Summer 2022 Interns Are Making a Difference Across the Agency

by Alexandra Porben | July 28, 2022

As many undergraduate students look forward to their summer break from studying and completing assignments, others answer the call to serve those in need in their community.

This summer, 17 undergraduate and recent graduate students are spending their summer break by working as interns across various programs at Catholic Charities DC. Each student is learning and gaining experience in a field that interests them.

Our internship program is still feeling the impact of COVID-19, and many interns are completing their internship virtually, while others are commuting to various locations across the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Two interns are part of a unique paid internship program sponsored by Don Wilson and Chris Saah. Established five years ago, the program recruits students from Howard University and provides summer assignments. Working 20 hours a week, the interns are placed as case managers within Catholic Charities DC housing programs.

Throughout their summer assignments, the students and graduates have had the opportunity to network with other interns and Catholic Charities DC employees. Recently, interns attended a lunch and learn with Msgr. John Enzler, CEO and president of Catholic Charities DC. Interns enjoyed lunch catered by the agency’s KitchenWork and learned about the agency’s history, departments and programs. Interns had the opportunity to share their most significant experiences and how they have made an impact.

“While most will still be here for two or three weeks, it is impressive to see how strongly they identify with mission, service and helping others,” Father John said.

The summer 2022 interns are:

  • Austin Alanis, The College of William & Mary – Adult and Children Clinical Services
  • Kristen Alleyne, George Mason University – Behavioral Health
  • Maegan Barber,* Howard University – Montgomery County Family Center
  • Kalman Bokow, Goucher CollegeDevelopment, Central Services
  • Alexandra Ciullo, Georgetown LawImmigration Legal Services
  • Maria Coronado, University of Maryland Strong Families Initiative
  • Miranda Crawford, Howard University – Behavioral Health
  • Olivia DeLuca, American University – Adult Children and Clinical Services
  • Kelly Garrett,* Howard University – Montgomery County Family Center
  • Caroline Garrison, George Washington University of LawImmigration Legal Services
  • Jewel Lightfoot, American University, Washington College of Law – Immigration Legal Services
  • Julia Perez, The Catholic University of America – Community Companions
  • Karla Salazar, Mount St. Mary’s UniversityVolunteer Engagement Office
  • Tesia Shi, University of MarylandWelcome Home Reentry Program
  • Justin Shim, University of Maryland Healthcare Services
  • Henry Sullivan, Fordham College at Rose Hill – Catholic Charities Legal Network
  • Gessica Taddei, George Washington UniversityCatholic Charities Legal Network

*Denotes intern in the Don Wilson and Chris Saah internship program.