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RealInternships 2013

Each summer, Boston College provides a limited number of grants to AHANA students and to students participating in internships in social and human services. Stay tuned next week for the first round of blog posts from the this year’s winners:

2013 Summer Non-Profit Internship Grant Winners

Daniela Diaz, A&S, English Major – North Carolina Green Schools Project, Ashville, NC
Daniela will help create a sustainability-focused curriculum that can be integrated with current NC state educational standards on a grade level basis. She will also work directly with the program’s Executive Director on fundraising projects focused on grant writing and event management.

Adam Ellenthal, A&S, Biology Major – Vive Peru, Trujillo, Peru
Adam will be serving as the Peru In-Country Coordinator, supervising approximately 50 volunteers working in diverse fields including Clinical Medicine, Engineering, Music Education, English Education and Social Work. These volunteers provide free services to in-need communities of Peru. Adam will also help expand the health administration program in the area hospitals and schools as well as work firsthand on free medical campaigns as both an administrative and healthcare resource.

Sam Gervase, CSOM, Finance Major – Stockbox Neighborhood Grocers, Seattle, WA
Sam will spend the first seven weeks of the summer with WWOOF (WorldWide Opportunities in Organic Farming) living and working on an organic, sustainable farm in Hawaii. He will learn the daily operations and practices as well as the methods to support self-sufficiency. He will take what he learns on the farm back to Seattle, WA to address the social needs and overall health of the impoverished areas serviced by Stockbox Neighborhood Grocers, an organization that offers affordable, fresh produce, meal solutions, and grocery staples to the community. Sam will develop and execute community outreach programs to both educate and engage the individuals in the low-income areas about Stockbox and the health benefits associated with organic produce.

Brooke Markt, Lynch, Applied Psychology & Human Development Major – Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, San Francisco, CA
Brooke will work under the supervision of a Volunteer Coordinator and call and visit elders on a weekly basis living in lonely and low-income communities. The purpose is to help establish deep, true friendships with the elderly and help them feel engaged and supported in their community. She will also help create and host weekly events such as breakfasts and dinners that invite the elders throughout the Little Brothers network to come together in community with one another.

Andrea Roman-Gonzalez, A&S, Political Science Major – CASA de Maryland, Hyattsville, MD
Andrea will intern with Casa de Maryland, an organization that offers several programs including education, health, housing, immigration support and legal services for recent and prospective immigrants from any national origin.  She will work with client candidates and refer them to Spanish speaking pro-bono lawyers as well as work with an immigration lawyer and help research cases and completing documentation.

2013 Summer AHANA Stipend Winners

Halcyon Apy: Sophomore, Sociology
This summer she will be interning with The AIDS Policy Project where she’ll be spreading awareness and providing education and support to people impacted by HIV and AIDS. While she works one on one with members of the local community she will also be responsible for press releases and blogs.

Samuel Lee: Junior, Sociology
Samuel be interning with the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor. He will be analyzing data and reports related to equal pay and issues of Workplace Flexibly, Higher Paying Jobs for Women, and Homeless Women Veterans.

Seo Ri Park: Junior, B.S. in Psychology
Seo will be working under Dr. Karthik Devarajan to conduct research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. This position will provide Seo with the laboratory exposure and practice of techniques related to epidemiology, biostatics and public health.

Stephanie Salinas: Junior, Human Development
This summer she will be interning at the Children’s Hospital Inpatient Psychiatry Unit working with patients within Therapeutic Recreation, Psychotherapy, Psychoeducation and Task/Social Action.  During this time she will also be co-leading groups and engaging patients through arts.

Jessica Vallejo, Political Science
Jessica will be taking part in the Georgetown University Semester in Washington Program as an Immigration and Advocate Intern with the United Latin American Citizens National Office. She’ll be assisting with projects such as promoting the “I Voted for Immigration Reform” campaign, supporting the organizing of town hall meetings, and providing assistance with communication efforts on the topic of immigration. Jessica will also be a part of the planning of their annual convention and working with the Director of Civil Engagement and Community Mobilization, and the policy team.