The Path that Led to Accion
By Haley Marceau
As the newest intern at Accion Chicago, I have a big job ahead of me…filling the shoes of past intern Jonathan Ramirez and taking over the intern series on the Accion blog. I have a lot to look forward to in my time here at 1436 W Randolph, and through my next several blog posts you can expect to follow along with my lessons learned, skills acquired, and experiences had at Accion. I look forward to sharing with you! Ahem, if you’ll please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Haley Marceau. Born and raised in Kansas, I was taught from a young age the value and importance of helping one’s neighbor. This is, and always has been, a founding principle of my personhood. Throughout my years I have been fortunate to have traveled all over the world in order to “serve my neighbor.” Ecuador, Ghana, and Chile top the list internationally while domestically I made several trips to the New Orleans and gulf region for hurricane relief. All of this travel resulted in my desire to learn more about nonprofit work and to better develop myself into a productive citizen of the world.I graduated from Kansas State University in May 2012, and, as is common for most undergraduate students, my time at the university was a continual process of finding myself and evolving into what I call a “real person.” I studied Anthropology and Spanish, and majored in both with an emphasis on Nonprofit Leadership. In that process I discovered that my interests are vast and ever-changing (which I consider a strength!). Interdisciplinary study is becoming more and more important in our extra-connected and complex world. I value my minors in International Agriculture, Animal Science, and Latin American Studies. And while they may not apply directly to microfinance, they have played an important role in who I am and how I got here.
One thing I’ve learned in my first month at Accion is that priorities and projects are constantly changing. Each team member handles a number of tasks at any given time. Flexibility, adaptability, and capability to multi-task are ever important at Accion. In the coming weeks I expect to understand better the roles of each person working here.
In addition, I look forward to our annual event, Taste of Accion in November. From my understanding I will have hands-on involvement with the planning of Taste.
In my time here, I hope to gain a direct understanding about working in a nonprofit. As far as I can tell, this will quickly be accomplished.
Finally, I want to give very sincere thanks to everyone here at Accion. You all have been warm and welcoming. I’m grateful and excited for the opportunity to work with you.