Get to Know Michelle López, Development Intern

Each month we’ll be profiling a member of the Happy Hearts Fund team. Check back to get to know us a little better and find out what goes on behind the scenes at HHF!

Michelle López joins us from John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she’s double majoring in Economics and Latin American/Latino Studies. Hailing from Queens, Michelle is working on HHF’s development team under Director of Development Ellie Manko Libby.

Why did you want to intern at Happy Hearts Fund?
Since high school, I have had a passion for helping others.  After volunteering at a few nonprofits, I wanted to get more insight into the ins and outs of the nonprofit sector while gaining professional experience. Looking into my college’s career website, I came across Happy Hearts Fund and saw an internship opportunity. Upon visiting HHF’s website, the work really stood out to me. I believe education should be a right, not a privilege, in order to ensure that the children of today have opportunities tomorrow.

Tell us about a typical day at the HHF office.
My days at the Happy Hearts Fund office vary. As an intern for our Director of Development, I am often creating spreadsheets and other documents to keep us organized.

What goes on in your life outside of Happy Hearts Fund?
My life outside of Happy Hearts Fund is busy! I am currently finishing my junior year of college and getting ready to take on my senior year. As a double major in Economics and Latin American/Latino Studies, a student in the Honors Program, and President of the Economics Club, I am always running around. When free, I volunteer at a few other organizations and spend time with my family.

Where do you like to spend your time in New York?
Central Park! It’s so beautiful and peaceful. I love visiting the children’s playground within the park. Seeing children play reminds me to smile, have some fun, and enjoy life.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself working at an organization that focuses on the economic and social development of Latin American countries, especially Mexico.

Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I’m a first-generation Mexican American and the middle child of three.

Plane, train, or automobile?
Plane. It’s truly beautiful to be high above the clouds.