Nathaniel Ponvert wants you to follow your passion, but realize that you never know where it may take you. Nathaniel entered the University of Arizona with a love of photography, especially with an interest in the desert plants he was photographing. He followed that interest into selecting related general education classes in the field of science, which led to working closely with faculty who study plants in a lab setting. By continuously following his passion, it eventually led him to be a PhD student at Brown University.
Courtney Slanaker is the Executive Director of World Care, a Tucson, AZ-based humanitarian organization. In this episode you will hear about her amazing internship experience in Guatemala where a chance encounter with a young man with a rare genetic condition, Rufino, changed her life, his health, and caused her to start her own organization, Walk With, while still a college student.
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Molly Mahoney was a LeadLocal intern who worked with a team of University of Arizona students for a real-world project for Tu Nidito Children and Family Services to complete a community expansion plan for their Memory Beads program. Molly went on to be hired by Tu Nidito and currently serves as their Community Impact Coordinator, where she coordinates the Memory Beads program as well as grief support groups for children and families in Southern Arizona.
Brooke McDonald is the co-founder of LeadLocal, a think, learn, and do tank, based in Tucson, AZ. Brooke gives examples of the types of internship experiences students can have with LeadLocal and the projects they worked on for the agencies. Robin Breault discussed the history of LeadLocal and how they structure their internship experiences in Episode 1.
Robin is the co-founder of LeadLocal, a think, learn and do tank based in Tucson, Arizona. LeadLocal was chosen as the first episode as they are the model agency for the way they structure their internships. Students do not actually intern with LeadLocal. It is the agent that connects interns with partnering agencies who have identified a project that the team of interns will work on, with the guidance of LeadLocal. In this episode, Robin explains the history of LeadLocal, the structure of their internships, the overwhelming positive feedback from the interns and agencies, as well as LeadLocal’s future plans.