Lina Adjout is a junior Political Science and International Affairs dual major with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. On campus, she works as a Diversity Ambassador for the Admissions office and has taken a position on the Executive Board as the Public Relations Manager for the UNH Model United Nations. She was also the President of the Muslim Student's Association on campus. Lina is interning for Project Citizenship, a non-profit agency that provides free, high-quality services to permanent residents to help them become U.S citizens. As a Communications Intern, she is launching a social media campaign to communicate the importance of naturalization. She will be involved in inputting data and tracking the success of cases. Lina’s special project involves creating and implementing an ambassador program for Project Citizenship. She hopes this project will allow her to improve on research and outreach skills. Lina is most excited about expanding her other skills such as working in a fast-paced environment and teamwork through leadership positions. Lina is curious about what Boston has to offer and loves exploring new places, so she hopes she’ll be able to find a work-life balance in the city!
Ciara Blanchette is currently a senior Nursing student with a minor in Women’s Studies. Through Semester in the City, she is participating in an internship at the Cambridge Women’s Center through the College for Social Innovation during the Fall of 2019, as her public health clinical immersion experience. The Women’s Center is the oldest community-based center for women in the United States that offers opportunities for empowerment, learning, healing, trauma support, and understanding. She is excited for the opportunity to meet, learn from, and serve all who identify as women in the Boston area and hopes to gain confidence, professional skills, and long-lasting connections with peers and mentors. During her educational career at UNH, she has served as an Executive Board member of Students for Global Health for 3 years and is the President of the UNH Chapter for Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health, which she founded in Spring of 2019. She is passionate about social justice, sexual and reproductive health, access to full spectrum healthcare, comprehensive education, and empowerment. Post-graduation, Ciara hopes to work in a hospital or birth center as an RN, ensuring that all people in her care experience safe, beautiful, and empowering birthing experiences. It is her goal to pursue a master’s degree and become a Certified Nurse Midwife, so that she can further provide full spectrum health care to all people throughout their reproductive lives.
Samantha Brewer is a senior Nursing student. On campus, she has been involved in the Student Nursing Organization for the past three years and has been a part of the Mentor and Mentee program which provides one-to-one support for nursing underclass students. Samantha is also involved in the American Red Cross Club, where she volunteers her time at local blood drives. Samantha is interning at St. Stephen’s Youth Program in Boston, Massachusetts, where she is creating six-week lesson plan for elementary school children. Samantha is most looking forward to gaining new experiences and knowledge about youth programs in Boston and the people of the city. Samantha is passionate about her career in nursing due to her core values and passions that include; helping those in need, being compassionate, and being a team player.
Saffron Duffy is a sophomore Health Management and Policy Major and Public Health Minor. On campus, she is involved in the Student Organization for Health Leadership, and has volunteered at Wentworth Douglas Hospital, along with representing the organization at the Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives 2018 Event. In Boston, she is interning at the Victory Program; a nonprofit organization that is focused on aiding and rehabilitating people who suffer from chronic illnesses such as Hepatitis C, HIV, and AIDS. In her fellowship she will be a member of the End Hep-C Coalition Team and assisting in the process of passing legislation in Massachusetts to stem the rising crises that is Hepatitis C. In addition to advocating at the state house, amongst Saffron’s other roles in the program, she will be responsible for community outreach on Hepatitis C. Saffron is fortunate to have a fellowship that aligns so well with her personal beliefs on the philosophy of shifting the medical practice from treatment reliance to preventative measures. She is beyond excited to collaborate alongside such passionate people and getting the chance to work within the statehouse this semester. She knows that this program will give her the hands-on experience and fulfillment she is looking for in her expected career.
Gianna Ficarrotta is a junior psychology major. On campus, Gianna is academically focused and has successfully made the Dean's List. She is also a Student Caller for the UNH Phonathon. At the Phonathon, Gianna speaks with alumni and parents about their experiences and updates them on the exciting events happening in the UNH community while raising gifts for the university. Through Semester in the City, Gianna is interning at St. Stephen's Youth Program. At St. Stephens she is working with elementary and middle school-aged children in their after-school program. Gianna will be creating lesson plans for the children’s Skills Lab rotations. Skills lab is a part of the after-school program that develops students' creativity, self-direction, and personal growth through simple skill development activities that are different than those seen in a school setting. Her ultimate goal is to be able to make a difference in the lives of young people by using positivity, open communication, and empathy. She is most excited for internship due in large part to the fact that they use the restorative justice model with their students, which emphasizes repairing the harm caused by negative behavior without the use of punishments, but where every action has a consequence. She strives to someday be able to use her degree in psychology to work with children who are struggling with mental disorders and learning disabilities. By the end of her internship, Gianna hopes to improve her public speaking skills and professionalism while exploring all that the beautiful city of Boston has to offer.
Lura Honderich is a sophomore double major in Social Work and Public Service and Non-Profit Leadership. Lura is a member of the UNH Women’s Rowing team which practices six days a week. She is also starting a club for college students through the Community Church of Durham called Just a Bit of Jesus. Lura is interning with Cradles to Crayons on their winter Kid Pack project. Cradles to Crayons is a non-profit organization that provides clothes and toys to infants and children of homeless or low-income families. She is excited to be working with volunteers in the warehouse and improving her organizational skills during the semester. While she is with SITC, she would like to improve her knowledge on the history of social justice in the Boston area. Lura grew up near Chicago and through her high school and church, she became interested by the upstream issues that caused the poverty and high crime rates that Chicago is known for. She began working with food pantries and organizing ways to put students who need service work in contact with volunteer services. She spoke with different leaders of non-profits to learn more about what was available to the homeless community and what was lacking. For her silver award in Girl Scouts, Lura worked with a few women at her church to get local schools and Girl Scouts involved in their start up children's clothing depository called Kids Kloset. Though this depository was very helpful to the community; these women and the small space they had, could only serve so many. This demand was recently met by Cradles to Crayons, which is why Lura is ambitious to begin her time interning in the Boston branch.
Brianna Kelly is a junior studying Community & Environmental Planning with a minor in Political Science. On campus, Brianna is a member of Alpha Phi Omega (APO), the co-ed community service fraternity, and is a community educator with UNH’s Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP). Additionally, she held an executive board position during her sophomore year with APO, assisting with membership retention and planning events. While in Boston, Through Semester in the City, Brianna is interning at Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN), which is a non-profit that fights climate change one town at a time with the help of local chapters. MCAN’s work focuses on different campaigns, including advocating for access to clean energy for people of all incomes and calling for a reduction of landfill waste. As an intern, Brianna will be the Local Clean Energy Organizing Fellow where she will assist in MCAN’s net zero campaign. This will provide her with the opportunity to lobby at the State House and talk with legislative bodies. She is very passionate about the fight against climate change and is looking forward to learning more about clean energy over the course of the semester. Throughout the semester she is hoping to explore Boston and gain skills that will benefit her throughout the remainder of college and the start of her professional career. In the future, she hopes to work for non-profits and help communities battle against social injustices and climate change.
Allison Quinn is an enthusiastic senior majoring in Women’s Studies and minoring in Social Justice Leadership and Business Administration. On the UNH campus, Allison attends the SHARPP organization's annual Anti-Violence Rally and Walk to demonstrate her support for ending sexual violence. Last semester, Allison also served as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for the course ""On the Road to Equality"" in the Women’s Studies Department. This introduction course reflected on the feminist movements that have led women in American society to the place they are in today. Allison is interning at Project Hope, a non-profit organization that serves the Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston, bringing low income women with children up and out of poverty. Project Hope provides a range of services, including education programs, workforce development, housing search assistance, and family shelter in order to assist families with the financial insecurity and homelessness they may be facing. By participating in Semester in the City, Allison hopes to gain more clarity on her career path, as well as hands-on experience working in a professional environment. She is excited to use her educational background in a real-world setting and is thrilled to be working with an organization that puts forth such strong efforts to make significant changes in the lives of hundreds of families.
Nate Richard is a sophomore Finance and Sustainability dual major. On campus he was a member of the Student Senate where he advocated for legislation that would make the campus a more sustainable one. He was also an active member of his residence hall where he organized various outings amongst the residents. He is interning as a Financial and Operational Analyst at the non-profit Family Aid Boston, which works directly with families who are without a place to live. They provide affordable housings to the families which stabilizes their lives and offers them an opportunity to raise children in a safe environment. Family Aid Boston also gives families access to programs such as employment assistance aiding residents to find reliable employment, as well as homelessness prevention to ensure that families address and solve the problems that led them to homelessness. In his internship Nate is developing numerous skills related to both the workplace and in life. His special project as an intern has him collecting and analyzing energy consumption data in the Family Aid Boston properties. With this data he will work to provide best practices on how to improve the efficiencies of the energy consuming appliances. This project will help to reduce the cost of utilities as it will allow the organization to see where expenditures are abnormally high and give them the freedom to shift their resources in more meaningful ways.
Michael Slagle is a senior Community and Environmental Planning and Sustainability dual major. On campus, he is involved in the UNH Planning Student Organization, a pre-professional organization which serves the university, local and state community by conducting research, doing community service and providing advocacy. While in Boston, he is interning at the Speak for the Trees. With Semester in the City, he aims to create connections with like-minded people who have a passion for solving problems and working with social mission organizations.
Grace Ziskind is a junior Psychology major. At UNH, Grace works for the Phonathon, calling alumni and parents from all over the country to talk to them about their stories and experiences while raising gifts for the University. She has made the Dean’s List for the majority of her semesters in college and takes pride in having a positive perspective in what she does. Grace is interning at the Brookline Teen Center working with teens to help enrich the community through events, resources and support. She will be collaborating with Brookline High School to start up a pilot program that targets students not on track to graduate to help them succeed. Grace is extremely excited to build relationships with staff and teens because she is passionate about any community, she immerses herself in and loves to try new things and explore new places. She is passionate about the arts and community engagement, and therefore is extremely excited to embark on this internship journey. Grace is eager to acquire administrative skills in addition to assisting in event planning and she is hoping to gain meaningful relationships through Semester in the City that will further her learning as well as immerse her in the non-profit community to develop social skills which may possibly lead to future connections and career opportunities.
Laura Zubricki is a junior Marketing major with a Psychology minor. While on campus, she spends most of her time focusing on her studies and taking time to be with her friends. She also loved spending her Monday nights at craft club where she was able to express her creativity in a relaxed and inviting environment. This semester she is interning with Playworks at the Joseph P. Manning Elementary School. There she will serve as a recess coach, promoting social and emotional learning through safe and meaningful play. Laura is beyond excited to meet and interact with the students as well as explore the city of Boston in her spare time. By participating in this program, she hopes the experience may help her to find clarity in what she wishes to pursue as a career moving forward.