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. We have students from diverse areas of study across the University including the Smeal College of Business, Eberly College of Science, Health and Human Development, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Education, and Agriculture. In this cohort, there are two Schreyer Scholars, two students who attended Commonwealth Campuses, as well as two Master’s candidates. This year’s class is involved in student government, THON, Lion Ambassadors, Camp Kesem Central PA, and much more.

Scroll down to learn more about the Class of 2019. 

Summer 2019 Interns

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The 2019 Class

Development and Alumni Relations Internship Program
Anne Papandreas

Anne Papandreas

Parent Philanthropy

Anne is a rising junior from Cleveland, Ohio pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biobehavioral Health. Penn State’s numerous, diverse opportunities for meaningful involvement drew her to attend University Park where she is involved in Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional, co-ed business fraternity, THON Public Relations, and Camp Kesem. Anne hopes to define her continual, ever-growing passion for philanthropy at a higher level through this experience working in university development. 

Brynn Boehler

Brynn Boehler

Development Communications

Brynn is a rising senior from Lehighton, Pennsylvania. As a Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholar, she is pursuing undergraduate degrees in English and Public Relations, with minors in Spanish and History. During the fall and spring semesters, Brynn works as a strategic communications intern for the College of the Liberal Arts. She is passionate about building a strong university community through communications, and hopes to continue the work that led her to Penn State. Brynn is also a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority and THON which helped further fueled her interest in philanthropy.

Caitlyn Ridge

Caitlyn Ridge

Donor Relations & Special Events

Born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Caitlyn is a rising senior studying Human Development and Family Studies. Caitlyn chose Penn State because of its pride and the value of education the University offers. On campus, she is involved in THON and off campus works part-time. Caitlyn found her passion for philanthropy as a sophomore at Penn State Mont Alto while planning fundraising efforts for THON. Since then, Caitlyn has had a desire to learn more about the philanthropy field and through DDAR is excited for the educational experience to further her goals. 

Caroline Dorf

Caroline Dorf

College of the Liberal Arts

Caroline Dorf is a recent graduate from Penn State as a double major in Global and International Studies and Art with a minor in Political Science. She is from Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania and chose to attend Penn State to take advantage of the incredible opportunity and sense of community that can be found in Happy Valley. Throughout her time as a student she has been involved in THON, serving as an Entertainment Captain for THON 2018 and THON 2019. Additionally, she has been a proud member of the Penn State Hillel community in many roles. One of these roles included serving as the student supervisor for the Hillel Chicken Soup Hotline, which provides free soup delivery to sick students on campus and in the downtown area. Caroline has also been a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and spent the past two summers interning and conducting research in Israel as part of her honors thesis.

Colin Murtha

Colin Murtha

Principal Gifts

Colin is a recent graduate with a degree in Education & Public Policy and minor in English. Colin chose to come to Penn State because of the wide variety of majors that fit his interests, and the immense amount of opportunities to follow his passion for service and leadership. Over the last four years, Colin has been involved with many different organizations, serving the undergraduate student government (UPUA) as the Director of Development and Alumni Relations for the 13th Assembly, as well as working on the coordinating board of Camp Kesem Central PA as the Development Coordinator in 2018. Through this internship, Colin is excited to apply the skills he has learned both in the classroom and through his extracurricular involvement, and learn how to confidently begin a career in philanthropy.

Courtney Taylor

Courtney Taylor

College of Agricultural Sciences

Courtney is a recent Penn State graduate with a degree in public relations and minors in German and history. After being born at Fort Hood, Texas, finishing high school in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and living all over the world as part of a military family in between, Courtney’s family connections to Penn State made the University feel like home. Throughout her four years at Penn State, she held roles as a student leader and officer for Penn State Cru, a photographer for the Daily Collegian, an intern for Penn State Conferences & Institutes, and as volunteer for THON’s Rules & Regulations, Communications, and Special Events committees. Courtney’s upbringing and involvement with other nonprofits such as Officers’ Christian Fellowship have given her a passion for serving others in all she does.

Dan Mele

Dan Mele

Development Administration

Dan is a senior from Hawley, Pennsylvania, in the Smeal College of Business studying Marketing with a minor in Digital Media Trends and Analytics. Dan chose Penn State because of the unique opportunities the University offered — he knew he could not make a small school big, but could make a big school small. Dan has been fortunate to do just that as he has gotten involved in various organizations by serving as a counselor for Camp Kesem Central PA and as the THON Public Relations Director. He began to engage with philanthropy freshman year, joining Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO). Through the DDAR internship, Dan is excited to learn more about the field of development as well as explore another side of the University that most do not get to see. 

Elizabeth Thomsen

Elizabeth Thomsen

International Philanthropy

Elizabeth is a rising senior from Bethlehem, PA pursuing a degree in Marketing with a minor in Health Policy and Administration. She grew up in a Penn State family and always knew that one day she would call Penn State home. Being involved in the Penn State Dance Marathon has defined her collegiate career as she has served within the organization as a Donor and Alumni Relations Development Captain, Hospitality Captain, and as the THON Online Giving Chair for her sorority. She is also involved in Camp Kesem Central PA, an organization committed to providing support to children affected by a parent’s cancer. She hopes to further her passion for philanthropy by working for a non-profit organization after graduation.

Emily Morrison

Emily Morrison

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Emily Morrison is a recent graduate from Sugarloaf, Pennsylvania, with degrees in English and Philosophy and a minor in Italian. While at Penn State, Emily studied abroad in Perugia, Italy, where she was immersed in renaissance art and photography. Emily also served as the president of a THON Special Interest Organization, Bee House, and danced in THON 2019. Her previous experience includes working as a Development and Communications intern for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as a writer for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences division of Penn State News and as an ESL tutor to adult learners. Emily grew up in a Penn State family and is excited to start my post-grad life here in Happy Valley. 

Gina Gavazzi

Gina Gavazzi

Penn State Athletics

Gina is from Warriors Mark, Pennsylvania, and is on track to graduate from Penn State in December 2019 with a degree in Human Capital Management. She is the president of the Spanish Immersion Club, involved in the Penn State Alternative Breaks program, serves as a TA for Penn State’s Economics department, and works as a Peer Research Consultant at the Pattee Library. Gina has volunteered with the Midstate Literacy Council by tutoring adult English learners in the State College area, and is most interested in understanding how social justice issues intersect to aid marginalized groups. In the future, Gina hopes to use the experiences from this internship to propel her into a career with a non-profit organization.

Greg Bayles

Greg Bayles

Penn State Altoona

Hailing from Altoona, Pennsylvania, Greg is a senior pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Communications at Penn State. A non-traditional student, Greg returned to academia to pursue a career in business, only to find that writing, communications, and philanthropy were his true passions in life. As president of the Sheetz Fellows program, Greg utilizes his five years of leadership experience to stay heavily involved in student affairs, servant leadership events, and the local community.

Hannah Kumar

Hannah Kumar

Smeal College of Business

Hannah is a rising junior from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, pursuing degrees in Accounting and Sociology while minoring in Information Science and Technology. Hannah’s involvement in humanitarian efforts across the world, Southern India and Colombia, South America have helped shape her passion for helping the impoverished and led to her interest in philanthropy. Hannah believes in the power of Interdisciplinary education and because of the vast opportunity held at Penn State, she knew this would be a place for her to not only serve and succeed as an academic but as a student leader. On campus, Hannah serves as an EcoRep, Treasurer of College Diabetes Network, and is a part of Asian American Christian Fellowship. Hannah looks up to Indra Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCO, Mother Teresa, and Mahatma Gandhi and hopes to follow a path similar to theirs in terms of giving back to her community and “Be the change she wishes to see in this world.”

Natalie Sanchez

Natalie Sanchez

Volunteer Programs

Natalie is a rising junior pursuing a degree in Marketing in the Smeal College of Business along with a double minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Sociology. At Penn State, she currently serves as the Vice President of the Smeal Integrity Advocates, which is an organization that enhances and promotes the importance of integrity. She also is an International Orientation Leader during each Fall. Her freshman year she was part of the Rules and Regulations Committee for THON and sophomore year a team leader volunteer for Fresh START. Her love for philanthropy comes from back home — Natalie was born in La Paz, Bolivia and raised in Cochabamba where she was an active volunteer in two non-profit organization called “START Bolivia” and “Crearemos Sonrisas Cochabamba.” From this internship, she looks forward to gaining real-world experience and be able to develop professionally and personally, while giving back to Penn State.

Nick Karafilis

Nick Karafilis

University Libraries

Nick is a recent graduate from Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, with degrees in Recreation, Park, and Tourism management and Integrative Arts. This past year, he was a Lion Ambassadors committee director, the vocal director for the Penn State Thespian Society, the Singing Lions music director, the Glee Club historian, and a member of the first Lion Caucus class. He is also an inaugural recipient of the Penn State Homecoming “Guide State Forward” Award. Nick chose Penn State because of its relative affordability, accreditation flexibility, and access to robust performing arts opportunities. His relationship with philanthropy is present through involvement in THON, service opportunities through the Lion Ambassadors, fundraising campaigns for performing arts groups, college-level scholarship awards, and his own passion for the establishment of a Penn State History Museum. He is hoping to develop alumni relations skills and donor-driven interpersonal skills through this internship and find new and exciting ways to give back to his university. 

 
Samantha Koon

Samantha Koon

College of Education

Samantha is a rising senior in the Schreyer Honors College pursuing degrees in Secondary English Education and English and will stay another year to complete a masters in Education Theory and Policy. Sam has always wanted to enter a profession where she could help others, which is why she is interested in reform and philanthropy. This internship is an opportunity to learn more about fundraising and developing skills that are applicable in any job. She believes that she has been very fortunate and wants to dedicate her career to giving others a chance to thrive. Penn State has offered Sam a community, school spirit, and the ability to pursue her passions — she has met incredible people here and made invaluable connections and would not wish to be anywhere else. Sam is a Captain on the THON Public Relations committee, the Family Relations Chair for Women’s Water Polo THON, a counselor for Camp Kesem Central PA, an Ambassador for the College of Education, and the Head Chief at the Krause Studios for Innovation. 

Stephanie Galetta

Stephanie Galetta

Office of Annual Giving

Originally aspiring to become a physical therapist, Stephanie came to Penn State from Lansdale, Pennsylvania to study Kinesiology, play water polo, and explore some of the many ways to get involved with philanthropic efforts on campus. After several years of heavy THON involvement, her experiences fundraising on behalf of Club Water Polo coupled with her roles as THON Chair, Dancer, and Development Captain catalyzed her desire to pursue a career in nonprofit work. Entering her final year as an undergraduate student, Stephanie is looking to pursue a minor in Organizational Leadership and a certificate in Fundraising & Advancement–further developing her skills as  as a young philanthropist through both her academic, extracurricular, and internship experiences. 

Tyler Akers

Tyler Akers

Penn State Alumni Association

Tyler is a senior from Kutztown, PA in the Smeal College of Business, studying Management with a focus in Organizational Leadership. He decided to attend Penn State after seeing the impact of the Penn State community during THON weekend his senior year of high school. He is currently the Chair of the University Park Fee Board, and has been involved with the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) since his freshman year. Tyler also served as a THON Alumni Engagement Captain during his sophomore year, and danced in THON 2018 as an independence dancer. 

Zack Durnack

Zack Durnack

College of Arts & Architecture

Zack is a rising senior from Bethlehem, PA. He is pursuing a degree in Telecommunications with a minor in Digital Media Trends and Analytics. Zack’s interest in philanthropy and outreach within Penn State has stemmed from his time in THON as a Special Events Captain as well as his membership in Lion Ambassadors. Additionally, he is heavily involved with the Penn State Thespian Society, serving as the Marketing Communications Coordinator for the past academic year, keeping his passion alive for music and the arts through the oldest continuously-running organization at Penn State. Last summer, Zack worked with a few alumni at Marathon Digital, an entertainment and theatre digital marketing agency based in New York City.