Preston Public Interest Career Fund

The PPICF program was established in 1996 to encourage internships with social service agencies, legal service organizations, humanitarian organizations, public education, and similar organizations—both domestic and international—that meet the needs of underserved and disadvantaged populations. To qualify for the Preston grant, students must work directly with underserved or disadvantaged people as part of their internship responsibilities.

Below you’ll find information about internships held by past Public Interest Career Fund recipients. The range of internships you can have and the places you can work is infinite as long as you are in an organization that serves underprivileged people. What these students did will hopefully spark your imagination about you can do!

Preston Recipients 2012

MONICA BOUYEA ’14
 
Summer Organization
Midtown Community Court (MCC)

Organization Location

New York, NY

Project Description
I completed a range of work throughout the course of my day at Midtown Community Court. By studying the broad lesson plans and observing other staff members lead counseling groups, I became confident in leading an array of group and individual sessions independently, including a cannabis-awarness group, an alternatives to shoplifting group, and the general ‘quality of life’ group. I also co-facilitate the long-term program for English-speaking women arrested for prostitution.

In the beginning, every situation I faced at MCC was something I had never experienced before. I met with individuals who worked on Wall Street, and others who had been homeless since birth. I would seek to address the client’s needs and connect him or her with local resources and organizations that could offer more long-term support than at MCC.


RODOLFO EDEZA ’13
 
Summer Organization
Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE)

Organization Location

Los Angeles, CA

Project Description
The responsibilities of my internship with SAJE involved community organizing, community leadership development, and community education. I was responsible for outreaching to local residents and workers via tabling, door-knocking, and making presentations to local groups, as well as follow-up phone calls and house visits. My major accomplishment was helping prepare community members to provide testimony at public hearings and/or speaking with the media. I helped residents structure their 2 minute speech with a brief introduction, how does the plan affect them, and why does it matter.

I played an essential role in mobilizing residents to community meetings, actions, and city meetings. I had great success facilitating small groups and educating people on complex issues that affect them and their family. I was very efficient in creating documents related to current campaigns, land use, and translating English to Spanish and vice versa.  This experience has been phenomenal and has met my expectations in all possible ways. I have grown not only as a college student, but most importantly as a leader.


LONNIE HACKETT ’14
 
Summer Organization
Volunteer Service & Support Nepal

Organization Location
Lalitpur, Nepal

Project Description
 I was able to accomplish many things during my stay in Nepal. I successfully arranged community based health programs for the neighboring schools with the assistance of nursing students interning at the center. On our trips we would teach the children about dental care, hygiene, and water safety. I would help the nurses create lesson plans and arrange the trips.

In regard to my research study, I was interested in both how well the patients adhere to their medical treatments and what factors lead to greater adherence. With the help of a translator, I was able to finish over 150 interviews and will be able to compile a meaningful research paper this fall at Bowdoin.  I entered Nepal with a strong passion for healthcare and public health and left with even greater certainty that I desire to work and contribute to rural healthcare.


JESSICA CARON ’13
 
Summer Organization
Future Leaders Underprivileged Children’s Center

Organization Location
Kanda, Ghana

Project Description
My goals for this internship were to acquire a deeper understanding of another educational system and to get hands on teaching experience, both of which I accomplished. The tasks I completed included weekly one-on-one meetings with Kirstie (the educational coordinator), writing lesson plans and daily notes for and about class, creating a personal learning plan for two academically behind students, attending staff meetings, acting as one-on-one tutor for nursery students, teaching phonics to groups from the intervention classroom, leading afternoon school, and teaching math and English to class 2 (ages 9-13).

I had many conversations on the philosophies of education and differences between a Westernized and Ghanaian education system. Being in Ghana and a part of this developing school highlighted exactly what a school’s function is and what it needs to succeed.


DIANE LEE ’14
 
Summer Organization
The Legal Project

Organization Location
Loudonville, NY

Project Description
I spent the summer coordinating and running uncontested divorce clinics for low income individuals and victims of domestic violence.  During the course of the summer, I learned how to explain to clients the cumbersome and confusing paperwork that they would need to file with the County Clerk in order to begin the divorce process.  I also became better at assessing clients, determining whether they would understand my more general instructions, or if I needed to describe the uncontested divorce process to them step by step.

My interactions with public interest attorneys and my own clients confirmed that I can combine my passion for legal studies with my commitment to serving the community. I am currently exploring the avenues by which I might do so, including attending law school and working in a private public interest firm or for the government.


KENZIE NOVAK ’13
 
Summer Organization
Saint Cloud’s Children Home

Organization Location
St. Cloud, MN

Project Description
This summer I had the opportunity to work at a residential treatment program for children with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and psychological difficulties. I participated in individual counseling sessions, facilitated group and family therapy, and explored other, non-traditional modes of therapy. My role as a counselor enabled me to help these teens identify, accept, and build strategies for working through their immediate and future concerns.

 


AIDEN REIS ’14
 
Summer Organization
Bradley Angle

Organization Location
Portland, OR

Project Description
My responsibilities this summer included working with survivors of intimate partner violence in one-on-one settings as well as in a support group, co-supervising weekly outings with youth from the shelter, and researching current issues affecting LGBTQ intimate partner violence survivors.  Through my own research and daily experience at the organization, I learned about trauma on several levels, from its biological effects on the nervous system of the individual, to its societal implications and relation to systems of oppression and control.

 


EMILY WEINBERGER ’15
 
Summer Organization
Sullivan County Department of Corrections

Organization Location
Claremont, NH

Project Description
My internship was a balance of working with the mental health clinicians, having one-on-one interactions with the inmates, helping to teach classes, working with the children of these incarcerated parents, and shadowing key personnel in the prison system, from the superintendent to a correctional officer. I usually would attend at least one class on the men’s side of the prison and one class on the women’s side. I would review the materials with the mental health clinicians before the class and then contribute to discussion. Additionally, I co-taught a Managing Money class and Parenting class in which I prepared lessons, and I created my own curriculum to teach a weekly Spanish 101 class to the women.

This experience has solidified my decision to be a psychology major at Bowdoin and has also made me feel incredibly intrigued with inmates, families with incarcerated members, and how other prisons function across the world.

 


GABRIELLE LUBIN ’14
 
Summer Organization
Bresee Foundation

Organization Location
Los Angeles, CA

Project Description
During my internship with Bresee Foundation, an organization that works with Hispanic, underprivileged children, I created a Training Manual for the staff members in Homework Lab that would change the way staff members proceeded in the classroom in order to make a more efficient and safe environment. I discussed the manual many times with my supervisors, case managers, and the director of the foundation. Through this I came to know the structure of The Bresee Foundation but also how I, merely a summer intern, could make a huge impact on the structure of the foundation and the students that they serve by helping to set a better academic atmosphere.

Bresee gave me the opportunity to improve myself in exactly the ways that I had hoped: I became a stronger leader, I developed my skills in planning and implementing, and I was able to connect to many individuals on a personal level.


JESSICA LAPLANTE ’12/’13
 
Summer Organization
Maine Migrant Health Program

Organization Location
Augusta, ME

Project Description
I gained experience helping to screen patients for mental and behavioral health issues, and I was able to talk with patients about their everyday lives and their experiences both while at home and coming to Maine to work the blueberry harvest.  One of the most educational parts of my internship this summer was designing, testing, implementing and analyzing a survey to learn about the health access and health status of Maine’s local, seasonal farmworkers. After learning firsthand what it is like to work in the public health sphere, I have decided to apply to public health schools for next fall.


MICHELLE WIENER ’14
 
Summer Organization
Volunteer Lawyer’s Project

Organization Location
Portland, ME

Project Description
Through interviewing clients, initial training, and numerous continuing education sessions, I became familiar with the general rules and procedures involved in family law, bankruptcy, and foreclosure cases. Interviewing clients over the phone and in person at the Courthouse Assistance Projects (CHAPs) gave me insight into the difficulties low-income individuals face more broadly, such as access to public benefits or transportation issues, and the legal issues they deal with more specifically.

This experience has bolstered my confidence that I want to go into non-profit, social justice oriented work as a career. It also made it clear to me that I like having a balance between direct service that involves interactions with people and communities and service that addresses issues on a more systemic level.


KAYTE HOLTZ ’13
 
Summer Organization
Learning Works

Organization Location
Portland, ME

Project Description
I went into Learning Works on my first day hoping to build confidence with public speaking, learn more about non-profit organizations, and gain a basic understanding of different mental health professions.  At the end of the summer I gained confidence with public speaking, felt comfortable leading a group, and gained experience working and interacting with individuals with a variety of different mental health diagnoses. Working alongside clinicians and social workers helped me gain an understanding of the different career paths I can take working with individuals struggling with various issues.


CHARLIE CUBETA ’13
 
Summer Organization
Data Driven Detroit (D3)

Organization Location
Detroit, MI


Project Description
Interning at Data Driven Detroit (D3) offered me a chance to explore a career path in urban studies and learn about one of the most interesting cities in the United States. I gained an understanding of the unique problems that Detroit residents face through my work with the community groups that use D3’s data.


KATIE ROSS ’14
 
Summer Organization
The Advocates for Human Rights

Organization Location
Minneapolis, MN


Project Description
During my time at The Advocates for Human Rights, I wrote news stories for the website. I produced press releases when important events occurred. I created email templates and wrote a mass email that was sent to the organization’s more than 11,000 contacts. I drafted an application for a $10,000 grant. I helped The Advocates manage their social media outlets and wrote Facebook and Twitter posts. I also helped organize and execute the silent auction for the organization’s annual fundraiser. I learned so much about human rights activism and advocacy work. I found role models among the staff at The Advocates. I learned that I love development work.


 

TOMMY SPURLOCK ’14
 
Summer Organization
Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A

Organization Location
New York, NY

Project Description
This past summer I worked with Group Housing unit of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, a Brooklyn-based legal services organization. At Brooklyn A, I acted as legal assistant for attorney Martin S. Needelman.  Though I experienced many personal victories throughout the summer, I’d say my biggest accomplishment was finding an affordable apartment for one of Brooklyn A’s most needy clients. Though it was difficult, and sometimes frustrating, I took great pride in knowing that I was able to make such a huge impact in someone’s life.


SAM KING ’14
 
Summer Organization
Asociación Civil Awamaki

Organization Location
Ollantaytambo, Peru

Project Description
Over the course of my 10 weeks, I led several tours to Patacancha, thereby brought thousands of dollars (and more thousands of Peruvian soles) directly into the community, while reciprocally providing educational and authentic experiences for people from all around the world. I also worked closely with the town municipality, hotels, restaurants, and artisanal shops to produce a comprehensive tourism manual for the town of Ollantaytambo, with the goal of encouraging tourists to gain an appreciation for the history, culture, and overall offerings of the town. Additionally, I taught a full English course to a diverse group of members of the town who sought to increase their social and economic opportunities through English language competency, developing lesson plans, teaching sequential units on grammar and vocabulary, and devising and administering exams


AMAR PATEL ’13
 
Summer Organization
The Legal Services of New Jersey

Organization Location
Edison, NJ

Project Description
One part of my internship was to work on The Hotline, which is a state wide hotline that fields calls from citizens that are facing legal issues. Through my communication with clients on the Hotline, I became more confident in my ability to engage people The second part of my experience allowed me to dive into data and do some research and policy work. This type of work enabled me to look through the lens of numbers at the landscape of New Jersey.

I went into the summer knowing I wanted to go to law school and do policy work. I had never had an opportunity to do both at the same time. This organization was able to provide me with that experience, and has solidified my career path.


EDUARDO CASTRO ’14
 
Summer Organization
Sixteenth Street Community Health Center

Organization Location
Milwaukee, WI

Project Description
My 12 weeks working with the clinic were busy to say the least. I worked with the Healthy Choices Program, which is a family-oriented obesity prevention class that educates patients about exercise, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles. I assisted the program with data entry, nutritional classes, and led the exercise portions of the class. For the environmental health program, I volunteered with a summer camp that highlighted the projects the clinic was doing to improve the community. I also worked closely with the clinic’s Parenting Resource Center.  I had a number of children I specifically worked with, including children who had developmental and social problems. In addition, I researched for the center statistics on the affect of fatherhood on the health of children and parents.

My major project for the clinic was helping coordinate a community event that raised awareness about bicycling as an important tool in creating healthy individuals and communities.


KEVIN WU ’14
 
Summer Organization
Parijat Academy

Organization Location
Assam, India

Project Description
Parijat Academy is a private school that provides completely free education to village children, and it is almost entirely supported by donations. Originally, the farm project was meant solely to be an educational tool for the students to learn about agriculture and plant development. However, it became clear that the school needed to fundraise in a more self-sufficient manner. Thus, I tailored the farm project toward generating marketable produce.  I had to learn how to grow vegetables and flowers for sale in Assam’s climate. I set up an effective composting system to encourage reuse of organic materials as fertilizers for the farm. I took advantage of the abundance of water hyacinths and cow manure to create another fast-growth fertilizer while also creating a drainage system to prevent drowning the produce. I built a greenhouse to filter direct sunlight from seedlings and to protect them from the heavy rainfall.

Throughout the summer I noticed how my programs dealt with issues demanding the intersection of government and biology, my two majors.  Most importantly, I observed that I could not achieve much on my own without engaging the people in the community if I was really out to create beneficial and lasting programs.


Preston Recipients 2011

Christine BucklandChristine Buckland ’12

PPICF Summer Organization: Breakthrough Cambridge

Organization Location: Cambridge, MA

PPICF Project Description:

The summer began with a 10-day Orientation during which the 40-member staff of teachers learned many instructional strategies and classroom management techniques that we would implement over the course of the summer. Although I certainly faced challenges in lesson planning and teaching, especially within the first few weeks, I drew inspiration to persist every day from the students with whom I worked. These rising seventh, eighth and ninth graders, many of whom faced challenging obstacles at school and at home, voluntarily came to this summer academic program eager to learn and put themselves one step further on the path to college.

Over the course of the summer, I gained both skills and confidence in the classroom. I received regular observation and feedback from both my mentor teacher and program directors, and they provided a model for me as I strove to build strong relationships and a positive classroom culture with my own students. We also collaborated to manage all the daily operations of summer programming and special events such as Family Night, Unity Day, and the Camping Trip. Finally, I had the opportunity to learn about my own style as a leader as I chaired the committee that planned Celebration, the culminating event of the summer that showcased student work for parents, families, donors, and community members.

Future Plans: Christine plans to pursue a career in urban education after her time at Bowdoin.


Katherine FoleyKatherine Foley ’13

PPICF Summer Organization: Empowered Women International

Organization Location: Alexandria, VA

PPICF Project Description:

My work and tasks this summer ranged from researching marketing opportunities, assisting in the maintenance of EWI’s online store, and writing about the successes of women who have benefitted from EWI’s training. I gained firsthand experience about what it is like to run a small scale non-profit, which was one of the main reasons I wanted to work with EWI. I got to see all the sides of a non-profit: the personal connections to clients, the difficulty to get funding, the joy of even small steps forward, and the complexity of becoming emotionally involved with the sometimes heartbreaking stories of the immigrant and refugee women while also attempting to maintain a professional front.

One of my accomplishments I am most proud of is learning how to make connections and network. This may seem like a simple quality, but I learned how important it is for small non-profits to connect with similar organizations and reach out to different people and communities for support.

Future Plans: Katherine is looking forward to continuing her education with a Master’s Degree in Social Work.


Laura TillLaura Till ’12

PPICF Summer Organization: Compas de Nicaragua

Organization Location: Managua and Carazo, Nicaragua

PPICF Project Description:

My range of responsibilities and tasks spanned an entire spectrum of services; because we’re a small group working in two very small communities, our work is not specialized, but can generally be described as part of a holistic effort of sustainable development. This includes microloans for women and farmers, installation of green systems for cooking gas and water filtration, and facilitating cultural exchange between North American service groups. Accordingly, I was called upon to aid the two directors, Mike and Ana, in all of these areas, in addition to fronting my personal project of nutrition and backyard gardening.

In terms of my specific nutrition programming, I accomplished almost exactly what I set out to do: We built and planted 8 gardens with sweet potatoes, spinach, tomato, lettuce, squash, and cucumber. As my relationship and integration into the fabric of Compas and their community deepened, their needs became more apparent, and more expansive. This mounting awareness had the odd effect of simultaneously justifying the small tasks of backyard gardens or interviews, but also challenging their importance and effectiveness. I’m currently preparing a grant proposal for an urban farm and farm stand, complete with a grain bank; it’s an ambitious project, but one that would better integrate the rural and urban project sites of Compas.

Future Plans: Laura plans to pursue a career in medicine and apply her cultural and linguistic experience in serving marginalized communities in Latin American and Spanish-speaking communities within the U.S.


Eliza Warren-ShrinerEliza Warren-Shriner ’13

PPICF Summer Organization: Pure Water for the World Haiti

Organization Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

PPICF Project Description:

My primary tasks included designing and conducting a study to examine the acceptability and efficacy of the hygiene education and filters that are part of the organization’s program and managing the organization’s database.

My main accomplishment this summer was the completion of the study on Pure Water’s programs here. This involved visiting over 250 of the organization’s 2000 sites in Haiti, conducting interviews and observations at each site. I had five Haitian employees who conducted the actual interviews, and most days accompanied by a site coordinator to help locate the sites. Upon returning to the United States, I completed reported my findings in a document that will be used by the organization to evaluate their progress and make changes to the program moving forward. This was not only the most enjoyable part of my internship but also the most valuable—it enabled me to see first hand what was going on in the Port-au-Prince area and allowed me to get a good idea of how well the organization’s program was working. I was also able to get a better look at real poverty first hand—the conditions people live in, the resources available to schools, and the effects of the January 2010 earthquake on these conditions.

Future Plans: Eliza plans to get an MPH in global health or food and nutrition studies.


Anna AckermanAnna Ackerman ’12

PPICF Summer Organization: Center for Prevention of Hate

Organization Location: Portland, Maine

PPICF Project Description:

My internship with the Center for Prevention of Hate this summer allowed me to delve deep into issues of discrimination that people in Maine face daily. As I was specifically in charge of the LGBTQ Youth Safety Project, I spent a lot of time interviewing at Outright L/A Youth Drop-In Sessions as well as youth who attended the Gay Pride Festival in Portland. Through these highly personal interviews, I developed interviewing strategies that allowed my subjects to feel comfortable and safe, and I learned about the difficulty and pain that recalling past discrimination causes, and the importance of following up with an interviewee.

Future Plans: After graduating, Anna hopes to work as a fellow for Humanity in Action or do a masters program in International Relations with a focus on Peace and Conflict Studies.


Tristan McCormickTristan McCormick ’13

PPICF Summer Organization: Masifundise Development Trust

Organization Location: Mowbray, Cape Town, South Africa

PPICF Project Description:

While at Masifundise, I gained a broad and thorough understanding of the socio-economic, political, and historical context for the marginalization of the small-scale or artisanal fishery sector in South Africa. Further, I learned how a mature and functioning community-based organization can be established that is conscious of that broader context but is also tailored to the individual communities and able to accurately assess, inform and transmit their opinions, even when its constituents suffer from crippling educational deficits, economic hardship and political marginalization. Lastly, I was offered glimpses of how the operations of the community-based organization influence the higher political arena at the legislative and regulatory policy level of the national government.

Future Plans: Tristan plans to proceed with his education in economics, and hopes to enter a field in the public sector.


Ariye KrasnerAriye Krassner ’14

PPICF Summer Organization: Preble St. Resource Center

Organization Location: Portland, ME

PPICF Project Description:

My assigned jobs and projects included working in main soup kitchen and the Florence House (all women’s shelter) kitchen, sorting and distributing incoming mail daily, organizing and setting up the agency’s undeveloped space, sifting through clothing donations, and setting up the clothing closet for client access.Working in the soup kitchens and running the clothing closet allowed me to develop relationships with some of the homeless clients and to learn about the cracks in our social system. While tasks like collecting donations and sorting mail did not directly contribute to my learning in the field of psychology, I was constantly surrounded by social workers at Preble St. The privilege to watch professional counselors interact with the homeless clientele, quell conflict, and arrange life-changing housing and job opportunities for clients was educational and inspirational in itself.

Future Plans: This summer experience has reinforced Ariye’s interest in psychology, and she is now considering getting her Ph.D. in psychology, with hopes of the opportunity to do psychological research.


Rachel SegeRachel Sege ’14

PPICF Summer Organization: West End House Boys and Girls Club

Organization Location: Allston, MA

PPICF Project Description:

I performed a variety of tasks, from creating spreadsheets, to writing up interviews, to making a variety of fundraising literature. I also taught swimming and supervised many activities with the children. In addition, I learned an unbelievable amount about the kids who attended the club; their situation and what they needed. The children from the Allston neighborhood of Boston (and several other neighborhoods as well) were primarily children of immigrants, drug addicts, or parents who in other ways were unable or unwilling to give them the support they needed. It was incredible for me to see how much I had taken for granted growing up.

I also learned a lot about what the club offered these youth. I did extensive research into several new and growing programs, from investigating an academic mentoring program’s results to developing a new anti-bullying curriculum. I realized how much these kids struggled, and how important it was to help them.

Future Plans: Rachel plans to continue her education and develop her business skills for use in a worthwhile cause.


Erica SwanErica Swan ’13

PPICF Summer Organization: ArtVan

Organization Location: Bath, ME

PPICF Project Description:

Over the course of the summer I worked with kids every day in different neighborhoods in the area surrounding Bath. However, I assumed more of a leadership role than I had when volunteering with ArtVan in the past. I co-led two groups without Jamie (one at Oliver Place, a teen homeless shelter, and the other at Sweetser Saco School, a school for kids with emotional and behavioral issues). Working with these two very different groups of kids really allowed me to learn about what exactly goes into planning and preparing an art project. I was also able to learn about the needs of each population and to form relationships with kids in each of these programs. These programs were also much more of a challenge for me because instead of working with neighborhood kids, we were working with mainly teenagers and older kids who I was not as used to working with. This helped me to grow as a leader and helped me to learn more about how to guide and work with kids.

Further, I also researched grants for ArtVan to apply for in this coming grant writing season. This involved a lot of independent and self-directed work, which allowed me to take more responsibility for my final product and to have more freedom in the way in which I did it. Through this process I not only learned about how to meet the needs of ArtVan, but also how to research grants, contact grant giving organizations, and what is required to write grants.

Future Plans: This internship solidified Erica’s interest to pursue work in the non-profit or public service sector. She will continue her education, and look into potential internships in the non-profit sector for next summer.


Filiberto VargasFiliberto Vargas ’14

PPICF Summer Organization: Kids Unlimited of Oregon Summer Camp / Migrant Education Summer School

Organization Location: Medford, OR

PPICF Project Description:

My accomplishments consisted of creating and teaching the very first middle school and high school leadership/college prep class offered at Kids Unlimited summer camp. Every Tuesday for 8 weeks, I taught three sections, where about 10-15 students enrolled in my course. I also accomplished close mentorship relationships with the Kids Unlimited campers and migrant education students gradually through out the 10 week internship. At summer school, I mentored and tutored about 15 middle school students, and at the Kids Unlimited middle school summer camp, I worked with about 50 middle school students enrolled in the middle school summer camp program. I really enjoyed the rapport established through out the whole summer camp and summer school experience.

Future Plans: Filiberto plans to continue with his current goals to minor in education and apply to Teach for America, and apply to graduate school for education.


Christiana WhitcombChristiana Whitcomb ’14

PPICF Summer Organization: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation

Organization Location: South Dakota

PPICF Project Description:

I credit most of the success of this internship to the fact that I was working so closely with the president and founder of the organization on a daily basis. I interned for him directly, and he involved me in almost all of the decision-making processes. Consequently, I was exposed to every facet of the organization and my opinion was considered in decisions about finances, safety, logistics and all projects that the organization took on in the town we were working in – La Plant, South Dakota.

One of my main jobs on a daily basis was to organize and run summer camp for children ages three to thirteen in the town of La Plant. Over the seven week period I developed extremely close relationships with the children and their families. This allowed me to understand the social issues that the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation faces on a deep level.

Future Plans: Christiana plans to work in the sustainable development of third world countries and impoverished communities through sustainable urban design and social programs.


Molly FargeorgeMolly Fargeorge ’14

PPICF Summer Organization: Partners in Development, Inc.

Organization Location: Guatemala

PPICF Project Description:

When I got to the clinic in Concepción, Guatemala it was full speed ahead. On that first day I met ten amazing high school students whom I would grow to be extremely close to over the next ten weeks. I learned that we would be using Rosetta stone, children’s books, and any other supplies we could find to teach these ten students English, a language that they had never studied before.

It was our job to start up the English program: to make a schedule that worked, create rules to be followed, design lesson plans, find the strengths and weaknesses in the materials we had been given, etc. while also giving the students a chance to speak with native English speakers and teach them enough of the language so that they would be able to write a brief essay by the time the next intern came. In addition, We taught them how to play the card game “war” with cut up pieces up recycled cardstock in order to teach them three-digit numbers, we created Twister for colors and danced the “Cha Cha Slide” and the “Hokey Pokey” so that they would learn directions and body parts. It was a difficult and sometimes slow process, but the results were amazing.

Future Plans: Molly would like to continue to study languages and use them so that she would be able to live in many different parts of the world. She plans on going to graduate school after Bowdoin to become a Physician’s Assistant and work in pediatrics.


Lydia SingermanLydia Singerman ’13

PPICF Summer Organization: Masakhane Center

Organization Location: Newark, NJ

PPICF Project Description:

Due to the small scale of the organization I had the opportunity to see the inner workings of a non-profit and get first hand experience. The internship was extremely hands on and based around experiential learning. In addition I was able to gain a more comprehensive background in different topics regarding sex and sexuality as well as current events concerning the New York and New Jersey area.This summer I was able to accomplish the following: designing and teaching a workshop series, managing a social media site, and assisting in the planning of a fundraising event. The hands on experience and independence provided an invaluable lesson.

Future Plans: I plan to pursue a career in the non-profit world related to women’s rights or reproductive health.