Alicia Schatteman’s students are doing such amazing work helping nonprofits in the communities around NIU, she realized it was time to showcase them and the agencies they serve.
At the beginning of 2019, Schatteman launched her first podcast.
Called “All Things Local,” the podcast features local people who serve the greater community.
“We talk about the work and impact they have,” Schatteman said. “I am focused on sharing all of this good news and activities.”
Schatteman often knows her featured guests personally, as an associate professor in both the College of Liberal Arts and Science’s School of Public and Global Affairs and the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies.
She came to NIU the same year the center opened in 2010, looking for an academic home where she could think broadly about the issues facing communities and support nonprofit organizations in carrying out their missions to address those issues.
She found that place at NIU, and in about a decade on campus she’s helped to build upon it.
Since NIU started offering NNGO internship courses in 2012, she said, more than 200 students have served the community through the program.
The center placed its first interns in nonprofits in 2012. The internship program expanded in 2014 in partnership with the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership and funding from the Roberts Family Foundation. Nonprofits receive funding for 120 hours of internships over the semester.
“A number of interns have made significant impact to our local nonprofits, but some have also been hired part time and full time by the internship sites,” she said. “This valuable internship experience increases the marketability of our NNGO graduates, contributing to the center’s reputation to build stronger nonprofits in our region and beyond.”