Young Change Makers: Why and How Ellie Zimmerman of Interns 4-Good Is Helping To Change Our World by Connecting Teens with Valuable Nonprofit Experiences

Yitzi Weiner
Authority Magazine
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9 min readJan 19, 2022

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Easier said than done. As a leader, I always encourage our team to innovate and I let them run with their ideas. However, take the time upfront, think through steps and the resources that will be required. Bringing an idea to life is invariably harder than it seems.

As part of my series about young people who are making an important social impact, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ellie Zimmmerman.

Ellie Zimmerman is the Founder and CEO of Interns 4-Good.org a social enterprise that provides over 15,000 digitally-savvy high school and college students with virtual, technology-based internships with over 350 nonprofit organizations. Ellie’s efforts have not gone unnoticed: she has received recognition and financial grants from prestigious national organizations such as The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, Points of Light’s Inspiration Honor Roll, Prudential Emerging Visionaries Program and Volunteer New York’s Youth Leader of 2021. Ellie launched Intern 4-Good as only a sophomore in high school. Currently a Freshman at Vanderbilt University, Ellie is expanding Interns 4-Good to serve college students across the country.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dig in, our readers would like to get to know you a bit. Can you tell us a bit about how you grew up?

Both of my parents work in business. As far back as I can remember, family dinners were filled with conversations about startups and the stock market. Each of my parents continue to play a critical role in helping me build my organization. My father is my biggest cheerleader and my “spiritual leader”, especially when I need encouragement. My mother has had a successful…

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Yitzi Weiner
Authority Magazine

A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator