Editor's Note: The SHE Team is made of more that our staff and board members - it includes our tech advisors, financial supporters, on-the-ground partners, our farmers, and our volunteers and interns. We can't think of a better way to give a SHE Shoutout then by profiling these trailblazers in our new monthly feature: SHE Rockstar of the Month.
Our first SHE Rockstar is our most recent intern, Carly Jensen, who served as a social media and marketing guru for us for six weeks! Unfortunately, Carly had to leave us for her next adventure so we're looking for a new Admin and Social Media Intern - who knows, you could be the next SHE Rockstar of the Month!
Without further ado, please meet Carly!
1. Where are you from?
I am from Nantucket, Massachusetts, but I am currently a sophomore at Connecticut College.
2. How are you involved with SHE?
I have been interning with SHE in their New York offices for the past month. As an intern, I worked on social media initiatives and conducted marketing research.
3. Why were you compelled to join SHE?
This past fall I decided I wanted to take time off of college and find an internship with either a non-profit or a socially-conscious corporation. I became connected with SHE through the grapevine and became interested because the organization is so unique. It is not everyday you hear about an organization that is changing the world through menstrual pads! Ultimately, it was the innovation behind the organization, as well as SHE’s commitment to market-based solutions that compelled me to support and work for SHE.
4. What is one thing you have learned since joining SHE?
I have learned so much since working with SHE. Especially regarding women’s health and health policy in Rwanda. One thing that stood out the most to me is the lack of access to bathroom facilities for girls in the schools. Even if young girls had access to menstrual hygiene products, they still are forced to miss school because of the lack of facilities. As a girl, I simply cannot imagine going to a school without a private bathroom.
5. What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Definitely peanut butter. I will eat it on anything and for at least one meal a day! Reese's Peanut Butter eggs are my absolute favorite.
6. If you could pick one theme song for your life, what would it be?
This is tough! But I would probably pick Stronger by Britney Spears. I am a huge fan of hers and that song gets me going.
7. What is the best book you’ve read in the last year? Why?
Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. I loved how honest the narration was and also felt it gave me a new perspective on mental illness.