Bekezela (Zela) Mbofana

Smiling young woman in blue blazer with a headband in her hair

Zela Mbofana is currently a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences double majoring in international relations and communication. She applied to an internship at CHIP to pursue her interest in the social impact and nonprofit sector, but was particularly excited about collaborating with the Center’s staff — after her first interview, she said, she knew “these are people I would really love to work with.” As an Applied Research and Marketing Assistant, Mbofana’s responsibilities include conducting research on the philanthropic sector, contributing insights to the 2024 High Impact Giving Toolkit, and exploring industry-wide giving trends. In addition to being highly informative, she said, her work with CHIP has helped her better understand her career goals: “I’ve learned a lot about myself through the work, but also about what opportunities exist out there for me to be a helpful individual in society.” After graduation, Mbofana plans to pursue a career in consulting and, eventually, earn a graduate degree in business or law that she might foray into a career in the nonprofit sector.