"I was expecting to feel welcomed," Nickey Buzek said. "But, I wasn't expecting to feel a part of the family on the first day."
Nickey Buzek, a public relations senior at the University of Central Missouri, became JA’s most recent marketing and communications intern last week. She will focus on furthering our mission through expanding our online presence and assisting the Director of Development & Marketing.
Her joy of working with kids and pride in the JA mission came across as she entered classrooms and had one-on-one conversations with volunteers during her second week.
Keep a look out for her work and help us welcome her to the JAKC family. Welcome Nickey!
Hometown: Ozark, Missouri
Current Resident of: Warrensburg, Missouri
I’m a senior at the University of Central Missouri. I’ll graduate in December with a bachelors in Public Relations and a double minor in marketing and business administration. This summer, I’ve taken two internships, one with JA and the other with a company called P1 Learning.
I oversee UCM’s chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) as president and am a general member of the Harmon College Student Executive Committee (we assist in dean selection and work toward making the Harmon Business College a more cohesive unit).
Brief description of job duties:
Updating the website with stories and events, writing press materials, engaging followers on social media, assisting the director of development and marketing
Why I came to JAKC:
I come from a low-income, single-parent household and worked hard to become a first-generation college student. JA gives me the chance to create opportunities for people who came from the same place. As far as why I chose this specific job, the challenge intrigued me and gave me the opportunity to improve my story-writing skills on multiple platforms.
Junior Achievement is vital because:
Junior Achievement is vital because financial struggle is a revolving door for the lower-class. Education is the bridge between social classes and JA is the cement. Future business owners, doctors, scientists, social workers, etc. are waiting for a chance to be more than their families dreamed, and it’s vital that JA give them the tools they need to do that.
Best part of my job:
I think the best part of my job is being able to highlight the untold “miracle” stories within JA. People aren’t attracted to a nonprofit because of the nonprofit itself, they’re attracted to the impact that the nonprofit makes on people’s lives.
My dream for JAKC:
My dream for JAKC is that more people within the KC community see the impact JAKC has on the students they serve and that the number of volunteers and donors rise with that acknowledgment.
Describe yourself in one sentence:
I am a hard-working, fun-loving, life-seeker who never meets a stranger.
After 5 pm, you can find me:
- Hula hooping in a park
- Hanging out with friends
- Exploring new areas
I’ll admit, I am obsessed with:
New people. I love hearing about their crazy life stories and the people they’ve met. My (loose) motto is, “out of all of the time this earth has been around and all of the people that have ever roamed it, I’m glad I ran into you.”
I geek out over:
- Hula hoopers
- Travel opportunities
I may not seem the type, but:
I listen to scream-o every now and then. Yikes.
Ask me about:
- Traveling experiences
- Weird things that have happened to or near me
- All things PR