Introduction to "Insights from an Intern"

Hello! Welcome! My name is Anna Lowenthal and I have the great pleasure of completing an 8-week internship with Benojo in Sydney. Over the course of my internship, I will be posting weekly blogs about my experience here and what I am learning. Before we get into the details of what I will be writing about, allow me to tell you a little bit about myself and where I come from.


This is me!

My roommate took this before my first day of work at Benojo. You can sense how nervous I was through the picture!

I was born and raised in Larchmont, New York, a suburb about 30 minutes north of Manhattan. Living so close to such a big city gave me ample opportunities to explore and question and experience the world we live in. I have always been fascinated by different ways of life and different cultures, which is one of the main reasons I wanted to spend my summer abroad, so here I am!

I am currently going into my third year at the University of Richmond in Virginia where I am a double major in political science and rhetoric & communications studies. Going to university far away from home has enabled me to not only become more independent, but has also allowed me to get a glance as to how other parts of the country live. The University of Richmond has given me the chance to pursue my passions and discover what I truly want to be when I grow up. Through an internship matching program that placed me at Benojo, I am one step closer to combining my love and fascination for writing, non-profits, and government into a career.

 When I first arrived at Benojo, I was given a packet entitled “What Successful Companies are Doing” that centers around the five following pillars:

  1. Ask Yourself: What am I doing?

  2. Make it Matter: Where should I put my giving effort?

  3. Set Your Path: How should I get involved?

  4. Launch and Lift: What can I get involved in?

  5. Grow and Tell: How can I share this for good?

 Each of my blog posts will be focused on one of these pillars as I try to grasp what they really mean and apply them to real world scenarios.

I am fully aware that I do not know everything regarding charities and businesses, especially in the Australian sector. I hope to learn and grow through these blog posts, and hopefully do a bit of informing along the way.  

Stay tuned for weekly updates of a 20 year old American trying to navigate the philanthropic and corporate spaces in Australia!