As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Changing Leads relies heavily on the time and resource donations of our Board and the individuals in our network who so graciously support our cause. When we spotted an opportunity to give back to one such individual with more than just a tax receipt, we created the Changing Leads Internship Program.
Amy Harrison is a marketing communications student at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, South Carolina. An equine enthusiast with plenty of her own experience retraining horses, she jumped at the opportunity to earn class credit, combining her passion for horses with professional, real-world marketing experience. This summer, she will work with Director of Marketing, Jessica Prescott, on Changing Leads' fundraising strategy and execution.
A Greer, South Carolina, native, Amy began riding as a ten-year-old and quickly fell in love with eventing and dressage. Her first horse was a four-year-old paint/thoroughbred cross who instilled a life-long interest in training young horses, retraining "problem" horses, and rehabilitating off-the-track thoroughbreds.
Amy says, "Interning with Changing Leads is an opportunity to give back to the equine community in a way I never imagined possible. As an eventer, I saw firsthand time and time again how thoroughbreds can succeed in second careers with proper retraining, and I always dreamed of being involved with a racing aftercare organization. It is exciting to see that dream come to fruition while expanding my professional experience in the marketing communications field."
Prior to beginning her marketing internship with Changing Leads, Amy completed a marketing and fundraising internship with another 501(c)3 nonprofit, the Fountain Inn Museum in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. She gained experience in event planning, fundraising, and grant writing through this opportunity, which will serve her well this summer.
When asked why she wants to complete a marketing internship with Changing Leads, Amy said, "While I enjoy all aspects of marketing, my favorite area is marketing strategy. Working with Jessica to develop marketing and fundraising strategies for Changing Leads will allow me to gain applicable experience in this area, building achievable goals and measuring the results in order to help people and animals alike."
When Amy isn't working with horses or attending classes, she's performing or recording at her studio, DeepRoots Family Records and Productions, where she also manages all marketing communication efforts. A lifelong musician, the singer plans to release her own full album by the end of 2016. Amy lives in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, with her family--her fiance, three dogs, a cat, and her current horse project and personal mount, Rugar, a paint/thoroughbred cross.