How I Got My Dream Job: Courtney Kenney, Program Associate at Ronald McDonald House New York

For the past four years, New York-based social worker Courtney Kenney has worked as a program associate for Ronald McDonald House New York, an organization that provides temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Located on East 73rd Street in Manhattan near 13 major cancer treatment centers, Ronald McDonald functions as a both practical and supportive home base for young people who are receiving treatment for serious, sometimes terminal pediatric illnesses. The organization, which can host up to 84 families at a time, is usually filled to capacity and has opened its doors to more than 30,000 families from all across the state, country, and world since it was founded in 1978. Kenney works directly with children and their families on a daily basis — playing, talking, and helping to facilitate the House's many programs and services. Kenney recently spoke with PayScale to describe some of the rewards and challenges of her unique role, and share some of the experiences that have shaped her career.