Internship Grants

Managing for Social Impact and Public Good Interdisciplinary Program 

This summer I worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Lourdes German, the co-director for the Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good interdisciplinary minor program. In my role I did research on several organizations including the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC). The DBEDC is considered a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) nonprofit which differs from a traditional nonprofit organization. A traditional nonprofit organization receives its funds through fundraisers and donors, whereas a CDFI nonprofit receives funds not only from donors and fundraisers but from the government as well. The DBEDC whose mission is to give those in the Dorchester area more resources and opportunities, was established in 1979 by four residents voicing their concerns about the financial disinvestments, the crime tension, the shortage of affordable housing, and many other issues that resided in their community. Professor German and I held an interview with one of the heads of the organization, Mr. Perry Newman, to learn more about the organization and ways Boston College can partner with them. I have always wanted to start my own nonprofit helping the homeless and after my conversation with Mr. Newman I was inspired to seek future volunteer positions with the organization. Although the DBEDC does not necessarily focus on the homeless it is a great place for me to get an understanding of how nonprofits work. I learned so much about the challenges they face, their accomplishments and how to spot the difference of both nonprofits and CDFI nonprofits. I am very grateful for this internship which has inspired and helped me towards the path of creating my own nonprofit one day.

Stencia Bastien'23

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts

This summer I served as a Program Services Intern in the Enrollment Department at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts. In my intern role, I interviewed volunteer candidates using extensive behavioral protocols and I participated in virtual visits with families seeking a Big Sister or Big Brother mentor. Following these interviews, I wrote a detailed assessment for each volunteer candidate that was used to ensure the Big candidates aligned with the program’s mission before they were paired with a Little in the Greater Boston Area. In addition to my daily responsibilities, I was tasked with giving an hour-long final presentation to the BBBSEM agency at the end of the 13-week internship, detailing the extensive research I had compiled regarding the efficacy of virtual youth mentoring. This Lunch & Learn presentation, formatted like a TedTalk, offered empirically-based recommendations for BBBSEM as they plan to incorporate virtual youth mentoring into their existing and new matches in the wake of COVID-19. Through the internship, I gained valuable insight into the metrics and conversations involved in making safe and meaningful mentor matches within a wonderful non-profit agency and I grew more skilled in technical writing and public speaking. In my future career as a clinical psychologist, I will utilize the interview techniques, clinical note-taking style, and rapport-building skills I developed this summer. 

Cayley Bliss'21

Moore International Law PLLC

This summer I interned for an international law firm based in New York—Moore International Law PLLC. The firm specializes in corporate and patent law, and so I conducted most of my time on a more high profile case between our client and a corporation based in the Middle East. I worked in a research and development role which demanded skills in critical thinking and analysis. I found and assessed annual financial reports for the defendant company and its subsidiaries to look for evidence in proving our case. Whether that be numbers that looked out of place, loopholes in SEC reporting-procedures, or tracing holdings of various kinds of assets—a lot of my role was about shaping a hypothesis, testing it out by finding evidence, and based off that evidence, circling back to reshape my hypothesis again. I would then assemble relevant accounting procedures, corporate transactions, and joint ventures into visual representations and written memorandums independently and presented to senior management as evidence for clients. Overall, reflecting on this experience, I find that I work best on projects that are completely personable and allow me to insert some creative problem solving strategies. While I would have liked to be in the office, I developed equally valuable skills in taking responsibility to truly own my work and leadership in going out of my way to initiative feedback. I hope to translate these enhanced ownership, leadership, and creative problem solving skills—as well as experience assessing financial records and accounting statements—when collaborating with teams in similar industries in the future.

Catherine Levine'22

Good Better Best

This summer I got the amazing opportunity to work for an EdTech startup as the Lead Financial analyst. I worked closely with the CEO of Good Better Best to transform a mission-inspired foundation into a platform with the potential to target and disrupt the K12 Socio-Emotional EdTech landscape. Driven by the mission to provide a new way for kids to develop nonacademic skills such as communication, confidence, and personal growth, Good Better Best is building a community of mentors to affect change in underprivileged communities across the US. My role allowed me to network with investors and build out the company’s financial growth projections and targets to ultimately push the company beyond the pre-seed funding round. I was able to discuss with various Venture Capitalists and other entrepreneurs about the value we would provide to communities as well as the EdTech industry. I am thankful for the chance to not only further explore the operational side of finance, but also help families and communities find light and positivity in a period of great economic and social distress. I thank the Winston Center for affording me the chance to do good for others and grow as a socially conscious business leader.

Chris Whipple '22

New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice 

This summer I was granted the opportunity to intern remotely at the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice which is a coalition of organizations that creates and achieves policies in New Jersey to welcome and support immigrants. I took part in a lot of the communications aspect of the organization and became familiar with the importance of education and awareness for immigrants. I specifically worked on two of the organization’s campaigns. In the Fair and Welcoming Campaign, I conducted research on the process of the passing of an assembly bill in California which prohibited private prisons as the organization would like to do the same in New Jersey. With the Let’s Drive NJ Campaign, I created graphics and resource guides with information regarding the availability of driver’s licenses for all people regardless of immigration status. I created a resource guide with steps to take and also sat in on calls discussing issues of documentation and privacy. Additionally, I spent time working on a resource guide for the Movement for Black Lives. In this resource guide, I included protests going on as well as anti-racism resources and information for undocumented people attending protests. During this internship process, I had the opportunity to see the inside workings of immigrant rights policy advocacy. Although the work I did felt small in comparison to their big strides, I recognized how each project I undertook contributed greatly to the Alliance’s workings to push policies and work towards a more humane society.

Ivana Wijedasa '23

City of Boston Environmental Department 

This summer I worked for the City of Boston Environmental Department as a Zero Waste Intern. Even though my internship was fully remote, I was involved in many interesting projects relevant to the current health situation in the world. I researched the safety of reusable bags, masks and gloves during COVID-19, communicated key findings to the Boston Public Health Commission and created signage to educate residents and the business community. In addition, I researched green procurement practices in MA to amend the City of Boston’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) executive order and guidelines. I presented the EPP research and suggested improvements for the future to the Environmental Department Commissioner and 30 staff members. Lastly, I reviewed the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection 2030 Solid Waste Master Plan and provided recommendations to the City of Boston Environmental Department in preparation for public comment. I plan to implement more zero waste practices into my daily life and share my knowledge with family and friends. I am grateful for the amount of time and attention each member of the team spent with me which made this experience both productive and enjoyable. My passion for sustainability has grown and I plan to continue social impact work after graduation.

Catherine Zona '21