Hello all! My name is Mackenzie and I’m currently working as the Content Management Intern for Three Sisters. I am a junior at Michigan State working toward my B.A in Social Work. Ethical and sustainable products have always been important to me. I always seek out Fair Trade labels and buy from as many companies as possible that are trying to make the world a better place; much like Three Sisters! I was told about this internship by Marcy herself while I was a student in her Human Rights course. I jumped at the opportunity! In my chosen field, managing information of any kind is extremely important therefore this internship allows me to hone that skill.
Chances are if you’ve seen a post on any of our social media this summer, you’ve seen a post from me! At the beginning of the summer, I made it my goal to build on Three Sisters social media presence with as much creativity as possible. I hope that message got across to you all and you’ve enjoyed it!
My favorite part of the internship by far has been getting updates from Marcy about how the kids are doing in their school programs to congratulate them. It always fills my heart with joy knowing that they are moving forward and succeeding in their education. It means so much to me to have even a small part in that.
Our biggest project came when it was time to officially launch Books that Bind. Myself and our small team spent significant time during our weekly meetings finalized what kind of content we wanted to post, when we wanted to post it, and where we wanted to direct our audience. All throughout the month of July we posted #ThrowbackThursday posts pertaining to Books that Bind, student features on the key actors in the books, and official photo content from the US Embassy in Benin to publicly commemorate our time at the launch.
On Facebook, we began a series of five videos that would feature some of the kids (usually whomever was going to be a featured student that week in out student spotlight) teaching our audience how to say the titles of the books in one of the five native languages in Benin. These proved to be a massive success and were a fun, lighthearted way to introduce you all to some of our students as well as our Books that Bind project.
This summer with Three Sisters has been unforgettable and I can’t wait to keep working with this company as the school year begins. Stay tuned to this blog for more updates to come from me and our other team members!