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Pay It Forward
This article originally appeared in the Bentley Magazine.
When Shanell Mosley ’10 was young, her mother taught her the value in giving back. She’s been doing so ever since. Mosley majored in Management, but always knew she wanted to use her business education to do some good. A Bentley internship with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Boston office gave her a chance to act on the commitment.
As a development intern, Mosley helped organize UNICEF donor cultivation events, coordinated fundraising and marketing activities, and drafted press releases for newsworthy events.
The experience set her on a path of service.
“As a result of my internship, I knew that I wanted to use my business degree to help the world around me,” says Mosley. “During my senior year, I rallied a group of like-minded peers at Bentley to raise thousands of dollars for the Haiti Relief efforts through grassroots events on campus and Spring Day. I knew that, in order to make a difference, I could not do it alone and looked to my peers, faculty and staff at Bentley to help as well.”
After graduation, Mosley followed her passion. She volunteered with AmeriCorps, earned a master’s degree in nonprofit management, and returned to UNICEF in 2015 in her current role as manager of sports partnerships.
“Internships are a fabulous opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge, while determining what you are passionate about,” she says. “My internship opened the door to incredible relationships within the organization I one day aspired to work at.”
With that in mind, Mosley has shared UNICEF internship opportunities with Bentley students through the Multicultural Center (MCC). Neither side has been disappointed.
“UNICEF is a huge fan of recruiting Bentley students, knowing they are skilled, reliable and professional.”
Mosley hasn’t forgotten her Bentley ties, and remains heavily involved with the MCC, Alumni Association events and reunions.
“Bentley helped make me into the person I am today,” she says. “Every single time someone asks me about Bentley I light up, simply because of the incredible relationships I built and experiences I gained while there.
“My mom taught me at a young age to always give back to others. I’m proud to say that Bentley has helped put me in a position to do exactly that. It is an honor and my personal duty to help other Bentley students and alumni. We are all family and family looks out for one another.”
The Yawkey Foundations have recognized Bentley University’s longstanding commitment to service-learning and awarded the university $500,000 to educate students to effectively lead nonprofit organizations and expand student efforts to help community groups.