: Citi, Technology Infrastructure Analyst
School: The University of Texas at Austin
Hobbies: Photography, cross country road trips, volunteering, spending time at coffee shops, growing in my faith
Social Sector Partner Placement
Placement Organization: The Hunger Project
Location: New York City
Organization Title: TBD
I have always dreamed of working for a non-profit. I use to envision myself as a post-grad participating in a gap year or two in order to serve and give back prior to entering into the corporate world.
As my college years progressed, this dream began to seem unobtainable and out of reach for a multitude of reasons. As a college student paying for my degree through student loans, I always felt as if I should start my corporate career right away in order to pay these off as quickly as possible. It seemed like the most logical thing to do. On top of this, I realized taking a gap year may just affect my full time career.
When I discovered the ServiceCorps fellows program with Citi I felt as if all my prayers had been answered. I could not imagine a more fitting role for myself. Not only do I have the opportunity to potentially receive the experience I've always dreamed of working for a non-profit, but I can also fulfill my dream of living in New York City. On top of all of this I will gain great leadership skills and be able to return to my full time offer at Citi. The ServiceCorps fellows program is a dream come true.
Hi, my name is Mackenzie Benton and I recently graduated from The University of Texas with a degree in Economics and a minor in African Studies. I have always dreamed of working for a non-profit, and ServiceCorps is helping make that dream a reality of mine without sacrificing my corporate career.
When I am not busy with school work, extracurricular activities, or spending time with friends, you can find me with my camera in hand! Throughout college I have pursued photography more seriously and it has kept me busy to say the least, my dream is to continue to shoot weddings and for non-profit organizations.
In the Spring of 2017, prior to starting my service year, I will be pursuing a dream of mine and moving to Uganda to serve as a photojournalism intern for a non-profit that aids with women empowerment and poverty alleviation. I am so excited for this incredible opportunity because it combines several of my many passions, and I have graduated an entire semester early to pursue this.
I believe this internship in Uganda will give me the hands on experience and proper mindset I so strongly desire upon entering into my service year. I cannot wait to see both sides of the non-profit sector and learn more about international aid and how I can help from home. One of my biggest desires in life is to have the strongest impact I possibly can on those around me; I believe this impact all starts with service.