Public & Nonprofit Management Student Profile
Name: Melissa Markay
Graduation Year: 2019
Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL
How and why did you choose your major?
I always knew that I loved volunteering and doing work with a purpose, and when I learned of this major at the Major Expo it sounded like a perfect fit so the next day I filled out my transfer application from the College of Liberal Arts to the Carlson School of Management. This major has been a great way of combining my interests in business with my desire to better the community and the two majors have provided a sense of duality between technical skills and mission driven orientation.
Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.
The Public and Nonprofit Major is a Co-Major within Carlson, meaning you have to pair it with another Carlson Major. I chose to pair mine with Finance, however any of the majors within CSOM relate and would work with some nonprofit aspect. Thus far, my favorite courses have been the nonprofits for the major such as an Honors Seminar on Global Philanthropy or the Grand Challenge 3005 course that I took this semester.
What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)
The summer after my freshman year, I interned at my hometown county as the Environmental Division Intern. Additionally, this semester I have served as an intern at a local zero-waste nonprofit, Eureka Recycling. Furthermore, since transferring to Carlson I have become heavily involved with the Net Impact Chapter and currently serve on the board. Finally, I have enrolled in the Community Engaged Scholars Program to further increase my community involvement.
In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?
Do not be discouraged! The Public and Nonprofit Major may be the smallest major in Carlson, but there are plenty of like-minded students who care about the same things you do, you just need to find them.