Spring ‘08 Interns

Gil Littlewolf ‘07

Gil Littlewolf ‘07
Red Feather Development Group
Bozeman, Montana

Gilbert, or Gil as he prefers, will be heading to Bozeman, Montana to volunteer at the Red Feather Development Group as a community liaison; its mission “is to advocate for the development issues on American Indian reservations, namely in the form of private home ownership.” He will spend his first 2 months preparing for the construction of a stucco and straw-bale home that will take place during his 3rd and final month on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. Native American communities face many barriers imposed by both the Federal and Native governments when individuals try to build homes utilizing private/non-governmental lenders- the result is a massive shortage in housing for these communities. Gil brings a unique skill set to this project as Red Feather will be building the home in his community. As a leader within his community, “[Gil] can help the organization tremendously with its goals of linking these communities and creating networks and bridges.”

Ugochi Ukegbu ‘09

Ugochi Ukegbu ‘09
Mount Sinai Hospital
New York, New York

Ugochi will be interning at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, as a Patient Care Volunteer. As a volunteer she will dedicate her time to making the day-to-day activities of the patients more pleasant. These tasks will include greeting patients and visitors at the Patient Care Unit, cutting food for patients during meal times, assisting patients with self-maintenance, and helping patients run errands, in addition to other responsibilities. Inspired by her dream of becoming a doctor and opening a health clinic in her home town of Aba, Nigeria, Ugochi has developed a wonderful perspective on the role of the doctor in the doctor-patient relationship. Troubled by the societal stigmas associated with patients who are ill, and saddened that western medicine often treats the disease and not the patient, she would like to “work each day to bring warmth, joy, and companionship to patients.” She views this internship as an important part in her education to becoming a doctor.

Kaite Yang ‘09

Kaite Yang ‘09
The Haven
White River Junction, Vermont

Kaite is excited by the opportunity to address some of the issues that surround the “Dartmouth Bubble” by volunteering at the Haven where she will be tutoring in the after-school programs, providing childcare, partaking in the women’s group, and working with the development projects. The Haven additionally provides unique support for families by housing them for up to 3 months and providing an array of services. When families leave, 75% of them find permanent housing because of the special care and empowerment the Haven is able to provide. Kaite hopes to incorporate her interests in visual arts, literature and music into her work by providing “opportunities for children and adults to discover more of their talents and express themselves through creativity.” Kaite hopes this experience will be beneficial to her as she pursues a career in public health.