Internship Grants

City of Miami Beach

This summer, I worked for the City of Miami Beach as a Resilience Intern under Chief Resilience Officer Amy Knowles. Daily, I assisted the CRO on projects related to Flood Awareness as well as other climate-related issues. Together, we strategized and put thought into the best ways to communicate flood risk to the residents of Miami Beach. Some of my tasks included updating fact sheets and messaging surrounding FEMA's NFIP, Flood Maps, and new flood insurance rating methodology (Risk Rating 2.0). Along with this, I also worked hand-in-hand with the City's Communications and Marketing team, collaborating on a spread for the Miami Beach Magazine related to these crucial issues.

Amidst all this, the tragic Surfside Building collapse happened during my time with the City. While the culprit for this horrific tragedy has yet to be fully discerned, I worked directly with the CRO to conduct research and monitor current buildings older than 30 years on the island, ensuring that Miami Beach residents are safe and protected in the face of rising seas. Without the support of the Winston Center, this would have never been possible, and for that, I amtruly grateful.

Diana Bunge '22

Ocean State Waves

This summer, I served several different roles as an intern with the Ocean State Waves: a summer collegiate baseball team competing in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). My role was summed as the Director of Hospitality. Still, I was involved in basically every activity the team participated in. I secured funding for the team’s operations in the preseason, gameday operations, sponsorship activation both before, during, and after games, and much more. In keeping with the Winston Center’s mission of supporting internships with non-profit organizations, both the NECBL and the Ocean State Waves have a goal of being active in the many communities they call home. For the Waves that is Rhode Island’s South County, and this Summer, one of my duties is community outreach. So, I was in charge of reaching out to local minor leagues for free admission to the games and participation in on-field games with our sponsors, our partnership with frontline workers to allow them free admission, our annual summer camp for kids in the local area, and reading days with kids in South County’s many elementary schools. Further, while completing my duties with the Waves, I also served as acting President of Spread the Swell this summer—a non-profit organization that I co-founded with my two older brothers ten years ago. Each year, we run a week-long entirely free surf camp for underprivileged children in Rhode Island. My duties encompass everything leading up to, during, and after camp’s end.

Jack Dillon '23

Voiz

This past summer, I became the sustainability analysis and the editorial advocacy track leader at Voiz. They are a non-profit aiming to raise awareness about environmental and social sustainability, including social justice, LGBTQ+ rights, etc., through increasing the Gen-Z voice. My job was to provide proper evaluations and suggestions regarding specific products to help customers make a more informed and sustainable choice. As a sustainability analyst, I researched annual reports from big corporations, analyzed the data, and gave them overall ratings. As a Newsletter lead, I had to create monthly editorials, send out promotional emails and attend weekly meetings with other team members. All reports are posted online so that our customers can read whenever they hope to. Those two months were meaningful because I learned a lot of knowledge that I would not be able to touch in the classroom and because I was allowed to cooperate with many like-minded peers.

At Voiz, all worked as a team, with members from different countries, to fulfill our responsibility as humans and push forward the ultimate goal of promoting sustainability in all fields. I became more aware of societal ethics and morals, which require effort from multiple areas and people to uphold. Even if we left Voiz at the end of the project, everyone will never forget this spirit and carry it forward in their respective communities.

Rachel Huang '22

International Conservation Caucus Foundation

This summer, while interning for the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF), I supported the team with research and analysis work, event outreach, and in-person event assistance. I conducted research on NOFOs, the 5 C’s of the Caribbean Climate Change Center, the intersection of irregular migration conflict and conservation, the NDC implementation plans throughout the Caribbean, blue bonds, the sustainability of French companies, and sustainable forestry. I also worked on event outreach, contacting foreign dignitaries and US lawmakers about our July 13th Summit on Illegal Resource Extraction and our upcoming US Congressional Awards Dinner on September 20th. I also had the opportunity to work at several events hosted by the ICCF, including the Summit on Illegal Resource Extraction and lunch for a delegation of Colombian officials. I also worked on some smaller projects that included updating the calendar with Congressional Committee hearings of interest, editing the ICCF Newsletter, attending and taking notes on key webinars, searching for grant opportunities, cross-referencing datasheets, creating donor/contact spreadsheets, and more. I worked on a wide variety of tasks at ICCF, and I learned a lot about conservation and the inner workings of NGOs/non-profits. I had the incredible opportunity to participate in career formation and network with people I will hopefully work with in the future.

Going forward, I hope to return to the ICCF to help out at the September 20th event, use my new research skills at school and in my future career, and stay in touch with the people I met as I begin my job search. I’ve also learned a lot about conservation and working/cooperating with domestic and international governments. I hope to use these skills, in particular, to pursue an internship with the state department next summer.

Sophie Hoeltgen '24

Boston College Innocence Program

I have continuously looked for ways to engage in the realm of research. As an Undergraduate Research Assistant, I was formally trained to conduct research effectively from credible databases and document sources. All of the skills mentioned above proved very important in my internship at Boston College Innocence Program. Boston College Innocence Clinic focuses on cases involving complex factual investigation to prove the innocence of wrongfully convicted individuals. As an intern, I was assigned a criminal case to study the problem of erroneous convictions. I worked through several databases and more than a hundred files to find relevant data which might prove helpful in overturning the court's decision. Thus, as part of my case, I combed through the court proceeding and files of young black men who were sentenced to life in prison without even having close contact with the murder weapon.Part of my job was to work my way through all the evidence from the defense and the prosecution side to plan and conduct factual investigations, including witness interviews, working with scientific experts, forensic witnesses, and crime labs. Through conducting research, organizing data, and digging up evidence, I have witnessed the power of my simple acts, which may change the entire life trajectory for an innocent person. Through these experiences, I savored the taste of advocacy through human experience, hard work, and the power of law. As an aspiring human rights lawyer, engaging in intersectional research for my clients with a non-profit organization such as BCIP was a genuine opportunity that could not have possibly been substituted for theoretical learning. I am forever grateful to the Winston center for affording me the financial means to engage in this internship and be a part of such a rewarding work experience this summer.

Urwa Hameed '22

SEC's Division of Corporate Finance

This past summer, I worked in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance. Within the division, I was a part of the Office of Risk and Strategy. The two projects I worked on this summer revolved around Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, or SPACs, and the filing of Form S-3. In April, the SEC recently issued updated accounting guidelines regarding how SPACs should account for stock warrants. I noticed that because the changes occurred so close to the deadlines, we suspected many late filings happened due to the April 12th statement regarding warrants. Therefore, I had to track how many late filings occurred with the SEC. My other main project was helping the division automate review functions for form S-3. I was given a population of almost 200 S-3 forms from Q4 2020. I was tasked with putting all the necessary information for a review into an excel spreadsheet. Another intern would then take this spreadsheet to double-check her code and make sure that the code would scrape the correct information.

Tim Lane '23

Boston College Innocence Program

Altogether my work with the Boston College Innocence Program taught me more than I could have possibly imagined. I was introduced to legal proceedings and the processing of innocence cases, how to write memos and investigative reports, and exposed to the legal language I had not yet encountered. Despite being a virtual internship, I was welcomed into a professional work environment. I experienced “hands-on” work and was even able to meet with a possible client.            

This summer, I spent a lot of time learning how to approach the intake process for a potential client. This exposed me to important research skills when learning about a case and its history and encouraged me to learn more about different terms and appellate processes that I was unfamiliar with. I was able to write various intake memos that I submitted for review. Beyond this, I worked closely with the other interns on digesting transcripts and working on an investigative report. Collaborating with other interns virtually helped to understand the material and discuss the various ways in which people approach cases. The internship required a level of analytical capacity, communication, and immense accountability, all of which have helped me become a better-rounded intern and individual, personally and professionally.           

 BCIP awarded me an opportunity to learn more about a field that I am incredibly interested in pursuing while entrusting me with work that law students and even some of the legal professionals are tasked with doing. As I continue with this internship into the school year, I hope to learn more about how I can help those wrongfully incarcerated and provide services to others jailed in an institution with so many systemic issues.

Jennifer Lozano '23

Our Children MN

During my twelve weeks working with Our Children MN, the 501(c)(4) organization working to pass the Page Amendment, a proposed amendment to the Minnesota State Constitution currently in a legislative committee, I aided their coalition-building, communication, and fundraising efforts. The Page Amendment is trying to establish a civil right to quality education in Minnesota to narrow and eventually close our worst-in-the-nation education gaps by race and ethnicity. Before the next legislative session starts in January, Our Children needs to grow its statewide coalition of partners and supporters, both in terms of individuals and organizations. Some of my initiatives in this area included reaching out to every Chamber of Commerce in the state to schedule events and reaching out to other affinity groups. I also drove statewide awareness by writing four opinion editorials across the state, drafting content and posting on our social media accounts each week, and curating our newsletter. My third main area of focus was writing grant proposals to acquire much-needed funding. My first grant proposal led to $50,000 in funding being awarded to Our Children, and other proposals are still being processed. More broadly, I developed a strong understanding of education politics in Minnesota and the hurdles nonprofits face. My confidence in talking to older professionals grew exponentially since I frequently worked with tenured members of prestigious organizations like the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Anna Lonnquist '23

SSC Venture Partners

When I first applied for a role at SSC Venture Partners, they rejected my application. However, through persistence, I created a new position at the company called Community Leadership Intern. In this role, I spoke with alumni of Boston College to mentor current students who were starting their own companies. This role quickly morphed into me creating a database of 1500+ Boston College alumni who had founded a company. This summer, in a part-time setting, I was able to take on another student to help me. This allowed me to mentor that student while also practicing my leadership skills since I was delegating tasks. Towards the end of the summer, I continued with these initiatives to create a "State of Boston College Entrepreneurship 2021" summary to share with the entire community. My summer at SSC was inspiring, and I'm looking forward to continuing my role in a new setting this semester! I was mentored by Duncan Walker and the team at SSC, and I could not have asked to spend my summer with better people.

Bijoy Shah '22

Silicon Street Academy

I believe strongly in the impact that mentoring can have on a student’s life. Silicon Street Academy aims to provide college students with in-person mentoring, educational podcasts, and networking opportunities in niche areas such as VC, PE, and Growth Equity. These opportunities have not been traditionally available to students at the undergraduate level. Despite the emphasis schools like Boston College put on personal and career development, there is a lack of assistance for students looking to pursue nontraditional business paths. As a part of the team, I hope to make these avenues more known and accessible by providing a platform and place to connect with experienced business people from diverse backgrounds. Throughout the summer, I will be working to shape Silicon Street’s mission towards an emphasis on collaborative growth, which aligns with the Winston Center’s goal of creating ethical leaders in their own right. By traveling to various schools and areas, we will be building our network of mentors and ambassadors and driving our goal of helping students find passion in work and leadership opportunities. By expanding the array of opportunities for college students, they can more easily align their interests and passions with a societal need to make a difference. Through this experience, I plan to develop my leadership skills to cultivate a like-minded national community of young aspiring undergraduate businesspeople. 

Chris Whipple '22

Lionheart Foundation

 This summer, I worked virtually as an Outreach Intern with the Lionheart Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on changing the lives of individuals experiencing incarceration, at-risk youth, and teen parents through social-emotional learning programs. On a broad level, my job involved developing and executing projects relating to the Foundation’s long-term goal of expanding its outreach initiatives. More specifically, I created non-profit-specific social media strategies to help the Foundation better understand the social platforms with which they interact to achieve their goal of expanding their presence and following. The bulk of my work consisted of researching social media strategy, writing blogs, developing posts, writing guides, researching language, and working on HubSpot. I found my work to lie at the perfect intersection of my academic interests and professional skills while still challenging me to expand my knowledge. The majority of my professional career has revolved around social media and web management. However, this work had never been on behalf of a non-profit organization such as the Lionheart Foundation. Going into this internship, I did not know how different social media management was for a non-profit. Learning how to adapt my strategies to a completely different circumstance was occasionally challenging, though always rewarding. Given my long-term goals of working in a sector so saturated with non-profit organizations, I am confident that this new understanding of non-profit-specific social media and website strategy will make me a valuable asset in my industry.

Sasha Wong '24