JCF intern Eric Jones is volunteering 16 hours each week during the 2014/2015 school year. He is pursuing a master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University, with a concentration in policy, administration, and community information.
Since the internship is new, Eric has the opportunity to develop a meaningful experience for himself and future JCF interns. His responsibilities to date include developing an ethics presentation, staffing the JCF booth at the YWCA’s annual leadership conference this month, doing research for the Grants Department, and coordinating JCF’s staff retreat.
“I’m very excited to be entering this internship and look forward to a truly rewarding experience. This internship will provide me with a solid understanding of the principles of non-profit management, group dynamics, communications, and insight into the workings of a successful community-oriented organization,” says Eric.
Eric is a 14-year veteran of the United States Air Force and while on active duty, he worked in aircraft maintenance and management. After the military, he worked for America West/US Airways as a supervisor, before returning to school. For the past three years, he was a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at the Veterans Administration Hospital here in Tucson.
His post graduation interests include LGBTQ equality, aging concerns, and research into community needs.