2019 Spring Cohort

Taylor Barclay 

TaylorTaylor Barclay is a senior Women's Studies major. 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 is interning at the Pine Street Inn, the largest New England non-profit organization that serves the homeless population. She will provide direct service work in their Women's Inn and will help lead groups on health and empowerment. In addition, she will assist in their government affairs development and will revise and update policies and procedures in one of their housing programs.  

View Taylor's presentation from the showcase.

Alayna Blodgett

AlaynaAlayna Blodgett is a junior Sociology major. 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 is interning 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 will work as the Development and Communications Assistant and implement a social media plan for the Latin Quarter cultural district. Alayna looks forward to gaining professionalism and networking in the organization that would send her on a successful career path after graduation.

View Alayna's presentation from the showcase.

Chelsea Bonollo 

ChelseaChelsea Bonollo is a senior Women’s Studies major with a minor in Education. 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 is interning 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 will provide literary support for students from grades K-8, develop writing workshops, and created interactive displays for students.

View Chelsea's presentation from the showcase.

Meghan Feeney

MeghanMeghan Feeney is a sophomore Studio Art major. On campus, Meghan has been a work study at the Carsey School of Public Policy. While in Boston, she is interning 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 will conduct research and interviews with training content development experts on best practices for virtual training and will create a set of recommendations for video module training development to ensure strong support for volunteers in Citizen Schools programming. She looks forward to exploring the city and experiencing life in Boston!

View Meghan's presentation from the showcase.

Sara Holka

SaraSara Holka is a junior Communication Sciences and Disorders major.  On campus, Sara is a member of the International Cafe planning team and works on the Leadership Team with Cru UNH. While in Boston, she will be interning 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 will organize and facilitate a lesson plan for a community service training session, as well as help with community service events around the city. Sara is excited to network and build relationships with her colleagues and mentors in the program and explore all that Boston has to offer!

View Sara's presentation from the showcase.

Johnathan Lemitelamy

JohnathanJohnathan Lemitelamy is a senior Communication major with a Liberal Arts Associates degree. On campus at UNH Manchester, he is involved in various clubs, the Brick and Mortar theatre group, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and is a writer for the school newspaper, The Manchester Independent (TMI). He is also an active volunteer with the New Hampshire Democratic Party. While in Boston, John is interning with Citizen Schools, where he will build a united network with community agencies to develop a communication mechanism that is sustainable and beneficial for the Citizen Schools Staff. Additionally, he will gather commitment data and represent Citizen Schools at meetings and events. John will also construct a social media page, develop e-newsletter strategy and plan community events.

View Jonathan's presentation from the showcase.

Dakota Lyon

DakotaDakota Lyon is a junior Social Work and Justice Studies Dual Major. On campus, Dakota is part of the Mock Trial team, Student Organization of Social Work, and the University Honors Program. While in Boston, is interning 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 will expand the organizations Father’s Homecoming Program as a grassroots coordinator for their “Bags for Dads” project. She will collect basic necessity items for fathers being released from prison by making community connections with schools and other organizations. In addition, she will organize meetings among Fathers UpLift, other non-profits, and community members seeking to reduce the effects of gun violence in the area. Dakota is most excited about trying different sushi restaurants around Boston.

View Dakota's presentation from the showcase.

Rebekah Lyon

RebekahRebekah Lyon is a sophomore Psychology major and prospective Hospitality minor. On campus, Rebekah is 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 is interning 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 will bolstered Apprentice Learning’s marketing initiatives through adding content on their blog and will strengthen their network by engaging with various stakeholders and worksite partners. In addition to the internship, Rebekah is most looking forward to exploring the city and making new connections!

View Rebekah's presentation from the showcase.

Shazaib Maqsood

ShazaibShazaib Maqsood is a sophomore Political Science major. On campus, he is 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 plays and referees football and softball. While in Boston, Shazaib will be interning at the Office of the Governor as a Constituent Services Aide, where he will conduct 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 is looking forward to exploring the city and living his best life.

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Caitlin Murphy

CaitlinCaitlin Murphy is a sophomore Social Work major. On campus, she has volunteered with UNH’s Therapeutic Riding program. While in Boston, Caitlin is interning 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 will be the Assistant to the Executive Office and will be providing research about child homelessness to FamilyAid. She is most excited to learn about the issue of homelessness in Boston and experience life in the city.


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Nina Nguyen

NinaNina Nguyen is a junior Business Administration major, with concentrations in Finance and Information Systems. On campus, she is a member of the Rines Angel Investment Fund and is an administrative assistant at the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. While in Boston, she is interning 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.

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Shannon O’Hara 

ShannonShannon O’Hara is senior Communication Business Application major, with a minor in Italian Studies. On campus, Shannon has been 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 will be interning 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 will be working with the recruitment department to expand the program. She hopes to take what she learns from this perfect internship match with her post-graduation in May 2019.

View Shannon's presentation from the showcase.

Fabiana Paolini

FabianaFabiana Paolini is a freshman Economics and International Affairs major. On campus, she participates in Buddies Without Borders, Model UN, and is a part of the UNH Club Rugby team. While in Boston, she will be interning at Lena Park Community Development Corporation and will organize a gala event, which is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year. She will also organize data using the Salesforce software. What she is looking forward to the most is to network within the city of Boston and go to Bruins games! 


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Lorena Paolini

LorenaLorena Paolini is a freshman majoring in Psychology. On campus, she has been involved with Buddy Without Borders, Women’s Club Rugby, and TRIO scholars. While in Boston, she is interning at Boston Area Health Education Center and will work to rebuild their social media and forms of communication between parents, sponsors, and partners of the nonprofit. She is most excited to help grow their social media followers in order to reach more students and encourage them to join the program.


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Alex Papadakis

AlexAlex Papadakis is a sophomore Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems and Ecogastronomy dual major. On campus, Alex is 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 will be interning with Project Bread, a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of hunger in Massachusetts. While at Project Bread, she will help 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 will assist in external communications with policy issues, send monthly newsletters and update Project Bread’s website. She is 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 is excited to make the most of city-living and have the chance to explore Boston. 

View Alex's presentation from the showcase.

Polina Pivak

PolinaPolina Pivak is a sophomore Community and Environmental Planning major. On campus, Polina is 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 is interning 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 will work 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 looks 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. 

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Hannah Purcell

HannahHannah Purcell is a sophomore Women’s Studies and Sustainability dual major. On campus, Hannah is a member of the New Hampshire Outing Club. While in Boston, she is interning 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 will be collecting data from project managers at other businesses in an effort to create collaborative partnerships for the benefit of local citizens. She is most excited about furthering her marketing skills and exploring Boston’s music scene.

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Jessica Renna

JessicaJessica Renna is a sophomore Business Administration major. On campus, Jessica is involved with the University Honors Program and the Paul Scholars. She is 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 is interning at Company One Theatre, which builds community at the intersection of art and social change. She will be organizing an online auction fundraiser and working as the Assistant House Manager during productions. She is excited to be living in Boston and taking a lead role in an exciting project.

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Kacie Snyder

KacieKacie Snyder is a sophomore Social Work major with a Women's Studies minor. On campus, she attends events, often centered around the topics of women's rights, racial justice, and mental health awareness, and is on the Dean's List. While in Boston, Kacie will be interning 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 will research, assess, and build connections with potential revenue streams in the Greater Boston Area, will create a presentation for potential donors, and will co-lead meetings with fellow Y2Y staff. She is eager to learn the methods and skills needed to employ social change in situations where advocacy, justice, and innovation are needed. Kacie is looking forward to creating new connections with staff, fellow students, and co-workers. She anticipates personal, professional, and social growth and making the best of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

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Yosita Thanjai


Yosita Thanjai is a junior Women's Studies major. On campus, Yosita is 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 is interning 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 will develop an effective data collection, analysis, and management system, enabling the center to have more data to measure their outcomes more effectively. She is looking forward to exploring the city of Boston and networking with (hopefully) future employers! 

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Ashley Zimmerman

AshleyAshley Zimmerman is a junior Genetics major. On campus, Ashley has had a work study job in the Admissions Office, is a TRIO scholar, as well as a SHARPP Peer Advocate. While in Boston, she is interning 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 will design and lead a four-week interdisciplinary STEM curriculum and program to help elementary students better develop readiness for their future. Ashley looks forward to exploring Boston and making new friends.

View Ashley's presentation from the showcase.