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Meet the Interns - Summer 2013 Edition
May 31, 2013
With today's guest blog post, we'd like to take a moment to introduce you to the great interns who are working in our DC office this summer. If you're going to the 2013 National Conference on Ending Family Homelessness this July, you'll probably get a chance to meet them in person. For now, though, here they are in blog form (and in their own words).
Communications and Development Intern
I’m a rising sophomore studying public policy at the College of William & Mary. This summer, I’m swapping out my time in the historic city of Williamsburg, Virginia, where tri-cornered hats are a regular occurrence, for a location that’s a bit more modern. I’ll be working as a communications and development intern, and I’m eager to get my hands dirty and learn as much as possible while I’m here. I was initially attracted by the Alliance’s solutions-based approach. Homelessness is a problem that is too often assumed to be a lost cause. Now that I’m here, it’s impossible not to be drawn in by the wealth of new ideas and energy of the staff. I live in Stafford, Virginia so I’ve enjoyed D.C. from the periphery for most of my life as a regular tourist. I’m excited to experience it now as a commuter- including trying my hand at slugging (that’s essentially organized hitch-hiking, for those of you who aren’t in the know) and, most importantly, as a food truck consumer!
Sydney Frattura Kampschroer
Federal Policy Intern
I am a rising senior, majoring in political science and social welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduation, I plan on continuing on to graduate school with an intended major of social policy. That being said, the Alliance seems like the perfect fit with its twofold focus on homelessness and federal policy. I hope to learn more about how the Alliance goes about impacting policies (regarding homelessness) on a structural level. By working within the Alliance I also hope to better understand how policy directly affects individuals who are experiencing homelessness. The best thing about DC so far has been the ever so conveniently located bakeries. Hopefully all of the walking will help to balance out my intake of pastries, cupcakes, and cookies. Now if only I could find some Wisconsin-style cheese curds…
Meetings & Events Intern
I am continuing my internship here at the Alliance working with Alliance Director of Meetings and Events D’Arcy Klingle on the 2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness. I started at the Alliance in November 2012, and I worked on the Family and Youth Conference in Seattle. I loved what I did; I enjoyed the people I worked with, and I chose to stay with the Alliance through summer 2013. I work primarily with conference volunteers and scholarship recipients. My goal with taking on this internship after getting my master's in public health and working in that field for four years was to re- explore the meeting and event industry while contemplating a career change. It has been a wonderful and reassuring experience thus far. My supervisor, D’Arcy, is wonderful. I am Nigerian-American, and I’ve lived in both Nigeria and Minnesota before moving to DC area for my first job out of college. I am growing to love DC and all that it has to offer, excluding the humidity and the ever-frowning residents. (DC-loving editor, Kate Seif’s, note: we’re happy!)
Federal Advocacy Intern
I am a federal advocacy intern who will be helping with Capitol Hill Day. My hometown is Montgomery, Alabama, and I am a rising senior at Birmingham-Southern College. Needless to say, I’m prepared for DC’s heat and humidity! (Editor’s note – yes, it really is that bad here.) As a history and political science double major, I am looking forward to learning about the history of homelessness in America, as well as experiencing the current political context of the issue and the part I can play in combating homelessness and poverty. Through my work at the Alliance, I hope to gain a greater understanding of these salient topics and the federal legislation that addresses them. And of course, I am excited to be the stereotypical, camera-toting tourist in DC. (As long as she knows how to escalate, she’ll be just fine).
I am originally from South Bend, Indiana, home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and have lived in the DC area for about eight years. I recently graduated from George Mason University with a master’s in social work with a concentration in social change. I’ve worked in nonprofits since moving to this area, including at several homeless shelters around the area. I found this work to be very fulfilling, and I am excited to work at the Alliance because this experience will combine my desire to serve the homeless population with my interest in policy and research. As a research internI working with the director of the Alliance's Homelessness Research Institutute Samantha Batko, I will be compiling statistics for a national map of homeless rates overall as well as homeless rates among veterans. I will also be updating some publications for the website. I am particularly looking forward to the national Conference in July. I plan on enjoying my newfound freedom from grad school by doing some traveling over the summer as well as enjoying the variety of free concerts and performances around the city.