Campus & Community

Interns focus on public interest during their college summer

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The Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC), a collaborative effort of Phillips Brooks House, the Office of Career Services, and the Harvard Alumni Association, aims to expose Harvard College students to the public interest sector during their college summers and at the start of their professional careers. Entering its fourth year, the internship and fellowship program has connected more than 150 College students and recent graduates with public interest organizations. By working closely with University, community, and alumni counterparts to provide high-quality learning opportunities, the center seeks to become a model for supporting the development of a new generation of graduates working for the public interest.

Nick Beilenson ’58 founded CPIC, which remains grounded in alumni through volunteer alumni located in five cities. CPIC has been made possible thanks to the support of Andy and Dorothy Tananbaum, whose daughter L. Zoe Tananbaum ’02 was in the first cohort of yearlong fellows.

In addition to the internship and fellowship program, the center collaboratively coordinates three other public interest summer programs, including the Harvard/Radcliffe Clubs Summer Community Service Fellowships.

The center’s 2005-06 summer interns, including the host organization and city, are as follows.

In Boston: Eric Biewener ’06, Facing History and Ourselves; Loui Itoh ’07, American Anti-Slavery Group; Kristen Lynch ’07, Emergency Medicine Network; Kathryn McDonald ’08, YouthCare; Nichele McClendon ’06, Facing History and Ourselves; Danila Musante ’06, YouthCare; and Patricia Tarrance ’07, Uphams Corner Charter School.

In Chicago: Michael Drake ’08, Museum of Science and Industry; Jessica Rubin-Wills ’06 and Zoe Strominger ’07, SGA Youth and Family Services; and Kaya Williams ’07, National Black MBA Association Inc. With Harvard Club of Chicago: Judy Herbstman ’07, Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Greater Chicago; Charlotte Kemper ’07, Art Institute of Chicago; John Oxtoby ’07, Chicago Public School System.

In New York City: Luke Appling ’06, Agenda for Children Tomorrow; Ruthie Birger ’06, Sackler Institute; Dara Blume ’08, North Star Academy Charter School of Newark; Josh Bolian ’07; Neighborhood Housing Services; Frankie Chen ’07, N.Y.C. Department of Education Office of English Language Learners; Kelly Fahl ’06, Center for Children’s Health and the Environment; Elizabeth Kaplow ’06, American Federation for Aging Research; Kristina Moore ’08, Agenda for Children Tomorrow; Jonathan Paul ’07, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Chelsae Smith ’07, The After School Corporation; Kris Trujillo ’05, National Quality Center, AIDS Institute; and Amy Wong ’06, Agenda for Children Tomorrow.

In Washington, D.C.-Baltimore: Megan Buresh ’08, Baltimore City Health Department; Thomas McSorley ’06, Trout Unlimited; and Sarah Selim ’07, Reading Is Fundamental.

The center’s 2005-06 yearlong fellows, including the host organization and city, are as follows:

In Boston: Uchechi Acholonu ’05 and Christina Ahn ’05, Emergency Medicine Network; Edward Couch ’05, Uphams Corner Charter School; Carmen Iguina ’05, Shapiro, Haber, and Urmi LLC; Aliya Jiwani ’05, Katherine Talcott ’05, and Amy Zhai ’05, Angiogenesis Foundation.

In Chicago: Melissa Conway ’05, Juvenile Protective Association; Andrew Karas ’05, Grand Victoria Foundation; and Lambrina Mileva ’05, Chicago Public Schools.

In New York City: Nancy Chang ’05, District Attorney, New York County, Rackets Bureau; Margaretta Homsey ’04, City Bar Fund; Nahye Hwang ’05, District Attorney, New York County, Child Abuse Bureau; Alexandra Johnson ’05, Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Division; Devin Lyons-Quirk ’05, Urban Education Exchange; Stella Safo ’05, Leake and Watts Children and Family Services; Quang Tran ’05, Telesis; Sherra Wong ’05 and Lindsey Yourman ’05, Medicare Rights Center.

In Washington, D.C.: Kerry Dingle ’05 and Amelia Showalter ’05, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

In San Francisco: Mary Zhang ’05 and Theadora Sakata ’02, University of California, San Francisco, Breast Care Center.