Thursday, April 4, 2019

Johnathan Lemitelamy ‘19 took a course at UNH Manchester while he was still a student at Manchester Central High School, and ultimately decided it was where he wanted to go to college. Now a senior in the communication arts program, Lemitelamy is bringing his skills to life in Boston through an internship at Citizen Schools, a nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities.

Lemitelamy is building a sustainable communications database for Citizen Schools staff by creating a united network of community agencies. He is also working on a marketing strategy to engage alumni and current students, including boosting social media presence, developing an e-newsletter and planning community events.

Lemitelamy’s internship is through UNH’s Semester in the City program, which partners undergraduate students with internships at one of Boston’s leading social change organizations in community development, social justice, health, education, environment and other areas dedicated to the public good. We caught up with Lemitelamy to learn more about his experience.

How does what you’re learning in your program prepare you for your future?

The program has exposed me to a range of tools and strategies and how to implement, manage and assess an array of social change approaches that I believe will be useful over the course of my career and life.

Why sparked your interest in the communication arts program?

Communication arts covers a broad variety of topics, so it was a rational choice as someone who has a wide range of ever-changing interests.

What are your hopes for after graduation?

After graduation I hope to find a job where I could travel.

Any advice for students considering Semester in the City?

Semester in the City is an awesome opportunity for anyone who wants to create themselves in a new atmosphere. One piece of advice for students going into the program: Don’t be afraid to pack. The first day I arrived in Boston, I didn’t have enough stuff to make my room cozy.