Students engaged in summer internships at non-profits from Worcester to Ecuador

The following Clark University undergraduates are participating in summer internships in the non-profit sector thanks to stipends from Larry Franks '73, Ellen Berelson and the Theodore H. Barth Foundation.

Billy Adams, from Augusta, Maine, is interning at Equality California in Fresno, Calif. Adams will be a senior at Clark this fall (Class of 2011). He majors in political science and is conducting community-based research on equality of marriage issues. He will be providing education to help shift the dialogue on same-sex marriage. Adams has already begun blogging.

Mary-Kathryn Cleminson ’12, from Thorofare, N.J., is an intern at the People’s World Peace Project in Worcester, and is working with Randy Labbe ’82 to develop a framework for dialogue about peace.  Cleminson majors in international development and social change.

Margaret Federici ’11, from Westbrook, Conn., is headed to Quito, Ecuador, to intern at the Iglesia Episcopal del Ecuador. An international development and social change major, she will help empower and change living conditions for Ecuadorians through education, food banks and community building.

Rachel Gerber, of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Elizabeth Lightner, of Hallowell, Maine, are working to set up the Clark Community Thrift Store, a retail outlet that will provide inexpensive college essentials, house wares, and gently used clothing to members of the Clark and Main South communities.  Seniors this fall, Lightner and Gerber talk about their project in a Clark Voices video interview.  Gerber majors in international development and social change; Lightner majors in communication and culture.

Miranda Gerzon ’11, from Lexington, Mass., is in Visby, Sweden, interning for the Suderbyn Cooperative Society, on the island of Gotland in a permaculture eco-village. She will develop further knowledge of sustainability and skills that will help her become a more effective leader and facilitator in the community.  Gerzon also majors in international development and social change.

Laura Hansen ’12, from Washington, D.C., is in Rajasthan, India, interning at The Barefoot College. She is teaching basic literacy and computer literacy, and will help implement rural water retention and solar programs. Hansen is an economics major.

James Pooley ’11 is serving as an intern at the Program in Education, Aftercare and Resiliency in Belmont, Mass.  Pooley is working on a program to connect public schools, after school programs, and mental health services. He majors in psychology.

Margaret Small ’11 is working with the Worcester Tree Initiative to develop site plans, order and track trees and educate the public on the plan to reestablish trees in Worcester after the devastation caused by the Asian Longhorned Beetle. Small is majoring in environmental science.  She recently started blogging about her experience.