Funded Local Internships

In partnership with local community organizations, the Office of Community Engagement offers a small number of funded internships. If a student is selected by the community organization, they will receive a grant for the amount approved for that internship. These funded internships are made possible through the generous support of William & Mary families through the Parents Fund and other private donors.

Funded interns submit three reflections throughout their experience, receive on-going feedback from their community supervisor, and must complete a career advising meeting at the conclusion of their internship. Full details on student requirements can be found in the Funded Intern Student Expectation Guide (pdf). 

Fall 2018 Internships 

The Office of Community Engagement is currently accepting applications from community partners who wish to host student interns for the fall semester.  Student interns will serve 80 hours between October and December and receive $800 in recognition of completing capacity-based projects for local community organizations. Community partners can submit their proposed internships through August 31. 

Summer 2018 Internships 

The Office of Community Engagement is funding seven internships in summer 2018.  Student interns will serve 200 hours between May and August and receive $2000 in recognition of completing capacity-based projects for local community organizations. 

 Williamsburg Botanical Garden Butterfly Festival Intern - Hannah Call

Hannah will coordinate volunteers and publicize the popular Williamsburg Butterfly Festival, held in early August at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. She will work with many people including a professional marketer, lepidopterist, botanist, and many amateur butterfly and garden enthusiasts to make this festival a success.

VA Peninsula Food Bank Social Media Intern – Liza Buell

Liza will design a social media campaign that will correspond with our Summer Hunger television advertising campaign to raise awareness of hunger in our local community and bring in needed donations for our important hunger relief work. She will use social media platforms to maximize our impact, communicate with our consistent supporters, as well as develop relationships with new supporters. 

James City County Community Planning Intern - Nicole Bennett

Nicole will learn about land development and planning, public policy, and local government by assisting in the work of the Comprehensive Plan update and the Workforce Housing Task Force. She will attend planning meetings and train with different county divisions to develop public updates about county planning, including social media posts. Using GIS and Excel she will also analyze county data which will inform the planning process. 

Community Action Agency Communications Intern – Hannah Smith

Hannah will increase public awareness of the Williamsburg James City County Community Action Agency by overhauling the existing website, energizing our social media platforms, and developing an e-newsletter template. She will also learn about development and donor management. The WJCC Community Action Agency empowers over 3,900 people a year through Head Start, Project Discovery for first generation college-bound middle and high school students, Weatherization, and many other services to help disadvantaged families along a path to self-sufficiency. 

York County Library Outreach Services Intern – Connie Lee

Connie will evaluate and identify ways to expand our library services to underserved populations in our community. By researching the York County community and getting hands-on experience with the library’s many services, she will create a community needs assessment and identify opportunities to expand services. Through this internship she will gain first-hand knowledge of the power of libraries, while helping to expand our impact.

Bacon Street Youth and Family Services Prevention Intern – Benny Li

Benny will facilitate and coordinate prevention initiatives through WJCC’s Rec N It Out and neighborhood outreach programs. He will work with elementary and middle school students twice a week, including field trips and health and wellness instruction, as well as office hours focused on organizing an extended outreach program to be implemented next summer. 

Colonial Behavioral Health Video and Development Intern – Casey Frederick

Casey will hone skills in videography, project management, communications, grant writing and management, web design, graphic design, and a variety of other administrative skills. He will film and edit an introductory video for the agency while also updating other outreach material. 

 

Previous Internships

Each funded intern completes three reflections throughout their experience, excerpts of which are provided below for our previously funded local interns. 

Newport News Green Foundation Volunteer Development Intern – Thomas Kanuch

What this has taught me about the community is that there is a huge group of people who genuinely want to help the environment. It is nice to see so many people come together to work towards a cause they believe it. I think if it were possible to make the organization larger then individuals would flock to it to volunteer. It definitely gives me hope for the future of Newport News and Williamsburg.  I am able to help with a project that should ultimately improve the quality and reach of the organization. If I were not assisting the organization, there would be no progress with the volunteer program, and I have no idea when they would have time to work on it without an intern. I like that I am able to help an organization with a task that will have a very positive impact in the future.

Jamestown Yorktown Foundation Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement Intern – John Quagliano

 The hope is, that in several years I will discover that my strategy has actually had a positive impact on their ability to recruit and retain volunteers. As I continue on, I will act in a way that helps me achieve my goals and the goals of the foundation. It truly does a great job of preserving the areas rich history and I am happy to have been a part of helping to do that.

Bacon Street Youth and Family Services Special Events and Marketing Intern – Sruthi Kodali

By working in a team of another intern, the director of marketing, and myself, I have been able to learn a lot about the importance of teamwork and collaboration. From this experience, I have learned to listen more to others’ ideas and see how I can strike a balance between my ideas and others…I learned that there are multiple ways to play the role of an active citizen, even if it is simply raising awareness about an issue that is deeply impacting the local community.

Heritage Humane Society Lunch Buddies Intern - Adrienne Thompson

For digital technology [professional competency], a lot of my job requires me to use my computer and a variety of programs and software. The other day I had to design a business card for my outreach program and this required me to find a program that would give me a template to work with. I took my design and digitized it so that volunteers can write down the name of the dog they’re walking and when strangers come up to say hi they can hand them a business card and encourage people to adopt. I have also been learning to use Adobe Illustrator so that I can continue to learn how to digitize my marketing materials.

Williamsburg Farmers Market Media and Interview Internship – Mbiye Kasonga

I think that I will be able to contribute greatly to the Williamsburg Farmers Market with my video and audio editing skills and my eye for a good story. Over the past two years at The College I have been working with William and Mary TV, a student run television station that creates television shows for students! Through this work, I have learned how to have an eye for storytelling and how to create videos with high production quality that convey important messages. I believe that I can bring those skills to the Williamsburg Farmers Market and help them tell their story of the growth they have experienced over the course of the sixteen years that they have been open for business. I want to help them further their mission of providing healthy regionally produced food to all economic levels of the Williamsburg community through my role as their media and interview intern. 

School Health Initiative Program Garden Internship - Sarah Mehaffey

 So far I have worked mainly in two particular gardens at two different schools. At the first one, I have been helping out with high schoolers who come out into the garden during class time, helping to direct and inform them on what they’re doing. At the second garden which is at an elementary school, I have helped to maintain the garden, as well as implement a project that I planned and executed with the help of one of the parent volunteers at the school. 

I have been developing planting plans for the gardens, and so I have had to do a lot of research on larger scale gardening than I have done before, trying to also incorporate sustainable practices into the plans I develop, synthesizing the information that I find into a coherent and workable plan for the specific garden, but a plan that could also be adapted into other spaces. I have learned a lot about gardening and continue to hone my critical thinking skills through analysis of research. 

Community Action Agency Head Start Human Services Intern - Adrienne Thompson

In my first week at Head Start, I have already learned so much. I will be working with three supervisors throughout my time here, the first being Ms. Justis. What has really stood out to me is that Ms. Justis connects everything I’m doing and working on to the larger picture; she explains how the small tasks I work on will contribute to the organization as a whole and how the skills I’m using could be used in my future career. The workers at Head Start know how to think on their feet and wear many hats as they often have to complete tasks that may not fall in their technical job description. A big strength of Head Start is how organized they are. As a federal organization they have a great deal of paperwork and files to keep track of, both paper and electronically. They have developed a very effective system of organization.

Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center Health Assessment Intern - Rahul Truter

The issue I was addressing focused on the oral health of pregnant patients and the potential link to pregnancy complications. A common issue I discovered is that patients had poor oral health habits even before pregnancy. These patients would rarely seek a dental professional unless something was severely wrong with their oral health or they were in great pain. This habit shed light on an overwhelming problem that the clinic deal with daily, patients attending the clinic only when there is a problem, not for routine check-ups....Working with the staff at the clinic has shown me how important patience is in the medical profession and the importance of working with a team. The internship itself has shown me their is plenty of ways to help out your local community, as long as you put in the effort to find those opportunities. I would never have known how in need Williamsburg public health clinics are adequate funding if it was not for this opportunity. As part of my path to becoming a physician, I hope to dedicate a certain amount of time to volunteer and fund-raise for safety-net clinics such as these. 

Guinea Heritage Association Community Museum Intern - Monica Soto

This internship has taught me so much. I have learned more about this organization’s determination from working with them than I could have ever understood from reading about their journey. They are not just community members who care about their local history; they are a coalition of various skills that not only help their own goals, but educate other members of the community. This organization has also showed me the true art of fundraising – or, in other words, how difficult it is to achieve. Many elements are required: the right people, the right words, and the right timing.And even when all those elements occur, sometimes the outcome was not what we expected – what we’d hoped. As heartbreaking as it was to witness, those in this organization got demoralized at times. But they never stopped. They showed me through their example how to work around setbacks, especially financial ones. We didn't’t receive funding for a bathroom? Too bad. Let’s get one of our own members in here, and cut the door ourselves. Can’t get an AC unit? Okay. We’ll gratefully take the one that a member of the community offered, and install it ourselves.This organization always kept their original goal in mind: to get this former general store back to what it was, and preserve it as a living museum. Everything that they have done has been in service of that goal, and I am truly honored that I got to be a part of it. Their community involvement pushed me to think of the ways I could be involved in my own community – and how the word “community” can embody so many others beyond those who live within its boundaries.
This internship experience has only solidified my career path. Working behind the scenes of a museum really opened my eyes to what a museum does. So much work goes into everything the audience sees. Mostly though, working this internship has made me realize what I want from my career – not just the right job, but the right people.

 Virginia Living Museum Volunteer Management Intern - Thomas Kanuch

My internship has led me to realize that being an active citizen is important to both the community’s and your own well-being. Being active in the community is not that hard, and even a little help can go a long way. I like to believe that by helping the museum I am helping children realize the importance of preserving the environment. Hopefully they will be a generation of children who go on to be engineers and scientist solving important environmental issues. But being an active citizen is also important for personal development. Now that I have worked for an organization that tries to better the community around them, instead of a fast food job or something similar, I feel like I am making a positive impact....This internship has reinforced my decision to go into non-profit management. I want to be able to combine my love of history with helping a local community. I have seen that museums can help their community in areas that are not necessarily related to the main subject of the museum. I would love to be able to take what I have seen at the Virginia Living Museum and apply them to a museum of my own, particularly one that deals with aviation or military history.

 VersAbility Resources Marketing and Development Intern - Mbiye Kasonga 

My experience at VersAbility resources thus far has been incredibly eye opening. I have learned a lot, both about the nature of marketing in a nonprofit setting and about my own strengths and weaknesses in a professional environment. I have definitely learned that being a marketer in a non-profit setting means really being a jack-of-all-trades. The marketers in the marketing department at VersAbility resources also act as the fundraisers, the event planners, the volunteers, and the sales women. It is really amazing to watch them do their work so efficiently while also juggling several other tasks. They definitely wear many hats! In addition to this, I have learned how to use Adobe Premiere, which is a really advanced video editing software that came in the software package that is on my work computer. This new skill is particularly exciting because video production and editing is one of my passions. It is really great to have knowledge of another video editing software. I have also learned how to create a communications plan for a nonprofit, as this is one of the first tasks that I was assigned at VersAbility. 

Williamsburg Faith in Action Volunteer Programming Intern - Mayzie Zechini

I am half way through my internship here at Faith in Action and honestly have a new lease on life. The perspective given to me from my tasks and interactions has developed me into a greater person with intercultural fluency, problem solving, and work ethic. My knowledge of the local, and even nation-wide, issues surrounding aging in this day in age is rapidly growing; this is exciting.  I have been interacting with Williamsburg seniors via the Faith in Action Internship and have really been enjoying myself when taking photos and documenting stories. I have been home in Richmond, Virginia for a couple of weekends and have noticed myself noticing senior citizenship and what that means.

Virginia Legacy Soccer Community Partnerships Site Intern - Madeline Brass

Throughout this semester, I would say what I am most proud of are the players. This season, I coached a third to fifth grade team at Blayton Elementary. We had such a diverse group of kids and seeing how they grew as players and individuals made me so proud. Not only am I proud of the kids, but I am also proud of how far I have come as a coach. Before this, I would have never been comfortable taking on an entire team alone. Now, I feel confident coaching a group of kids myself. I love when I work on something specific with the team and see them apply it in a game. I have enjoyed coaching so much, I asked if I could coach [another] team in the fall.This experience has made me realize how valuable a mentor is to kids and has made me decide to become a teacher.

 City of Williamsburg CARE Team Intern - Katrina McTigue

As one of my primary responsibilities throughout this internship was to create bilingual home visit lesson plans, I have learned a lot about effective communication and health education. From explaining how to contact area health clinics, to practicing proper asthma prevention techniques, a unique characteristic of all the education modules I helped develop is that they must be relevant to both parents and their children. 

 Willliamsburg Farmers Market Power of Produce Intern - Gillian Giudice 

The POP intern created a new POP club passport, developed the program schedule, and designed promotional materials. 

Williamsburg Faith In Action Volunteer Programming Intern - Sarah Duska

I have learned a lot about the Williamsburg community because of this internship with Faith in Action. I struggled with focusing in on one project at first and I think this was due to my excitement to dive into everything. Once I figured out that there was not enough time to do a good job with every project I could think of, I settled on doing two projects well. A strength that I have noticed in myself, is that I am creative, or at least more creative than I thought I was. I like to think through problems from different perspectives and think critically and creatively about solutions.

Marketing Intern at Bacon Street Youth and Family Services - Samantha Kim 

I knew Williamsburg was a special place, but this internship has proved that time and time again. I have also noticed strengths in myself that I didn't know I had before. I have learned that no matter how under-qualified I feel, a good idea is a good idea. I have sat in on meetings with individuals who have such an impressive list of experience it almost makes me want to sit quietly and simply listen to what they have to say. And in the beginning, that's exactly what I did. I was nervous to say something that sounded childish, but eventually, I worked up the courage to present a suggestion at a fundraising meeting and it was very well-received. It wasn't that I was expecting to be shut down, but I had a mindset that my opinion was not as valued. I have grown in this aspect, to have more confidence in myself and my opinions. I definitely see this as a strength that has grown within me already during my short time at Bacon Street. 

Water Program Intern at Waller Mill Park - Kassandra Smith

Participating in this program has been exciting for me because it allows me to see how different groups, whether a school, a government agency, a competitive group, or a park, can all have similar goals and work together towards improving the community.  Seeing how these different groups interact has helped me to expand my understanding of how to work with people in the community to accomplish our goals, and I look forward to using this knowledge in my future career.

Marketing and Social Media Intern at The Arc of Greater Williamsburg - Jen Hartley 

Over the past ten weeks, I have been able to develop new skills and practice old ones, and I have gotten a better sense of what I may want my future career to look like. This summer has held many triumphs and successes for the whole team at The Arc of Greater Williamsburg, and I am especially proud of the way that I was able to help contribute to raising awareness about this Arc chapter. It was really one of my goals this summer to help community members understand what The Arc is all about through well-designed and consistent social media posts and advertisements for events. This goal was important to me because I believe that raising recognition of and awareness of an organization is one of the best things that you can do for it, since increased awareness leads to new clients taking advantage of the organization’s services and new donors deciding to support the cause. 

Power of Produce Intern at The Williamsburg Farmers Market - Nick Adjami 

Over the course of this summer, I have discovered in myself a confidence and leadership ability that until now has not been proven.  In past projects, I have always had some degree of leadership responsibilities; for example, I have led group projects with other students.  Last summer, as an arts camp counselor, I led children in creative activities and even developed programming as I am doing now.  However, in school and at camp I was working within a network of other counselors or students, who offered their support and worked toward my same goal...On Saturday mornings I alone am in charge of directing children and their parents through that day’s activities.  As a result, I feel a strong sense of ownership over and responsibility to the POP Club, making its success all the more rewarding.  This feeling also motivates me to plan for the future of the club, so as to ensure its continued success when I am no longer involved.

Multi-media Training Intern at Literacy for Life- Ashleigh Arrington

One thing I've really learned is how important literacy skills really are, and how much of a service Literacy for Life really provides to the community. Re-interpreting these training sessions have made me look at the facts of low-literacy all across the country, such as how many prison inmates are low-literate, and by increasing their functional literacy skills, they are much less likely to return to prison. Something seemingly so simple helps them so much. I feel like I knew these effects of low-literacy in a vague sense, but working with these numbers and integrating them into a cohesive training video made them so much more real. In that sense, I feel even more connected to the good work done at Literacy for Life in that I want to help them make a difference in this community. The importance of my project grew as I understood how important these training videos are to training tutors who can go out and do this important teaching. I am so happy and excited to get to help them continue this good work.