Lina Adjout was a junior Political Science and International Affairs dual major with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies at time of participation. On campus, she worked 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 interned 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 launched a social media campaign to communicate the importance of naturalization. She was involved in inputting data and tracking the success of cases. Lina’s special project involved creating and implementing an ambassador program for Project Citizenship. She hoped this project would allow her to improve on research and outreach skills. Lina was most excited about expanding her other skills such as working in a fast-paced environment and teamwork through leadership positions. Lina was curious about what Boston has to offer and loves exploring new places, so she hoped to be able to find a work-life balance in the city!
Ciara Blanchette was currently a senior Nursing student with a minor in Women’s Studies at time of participation. Through Semester in the City, she interned 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 was excited for the opportunity to meet, learn from, and serve all who identify as women in the Boston area and hoped 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 was 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 was a senior Nursing student at time of participation. 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 intern at St. Stephen’s Youth Program in Boston, Massachusetts, where she created six-week lesson plan for elementary school children. Samantha was 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 was a sophomore Health Management and Policy major and Public Health minor. On campus, she has been 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 interned 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 was a member of the End Hep-C Coalition Team and assisted 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 was responsible for community outreach on Hepatitis C. Saffron was 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 was 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 was a junior psychology major at time of participation. On campus, Gianna has been academically focused and has successfully made the Dean's List. She was also a Student Caller for the UNH Phonathon. At the Phonathon, Gianna spoke with alumni and parents about their experiences and updated them on the exciting events happening in the UNH community while raising gifts for the university. Through Semester in the City, Gianna interned at St. Stephen's Youth Program. At St. Stephens she worked with elementary and middle school-aged children in their after-school program. Gianna created 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 was 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 be able to use her degree in psychology to work with children who are struggling with mental disorders and learning disabilities. Gianna hoped to improve her public speaking skills and professionalism while exploring all that the beautiful city of Boston has to offer.
Lura Honderich was a sophomore double major in Social Work and Public Service and Non-Profit Leadership at time of participation. Lura was 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 internedwith 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 was excited to work with volunteers in the warehouse and improve her organizational skills during the semester. While she was with SITC, she hoped 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, 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 was ambitious to intern in the Boston branch.
Brianna Kelly was a junior studying Community & Environmental Planning with a minor in Political Science at time of participation. On campus, Brianna was a member of Alpha Phi Omega (APO), the co-ed community service fraternity, and was 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, Brianna interned 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 was the Local Clean Energy Organizing Fellow where she assisted in MCAN’s net zero campaign. This provided 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 was looking forward to learning more about clean energy over the course of the semester. She hoped to explore Boston and gain skills that will benefit her in the future, as she hoped to work for non-profits and help communities battle against social injustices and climate change.
Allison Quinn was an enthusiastic senior majoring in Women’s Studies and minoring in Social Justice Leadership and Business Administration at time of participation. On the UNH campus, Allison attended the SHARPP organization's annual Anti-Violence Rally and Walk to demonstrate her support for ending sexual violence. 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 interned 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. Allison hoped to gain more clarity on her career path, as well as hands-on experience working in a professional environment. She was excited to use her educational background in a real-world setting and thrilled to work with an organization that puts forth such strong efforts to make significant changes in the lives of hundreds of families.
Nate Richard was a sophomore Finance and Sustainability dual major at time of participation. 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 interned 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. Nate developed numerous skills related to both the workplace and in life. His special project had him collecting and analyzing energy consumption data in the Family Aid Boston properties. With this data he provided best practices on how to improve the efficiencies of the energy consuming appliances. This project helped to reduce the cost of utilities as it allowed the organization to see where expenditures are abnormally high and give them the freedom to shift their resources in more meaningful ways.
Michael Slagle was a senior Community and Environmental Planning and Sustainability dual major at time of participation. On campus, he was 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 interned at Speak for the Trees. With Semester in the City, he aimed to create connections with like-minded people who have a passion for solving problems and working with social mission organizations.
Grace Ziskind was a junior Psychology major at time of participation. At UNH, Grace worked 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 proud to have made the Dean’s List for many semesters and takes pride in having a positive perspective in what she does. Grace interned at the Brookline Teen Center working with teens to help enrich the community through events, resources and support. She collaborated with Brookline High School to start up a pilot program that targets students not on track to graduate to help them succeed. Grace was 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 was extremely excited to embark on this internship journey. Grace was eager to acquire administrative skills in addition to assisting in event planning and she was hoping to gain meaningful relationships through Semester in the City to further her learning as well as immerse her in the non-profit community to develop social skills to lead to future connections and career opportunities.
Laura Zubricki was a junior Marketing major with a Psychology minor at time of participation. On campus, she has spent 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. While in Boston, she interned with Playworks at the Joseph P. Manning Elementary School. There she served as a recess coach, promoting social and emotional learning through safe and meaningful play. Laura was 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 hoped the experience would help her find clarity in what she wishes to pursue as a career moving forward.