Taylor Barclay was a senior Women's Studies major at time of participation. On campus, Taylor has previously held leadership roles in the Memorial Union Student Organization, was a TA for various classes in the Women's Studies department and was a trained SHARPP advocate. While in Boston, she interned at the Pine Street Inn, the largest New England non-profit organization that serves the homeless population. She provided direct service work in their Women's Inn and helped lead groups on health and empowerment. In addition, she assisted in their government affairs development and revised and updated policies and procedures in one of their housing programs.
Alayna Blodgett was a junior Sociology major at time of participation. On campus, she has been involved with Alpha Phi Omega community service fraternity, UNH Alternative Spring Break Challenge, as well as UNH Circle K. While in Boston, she interned at the Hyde Square Task Force in Jamaica Plain. The organization aims to empower youth’s creativity and voices while connecting them to Afro-Latin culture and heritage to diversify the Latin Quarter and create a more equitable Boston. Throughout the semester Alayna worked as the Development and Communications Assistant and implemented a social media plan for the Latin Quarter cultural district. Alayna looked forward to gaining professionalism and networking in the organization that would send her on a successful career path after graduation.
Chelsea Bonollo was a senior Women’s Studies major with a minor in Education at time of participation. On campus, Chelsea was a Resident Assistant for two years and was co-founder of the student organization Stop the Stigma, a group whose mission is to raise awareness for mental health and mental illnesses among college students. Chelsea also volunteers with the New Hampshire-based youth program On Belay and served with City Year Boston in 2017. While in Boston, Chelsea interned with 826 Boston in their Writers’ Room at the Boston Teachers Union School. 826 Boston is a nonprofit youth writing and publishing organization dedicated to empowering traditionally underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life. During her fellowship, Chelsea provided literary support for students from grades K-8, developed writing workshops, and created interactive displays for students.
Meghan Feeney was a sophomore Studio Art major at time of participation. On campus, Meghan has been a work study at the Carsey School of Public Policy. While in Boston, she interned at Citizen Schools, a nonprofit organization that works to reimagine the way students learn in the classroom, after school, and in their communities to ensure equal opportunity for all. She conducted research and interviews with training content development experts on best practices for virtual training and created a set of recommendations for video module training development to ensure strong support for volunteers in Citizen Schools programming. She looked forward to exploring the city and experiencing life in Boston!
Sara Holka was a junior Communication Sciences and Disorders major at time of participation. On campus, Sara was a member of the International Cafe planning team and worked on the Leadership Team with Cru UNH. While in Boston, she interned at Epic Boston, which is a nonprofit organization that equips young people with disabilities to celebrate their civil rights by making a lasting impact on their communities. She organized and facilitated a lesson plan for a community service training session, as well as helped with community service events around the city. Sara was excited to network and build relationships with her colleagues and mentors in the program and explore all that Boston has to offer!
Johnathan Lemitelamy was a senior Communication major with a Liberal Arts Associates degree at time of participation. On campus at UNH Manchester, he was involved in various clubs, the Brick and Mortar theatre group, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and was a writer for the school newspaper, The Manchester Independent (TMI). He was also an active volunteer with the New Hampshire Democratic Party. While in Boston, John interned with Citizen Schools, where he built a united network with community agencies to develop a communication mechanism that is sustainable and beneficial for the Citizen Schools Staff. Additionally, he gathered commitment data and represented Citizen Schools at meetings and events. John also constructed a social media page, developed e-newsletter strategy and planned community events.
Dakota Lyon was a junior Social Work and Justice Studies Dual Major at time of participation. On campus, Dakota was part of the Mock Trial team, Student Organization of Social Work, and the University Honors Program. While in Boston, she interned at Father’s UpLift, Inc., which works to assist fathers in overcoming barriers that prevent them from remaining engaged in their children’s lives through mentoring, counseling, love, and encouragement. She expanded the organizations Father’s Homecoming Program as a grassroots coordinator for their “Bags for Dads” project. She collected basic necessity items for fathers being released from prison by making community connections with schools and other organizations. In addition, she organized meetings among Fathers UpLift, other non-profits, and community members seeking to reduce the effects of gun violence in the area. Dakota was most excited about trying different sushi restaurants around Boston.
Rebekah Lyon was a sophomore Psychology major and prospective Hospitality minor at time of participation. On campus, Rebekah was very active within her Resident Hall’s Hall Council and was on the Jessie Doe’s Haunted House Committee for the past two years. While in Boston, she interned at Apprentice Learning, whose mission is to provide real-world work experience for eighth graders in order to ignite growth, change, and passion in the city’s youth that lead to success in high school, college, and career. Rebekah bolstered Apprentice Learning’s marketing initiatives through adding content on their blog and strengthened their network by engaging with various stakeholders and worksite partners. In addition to the internship, Rebekah was most looking forward to exploring the city and making new connections!
Shazaib Maqsood was a sophomore Political Science major at time of participation. On campus, he was involved in the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, MOS: DEF (Men of Strength: Diversity, Education, Family), Desi Student Association, Muslim Student Association, Intramural Basketball, and also played and refereed football and softball. While in Boston, Shazaib interned at the Office of the Governor as a Constituent Services Aide, where he conducted a brief research presentation for members of the Governor's Staff on a specific policy area or State Agency that pertains directly under the Governor's purview. Shazaib was looking forward to exploring the city and living his best life.
Caitlin Murphy was a sophomore Social Work major at time of participation. On campus, she has volunteered with UNH’s Therapeutic Riding program. While in Boston, Caitlin interned with FamilyAid Boston, which empowers parents and caregivers facing homelessness to secure and sustain housing and build strong foundations for their children’s futures. Caitlin was the Assistant to the Executive Office and provided research about child homelessness to FamilyAid. She was most excited to learn about the issue of homelessness in Boston and experience life in the city.
Nina Nguyen was a junior Business Administration major, with concentrations in Finance and Information Systems at time of participation. On campus, she was a member of the Rines Angel Investment Fund and was an administrative assistant at the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. While in Boston, she interned at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, whose mission is to promote equitable development and equal opportunity in Jamaica Plain and adjacent neighborhoods through affordable housing, organizing, and economic opportunity initiatives that improve the lives of low- and moderate-income people and create a better community for all.
Shannon O’Hara was senior Communication Business Application major, with a minor in Italian Studies at time of participation. On campus, Shannon was involved in Student Senate as the 2016-2017 Parliamentarian, was a three-year member of the Student Activity Fee Committee and served as both President and Sunrise, Lt. Governor of Circle K International, a community service organization. Shannon was delighted to be able to take her passion for community service and civic engagement from hobby to professional development, by previously interning at Casella Waste Systems during the summer of 2018, through the Social Innovation Internship program. While in Boston, she interned at the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, which is an award-winning expert in gender-sensitive mentoring. They professionally staff recruit, enroll, match and support mentoring relationships between more than 5,000 girls and women throughout Greater Boston and are an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Shannon worked with the recruitment department to expand the program. She hoped to take what she learned from this perfect internship match with her post-graduation in May 2019.
Fabiana Paolini was a freshman Economics and International Affairs major at time of participation. On campus, she participated in Buddies Without Borders, Model UN, and was a part of the UNH Club Rugby team. While in Boston, she interned at Lena Park Community Development Corporation and organized a gala event, which was one of the biggest fundraisers of the year. She also organized data using the Salesforce software. What she was looking forward to the most is to network within the city of Boston and go to Bruins games!
Lorena Paolini was a freshman majoring in Psychology at time of participation. On campus, she has been involved with Buddy Without Borders, Women’s Club Rugby, and TRIO scholars. While in Boston, she interned at Boston Area Health Education Center and worked to rebuild their social media and forms of communication between parents, sponsors, and partners of the nonprofit. She was most excited to help grow their social media followers in order to reach more students and encourage them to join the program.
Alex Papadakis was a sophomore Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems and Ecogastronomy dual major at time of participation. On campus, Alex was a Hamel Scholar, writing assistant at the Connor’s Writing Center, and an active member in Slow Food UNH as well as the Organic Gardening Club. She interned with Project Bread, a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of hunger in Massachusetts. While at Project Bread, she helped the public policy department craft a report that investigates specific systemic causes of hunger (such as housing, healthcare, childcare, transportation, among others) to help others better understand the policies, players, and issues that impact people’s abilities to access healthy food. In addition to her special project, she assisted in external communications with policy issues, sent monthly newsletters and updated Project Bread’s website. She was very excited for the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, especially working for a company that so closely aligns with the work in which she hopes to become involved. At the same time, she was excited to make the most of city-living and have the chance to explore Boston.
Polina Pivak was a sophomore Community and Environmental Planning major at time of participation. On campus, Polina was involved in the Hamel Scholars Program, UNH Honors Program, UNH Chapter for Partners for World Health, Society of Women Engineers, Student Environmental Action Coalition, and Russian Club. While in Boston, Polina interned with St. Stephen's Youth Programs, an organization which strives to promote equity in education and opportunity through extended connections with local youth, adults, and families. Polina worked on developing a curriculum for St. Stephen's "Skillz Lab" program for elementary school students focusing on creating activities which progress skills through creativity and play. During her time in the city, Polina looked forward to making a real and positive impact on people through her internship and making meaningful connections with the College for Social Innovation staff, cohort, and surrounding community of Boston.
Hannah Purcell was a sophomore Women’s Studies and Sustainability dual major at time of participation. On campus, Hannah was a member of the New Hampshire Outing Club. While in Boston, she interned at Green City Growers, whose mission is to ensure that people of all backgrounds that are living in urban areas have access to a network of local sustainable farms. In addition, she collected data from project managers at other businesses in an effort to create collaborative partnerships for the benefit of local citizens. She was most excited about furthering her marketing skills and exploring Boston’s music scene.
Jessica Renna was a sophomore Business Administration major at time of participation. On campus, Jessica was involved with the University Honors Program and the Paul Scholars. She was also a Women in Business member and a Rutman Fellow, which is an initiative within Paul College that is committed to advancing women in leadership roles. Jessica interned at Company One Theatre, which builds community at the intersection of art and social change. She organized an online auction fundraiser and worked as the Assistant House Manager during productions. She was excited to be living in Boston and taking a lead role in an exciting project.
Kacie Snyder was a sophomore Social Work major with a Women's Studies minor at time of participation. On campus, she attended events, often centered around the topics of women's rights, racial justice, and mental health awareness, and on the Dean's List. While in Boston, Kacie interned at Y2Y Harvard Square, which utilizes a youth-to-youth model as way to provide a safe, accepting environment for young adults facing homelessness; guests have opportunities to connect with service providers, student volunteers, and fellow youth experiencing homelessness as a way to create sustainable pathways out of homelessness, while developing skills for long-term success. Kacie researched, assessed, and built connections with potential revenue streams in the Greater Boston Area, created a presentation for potential donors, and co-led meetings with fellow Y2Y staff. She was eager to learn the methods and skills needed to employ social change in situations where advocacy, justice, and innovation are needed. Kacie was looking forward to creating new connections with staff, fellow students, and co-workers. She anticipated personal, professional, and social growth and made the best of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Yosita Thanjai was a junior Women's Studies majorat time of participation. On campus, Yosita was part of the co-ed community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and a member of Buddies without Borders, an organization that encourages cultural exchange by pairing international students with American students. While in Boston, she interned at Cambridge Women's Center, a supportive community space for all women that offers opportunities for empowerment, learning, healing, trauma support, and understanding. The Women's Center sets out to achieve its mission through the services of drop-in day shelter program, in-person and telephone helpline, access to informational resources on housing, and more. Yosita developed an effective data collection, analysis, and management system, enabling the center to have more data to measure their outcomes more effectively. She was looking forward to exploring the city of Boston and networking with future employers!
Ashley Zimmerman was a junior Genetics major at time of participation. On campus, Ashley has had a work study job in the Admissions Office, was a TRIO scholar, as well as a SHARPP Peer Advocate. While in Boston, she interned at St. Steven’s Youth Program, which promotes equity in education, employment, and opportunity through long-term relationships with young people and their families and communities. She designed and led a four-week interdisciplinary STEM curriculum and program to help elementary students better develop readiness for their future. Ashley looked forward to exploring Boston and making new friends.