The CCE’s 10 civic fellows completed internships in Richmond and around the world this past summer. Their internships, in the nonprofit or government sector, were tied to an academic-research project. Students studying a variety of disciplines were able to see how academic theories hold up when put into practice in nonprofit or government organizations. Here’s what a few civic fellows have to say about their fellowship:
“What began as a small idea to create a pamphlet on obtaining and utilizing medical assistance, quickly grew into a large-scale project entailing the formulation of seven pamphlets targeted at the issues our office most frequently heard from clients. The team decided the best way to make these resources available to our clients and their families was to create a colorful display in our Intake Office, where each youth is required to go to obtain the assistance of the public defender. The final project produced pamphlets describing and addressing the following topics: Medical Assistance, GED programs, Special Education Programs, Substance Abuse Treatment Programs, Community Service Programs, Housing Issues and Programs, and Mentoring Programs. Each of these issues is not only significant to our clients in Baltimore City, but is also found to be a predictor for involvement in the criminal-justice system by sociologists studying other locales as well. By providing our clients and their families a means of combating the social inequity of knowledge, we are hoping to better their lives, even marginally, and to see a decrease in the prevalence of these problems throughout our clientele.”
-Abbey Beichler, Baltimore Public Defender’s Office, Juvenile Division
“My work with the University of Louisville Global Health Initiative has focused on the refugee community in the Greater Louisville area as well as individuals living with HIV/AIDS. My primary responsibilities have been creating social-networking sites. Additionally, I have been working at the Refugee Immunization Clinic every other week. My job at the clinic has been checking the patients in for their appointments. I have also had the opportunity to shadow [doctors in] the University of Louisville’s HIV//AIDS clinic. I believe that my internship with the UofL GHI encompasses everything both of my majors focus on. I am not only learning several new things about healthcare, both on a local and international scale, but I am also putting my business skills to work through my creation of a new website and social-media sites.”
Charlsey Graham, ’15, University of Louisville Center of Infectious Diseases
“My placement at the Bryan Innovation Lab (BIL) allowed me to analyze a private-school system and curriculum and experiment with various methods of lesson planning and instruction while practicing differentiation and collaborative-classroom teaching. Leaning heavily on my knowledge from my education classes, Education in America and Diverse Learners, I experienced the power of innovation and creativity in a flexible classroom environment. By assisting BIL in hosting community partners, working first-hand with some of these community partners, and helping research and network with future partners for both the BIL and for the Coral Reef Project, I brought together communities within Richmond.” Emily integrated the basics of crochet with a lesson on marine biology into an interactive summer project called, The Crochet Coral Reef Project.
Emily Whitted, ’15, Bryan Innovation Lab, The Stewart School
Check out our website to find out more about the Civic Fellowship Program.