Summer 2016 Internship Site Supervisor Awards

Summer 2016 Internship Site Supervisor Awards

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Christian Holm
July 29, 2016

The Washington Center recognized more than 50 student nominated internship site supervisors for going above and beyond in mentoring students at a breakfast reception on Wednesday, July 27.


Meja Petchel of the Special Olympics received this semester’s most outstanding internship site supervisor award. Special Olympics intern Ivan Hermosillo nominated Petchel for the award. Petchel said she was pleased to see such a positive reaction from Hermosillo, knowing that he is getting so much out of his internship.


“Our organization has very limited resources, so this internship is very focused on providing meaningful work and hands on mentorship to make sure students get as much from us as we get from them,” Petchel said. “I’m glad to see that Ivan finds so much value in that.”


Hermosillo nominated Petchel not only for her commitment to training and guiding him as an intern, but also for embracing the fact that interns drive so much of what the organization does.


“Meja consistently provides me with meaningful projects and makes me feel like a valuable asset to the organization,” Hermosillo said. “Every day I go to work driven by the excitement that I am making a real difference.”


Petchel is just one of hundreds of internship supervisors who pledge to uphold TWC’s Internship Bill of Rights. TWC established the guidelines in 2014 to empower interns and ensure they get the most from their internships. The Internship Bill of Rights encourages interns to think about the impact of the internship on their professional plans before their work even begins. It stresses the value of academic collaboration and gives employers a tool to measure the effectiveness of their own internship programs.


TWC thanks all of its internship sites and supervisors for a successful semester, particularly these individuals whom students nominated for the summer 2016 Internship Supervisor Award:


Shalimar Alio, Comunicad, LLC
Julio Barducci, Mil Mujeres
Rokas Beresniovas, State Bank of India
Ayana Bias, United Planning Organization
Jocelyn Bissonnette, National Association of Federally Impacted Schools
Michelle Bonner, D.C. Corrections Information Council
Brittany Borg, U.S Small Business Administration
Ashtin Brinkeroff, Marzulla Law, LLC
Theresa Brown, Bipartisan Policy Center

Rachel Chasse, World Affairs Council
Kate Christman, International Rescue Committee
Katie Deeter, Jacques & Associates
Bethany Demmin, The Family Research Council
Elliott Dubin, Multistate Tax Commission

Laura Ebert, U.S. Department of Commerce
Sandi Giver, Peace Corps
Fatima Gul, Sindhi American PAC
Saranah Holmes, Do Good, LLC
Valerie Jiggetts, Public Allies D.C.
Gelinda Jones, D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
Karla Jones, American Legislative Exchange Council
Mindy Kotler, Asia Policy Point
Bob Lang, American Bar Association
Jessica Lawrence-Vaca, McKeon Group
John Madigan, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Elizabeth Madjlesi, Washington English Center
Lindsey Mask, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Tom McCarthy, The Potomac advocates
Tom Netting, Akerman LLP
Mtokufa Ngwenya, Washington Regional Threat Analysis Center
Jason Ortega, LobbyIt
Meja Petchel, Special Olympics
Jessica Pollock-Kim, Churches for Middle East Peace
Rosemary Reed, Double R Productions
Talmesha Richards, STEMconnector
David Stone, D.C. Bar Foundation
Adelaide Taylor, D.C. Law Students in Court
Courtney Tolbert, IONA Senior Services
Lucy Tuck, Partners for the Common Good
Cynthia Turner, Seraphim Global
Alex Vande Bunte, National PTA
Robin Walsh, National Legal Aid and Defender Association
Sandra Wells, U.S Small Business Administration
Anderson Wells, Studio Theatre
Rebekah Whilden, Sierra Club
Ebben Wiley Bell, Atlas Corps
Melanie Wilhelm, Peace Corps
Laura Youngs, NARAL Pro-Choice America
Laura Zaim, WorkAmerica
Kim Ziser, Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Programs
Jonathan Zucker, Jonathan Zucker's Law Office

To view photos from the award ceremony, click here

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