Victoria Kern was an Undergraduate Scholar in 2013 when she interned at LIFT.
Where are you from?
Where did you go to school? What did you study?
The University of Florida with a B.B.A. in management with a minor in nonprofit leadership.
What was the best part of your internship?
The best part of my internship with LIFT had to be the people I met throughout the experience. During the summer I spent in D.C., I was fortunate enough to make lasting connections with colleagues at LIFT and mentors with the B.A. Rudolph Foundation. These connections, combined with a once in a lifetime experience, provided me with the ability to strengthen my professionals skills and begin my career.
What lessons did you learn that you would like to pass on to future interns?
One tip that I would like to pass on to future interns is to embrace the moment. The time you’re able to spend in D.C. will pass so quickly. Make sure to visit all the monuments and take lots of pictures! The B.A. Rudolph Foundation provided so many opportunities to explore the city and meet influential mentors. The lessons you’ll learn during your experience will stick with you for a lifetime.
What are you doing now?
I am currently a research associate for university advancement at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. I accepted this position shortly after graduating and have been with Texas State University for just over a year now. In this role, I work closely with fundraisers in order to position the university to become an emerging research institution.
What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
I am unsure of what I will be doing in 10 years. I’m still learning a lot of valuable information every day in my current position. I can say, however, that in 10 years I do hope to have successfully completed an M.B.A.
What is your favorite book and what are you reading now?
I am currently reading Mistakes I Made at Work by Jessica Bacal. The book discusses mistakes women have made at work and how they’ve grown from those mistakes. I tend to take mistakes I’ve made to heart and this book helps in identifying how to turn those mistakes into successes.
Tell us a fun fact!
In March of 2015, I adopted my second fur baby, Leon.