Meet our Interns
Regardless of whether Development is your definite career pathway, if you have a heart for philanthropy and a love for Penn State, you will feel right at home here. Meet our largest intern class ever in what marks the program’s 10th anniversary — we have students from diverse areas of study across the University including the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, Smeal College of Business, Eberly College of Science, Health and Human Development, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Education, Music, and Agriculture. In this cohort, there are three Schreyer Scholars, two international students, two students who attended Commonwealth Campuses, as well as two Master’s candidates and one J.D., Ph.D. candidate. We have an Executive Board Member for the Pennsylvania Education Equity Project, the Chief of Staff for The Underground Student Media, and the Executive Director of the 2019 Class Gift Campaign. This year’s class is involved in student government, Lion Ambassadors, the Presidential Leadership Academy, Camp Kesem Central PA, Empower Orphans PSU, Project Haiti, and more. The interns are also heavily involved in THON, with five current or previous directors, five captains, and two dancers.
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The 2018 ClassDevelopment and Alumni Relations Internship Program
College of EducationJonathan is from York, Pennsylvania and attended Juniata College for his undergraduate studies, where he majored in History. While at Juniata, he was a member of the Concert Choir with whom he toured internationally to five countries as well as studied abroad in York, England. He is currently a Master’s student in the Higher Education program at Penn State with a focus in Administration. Jonathan is currently involved with the State College Choral Society and the Student Affairs Student Organization (SASO). He first became involved in philanthropy in his senior year at Juniata when he was a part of the Senior Leadership Council which was in charge of encouraging other seniors to donate to the class gift.
Office of the Vice PresidentOriginally from El Paso, Texas, Rafael is a graduate joint-degree student, concurrently pursuing a law degree and a Ph.D. in Higher Education. He is also a graduate assistant at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, where he provides research support to faculty studying education law and policy. He chose Penn State for the opportunity to pursue his legal education while simultaneously continuing his graduate education with world-renowned faculty. Outside of his work and studies, he also serves as an executive board member for the Pennsylvania Education Equity Project, and the Law and Education Alliance at Penn State.
Volunteer ProgramsTom is an Economics and Political Science double major, entering his third and final year at Penn State this upcoming school year. He is from Cape May, New Jersey, where he grew up raising funds for the Police Unity Tour, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and March of Dimes. At Penn State, Tom has been involved in UPUA (student government), a THON committee, and College Republicans. Now, Tom is serves as the Executive Director of the 2019 Class Gift Campaign, a Lion Ambassador, the Content Director of 2019 State of State, and is a member of the Presidential Leadership Academy.
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Penn State Alumni AssociationTy is from Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. He recently graduated from Penn State University – Beaver Campus with a degree in Communications, focusing on Corporate Communications. He is a transfer student that chose Beaver because he could be involved early on campus, play baseball, and get a Penn State education. In addition to his studies, Ty was Student Government Association President, a senior staff writer for the school newspaper, a Lion Ambassador, and captain of the baseball team. Ty interned with the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation for a semester, and it sparked his interest in philanthropy.
College of Arts & ArchitectureAlex is a graduate choral conducting student and teaching assistant in the Penn State School of Music, where he studies conducting with Dr. Christopher Kiver and serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Glee Club and University Choir. Prior to relocating to State College, Alex served as the Music Director of First Baptist Church of Princess Anne, MD, and as a piano instructor for Salisbury University’s Community Music Division. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Salisbury University where he studied piano and composition.
College of Earth & Mineral SciencesKaitlynn is a recent graduate with her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation and Human Services. Hailing from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Kaitlynn came many miles from home to come to Penn State because she fell in love with the campus and sense of community here. As home to the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, Penn State was a no-brainer. Kaitlynn has been heavily involved in THON throughout her time as a student and most recently served as a Family Relations Captain for THON 2018. Kaitlynn worked as her sorority’s primary THON chair in 2016 — one of her most rewarding roles. Kaitlynn also served as the Vice President of Philanthropy for her sorority and worked closely with their national cause of Domestic Violence Awareness.
College of Agricultural SciencesOriginally from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Peyton is a senior majoring in the Animal Science business option with a minor in Wildlife and Fisheries and a certificate in SMEAL Business Fundamentals. She is a two-year Co-Director for Camp Kesem Central PA, a national nonprofit organization headed up by passionate student leaders that provides kids whose parents had, currently have, or have passed away from cancer with an entirely free week at summer camp. On Giving Tuesday, her chapter raised $70,000 in just 24 hours – over 75 percent of their annual fundraising goal of $95,000, enough to send 120 kids to camp. Peyton has been involved with the Penn State Dance Marathon and will be serving her third year as Family Relations Chair for Club Swimming.
Smeal College of BusinessLulu is a rising senior from Knox, Pennsylvania, pursuing a B.A. in Philosophy while minoring in both History and Human Development and Family Studies. Lulu’s involvement with THON has defined her Penn State experience and led to her interest in philanthropy. Serving in previous captain positions and now as the Director of the Alumni Engagement Committee, Lulu is heavily involved in defining and expanding aspects of THON’s development, as well as outreach to alumni supporters. Lulu fell in love with Penn State after her first tour of campus and quickly became passionate about spreading Penn State pride. She hopes to provide equal experiences to prospective students and their families by giving tours as a member of the Penn State Lion Ambassadors.
Parent PhilanthropyFaith is a junior from York, PA in the Smeal College of Business, studying Management with a focus in Organizational Leadership. She is very involved with the Sapphire Leadership Academic Program, where she serves as Business Logistics Overall Chair, overseeing the program’s professional and leadership development teams. Faith is also a member of Lion Ambassadors and the Presidential Leadership Academy; outside of Penn State, she is very involved with the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Organization, which fosters an attitude of servant leadership in its ambassadors each year. Faith has pursued her interest in service and philanthropy by forming her high school’s Epilepsy Awareness Club, getting involved in THON (she danced in THON 2018!), and volunteering with various nonprofits, such as HOBY, the Starfish Foundation, and Logos Academy.
Development CommunicationsWhen deciding on a college, Maddy was initially convinced she wanted to be in a big city, but after visiting her sister at Penn State, she knew it was the perfect community for her. In her final year of high school in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Maddy became involved in Mini-THON and her passion for philanthropy has grown ever since. As soon as she arrived at Penn State, she became involved in THON, and she will be serving as the THON 2019 Public Relations Director. She is also a member of Camp Kesem Central PA, an organization committed to providing support to children affected by a parent’s cancer. Maddy is studying Comparative Literature and Global and International Studies, as well as pursuing a Spanish minor, in hopes of taking her passion for philanthropy to work for a non-profit dedicated to providing educational opportunities.
Principal GiftsOriginally from Morrisville, PA, Nafis studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with a Molecular Cell Biology option, before graduating in May 2018. Nafis wanted to attend a large school with a wide variety of extracurricular activities and the ability to work with the future leaders of the world – an environment he found at Penn State. He has been drawn to philanthropy since he arrived on campus, now spending most of his time dedicated to Empower Orphans PSU, a group that works locally and abroad to support underprivileged children both financially and emotionally.
Office of the Vice President - Diversity, Equity, and InclusionMichelle is a senior at Penn State University majoring in Management with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and minoring in the Legal Environment of Business. In the past, she has volunteered in a non-profit organization called Women’s Rights in China, where she assisted with translating the Missing Children database as well as promoting the book, Orphans of Shao. She has also previously interned as a legislative intern at the New York State Assembly’s 65th District. In her roles, Michelle loves exploring the impacts systems and policy have on larger society. At Penn State, Michelle was involved in student government for two years at Penn State York. She currently serves as the chief of staff for The Underground Student Media. Michelle is the first in her family to receive a college degree.
Penn State AthleticsBrady is a graduate of The College of Health and Human Development, majoring in Biobehavioral Health and minoring in Health Policy and Administration from York, PA. Brady chose to attend Penn State because of the family support network and THON. This past year, Brady served on the THON 2018 Executive Committee as the Special Events Director. During his time at Penn State, Brady was also a member of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and served roles as the THON and Philanthropy Chairs. Brady became involved in philanthropy at age 11, when he founded his own non-profit organization and golf outing benefiting Four Diamonds.
Bellisario College of CommunicationsFrom Lansdale, Pennsylvania, Grace graduated in May 2018 with a degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services. During her four years as a student, she made it a personal mission to engage herself within the Penn State community because she believes that education and experience go hand-in-hand. She served as the President and two-time Fundraising Chair for Project Haiti, an organization that raises both awareness and funds for its brothers and sisters in Haiti. She also participated in THON as a Family Relations Captain her junior year and Dancer Relations Captain her senior year.
College of Arts & ArchitectureBrent graduated in May 2018 with degrees in Corporate Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIENT) and Political Science. Hailing from Quakertown, Pennsylvania, Brent chose Penn State because he wanted the chance to learn and grow through the countless opportunities available to the University’s students. He is most proud of his involvement working towards the betterment of student life in Penn State’s Student Government, UPUA, where he served as Speaker of the Assembly. Additionally, Brent was fortunate to be involved in philanthropy through Penn State’s Dance Marathon, where he held the position of Finance Captain for THON 2017.
The Arboretum at Penn StateTaylor graduated this spring with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. She is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and she is the first of her family to attend Penn State University. At Penn State, Taylor was able to further develop her passion for philanthropy and leadership skills as a dedicated volunteer for Penn State’s Dance Marathon. As a Communications Captain during her senior year, her main responsibilities as the Student Outreach Coordinator were spearheading THON’s recruitment efforts, and coming up with new and creative ways of getting more Penn State students involved in the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.
Office of Annual GivingKatie is a junior from Harleysville, Pennsylvania, pursuing degrees in both Criminology and Sociology. Katie fell in love with Penn State at a young age while visiting her sister to attend concerts, football games, and most notably for THON Weekend 2014. Since then, Katie has found her passion in philanthropy through her own experiences with non-profit organizations and is currently serving as the THON 2019 Director of Development. She also serves as an Outreach Coordinator for Camp Kesem Central PA and as the Director of Student Outreach for the 2019 Penn State Class Gift Campaign. Katie hopes to combine her passion for legal studies and philanthropy by attending law school, eventually working as an attorney in a development office.
University LibrariesMegha came from Kathmandu, Nepal to study Economics at Penn State. She chose this campus for its wide range of courses, amazing environment, and because it would offer the real “American” college experience. She wanted to combine a cultural experience with her study of economics. Megha is the Director of Signature Events at the Ascend business professional organization. She has been engaged in philanthropy from a very young age, volunteering for human rights organizations and earthquake relief initiatives in Nepal.
Office of Annual GivingJess is a senior from Maple Glen, Pennsylvania, pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Biobehavioral Health. She found her way to the DDAR Internship through her involvement with THON. Jess has been on the Rules and Regulations Committee for four years, serving twice as a Committee Member, once as a Volunteer Safety Captain, and is now the Volunteer Safety Director for THON 2019. Along with her involvement in THON, Jess served as a Merchandise Captain for Penn State Homecoming in 2017.
Schreyer Honors CollegeMarissa is a rising senior from Hermitage, Pennsylvania. She is pursing degrees in music education, public relations, and certificate in the Smeal College of Business. Marissa is a Schreyer Scholar who is actively involved in the arts community. She is part of the Penn State Concert Choir, The Performing Arts Council, Center for the Performing Arts Community Advisory Council, and performs regularly with School of Music choirs, opera theatre, and her a cappella group on campus. Marissa was recently the service chair for the Schreyer Honors College Student Council, which sparked her interested in philanthropy on campus. Last summer, she served as an intern at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.