Career Development

Business student builds meaningful relationships at nonprofit internship

Although she’s a business major, it was important for Alexa Miranda ’26 to tap into her sociology minor to find internships that consider the human and social aspects of business. When she found Prospera, a nonprofit organization committed to helping Hispanic entrepreneurs, she was immediately drawn to its mission. This summer, she is working there as a Business Development Intern.

Alexa Miranda at the Prospera office posing in front of a wall with the organization's logo and partners which include Truist, the City of Brookhaven, Capital one, and more.

Alexa Miranda ’26 is a business administration major with a minor in sociology.

Prospera offers seminars, consultations and business plans to Hispanic entrepreneurs, from those looking to establish their businesses to the more experienced business owner who wants to expand. Miranda’s responsibilities as an intern support the behind-the-scenes components of the organization like promoting Prospera’s virtual and in-person seminars, frequently checking in with clients for an update on their business’s growth, and assisting the business consultants.

“I understood that through these services, Prospera is committed to extending their guidance in ways in which the Hispanic community would be allowed to thrive, no matter the obstacles,” says Miranda. “Understanding Prospera’s vital role in this current state of affairs further encourages me to hold immense interest in this position.”

While the courses in her major provided the foundation for understanding business administration, Miranda also attributes her improved public speaking and communication skills to her business classes—skills she utilizes in her daily tasks.

Before interning at Prospera, Miranda worked at for-profit companies like Chick-fil-A and Westin Hotel, which only allow for a short interaction with customers before completing the business transaction. Miranda has appreciated her time at Prospera so far because of the meaningful connections they forge with clients over a period of time.

“Working for a non-profit, such as Prospera, allows me to build solid and long-term relationships with new and existing Hispanic entrepreneurs who want to start or expand their businesses,” Miranda said. “This creates a rewarding and enriching feeling that no monetary means or ends can fulfill.”

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