Ali Flanagan '10
St. Luke's- Roosevelt Medical Center
New York, NY
This summer, Ali will travel to New York City to undertake the project of "Spanish Medical Interpreting at St. Luke's Hospital." Ali's role will be to work as a certified Spanish-English medical interpreter, assisting doctors and nurses who are unable to speak Spanish to communicate effectively with their patients. Ali will be assigned to one of a variety of specialty medical clinics dealing with high-risk patient groups, including OB-GYN, Gastroenterology, and Orthopedics. Ali's coursework in Spanish will be very useful in translating for the approximately 20% of the patient population that does not speak English. When she is not translating, Ali will be assigned to patient care units where she will tend to patients' needs such as helping patients to eat, responding to non-clinical requests from the patient call-bells, and reading to patients. Ali is motivated by her observation that "it is nearly impossible to receive adequate health care when communication between the patient and doctor is a struggle, and by working as a full –time translator I will help alleviate this strain." She believes that during her internship, she "will have a tangible and immediate impact on the delivery of health care in the community." In addition to the personal characteristics of perseverance, ambition, responsibility, level-headedness, and focus, Ali brings volunteer experience from DHMC and Norwalk Hospital. This exposure to clinical medicine will help Ali in her pursuit of a career in medicine.
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
San Francisco, CA
This summer, Alice will travel to San Francisco to work with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation as a HIV/STD Health Educator Intern. The SFAF is an active leader in educating the general public about HIV/AIDS and breaking down the stigma associated with the disease. It runs the California HIV/AIDS Hotline, which answers 70,000 calls a year from across the state, connecting thousands of people to the critical information they need to make informed decisions about HIV-related risk and health. Alice will spend most of her time working for the SFAF Hotline as an HIV/STD Health Educator Intern, providing counseling to callers to help them understand and come to terms with the disease. She will also interact with individuals from high-risk communities, helping them make informed decisions about behaviors that can expose them to HIV. Finally, Alice will help with the SFAF’s needle exchange program, educational outreach programs, and housing services. Alice believes this internship will be “the perfect opportunity to learn more about HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and advocacy, as well as a chance to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of those living with it.” Alice brings counseling experience to her internship through her involvement with Sexperts and as an Eating Disorder Peer Advisor. In addition, Alice’s biology and human geography classes at Dartmouth have shaped her understanding of HIV/AIDS at the both the biological and public health level. In the future, Alice aspires to enroll in an MD/MPH program to further her learning about public health issues as well as individual patient care.
Ashley Cartagena ‘10
Hands On Gulf Coast
This summer Ashley will be returning to Mississippi to work with Hands On Gulf Coast, a nonprofit that “inspires, equips, and mobilizes individuals to join together to address community needs, providing camaraderie as well as guidance by creating an impact with service.” Hands On originally existed primarily to do heavy labor following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita but has evolved into a program with an aim to create a more “civically engaged” community via youth development, Green Space rehab, and community outreach. Last winter Ashley worked with Hands On as a Spring Break volunteer coordinator for the flood of civically-minded Spring Breakers that arrive in Mississippi each Spring. In contrast to her previous internship that consisted mostly of working with college students, Ashley’s internship this summer will allow her to engage more directly with the community by working with youth groups, targeting adolescents and teenagers, to provide meaningful service experiences in various fields including green space rehab, beautification, art and education, community outreach, and more, in an effort to provide an alternative space for youth to realize the value of service. Ashley’s past experience with Hands On in the winter will be of immense importance to her summer internship as it has given her an understanding of socioeconomically stratified culture, the importance of direct service, and the inner workings of a nonprofit organization as well as concrete skills such as how to lead reflections, train volunteers, and emergency preparedness. Her volunteer experiences with America Reads and Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth have inspired her work with youth in Mississippi. Ashley hopes to graduate from Dartmouth with a major in History and a minor in Education and Human Development. Eventually she will pursue a Master’s degree in Education, Leadership and Policy Studies or Social Justice in the hopes to become a teacher.
Aurora Wells ‘10
Standing Against Global Exploitation (SAGE)
San Francisco, CA
Aurora’s internship this summer will take her to San Francisco, CA to work with the SAGE Project, a nonprofit organization with the primary aim of bringing an end to the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adults (CSE/CSEC) by providing outreach and services to CSE/CSEC survivors. SAGE is a unique collaboration between law enforcement, public health, social services, and private agencies with a collaborative, prevention and solution oriented approach to restorative justice that benefits individual communities and the whole of our society. Aurora plans to establish a creative outreach initiative at SAGE by leading creative writing workshops in prose and poetry in the hope that she will give the women there “an opportunity to find their voices, strengthen their voices, and heal through them.” Aurora will also work with staff to determine other avenues of creativity that could be provided by SAGE as well as assist in research and advocacy. With talent in creative writing, visual art, and theater, Aurora has the ability and the desire necessary to facilitate creative collaboration amongst the clients at SAGE. With two years of experience under her belt as a Sexual Abuse Peer Advisor (SAPA) at Dartmouth, she has learned how to listen to and empower survivors of sexual trauma. Next year Aurora will be writing a graphic novel for her Women and Gender Studies thesis centered on the American sex trade and in the long-term future she hopes to continue her work as an activist and leader to help women and make art.
Youth Employment Summer Program
New York, NY
This summer, Cory will work with the Youth Employment Summer Program in New York City. In conjunction with the Children’s Aid Society, the YES Program serves inner city youth to give motivated high school students in New York City the opportunity to work in a professional office during the summer. As DPCS’s YES Intern, Cory will serve as a liaison between the YES program and the Children’s Aid Society to oversee the program and coordinate students’ pre-employment screenings, training session, and employer follow-ups. She will also be responsible for organizing activities as a part of a Friday enrichment program and planning a weekend long trip to Dartmouth. Cory’s hopes for “rewarding interactions, growing bonds with the students, and better understanding of the fine points of privilege and opportunity, especially a new dimension of class divide experience” in her summer experience. Cory brings a wealth of experience in working with youth through her Tucker Fellowship to teach English in Ghana, role as an academic coach with SEAD, and work with America Reads. In addition, Cory has explored education, awareness and advocacy surrounding the class divide issues at Dartmouth through the Alliance for Socioeconomic Awareness. Cory’s goal for the future is to find a way to use her skills to the benefit of those around her in away to empower those who she serves. She believes in sustainable efforts of service that continue after one leaves a community rather than compelling short term projects.
David Lumbert ‘12
Preble Street Homeless Shelter and Resource Center
This summer, David will venture to Portland, ME to work with the Preble Street Homeless Shelter and Resource Center. Preble Street’s teen center provides young adults with healthcare, education advice, mental health counseling, job placement, and substance abuse counseling. Runaway and homeless teens are housed in the Lighthouse Shelter, a low-barrier emergency overnight shelter that works to take young people out of unsafe living conditions and set them on a track toward success. David’s specific role as an intern will be to prepare for meals, cook, and clean up three times daily as a part of the breakfast and teen meals program at Preble Street. Additionally, David will work with Preble Street clients to find job placement and provide interview and resume consulting, while simultaneously working with local employers to fill positions. On occasion, David check in with young adults at the teen center and arrange for necessary counselors to work with clients. David hopes “speak with social workers about their experiences with poverty and learn how our government can craft more effective policies.” He looks forward to “work[ing] with advocacy programs to provide long-term, sustainable solutions for poverty.” David has previously worked with the Tucker Foundation’s Early College Awareness program to help high school freshman work through learning disabilities and find ways to understand difficult material. David aims to gain a greater understanding of social welfare policy to determine in which area of policy he would like to concentrate in the future. He is confident that volunteering will continue to be a part of his life, and he looks forward to an opportunity to give back through direct service this summer.
Elizabeth Trandel ‘12
Extra Special People, Inc.
This summer, Elizabeth will work with Extra Special People, Inc. at an annual summer camp designed to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities.The camp, located in Watkinsville, Georgia, serves children and young adults with developmental disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, emotional behavior disorders, Down syndrome, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Elizabeth will serve as a camp counselor and will be paired with one or two campers each week. She and the campers will participate in a number of recreational activities designed to develop skills specific to the campers' individual needs. One week of the program will be spent at a residential camp where the campers can ride horses, kayak, make pottery, and participate in various other activities. Elizabeth is passionate about working with ESP, and is confident that her previous experience there will enable her to better serve the campers. During the course of this internship, Elizabeth expects "to get experience working with special education students and to learn more about the specifics of their disorders." In addition to her prior work with ESP, Elizabeth has worked in a retirement home and has participated in DREAM, giving her experience working with both the elderly and children. Elizabeth is extremely interested in pediatric developmental disabilities and hopes to integrate this interest into her future career. She ultimately aspires to a career in either research or medicine.
Emily Fiocco ‘10
Emily’s internship this summer will bring her to Boston to work with Girls’ LEAP, an organization that has reached over 3,000 young women in the past eleven years that offers classes throughout summer and the school year to girls ages 8-18 who live in underserved areas of the city. Classes taught include self-defense, self-awareness, anger management, and problem solving strategies. The mission of Girls’ LEAP is “to promote the safety and well-being of girls, women, and their families through focused education programs” as they “seek to raise awareness, build decision-making skills and foster personal confidence to create safer communities and safer lives”. Emily’s role as an intern is that of “Teaching Woman,” making her in charge of teaching in classrooms and helping with planning, creating, and evaluating LEAP programs. As a black belt in karate, Emily is well equipped to teach classes in self-defense as well as anger management strategies and self-awareness. Impacted by her experience in self-defense, Emily believes that the values of Girls’ LEAP are a huge asset to every woman and she is passionate about bringing those values to the girls and young women the program serves. Emily will bring important lessons learned during her experience as a teacher at a literacy camp for second and third grade inner-city children in Baltimore to her internship with Girls’ LEAP. In the future Emily hopes to attend an MFA program for creative writing, publish a novel, and eventually become a professor of English/Creative Writing.
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
This summer, Gabrielle will work with Boston's Health Care for the Homeless Program. The Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) provides free, quality health care to the men, women, and children that live on the streets of Boston and between the city's shelter and soup kitchens. The BHCHP's team of doctors, dentists, nurses, physician's assistants, psychologists, social workers, volunteers, and others set up daily clinics in shelters and soup kitchens. Gabrielle's responsibility this summer will be to provide psychological support and behavioral health counseling. Gabrielle will travel with a BHCHP health care team to soup kitchens, transitional housing facilities, battered women's shelters, and the streets and bridges of Boston to provide homeless patients with information, resources, and follow-up support tailored to their situation. She will address issues of nutrition and immunization, connecting patients with support groups and social workers, helping them figure out how to avoid and deal with everything from extreme temperatures to depression, and offering education about how to identify and treat communicable diseases. Gabrielle's philosophy in approaching this internship is that it is "understanding, listening, and caring about the individual that creates the trusting relationship and allows for sustained solution." In her time at Dartmouth, Gabrielle has been a committed member and leader of the group Students Fighting Hunger, which will inform her understanding of homelessness in Boston. In the future, Gabrielle hopes to focus on issues of urban development, with particular emphasis on inner-city education and urban homelessness.
Ibrahim Elshamy ’09
Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN)
This summer, Ibrahim will travel to Chicago, IL to intern with the Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN), an organization concerned with social justice that delivers a range of social services and cultivates the arts in one of the poorest Chicago neighborhoods. IMAN emphasizes empowering individuals as community members through a number of programs, ranging from social gatherings that allow neighbors to meet one another and build stronger ties to courses that teach people about their legal rights in different situations. Ibrahim will be involved in many different kinds of programs run by IMAN, but he will be most focused on the advocacy initiatives of the organization. He hopes that by being in a place far from home and connecting with people that are often on a difficult side of systematic injustices that he will get another particularly poignant and relevant perspective on ways to improve the world. Ibrahim has had significant volunteer experience both at Dartmouth and abroad, as he currently serves as the Tucker Foundation Student Director for Education Programming and recently spent six months working in Cairo, Egypt as a mentor/teacher with a holistic organization that assisted war-torn refugees. After Dartmouth, Ibrahim hopes to obtain a law degree in international and human rights law, and then to augment his graduate studies with professional work experience in a government agency.
Jessica Zarker ‘12
Save the Children Summer Camp
Dulce, New Mexico
Jessica’s internship this summer is in Dulce, New Mexico with Save the Children, a nonprofit organization broadly dedicated to serving children in need in the United States and internationally. In the U.S., Save the Children is primarily concerned with improving literacy and physical health by providing age appropriate and child friendly programs. With the program in Dulce, Jessica will be serving children in the rural Southwest, an area with many Native American communities that suffer from a grave deficit in literary skills and high incidence of childhood type 2 diabetes. Jessica will serve the majority of her time as an intern with the Save the Children summer camp on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. As a counselor at the camp, Jessica will work with elementary age children on the reservation by leading sports, arts and crafts, and field trips, as well as instructing a literacy and nutrition program. In the nutrition program, CHANGE, Jessica will serve the children healthy snacks, lead them through physical activities, and aid them in formulating a culturally specific, nutritious diet. As an instructor in the literacy program, Jessica will read aloud with the children, conduct vocabulary activities, and help them to raise their reading ability to an on-grade level. As a minor in Native American Studies, Jessica has studied Native American history and literature and has a deep appreciation for the Jicarilla Apache culture in which she will be working. Her love for kids and experience coaching soccer will benefit Jessica greatly in her work at the camp this summer. Upon her graduation from Dartmouth, Jessica plans to build on her passion for volunteering and activism by working in a non-profit organization that focuses on community building
John Around Him ‘12
SuAnne Big Crow Boys and Girls Club
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD
This summer, John will return to his home state of SD to work with the SuAnne Big Crow Boys and Girls Club (SBCBGC) on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The club was established as a valuable resource for the Lakota youth and community of Pine Ridge. It provides youth with an outlet from problems such as gang violence, alcohol, and drugs in an environment that is conducive to the spiritual and educational growth of the youth through sports, health and wellness, and academic pursuits. As a SBCBGC Intern, John will work as a mentor and organizer for events, and will also help to facilitate athletic, cultural, and academic activities. His main focus will be to design and implement a curriculum that encourages youth to consider the option of college and teach them how to access and understand the role of higher education in their lives. John’s goals for this internship are to “provide a better place for the youth and future generations to learn and grow [..and] end the cycle of poverty that plagued [his] people for so many generations.” John will be able to contribute greatly to his community by sharing his service, professional and military experiences. He has volunteered and worked in the community of Pine Ridge in a number of capacities before, which has enhanced his understanding of the existing infrastructure of Pine Ridge. His strong work ethic, discipline, and organizational skills were formed when he served in the US Military on a tour of Iraq. In the future, John hopes to extend his summer program into an established program and earn a Masters degree in Education to continue to serve and preserve the Lakota community.
Kayasha Lyons ‘12
Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (L.E.D.A.)
New York City, NY
This summer, Kayasha will travel to New York City to intern with Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (L.E.D.A.), an organization that takes students from disadvantaged backgrounds and works with them to gain admittance to the nation’s top colleges and universities. L.E.D.A. recruits students from all over the nation and conducts a summer program at Princeton University that trains them to become ethical and effective leaders. Kayasha is a former L.E.D.A. scholar herself, and will return to the organization to serve as a College Guidance Assistant. She believes that education is the ultimate key to success, and seeks to inform rising seniors from underrepresented backgrounds about how to promote themselves as successful college applicants to selective institutions. Kayasha has had many different kinds of prior service experiences in and around Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan primarily through her involvement with L.E.D.A. (such as a park beautification project). In the future, Kayasha plans to graduate from Dartmouth with a B.A. in Sociology and History, work for a year at a non-profit organization geared towards helping high school students, and then pursue a law degree.
D. Michael Shrubb ‘10
This summer, Mike will travel to New York City to work with CitySquash. CitySquash works with Fordham University to serve children from local elementary, middle, and high schools. It incorporates intensive tutoring, mentoring, community service, independent school placement, and college preparation with an equally rigorous squash training schedule. Mike will spend morning on the squash courts with children of different ages and skill levels to teach them different skills, tactics, strategies, mentalities, and competitiveness in order to teach the kids practical ways to improve their level of play. The afternoons will involve intensive tutoring and mentoring periods. Michael will also lead several community service and cultural enrichment trips. He sees this internship as a chance to “use my best personal attributes to help others. My work will benefit the lives of CitySquash athletes through improvements in their academic, athletic, and personal lives.” Mike is an accomplished squash athlete himself and will use his formal squash training to allow children without previous access to squash facilities to enjoy the game while developing important academic skills. He has also previously worked with Athletes United as basketball coach, which has provided him necessary coaching skills for the position. Mike hopes that this experience will help him to gain new insights about himself and life outside of Dartmouth. After college, Mike would like to start a fulfilling career path and have a recognizable social impact.
Paige Franklin ‘12
This summer, Paige will return to New Jersey to work in the Counselor in Training Program with the Newark YMWCA. Guided by YMWCA’s four core values- care, honesty, respect and responsibility – Paige will work with youth from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds in a camp environment to foster student interest in community development and leadership. During the program, Paige will work directly with campers to help them develop the skills of decision-making, public speaking, problem-solving, team building, and developing a camp curriculum. She will also teach them to organize activities, assist younger children to work through their activities safely, and resolve conflicts among both their colleagues and the children with whom they will work. Paige hopes: “to show these teens that they can overcome any obstacle that life may have dealt them through dedication to excellence in school and at work. Through resilience and perseverance these children can have a successful future. Their experience at the YMWCA will aid in building a strong and enduring character that will sustain them throughout their lives.” Paige brings a tremendous amount of experience in both working at a camp and participating in summer programs that will allow her to flourish in her role as the Counselor in Training Director. In the future, Paige aspires to attend medical school and believes that this opportunity will allow her to be a better rounded doctor to understand patients’ physical and mental needs.
Tabetha Xavier ‘10
Urban Justice Center
This summer, Tabetha will travel to Manhattan, NY to intern with the Urban Justice Center, an organization composed of nine district projects spanning from domestic violence outreach and prevention to mental health services. Tabetha will be working specifically for the Homeless Outreach and Prevention Project (HOPP), where the main focus is on advocating for economic justice for low- and no-income New Yorkers. One in five New Yorkers lives below the poverty line, and families and individuals living in poverty are often unaware of or denied their rights to participate in government programs, such as Cash Assistance, Medicaid, and Welfare. HOPP consists of a team of attorneys and advocates whose mission is to fight on behalf of low income residents in order to ensure that the government is held accountable to their own legal mandates regarding basic rights and benefits. Tabetha will contribute to this organization by doing both intake and outreach, spending some of her time helping to receive walk-in clients in HOPP’s legal clinics, as well as some of her time in food pantries and soup kitchens listening to clients’ stories and helping them decide if HOPP could be of assistance to them. Tabetha’s main interest in this internship stems from her basic commitment to public service, as she believes that non-profit work survives due to selfless commitments of time, skills, and effort, and she would love to do her part. Tabetha has had prior experience working with low- and no-income populations, as she spent Spring 2009 interning with Pathways and Barriers to Health Care for Rural Homeless in the Upper Valley. Tabetha is keeping her options open for the future, but is considering enrolling in graduate school for play writing, in medical school, or law school following her Dartmouth graduation.
Samuel Edandison ‘10
Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate (OCA)
This summer, Samuel will travel to Boston to intern with the Office of the Child Advocate, an organization striving to ensure that children in the custody of the state receive timely, safe and effective services. OCA advises the public and the government about strategies to improve services to children and families and also investigates critical incidents involving children that receive services. Samuel will act as an outreach coordinator, creating and taking part in outreach programs to publicize the role and work of the OCA. This position will take him on the road to visit various state agencies in custody of children and provide these children with relevant facts about the OCA to advise them on their rights and privileges. Additionally, Samuel hopes to work to build trust between staff and the children in custody. His internship will be informed by a number of volunteer experiences he has had working with children as a peer advocate and counselor in Madison, Connecticut and the Bronx. In high school Samuel was part of a nationwide program called A Better Chance (ABC), a program that takes students from low performing schools and places them in top performing schools. In his work with OCA Sam hopes to “be able to give others what was given me” and “provide inspiration and hope for someone who might need it.” In the future, Samuel hopes to go to law school and to take ownership over the issue of child advocacy by possibly working as a public defender.
Sue Schmitz '10
Rehabilitation Center of Sheboygan (RCS Empowers, Inc.)
Sue will return to Wisconsin this summer to complete her internship with RCS Empowers, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to rehabilitate disabled individuals and provide them with the skills and confidence necessary to work and live happily in society. RCS serves over 800 participants and families by offering assistance to young children with autism and their families in the form of speech therapy, occupation and physical therapy, and other health services. They also provide support, therapy, and vocational training services for patients suffering from a variety of mental illnesses. Sue will be working with a licensed art therapist to gain a hands-on experience of helping adults rehabilitate themselves by expressing emotions through art. She will spend time with adults that have developmental disabilities and mental illnesses in the day services program. Sue will also be given the freedom of leading various activities such as crafts, vocational training, and personal life skills. As a major in Psychological and Brain Sciences and a minor in Studio Art, Sue's internship provides a fitting convergence of her two great passions. Her experience working with disabled adults during the Special Olympics in Hanover influenced Sue's desire to work with disabled people and allowed her to learn the benefits of positive coaching and enthusiastic support, both values also instilled in her as a member of the Women's Varsity Ice Hockey team at Dartmouth. After college Sue hopes to continue her education and experiences working in the field of social work so she can be best prepared to help disadvantaged populations. She wants to eventually become an Art Therapist and work with an organization where she can incorporate art therapy into more traditional forms of counseling.
Brandon Ware ‘10
Dallas Mustangs Basketball Team
Cedar Hill, TX
This Spring, Brandon Ware will return home to Dallas, Texas to intern with the Dallas Mustangs, a basketball team that provides children from the ages of elementary school to high school with the opportunity to engage in a fraternal community that provides extra support in their lives. The organization places an emphasis on academics and socialization within an enjoyable environment that allows players to show off their talent on the basketball court. Brandon has titled his project “Cultivating Concrete Roses,” which stands for the ability to nurture a beautiful individual even in the concrete jungle of urban areas. As a successful alumnus of the organization, Brandon hopes to share his own experiences with the young men at the organization to enable them to reach the goals to which they may strive. Brandon will draw upon his own skills as a basketball player to act as a coach for students during games and tournaments. His primary interest, however, is to monitor and mentor the academic responsibilities of the students to help them make wise decisions at such a crucial time in their lives. Brandon adds, “my single greatest concern is helping them not compromise their lives before they truly begin.” Brandon sees the opportunity of serving in his home town as a precursor to being able to serve other communities in the future. In the past, he has served Katrina victims at the Potter’s House in Texas, and worked as the student intern for the Office of Black Student Advising as the student intern. In the future, he hopes to pursue graduate study in business, gain the respect and admiration of his peers, and see the world.
CASA of Travis County
This Spring, Dalia will return to Austin, TX to work with CASA of Travis County, an organization, which screens, trains, and supervises volunteers to act as court-appointed child advocates who help improve the lives of foster care children. After training with the program, Dalia will be assigned to cases with either a single child or sibling group and will be responsible for making contact with the child’s social worker, foster parents, biological parents, and teachers. Dalia will be observing the child’s emotional state and progress in order to provide an unbiased and well-informed recommendation to the judge and social worker. Dalia is strongly concerned about improving the foster care system in Texas, and as a psychology major hopes to convert this internship into a more permanent position. Dalia’s previous experience includes interning with the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, in which she first learned about her suitability for social work. After graduating from Dartmouth, Dalia hopes to attend graduate school, travel to Russia, and learn to speak German.
Daniel Susman ‘10
This Spring, Dan will travel to Zenger Farm in Portland, Oregon to educate youth in sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship. Zenger Farm is a six-acre non-profit urban farm, which is dedicated to promoting healthy urban communities by increasing awareness about sustainable and organic agriculture, environmental consciousness, as well as fostering development of the local economy. They farm also uses its ten-acre wetland to teach about the important connection between rural and urban ecosystems. As the youth education intern, Dan will guide youth tours, which will foster the development of a connection with the land and to the food grown on it. Dan will also assist with the maintenance of the farm. Dan hopes to share the lessons he has learned in trying to reduce his own impact on the environment through avoiding animal products and minimizing his consumption of earth resources and energy with the youth that will visit the farm. Dan brings a variety of experience in working with children of all ages through his employment at summer camps and volunteering experiences, especially within recreational settings. As an Environmental Science and Biology double major, Dan is also heavily involved in environmental activism on campus and was a cofounder of Dartmouth's Sustainable Living Center. In the future, Dan hopes to explore a variety of work and life experiences and travel the world to gain a better understanding of both himself and the world around him.
Hungyen Nguyen ‘09
This spring, Hungyen will travel to just a town away to Lebanon, NH, where she will work as a volunteer with ACORN, an organization that supports HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C victims in the Upper Valley. The goal of ACORN is to support and empower victims using case management and support groups as well as to provide awareness about HIV/AIDS issues to the surrounding community. ACORN ensures victims and the community can understand the causes and effects of such viruses in order to stop the spread of these viruses and create a non-discriminatory community. Hungyen hopes to assist in creating a curriculum for HIV/AIDS education in surrounding schools that directly targets communities in Vermont and New Hampshire as well as assist directly in the implementation and teaching of such curriculum. Hungyen is passionate about education outreach programs because of her desire for "other people to know the causes and effects of HIV/AIDS and show people that it is not a disease to be afraid of." Hungyen has a diversity of past experiences, such as her time working with the Cavalry Refuge in Georgia and studying abroad in Japan, all of which have contributed to her sociable personality, open ears, and caring heart. Additionally, Hungyen has developed marketing and programming skills which will assist ACORN greatly in their awareness efforts. Hungyen hopes her work with ACORN will help her garner a better idea of what her passions are as well as improve her ability to converse and interact with all types of people- all skills which will serve her well as she continues along her prospective career path in marketing and eventually business school.
Marlon Sanders ‘10
Dallas Mustangs Basketball Team
Cedar Hill, TX
This spring, Marlon will venture beyond Dartmouth and his Ohio roots to intern in Cedar Hill, Texas with the Dallas Mustangs, an extremely competitive basketball program with an emphasis on academics and socialization of the middle and high-school aged young men involved. As an alumnus of a similar organization in Cleveland, Marlon hopes to share his own experiences from Dartmouth and beyond to encourage the young men he'll be working with to reach for their dreams. Also, as a member of the Dartmouth College Men's basketball team, Marlon has the basketball knowledge necessary to serve as a coach during games and tournaments. Most critically, Marlon will assist in providing clinics on conduct, recruiting, and other important factors which lead to academic, personal, and athletic success at the collegiate level. Marlon hopes his internship will "help young men become more knowledgeable about the game of basketball and life." He has a unique perspective and passion for his internship because he has "gone through the same obstacles as these young men have and will go through," which drives him to be all that he can be as a mentor, coach, mediator, motivator, and friend to the young people he will be working with. Marlon has had experience working in Costa Rica as a mentor and a plethora of experiences working in basketball clinics and recreation centers. He hopes his past experiences and this internship will fuel his desire to be a lifelong mentor and perhaps someday, a college basketball coach.
Chelsey Luger ’10
Fort Yates Chamber of Commerce
Fort Yates, ND
Chelsey will spend Winter 2009 in her home community of Fort Yates, ND as in intern with the Fort Yates Chamber of Commerce. She has titled her self designed project “Unifying Fort Yates through Economic Development: Project Coordination and Implementation.” The Fort Yates Chamber of Commerce aims to promote tribal self-sufficiency and community wellness while enhancing economic development throughout the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. For Yates serves as the governmental headquarters for Standing Rock and is the primary location for Standing Rock businesses. As a part of her internship, Chelsey will be meeting with as many members of the community as possible in order to both advertise and communicate the goals of the Chamber to the community and then also report the needs of the community to the Chamber. Using the information gathered from interviewing community members, Chelsey will be responsible for organizing and executing a project with Chamber funds that will benefit the community of Fort Yates as a whole. Chelsey’s Native American cultural background has made her culturally aware and sensitive to the unique needs of the Fort Yates community. As a double major in History and Native American Studies, Chelsey hopes to use the knowledge she has acquired at Dartmouth to improve and further “the well-being and sovereignty of American Indian people in every way.” In the future, Chelsey hopes to attend graduate school and work professionally within Indian country. Chelsey is confident her experience this winter will help her to serve both her community and similar communities to improve social conditions.
Bethaney Hale ‘10
St. Michaels High School
St. Michaels, AZ
Bethaney will spend Winter 2009 with St. Michaels High School in St. Michaels, AZ on the Navajo reservation. The high school provides a quality education which supports Native American language and history and offers an enriched curriculum in preparing students for college. Bethaney's role will be to serve as a teacher's assistant and tutor for classes in areas such as computer literacy, research and college searches for college-bound students. She would also like to organize guest speakers who will share their knowledge of Navajo traditions and beliefs in the hopes that students will learn the language and traditions important to the Navajo Reservation. In addition, she will be a resource for rising seniors preparing to apply to colleges or searching for summer enrichment programs. Finally, Bethaney would like to establish both a peer tutoring program for high school students and also a tutoring program between high school and elementary students. Bethaney hopes that her time at St. Michaels will help the self confidence of students and help them to realize the importance of their education and the continuation of their education after high school. Personally, she hopes that the experience will enhance her knowledge of her academic major, Native American Studies, and minor, Education. Bethaney will explore and address the difficulties in incorporating Native American culture and language in reservation high schools. As an alumna of St Michaels High School, Bethaney will be an example to high school students and is confident her experiences will encourage current St. Michaels students. She hopes this will give her the opportunity to reconnect with her culture. In the future, Bethaney would like to return to the Navajo reservation as a teacher or counselor and work to combat social and economic issues in the community through sustained involvement in the community.
Gloria Gerber ‘10
New England Baptist Hospital
Gloria will spend Winter 2009 as an intern at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA. The New England Baptist Hospital specializes in orthopedic procedures and muscoskeletal disorders. The hospital aims to empower patients and their families through health and wellness education and support in the areas of preventive health and disease management. As an intern, Gloria will engage personally with patients, volunteering on many hospital floors. She will assist with the general care and comfort of patients, transportation, admittance to the floor and release, and communication between doctors and patients. Due to her interest in medicine, Gloria hopes to understand a broader definition of health by addressing the needs of the community through community health initiatives supported by the hospital. Gloria’s projects will include local school tutoring and mentoring, breast and cervical cancer screening for under served and under insure women, and assisting patients unfamiliar with the US medical system. Gloria will draw upon her experiences with the Philadelphia Ronald MacDonald House and DHMC to provide compassionate care between hospitals and both patients and surrounding communities. Gloria’s experience with healthcare and hospitals has made her aware of the disparities in access to the healthcare system between different socioeconomic groups. Gloria is troubled by the confusion patients experience due to financial constraints or incomplete information. She hopes to contribute to improving access to medical information, preventing disease, and treating illness for patients of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Gloria’s future plans include volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and the Good Neighbor Clinic in White River Junction, attending medical school, and volunteering in a medical clinic in Peru.
Catherine Yao ‘10
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Catherine will spend Winter 2009 with Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH as in intern in the Volunteer Services Department. As a part of the Volunteer Department, she will be interacting with Volunteer applicants, setting up group interviews, and conducting interviews for screening purposes. She would then both greet and help coordinate volunteers. Catherine’s time will not be limited to the Volunteer Department – she will also work with the Children’s Hospital and the Dartmouth Childlife program by interacting with inpatient pediatrics and directing general play activities, the Cancer Infusion Suite by assisting patients receiving intravenous chemotherapy, and the Radiation Oncology department by helping patients coming in for radiation treatments. Catherine’s goals are to provide to high quality heath care and comfort to the ill and advance health care through community services. Catherine has worked in hospital settings before and brings an existing knowledge of people’s responses to disease and treatment of disease. Catherine aspires to pursue a career in medicine in the future. Her passion for health care and academic interests, Religion and Psychology, reflect what she calls a “deep interest in people at all different levels – body, mind, and spirit.” As a future medical professional, Catherine hopes to add patient interaction skills to her strong academic background.
Michelle Chan ‘10
International Rescue Committee
San Diego, CA
Michelle will spend Winter 2009 with the International Rescue Committee in San Diego, CA as a Parents-PreK Program and Students Plus volunteer. The International Rescue Committee has worldwide branches that work primarily with refugees to establish safe places for them and help them to make a substantial and sustainable change to their lives. The San Diego branch has financial programs that include “financial literacy” to help refugees understand the American economic system and “small business development” in which refugees are taught the skills to become financially independent and self employed. Young children and parents are offered classes together that help children realize their potential and help parents understand how to raise a child in American society. As an intern, Michelle will work with the First Things First program which teaches English to parents unable to work because they are primary care givers for young children, and the StudentsPlus program which helps students with school work, ESL tutoring, and SAT preparation. Michelle looks forward to helping an entire family transition into American life successfully. She is excited to empower refugees with skills and independence through language instruction and mentoring. Michelle’s experience as a First Year Undergraduate advisor will assist her in counseling the population she will serve. In the future, Michelle is interested in attending law school and specializing in public interest law to help populations, such as refugees, that are in need. She hopes that her interaction with refugees and learning about the issues and needs of the population will help her to improve their conditions from a legal perspective in the future.
Cynthia Akagbosu ‘11
Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center
Cynthia will spend Winter 2009 in Berkeley, California empowering women as an intern at the Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center. The Drop-In Center is a non-profit that aims to address the needs of homeless women and children by ensuring that they have a safe refuge where they will receive meals, support, and access to resources that allow women to overcome homelessness by becoming self-sufficient. Cynthia’s role as an intern includes support of the breakfast and lunch program at the Center where she will gather ingredients to cook nourishing meals and distribute them to the women and their families. She will also use her own skill of resourcefulness to help women in finding their own resources to assist them in their daily lives, such as assistance with housing agencies and support filling out application forms for transitional housing programs. Cynthia has been a participant in the Peer Education Action Corps, is an Eating Disorders Peer Advisor, and acts as an Undergraduate Advisor to her peers at Dartmouth. She will utilize her counseling skills and what she has learned about HIV education and prevention programs to organize workshops for women at the center. Cynthia’s life has already taken her around the globe from London, England to Nigeria, so her background and experience with cultural diversity will help her to be successful in dealing with issues of diversity that she may encounter during her internship at the Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center. Cynthia’s majors in Psychology and Spanish will also allow her to “better understand the underlying psychological causes of homelessness” and communicate with women at the Center. In the future, Cynthia hopes to travel third-world countries doing service work before she pursues a PhD in psychological studies.
Lindsey Beckett ‘11
Just Neighbors Legal Immigration Services
Lindsey will spend her Winter 2009 term in the Washington D.C. area as an intern at Just Neighbors Legal Immigration Services. Just Neighbors is a non-profit organization with a mission “to provide immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees of all faiths and nationalities”. They do this by connecting recent immigrants with lawyers who can help them navigate the U.S legal system and become productive members of society. The roles Lindsey will play at Just Neighbors are vital to the functioning of such a non-profit. Lindsey’s ability to speak Spanish will be essential to her internship at Just Neighbors since 40% of their clients speak Spanish. She will perform initial intake with clients, assist clients in completing documents for immigration applications, and work in the office in such ways that directly benefit the clientele of Just Neighbors. Additionally, Lindsey will spend a portion of her time assisting attorneys with client and law research to help attorneys prepare their cases because she “strongly supports the sense of social justice that the organization fosters, attempting to give legal aid to people who cannot obtain it because of their socioeconomic status.” Lindsey’s future plans include attending law school and as an economics major with a focus on development and international studies, learning about the experiences of low-income immigrants will be invaluable to her future.
Terra Branson '10
Muscogee (Creek) Nation's Challenge Bowl
Terra will be spending Winter 2009 interning in a community quite familiar to her in Okmulgee, OK with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's Johnson O'Malley department, a federally funded program whose aim is to promote Creek culture, history, government, and language for students served by Creek Nation. Terra's work will consist of a range of duties that support the implementation of the Challenge Bowl program and allow her to work directly with students in the program from 47 school districts within an 11 county area. Terra will routinely meet with the Challenge Bowl Committee to design a student handbook, study guides, a student registration system, and a school and community outreach plan. Additionally, Terra plans to initiate her own presentations at the high schools to help students who are interested in higher education. Terra's experience as a co-president of the Native Americans at Dartmouth will be helpful to her internship with the Challenge Bowl since she has experience communicating goals within diverse teams to achieve common goals. In the near future Terra hopes to complete a thesis with the Native American Studies Department and completing an internship in her own Native community will be useful in gaining insights for her work. Terra is a driven, Native woman with a desire to help people and eventually she hopes to work in the Tribal Health system as an administrator and develop a support network for Indian students in higher education.
Kerry Gamble ‘10
Kerry Gamble will spend Winter 2009 in Oakland, California working as an intern with People's Grocery, an organization that empowers an impoverished, African-American community to become self-sufficient and knowledgeable about food and community gardening. Kerry's role in People's Grocery will be helping out with the community garden and helping people understand the role of food in their daily lives and how they can become self-empowered when it comes to issues of food and health. Kerry's internship will explore real-world issues of food charities and food security that she has studied through research as a Presidential Scholar. Kerry's interpersonal skills and outgoing nature will assist her greatly during her work in Oakland and allow her to overcome some of the racial and ethnic barriers of this area. Additionally, Kerry has had experience working at the Upper Valley Haven food shelf and the Dartmouth Organic Farm, both of which have given her the skills and background necessary to be an effective intern in a community that struggles with issues of health and food.
Samantha Jacobs ‘11
Tenderloin Childcare Center
San Francisco, CA
This winter Samantha will be moving to San Francisco, CA to work at the Tenderloin Childcare Center, a non-profit organization that provides aid to low-income and homeless children and families. Within the Tenderloin Childcare Center, Samantha hopes to work with pre-kindergarten aged children on a specialized early education curriculum that focuses on art, music, science and nature, pre-reading and pre-math and hones motor skills through play. As her internship progresses, Samantha hopes that she will become comfortable and confident enough with the children to eventually plan her own education programs and activities, specifically programs involving theater. The goal of all of these creative enrichment programs is to create a safe and supportive environment that leads children to understand the role of a better education later in life, and Samantha hopes to “become thoroughly engrossed in the endeavor to help children that a large chunk of society has chosen to ignore”. This internship perfectly complements Samantha’s tentative Psychology major, for which she has taken several child psychology classes. In the future, Samantha hopes to begin her own non-profit working with mentally handicapped children.
Jung Kim '10
Helping Hands Community Outreach Center
This winter Jung will be working in Dayton, Ohio at the Helping Hands Community Outreach Center, a center with a mission of empowering the whole family by giving each member social, education, and economic skills in order to allow the family to eventually achieve economic stability. Jung will be utilizing his skills as an Economics major by interning specifically in the Suite Dream Homeownership Program of the Center. The hope of the program is that by providing counseling and assistance to families that are about to lose their homes to foreclosure, such a tragic outcome can be avoided. Jung will be providing such assistance during his internship by interacting directly with families in need and surveying homeowners who are affected by job loss and foreclosures during the economic crisis our country is facing. Jung hopes to provide counseling and educating in an effort to "be able to improve the home conditions of homeowners, improve the general foreclosure problems of the community, and deal with the boarded up homes in the community which influence the economic well-being of its members." Jung's experience as a tutor and teacher in South Korea will help him to effectively communicate and educate the residents of Dayton, Ohio that he will interact with on a daily basis. Jung hopes this internship will provide him with a real-world template with which he can apply his study of economics in the classroom and learn how economics is impacting the average American homeowner. Jung hopes this will give him new insights for future work in the financial sector in America and Korea.
Hannah Sehn ‘10
Casa Juan Diego
Hannah will be moving to Houston, Texas this winter to work at Casa Juan Diego, a part of the Catholic Worker movement with several houses of hospitality serving refugees and immigrants from Central America and Mexico. The organization provides a variety of services including meals, medical and dental services, clothes, shelter, and beginning English classes. An additional service of Casa Juan Diego includes providing services for battered women, children, and pregnant women. Hannah’s duties as an intern will encompass helping with a range of services that Casa Juan Diego provides and working directly with the 150 guests who stay there. She will interact with the residents on a daily basis, helping to organize and cook meals, assisting health care professionals in the medical and dental clinics, and organizing food and clothing donations. Hannah will be arriving to Texas fresh from a Language Study Abroad program in Barcelona and plans to use her Spanish language skills to communicate more effectively with the population she will be assisting. Eventually Hannah plans to go to medical school and become a pediatrician, combining those goals with a desire to become a Spanish-speaking doctor in Central and South America “where medical services are scarce and doctors are desperately needed”.
Aaron Gaide ‘10
National Coalition for the Homeless
This winter Aaron will be an Intern at the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington DC, an organization built to help those who have lost their homes. Via efforts in education, publication, and hands on substantive outreach work, the NCH helps such people to better their lives. Aaron will be in daily contact with homeless individuals in the NCH helping them and their involvement and betterment through NCH. Such support may involve Aaron helping them write for a newspaper, prepare a speech, or help in finding resources for better living situations. Aaron will also participate in outreach services, such as advocacy for the importance of political involvement, health services, and different manners of healthy living. As a member of the Dartmouth Men’s soccer team, Aaron has learned how to accomplish a goal as one unit and will apply such skills to his internships by learning to work with a diverse group of people towards common goals. Aaron hopes to provide “physical, emotional, and intellectual support via service jobs, clinics, and organizations” during his time at NCH. Aaron believes his internship will help him to form plans and visions about service in the future and what helping others directly really entails.
Paige Anderson ‘09
Paige will be travelling to the West Coast this summer to work for the Klamath Tribes. The focus of her work will be with elementary school students who are both directly and indirectly affected by the abuse of methamphetamines, an illicit drug that has become a serious problem in Native American communities. She will be joined by another DPCS intern, Pete Sabori, in carrying out “culturally relevant opportunities for activities, education and engagement,” and developing and implementing community outreach activities to educate the community about problems associated with methamphetamines and substance abuse. While at Dartmouth, Paige has taken several courses in Native American Studies and Sociology; she then hopes to study law and use her education to better the lives of other Natives.
Majorie Chelius ‘11
The Defender’s Association
Marjorie is excited to work with The Defender’s Association as an investigative intern. The Defender’s Association is a large non-profit law firm of 80 attorneys that works to provide Seattle’s low-income community with legal services in cases ranging from felonies to misdemeanors. DPCS has the opportunity to provide Marjorie with an incredible experience that will allow her to develop a skill set necessary to becoming an attorney. Through her intended work of interviewing witnesses, conducting background checks and diagramming crime scenes, Marjorie will be assisting the lawyers in providing necessary legal services to Seattle’s low-income population who often struggle to get fair representation. To this internship, Marjorie brings a wealth of service experience. Before coming to Dartmouth, Marjorie organized a soccer team for underprivileged girls in her hometown of Seattle. In Hanover, she serves as a mentor to a six year old girl from Vermont through one of Dartmouth’s youth mentoring programs. Marjorie describes herself as a compassionate person who is used to working with people from diverse backgrounds and has developed the abilities to communicate well and work independently which will serve her well during her internship.
Ahra Cho ‘11
Ahra will be working as an intern with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lubbock, Texas, which works with families that have been affected by child abuse. The CAC’s primary goal is to address the rising occurrence of child abuse within the Lubbock community by providing support, education, and resources. A large part of Ahra’s internship will focus on family advocacy through assistance with paperwork, conducting follow-ups, assisting with courtroom preparation and alleviating children’s stress through activities. In addition, Ahra will also participate in community education of both children and adults through workshops designed to address physical and sexual abuse. In addition to being a Mentor Against Violence here at Dartmouth, her past experiences at the Jardin de Ninos (an orphanage in her hometown) and Amnesty International have well prepared her to navigate the multitude of issues that may arise during her internship. It is her hope that “Working with the Child Advocacy Center will help [her] learn more about the rural community and how poverty and violence may be connected, if at all”.
Diana Jih ‘09
Slow Food Chicago
Diana will be spending her DPCS Internship with Slow Food Chicago. Slow Food Chicago works to build connections between local farms and communities to create just, fair and sustainable food systems. Diana has a wealth of experience with issues of sustainability, environmentalism and community service. At Dartmouth she has studied food politics and international development and will continue academic work in these areas during her senior year. In the summer of 2006, Diana travelled to India where she worked for an NGO on issues of water management and sustainable development; and this past winter she worked on a permaculture farm in Lesotho. Locally she promoted relationships between Upper Valley farms and the community through an internship last summer with Vital Communities in White River Junction, VT. Diana has also traveled to the Gulf Coast and served the Katrina stricken city of New Orleans. This next experience will allow her to explore issues of food security and access as well as sustainable food systems in a more urban area. Diana hopes to bring back what she learns from Slow Foods and apply what she learns to her continued work with Vital Communities and possibly to future development work in New Orleans or elsewhere.
Kimberly Kruge ’09
Families in Transition
Kimberly will be spending her summer in Manchester, NH working to improve children’s literacy. The host organization, Families in Transition, addresses issues of homelessness by providing both temporary and permanent housing, child care, counseling, and tutoring. Kimberly says, “as an intern, I will be working mainly with the children of homeless families. My tasks will include planning the curriculum for the children, teaching art and possibly music, helping children academically, mentoring and taking the children on fieldtrips.” Kimberly will draw on her wealth of volunteer and educational experiences to assist her in the internship. She currently works with America Reads, a literacy tutoring program, and has previously worked in an orphanage in Russia where, partly as a result of a language barrier, “[she] practiced a great deal of patience and understanding.” In addition, she has a strong background in art and music which she will be incorporating to her everyday classroom activities. Kimberly is mindful of the challenges this internship may present, but feels equipped to handle them and hopes that this internship will help her discover what she wants to do after graduating from Dartmouth.
Susanna Kurnick ‘11
Susanna will use her DPCS internship to teach Physics and Art classes through Breakthrough Philly in Philadelphia, PA. During the summer, Breakthrough provides academic enhancement to promising middle school youth from underprivileged backgrounds. While Susanna understands that this will be a challenging experience, she hopes that she can make science education fun. She writes, “I plan to show them that learning about science is not just the memorization and regurgitation of facts- it has real world applications!” To her DPCS Internship Susanna brings a strong science background and previous experience with youth as a mentor in Dartmouth College’s STAR Mentoring Program and as a camp counselor. She is an accomplished equestrian and has used this talent to teach therapeutic riding to children with autism. For Susanna, this is an opportunity to give back while testing the waters for her future. With diverse interests in education, medicine and research and as a first year student, Susanna will use this internship to begin to differentiate career options, while opening doors in science for the youth she serves. One of her recommenders writes, “I can honesty say that there are few that shine as brightly as Susanna Kurnick.”
Alexandra Ortego ‘09
New York, NY
For Alexandra’s DPCS Internship this summer she will be returning to her hometown of New York to work at Bellevue Hospital in their Emergency Department. One of New York’s finest public hospitals, Alexandra’s work in Bellevue’s Emergency Department will have her working in patient in-take, serving the hospitals client populations of the uninsured, homeless, and incarcerated, among other medically underserved communities. She will work directly with patients, and have responsibilities such as escorting patients to their treatment rooms, performing EKGs, and acting as a patient advocate. Alexandra’s Spanish skills will also allow her to help with translation work. An aspiring doctor, her EMT training and internship experience at a birthing center have helped prepare her for this stressful work environment, but Alexandra is excited for her upcoming internship at Bellevue. Looking forward to all she will learn this summer, Alexandra writes, “I am thrilled that this internship will allow me to make a small impact on the healthcare system, I anticipate that its larger impact will be as an education to me on how to serve others in the healthcare field and it will inspire and prepare me for more service in the future as a physician.”
Joe Pearl ‘11
Rutland Dismas House
This summer Joe’s DPCS Internship will take place at the Rutland Dismas House in Rutland, VT where he will work with recently released prisoners. The Rutland Dismas house provides support for former prisoners who are re-entering society by providing with room and board, community support, and job search support. Joe’s work at the Rutland Dismas House will focus on fostering a strong community ties amongst its residents, and he will help organizing activities such as dinners, hikes, and discussion sessions. Joe write that he is, “very passionate about music, photography, pottery, and the outdoors, and I hope to be able to encourage participation in some of those activities.” The activities that Joe will help to facilitate are designed to not only create bonds amongst the Rutland House residents, but also to mend the gap between former prisoners and those in greater society. Joe’s long-time interest in incarceration and criminal rehabilitation compelled him to this work at Rutland House, and Joe writes that, “although I have always revered the idea of ex-prisoners assimilating back into society, I, myself, currently know very few, if any of them, and it will be a large but very worthwhile challenge to gain mutual trust and respect with people who may have a very different outlook on life.”
Graciela Pichardo ‘11
New York, NY
For Graciela’s DPCS Internship this summer she will be returning to her hometown of New York City to work with the Youth Employment Summer Program (YES Program). Working in conjunction with the Children’s Aid Society, Graciela will be responsible of mentoring gifted and ambitious teenagers from under-resourced communities throughout the summer as the students themselves work in professional internships. In addition to holding resume work-shops, mock interviews, and aiding the students throughout their summer jobs, Graciela will also be responsible for planning weekly Friday enrichment activities for students that focus on exploring and enjoying all of the cultural and educational opportunities New York has to offer. Graciela’s responsibilities also include a good deal of college preparatory work, and in addition to explaining the college application process and college opportunities to her students, she will also be organizing a four-day trip up to Dartmouth. Graciela’s past work as a tutor and a mentor in the Bronx, NY has prepared her well for the great deal and responsibility she inherits with this position, and she identifies her own college and academic success as a strength that will make her an inspiring role-model for her students. This internship is particularly meaningful for Graciela for she sees it as an opportunity to give back to her own community; Graciela writes that, “I was once an inner city student and now attend an excellent institution; my experience will serve for them as proof that they also have the opportunity to succeed.”
Kolleen Burbank ‘09
Kolleen will be spending her summer in Cambridge, Massachusetts working with Breakthrough Collaborative. At Breakthrough, inner city low-income middle school students choose to sign up for this minimum two year program where they receive tutoring during the school year and a variety of classes during the summer. Kolleen will be working long hours as a teacher, spending 10 hours a day in the classroom on top of her time at home developing lesson plans and grading students’ work. She will be in charge of 3 classes, one of which she will design herself and hopes to incorporate some of her own interests into the classroom. She will rely on her experiences as a tutor and mentor in a variety of settings in addition to her experience with Dartmouth’s Outdoor Leadership Experience, a program that teaches leadership to middle and high school students through the medium of the outdoors. Kolleen hopes that this experience will give her some perspective on what it takes to be a teacher, a position she hopes to hold after graduation.
Katie Carey ‘09
Children’s Aid Society
Katie will make the daunting transition from Duluth, Minnesota to New York City where she will be exposed to a completely different part of America. While in New York she will be working with the Children’s Aid Society (CAS), a program that “fills the gap between what children deserve and what life has dealt them”. To accomplish this mission, CAS addresses everything from pre-birth counseling for parents up through college planning and career training. Katie will be specifically working with children ages 5-10 in a summer camp type atmosphere, where she will help run a variety of educational and fun activities for the kids. Katie says, “Ever since I’ve been old enough to be considered an ‘adult’, I’ve wanted to work with children…I love gym games, have a talent for all things arts-n-crafts, and my favorite movies are all Disney movies. I fit right in with the kids.” Katie would like to be a pediatrician one day and hopes that this experience will teach her about working with children of different ages.
Karen Ellis ’09
New York, NY
Harlem RBI is a program designed to enrich the lives of Harlem’s youth. Karen will work with the REAL Kids Summer Program, a subsidiary of Harlem RBI, this summer teaching classes and coaching baseball and softball to kids aged 9-11 years old. In the mornings she will assist a class of 15 students with a focus on improving literacy. In the afternoons she will coach the students in baseball with a focus on teaching them about teamwork, respect and effort. While the idea of overseeing a group of young children in the middle of summer can be challenging, Karen hopes that she can develop personal relationships with her students and teach them some valuable skills. In return for her efforts, Karen hopes that she will learn how to manage a classroom, how to create a lesson plan and how to work with inner-city youth, as she hopes to pursue a career in education after Dartmouth.
Clare Fortune-Agan ‘09
St. Elizabeth Shelter
Santa Fe, NM
Clare is excited about the opportunity to work with St. Elizabeth Shelter this summer, an organization whose mission is to alleviate the issues faced by the homeless of Northern New Mexico. As a native of Maine, Claire expects this internship will be challenging both in its cultural setting and in the nature of the work. However she is used to taking on challenging positions, having served as an Undergraduate Advisor to first year students, worked as a camp counselor for physically disabled youth, and served as the president for Mentors Against Violence, and expects this one to be as valuable a learning experience as the others. While at St. Elizabeth, Clare will organize the basic chores for the shelters residents, assist with the preparation and serving of meals, clean and restock the shelter and provide translation services for the large Spanish speaking population. She hopes this experience will assist her in honing her Spanish as well as provide valuable experience on her way to becoming a social worker.
Bill Gerath ‘11
New Orleans, LA
Bill will be returning the Gulf Coast this summer to continue his work rebuilding New Orleans. He participated on an Alternative Spring Break trip this year to Hands On New Orleans, an organization that Tucker has partnered with since 2005. While his role this summer will be different, the experience gained during the 10 day trip will be of great value to him. Hands On takes large quantities of volunteers and partners them with organizations throughout New Orleans that are engaging in a variety of relief efforts. Bill will be a Volunteer Leader. In this capacity he accompany other volunteers to the Singleton School where he will assist in the running of the library, works with teachers in the classrooms and tutor students. Although he is only a freshman, Bill has learned a lot through being a mentor with the DREAM program and will look to draw on those experiences while at Hands On.
Kareem Halim ‘11
Coalition for Debtor Education
New York, NY
Kareem will build on his background in economics by providing financial literacy services to the people of New York. The Coalition for Debtor Education is a small two person company that collaborates with other New York agencies to work with New York most underprivileged and provide them with sound information about foreclosures, predatory loaning practices and investment and spending strategies. Kareem will undergo a training program to bring him up to speed on the information he will be providing; he will then advise individuals on how to avoid risky financial decisions and take advantage of services that are available to them. In the future, Kareem would like to use his economics background to address public health policy in the United States and abroad. Through working with the population served by Coalition for Debtor Education, he will better understand the financial decisions America’s poorest must make on a daily basis and how to make health care more affordable.
Connie Hu ‘11
Kansas City, MO
Connie’s internship with Operation Breakthrough will address literacy deficiencies in Kansas City’s working poor. Connie will be the primary coordinator for Breakthrough’s literacy volunteers and students. In this position she will create and execute literacy activities for multiple age groups, teach in small classrooms, and train and match volunteers. One such program Connie looks forward to implementing is a Book Club for at-risk teenage girls. Connie has extensive experience that will benefit her in this position; she developed her organizational and leadership skills when she founded Rachel’s Challenge, a program that develops student understanding, she has tutored students in preparation for the SAT and conducted reading circles in a children’s hospital. Her dedication to volunteerism has been prevalent in every aspect of her life. She will pursue a career in international community development upon graduation.
Tyrell Jim ‘11
Defiance Indian Health Services
Tyrell will return to his native Navajo Reservation this summer to work with youth in the community. Motivated by his own experiences as a child, he has first hand knowledge of the struggles children on the reservation face, and what it takes to overcome them. Tyrell will be working in the pediatrics unit this summer, bringing his own passions and talents of reading, singing and story telling to the children of the hospital in order to improve the quality of life of the children. In addition, he hopes to design, implement and lead mini-sports camps in the area for other children in the area. The internship will be valuable to Tyrell as he pursues a degree in Medicine and hopes to return as a physician to Indian Health Services.
Trevor King ‘11
Trevor will be returning home to the Pittsburgh area to serve a community different than his own. While at the Children’s Museum he will be working in a variety of educational programs that target students from the North Side of Pittsburgh, a traditionally poorer region. Using the resources of the museum, he will teach students both in a traditional classroom setting as well as on the museum floor allowing the children to interact with the exhibits. Trevor has served as a tutor, camp counselor, mentor and babysitter in previous capacities and feels equipped to work with children of different ages. Trevor’s internship falls in line with some of his aspirations after Dartmouth- he would like to teach in the Marshall Islands and work for Teach For America, both of which serve under resourced communities.
Eliann (Lannie) Santo ‘09
Center for Women and Enterprise
Lannie will be spending her summer working with the women of Boston and the surrounding area to formulate business plans for start up companies. Approximately half of the women who come to the Center are underprivileged and all are women seeking success in a historically male dominated field. As an intern, Lannie will be working in the venture capital and consulting department and will look over business plans, assist in securing funding, and plan networking events. This position is of particular interest as she finds it “unbelievably rewarding to be able to draw from [her] own personal experience and knowledge and help others in a way that is unique”. The opportunity to assist women as they enter the business world also works well with Lannie’s interest in a business career and hopes to pursue future opportunities in which she can use her wealth of knowledge to serve similar communities.
Alina Politzer ‘11
The Non- violence Project
Coral Gables, FL
The Non-Violence Project is an organization that seeks to educate the youth of the greater Miami area about the issues of violence within their community in hopes of preventing the occurrence of violent acts. There are several components to the program, including the POWER mentoring program, leadership development, and after school activities, and Alina will serve as the Project Coordinator for these programs in addition to her position as a mentor. As a freshman, Alina already has quite a bit of experience as a leader – she co-founded Sin Compas, the college’s first Spanish newspaper and was president of Habitat for Humanity during high school. In addition, her fluency in Spanish, experience as a Mentor Against Violence, understanding of issues of diversity, and involvement in the education department here at Dartmouth have equipped her with the skills she needs to serve this community.
Mark Wilson ‘09
Bensalem Emergency Medical Services
As an EMT, Mark will be a valuable addition to Bensalem’s EMS squad, which operates 6 ambulances in the Bensalem community of Pennsylvania. The majority of his time will most likely be spent on third watch ( a late shift) which will bring him in contact with various types of serious injury. Mark has had a long standing interest in public safety and has pursued opportunities to serve as a DAPA, act as a board member for Dartmouth Emergency Medical Services, and participate in the DEA’s Explorer program in high school. In addition to providing his skills as an EMT, Mark also has experience in health education and will teach CPR and First Aid classes during his time with the squad. As an EMT, Mark has a well developed philosophy of community service and understands the importance of compassion when dealing with patients and his DPCS internship will give him more experience in this field.
Pete Sabori ‘09
Pete will be working with the Klamath community by serving as a mentor to Native American children affected by methamphetamine usage. Pete plans to broach these issues by offering opportunities for education, recreational activities, tutoring, and traditional skill learning to provide a safe space for children. Pete has the “enthusiasm and energy needed to completely invest [himself] and [his] time in activities which are healthy and expressive”. Pete’s motivation for working with the Klamath community stems from his desire to “be part of a project that gives back to the Native American Community and addresses an issue prevalent to all of Indian Country” and ties in with his personal and interests and goals.
Tiffany Wang ‘11
St. Anthony’s Foundation
San Francisco, CA
Tiffany will be interning with St. Anthony’s Foundation, which works with homeless individuals in the San Francisco area by providing food, health care, shelter, and resources. Her service experience will include working in St. Anthony’s free health clinic to administer tests and treatment plans, provide nutritional counseling, and support, as well as in the communications department. Tiffany firmly believes that “those with disadvantaged circumstances have the possibility to rise out of their circumstances with help,” and believes she can use the skills learned while serving as a DREAM mentor, teaching English, diet, and hygiene in Taiwan through the A.I.D summer volunteer program, and interacting with diverse communities.
Cynthia Morales- Bejarno ‘11
Buckeye Union High School
The population of Buckeye has grown rapidly in the past few years, but the shortage of teachers and other resources has caused a great deal of strain and is compounded by language barriers as more resources are drawn from the ELL program. Cynthia hopes to return to her former highs school to act as a supplement in the under resourced math department where her one-on-one work with students will employ her Spanish and tutoring skills. Cynthia’s desire to teach stems from the “challenge it represents in having to be able to adjust your teaching style according to the student’s learning style” as well as a strong desire to give back to her community.
Marisa Taney ‘09
CFR- Center for Family Representation
New York, NY
The CFR seeks to reunify families that have been separated due to domestic issues but qualify for reunification efforts. Many of these cases are complicated by issues of domestic violence, unemployment, substandard housing, failing school systems, and various other challenges. Marisa will build upon her past experience with the CFR and expand her role within the organization by making home visits, working with lawyers to help prepare clients for trial, and advising clients during their initial contact with the organization. Her previous experience exposed her to the intricacies of this type of work and encouraged her to pursue issues of immigration, race, and culture. Marisa has a broad range of skills and personal traits that she will bring to her internship -including fluency in Spanish, a deep commitment to the communities she serves, and the patience and understanding needed to broach these issues.
Jiles Pourier ‘09
Cheyenne River Youth Project
Eagle Butte, SD
Located in one of the 5 poorest counties in the US, the CRYP serves the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe by addressing issues of poverty and its impact on families and individuals. Jiles seeks to return to the same organization that helped him as a child by providing a similarly positive mentor experience for future generations. Jiles lead a spring break trip of Dartmouth students to the Reservation this past spring to address similar issues and will build on their success this summer. As a mentor Jiles will facilitate events that encourage youth to pursue higher education, build community relations through activities at the teen center, and promote healthy lifestyles through healthy living, outdoor activities and nutrition. His commitment to his community is quite strong- “I feel it is my obligation to spread my knowledge and live my life by the four Lakota values- Wisdom, Knowledge, Bravery, and Respect”, all of which he intends to employ during his internship. This internship is of particular interest to him as it combined both his past experiences and aspirations for the future- he would like to start his own non-profit to support youth in their career goals and practice medicine within the community.
Sam Tanyos ‘11
IRCO- Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
IRCO works closely with immigrants to assist them as they transition to American society through education about health care, education, and assistance in finding employment. Sam’s role involves working with the youth through the Upward Bound program at Reed College, most of which belong to minority groups, are refugees or immigrants, are first generation college students, or are taking English as a Second Language classes and he will serve as a TA for classes, provide tutoring, and act as a mentor. In a personal sense, helping others acclimate to new environments is important to Sam due to his own experiences with relocation from Australia, Egypt, and Portland, OR and associated issues of cultural identity. His interest in education began in high school speech/debate club- the discussions there showed him the subtle ways in which various subjects weave together and expand beyond simple memorization of facts, and he’d like to share this aspect of learning with the communities he will be serving.
Ugochi Ukegbu ’09
Mount Sinai Patient Volunteer
New York, NY
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.
Gilbert Littlewolf ’07
Red Feather Development Group
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.”
Kaite Yang ‘09
White River Junction, VT
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.
Winter 2008 Interns:
CJ Ryan ‘08
New York, NY
After spending the 2007 summer term taking classes, CJ, who is expecting to graduate in June of 2008, will spend his deferred off-term at InMotion, not-for-profit organization in New York City that provides legal and social services for low-income women, particularly women suffering from domestic violence. InMotion mobilizes thousands of volunteers to address the issues low-income women and their children face when they are not able to afford legal services. CJ will make his commute to the Bronx where he will use his Spanish and legal experience to assist the lawyers by “taking live intakes, running a walk-in legal clinic and undertaking a translation project.” He will have extensive interaction with those seeking assistance as he will be responsible for their initial intake into the organization as well as in providing the services to the women. CJ is interested in the internship because he “can apply [his] language and leadership skills in a legal setting while providing a direct service to the community.” The internship should be a mutually beneficial one, as CJ will be providing a range of skills to an organization that fills an important community need, while advancing his Spanish and pursuit of a law degree.
Jordana Beeber ‘08
SAID Atlanta Intern
Jordana is excited to return to her hometown of Atlanta in order to intern at AID Atlanta, one of the largest HIV/AIDS service organizations in the country. AID Atlanta’s mission is to “provide a broad and compassionate range of HIV and AIDS services, prevention and education.” As an intern, Jordana will be assisting in the testing, treatment, and counseling of the clients as well as going out into the community to conduct testing events at public venues, such as nightclubs and shopping malls. Jordana previously worked part time at the clinic during the Spring of 2007 and hopes that her previous internship with the organization along with her experience serving as an EMT on an ambulance and pre-medicine course work, will assist her in this challenging task. With aspirations of becoming a physician herself, she hopes that this internship will help her with communicating and interacting professionally with patients, particularly when faced with potentially life-threatening diagnoses.
David Jackson ‘10
Bethesda Project Intern
In returning to his hometown of Philadelphia, David will help provide housing and employment for the individuals that the Bethesda Project serves. The Bethesda Project aims to assist Philadelphia’s homeless by “establishing environments where homeless people can have their needs resolved by a community of compassionate and hard-working people.” Working in collaboration with a veteran staff member, David will work closely with community members to ensure that the needs of the homeless are met, including providing meals, teaching basic computer skills, assisting with job searches, transporting clients to doctors’ appointments, among other responsibilities. David is extremely excited about being able to work so closely with the clients and address a problem that he has witnessed since he was a child. David says, “I plan to devote my thirty-five to forty hours of volunteer work each week to making a difference in the lives of others through both physical and emotional support.”
Amelia Alvarez ‘08
Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center Internship
For her DPCS Internship this winter, Amelia will be working at the Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center, a Berkeley community center that focuses on providing support services for homeless women and children. Amelia’s work will include helping to provide free breakfasts and lunches, transportation assistance to appointments, parental support, housing placement and references, HIV education and prevention, and chemical dependency groups and counseling. Due to the small size of the center, Amelia will be involved in working in all areas of the clinic and is looking forward to “help them on the road to sustaining self-dependency.” This internship also has great personal resonance for Amelia due to the similarities it shares with the DPCS Internship of her dear friend Meleia Willis-Starbuck, who had been performing similar work in Berkeley at the time of her passing. Amelia is eager to begin her service experience and as she says, “my time, energy, and heart will be devoted to this cause and I honestly cannot wait to start.”
Rashmi Agarwal ‘09
Mary House Intern
For her DPCS Internship this winter, Rashmi will be returning to her hometown area of Washington, DC to address the needs of low-income families at the Mary House. The Mary House provides transitional housing, after school programs, food aid ,and other forms of support for up to thirty families, ranging from single mothers and grandparents to whole families in crisis. Rashmi’s work will also extend beyond these thirty families, as she will also be working with the Mary House’s after school and food aid program that provide aid for hundreds of local families. In her work with the after school program, Rashmi is planning on introducing science projects and miniature programs on media and economic literacy to make her time spent with the kids fun and educational. Committed to helping others, Rashmi envisions a future of service, and hopes to work with Doctors Without Borders and “appreciates the chance that [she’ll] get during my off-term to devote myself to service.”
Michael Font’ 10
Volunteers of America & National Housing Trust Intern
This winter Michael will be working at the Volunteers of America & National Affordable Housing Trust on a project that allows him to work in both Alexandria, VA and Milford, DE. While in Alexandria, VA, Michael will be working at a homeless shelter working in the management services, education, training and mental health divisions, his time spent in Milford, DE will allow him to work on the planning stages for a new low-income housing complex that is being built within the next couple of months. In anticipation of this new housing center, Michael will be gathering information from future inhabitants to find out what types of services they want and need. Working directly with the Milford community, Michael’s community organizing work will help him fulfill his goal of better helping “individuals with much hardship” by meeting community needs.
Concetta Lowery ‘10
Indian Education Resource Center Intern
For her DPCS Internship this winter, Concetta will be returning to hometown of Robeson County, North Carolina to work at the Indian Education Resource Center to work with local teenagers. The work of the Indian Education Resource Center aims to have the Native American Students of Robeson County realize their great potential. Concetta will be working to tutor and mentor these students, and through her motivation she hopes that these students will find the wherewithal to stay in school and pursue higher education. As a member of the community, Concetta hopes that these students can look to her as an example of all the available possibilities for them. As Concetta says, “It will make them see that it doesn’t matter if their parents didn’t finish school, or if they don’t have a lot of money, or if people expect them to fail. It only matters if they believe that they can accomplish goals they set for themselves.”
Heather Luther ‘09
Tenderloin Childcare Center Intern
San Francisco, CA
This winter Heather will be moving to San Francisco, CA to work at the Tenderloin Childcare Center, a non-profit organization that provides aid to homeless children and rehabilitation services. Within the Tenderloin Childcare Center, Heather hopes to work in the younger childcare division with children under the age of five, and work with the children on a specialized early education curriculum that focuses on art, music, science and nature, pre-reading and pre-math and hones motor skills through play. As her internship progresses, Heather hopes that she will become comfortable and confident enough with the children to eventually plan her own education programs with them and plan activities. The goal of all of these creative enrichment programs is to create a safe and supportive environment that leads children to understand the role of a better education later in life, and will “hopefully in turn carry them out of the disheartening cycle of poverty.” This internship perfectly complements Heather’s education studies, along with her past service work which includes involvement in mentoring programs such as Sister to Sister, SEAD, and DREAM.
Christine Min ‘09
Sanctuary for Families Intern
New York, NY
For her DPCS Internship this winter, Christine will be working at the Sanctuary for Families on the Immigration Intervention Project in New York. As immigration requirements in this country continually change, Christine will be working on a massive project that will aid in ensuring the security and placement of current immigrants. Christine will be working in the Legal Services department, and her project helps battered immigrant women get citizenship and benefits and aid in their application for asylum. For women facing deportation, Christine’s help will be invaluable for ensuring that they can find proper places for habitation. As Christine explains, “immigrant women are some of the most economically disadvantaged people being served at Sanctuary and my part would be to make sure that they do not suffer for their status and to provide education about what they need to do to stay here.”
Tara Wohlgemuth ‘09
Memphis Area Legal Services Intern
Tara will be returning to her hometown of Memphis, TN this winter to perform her DPCS Internship at Memphis Area Legal Services. Memphis Area Legal Services is a non-profit legal firm that is committed to achieving social justice for all people, helping children, families and individuals to address legal problems that affect their basic needs. In her internship, Tara will be assisting the attorneys in providing legal services to those citizens in need of aid. More specifically, Tara will be working on outreach and she will organize clinics to inform and attract potential clients and attract those who would benefit from the work of Memphis Area Legal Services. In her work, Tara hopes to “be assisting those who really make a difference in people’s in the lives of people need of legal services but cannot pay for so.”
Fall 2007 Interns:
Mohammad Usman ‘10
Right Turn Community Intern
Mohammad will spend the fall term working with Right Turn, an organization that provides rehabilitation services and support for individuals who suffer from drug or alcohol addiction and psychiatric issues. Mohammad will work with patients directly by organizing and even facilitating the weekly discussion sections held for patients. Right Turn is primarily targeted towards musicians, artists, and entertainers and as a result they host free community concerts, which have a suggested donation. Mohammad will also help to coordinate these concerts. Mohammad has a long history of community service stemming from his time in high school. In high school, Mohammad founded an organization aimed at helping troubled male minority youth graduate high school, receive admission to college, or obtain employment. At Dartmouth, Mohammad had the opportunity to go to New Orleans via a service trip in which he learned “that the people of New Orleans are truly strong and perseverant… [and] the importance of being positive and having faith even in the most difficult of situations.” These lessons will be especially useful in helping recovering addicts, in which a positive attitude and strong will are essential to combating their problem. Mohammad hopes “having the chance to interact with adults with addiction and psychiatric issues will increase [his] understanding of how to help people best.”
Kris Gebhard ’09
San Francisco AIDS Foundation Intern
San Francisco, CA
Kris’s internship with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation will involve helping the foundation implement a variety of client-based programs such as needle exchange, an AIDS hotline, and housing and healthcare services in addition to public policy and outreach programs. Kris’s background as a government major and his experience in organizing local and state politics will be a valued asset to the foundation in terms of its public policy and outreach programs. Kris has a demonstrated interest in both the GLBT community and the AIDS pandemic. He hopes his time in San Francisco, which has a significant GLBT population will enhance his understanding of the issues the GLBT population faces. Kris also traveled to Kenya last year where he witnessed firsthand the problems facing those with AIDS today. Kris’ diverse experience will no doubt be invaluable for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. In the future, Kris hopes to be a part of a liberal think tank and obtain a graduate degree in political science or sociology. He aims to continue his advocacy work and focus on health care, the prison system and penal code, and issues surrounding welfare. Kris understands that “because HIV strikes at society’s most vulnerable and most ostracized, treatment and prevention must involve much more than medical services, as is recognized by the SF AIDS Foundation” and he will work to combat HIV/AIDS by working to create structural changes.
Meghan Lawrie ’09
Rosie’s Place (Women’s Shelter) Public Relations Intern
Rosie’s Place, which is considered a sanctuary for poor and homeless women, will welcome Meghan in the fall. Meghan will be working in the public relations office, planning fundraising events and benefits. One of her main projects will be to help coordinate the organization’s largest fundraiser, a luncheon titled “Funny Women.” Meghan will also serve the women of Rosie’s Place by serving food to the guests and their children teaching ESL classes to women, and working in the advocacy department with social workers, counselors, and lawyers. As a Sociology major, Meghan has focused on inequality issues and healthcare, which will help her to better understand the women she will be serving. Meghan will also be a great addition to Rosie’s Place because of her experience mentoring a ten year old girl at the Thetford Elementary School, where she learned the importance of positive influences on the lives of young children. Meghan aims to pursue a career with a non profit organization and believes her internship with Rosie’s Place will help her to determine the exact area in which she would be best suited to work everyday. Meghan hopes that her experience “shows others the importance of such organizations and the need to support them and their causes.”
Lucinda Liu ’09
The Women’s Center Volunteer Internship
In the fall, Lucy will be immersing herself in all aspects of the Women’s Center, which is dedicated to giving support to women and their children who have suffered domestic violence, abuse, or sexual assault. Specifically, she will be assisting with services such as the sister house shelter, managing the hotline, providing childcare, and giving family support lessons. Lucy brings both medical and personal experience to her internship with the Women’s Center. In addition to a number of hours logged researching in the laboratory, she served as an Inpatient psychiatric ward volunteer providing company and support to patients. Lucy has also worked with recovering alcoholics as a part of the Koop Internship and tutored pregnant teenage girls or teenage mothers to help them earn GEDs or high school diplomas. Lucy also had the opportunity to spend part of her spring break on a Katrina Trip to New Orleans. Through all of her experiences, Lucy has learned the importance of finding personal connections with those she serves and truly reaching out in an attempt to understand them. The women at the Women’s Center will be sure to appreciate Lucy’s experience in serving others. While Lucy expects her internship to be challenging, as a future doctor, she feels “that as someone who aspires to be a doctor and as a human being, [she] need[s] to familiarize [herself] with the wreckage that abuse and neglect can cause.” Lucy also intends to continue her service to women in the long run by searching for a similar place in the Hanover area to volunteer her time and eventually attend medical school.
Daniela Vásquez ‘09
Global Workers Justice Alliance Intern
New York, NY
During the Fall, Daniela will join The Global Workers Justice Alliance as an intern and help transnational migrants in the New York City area. Daniela will work closely with the founders of the organization to interview migrant workers and learn more about their cases. She will also have the opportunity to put her Romance Languages major to use by communicating with migrant workers in Spanish. Daniela identifies herself as a great communicator, and she feels that many of the problems faced by migrants stem from communication problems. Daniela is also interested in one day obtaining a masters degree in public policy and hopes to take away valuable information in working with advocacy organizations. In addition, she aims to work in underdeveloped countries and believes her interaction with migrant workers will give her experience with working with NGOs. Through her experience with DREAM, Daniela has learned to “listen and be more mature through helping [her] mentee.” Daniela will definitely be able to use these interpersonal skills when she interacts with migrant workers.
Katherine Schiavoni ’09
Media Literacy Intern with the Girls Inc. of NH
Katherine will stay in NH this fall to work with the Girls Inc. of NH. She will be volunteering in their after school program to run a media literacy project for girls ages 6-12+. She will work as part of the after school staff to organize general activities and programming. As part of her media literacy project she will spend the mornings organizing and preparing materials for her project and then spend the rest of the day presenting material and discussing it with the girls. She will be able to work with a specific group of girls in her time there to really influence how they perceive the media. Katherine brings both local experience as a native of NH and experience working with the Big Brother/Big Sisters program. As a Big Sister, she learned to be a better listener and a good friend. Katherine also worked at the Southern New Hampshire Internal Medicine Association, where she picked up many organizational and interpersonal skills. Both of these skills will be very important in planning and implementing her Media Literacy project. In the past, Katherine has felt as if she did not get enough time to interact with people directly when she volunteering and she “would like to have an internship experience where [she] can see how her work is immediately beneficial for other people and for the community.” With regard to her media literacy project in particular, she hopes “that the project will help to foster self-confidence and self-value through a greater control over media influence.” Katherine would like to continue her service, and is exploring options in medicine and science.
Marissa Alert ’09
Child Patient Care and Pediatric Surgery Intern
Marissa will be working at the Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY in the Surgery Department. She will work with children who have undergone or will undergo surgery. Much of her time will be spent interacting with patients and their families to gain a better understanding of what they are going through and how they feel about the care they are receiving. Marissa served as a Surgical volunteer at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where she gained much experience in patient interaction. By seeing how doctors interacted with patients and their families, Marissa learned “how critical it is to be honest but sensitive when delivering news about the status of the operation, and also how devastating it can be when information is relayed tactlessly.” Marissa also has experience working with children as a part of the America Reads program at Dartmouth. Marissa hopes to “find new ways to improve or enhance patient/family-physician interaction in settings that can be anxious and overwhelming.” Marissa is a very driven individual and hopes to achieve both a masters degree in biology and a degree in medicine after her time at Dartmouth.
Julia Tse '09
Montefiore Comprehensive Health Center
During the Fall, Julia will join the Montefiore Comprehensive Health Care Center as an intern. She will coordinate the "Fun & Fit" program and teach nutrition and exercise classes every week. She will also have the opportunity to put her Spanish Language, Culture, and Society major to use by assisting with a project to determine the capability of pharmacies to translate prescriptions into Spanish in the South Bronx. Julia is very interested in Spanish culture and she attended the FSP program in Madrid. In addition, she has been an active member of La Casa where she has learned tremendously about Spanish and Latino cultures. Julia is also extremely interested in public health and gained experience in the field last summer as an intern at the Department of Health in New York City. At the Department of Health Julia realized how "large health disparities are among certain groups of people throughout the city and believes that health education can definitely lessen these differences." Julia believes that an internship at the Montefiore Comprehensive Health Center will solidify her existing Spanish skills while allowing her to understand the importance of community healthcare development. Julia aims to join the Peace Corps after graduating and eventually pursue a career in public health.