by Madelyn Brenner
CBOB is thrilled to welcome 12 new and 16 returning interns to our team this Spring! We are so excited to have them all join our fifteenth year of CBOB service. Our Operations Director, Shana Call says, "I’m looking forward to seeing what our interns have to offer this semester and how they will help CBOB make a difference in the community."
After a lengthy selection process, our leadership team chose the best of the best to continue our organization’s mission and help us reach new heights! Twelve interns were chosen out of the 26 who applied, meaning those chosen were the top performers in their respective fields.
Applicants went through two rounds of interviews and were also asked to perform a position-specific task in order for CBOB to get a taste of their skills in the position for which they applied. Only those applicants who demonstrated a passion for our mission and eagerness to learn more about how to give back were chosen.
With a range in interests from non-profit work to a career in law and nearly everything in between, our interns demonstrate a diversity that allows them to see from various perspectives, giving our organization the experience and knowledge it needs to continue thriving while always keeping in mind our goal of empowering through education.
Here's a little more information to allow you to get to know each and every one of our fabulous interns!
MacKenzie Felmet, Fundraising Intern
I chose to be a part of Children Beyond Our Borders because any time I felt insecure about my future I could look back on m educational accomplishments and feel proud of myself, and I really hope to give this empowerment and pride in oneself to others. Children Beyond Our Borders is not just an initiative to provide education and therefore opportunities for life advancement, but it also provides advancement in one's own self confidence through realizing one's intellect. I am from St. Augustine, Florida and currently I attend the University of Florida. I am a nursing major currently and I hope to be a nurse practitioner. A fun fact about me is that my father actually owns a store that sells hot sauce, and I am used to everything that was cooked at my house being spicy. I guess that's why I can handle the intensity of any medical degree at UF!
Madelyn Brenner, Public Relations & Social Media Intern
I am so excited to be joining the team at Children Beyond Our Borders in fighting for empowerment through education. I am interested in potentially working for a non-profit in the future, and I figured this would be a great way to get my foot in the door. I am majoring in Spanish and International Studies, with a minor in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance, so this position seemed to be right up my alley! I can't wait to see what the semester and future beyond have in store and I'm very lucky to be a part of this amazing team!
Jennifer Nicholas, Public Relations & Social Media Intern
I am from Jupiter, Florida. I am currently a junior at the University of Florida and I am majoring in marketing and minoring in nonprofit organization leadership. I am ecstatic to be one of the Public Relations and Social Media interns for the Spring 2018 term. After I graduate, I hope to hold a marketing position with a nonprofit organization that positively impacts children’s lives. Therefore, this internship seemed to be the perfect fit for me! I am really looking forward to working with the children and being able to make a difference in their lives. This is my first year with Children Beyond Our Borders and I am so excited to be a part of such a great organization. I can't wait to see all that we accomplish this year.
Tiffany Wut, Communications Liason
I am a junior at The University of Central Florida majoring in Biomedical Sciences. I am UCF's Campus Communications Liaison for Spring 2018 and I hope to pursue a career in pediatrics. I am originally from Boca Raton, Florida and I miss the beach being 15 minutes away from me. I am glad to be apart of the VIP intern program because it has shaped me into the leader I am today. CBOB has given me the opportunity to give back to the community as well as creating a bond with the children. I never dread going to my meetings and socials because I want to spread CBOB's mission. I cannot wait to see what CBOB has for me this semester!
Brooke Barber, Logistic Coordinator
I am a student at the University of Central Florida studying health sciences. I have a passion for travel and love to do so in a way that allows me to create a positive impact in the communities that I visit. I have traveled to about ten countries outside of America and have plans for visiting many more. I am passionate about my internship with Children Beyond Our Borders because it creates a platform for me to make a difference not only in my local community but in countries all around the world as well.
December Slater, Data & Analytics Intern
Hello all! I’m December and I started interning with Children Beyond our Borders at the start of this year. I like to help out, something that I hope shows in my work aiding students in solving computer problems, volunteering with CBOB, or assisting with running a small table-top club. I’m a senior at the University of Florida, getting my degree in Business Administration. It’s my hope to move out of state and get involved with the human resource practices at Riot Games or Blizzard Entertainment. I’m looking forward to a bright semester with CBOB and doing what I can to aid this organization!
Alexandra Hegley, Accounting Intern
Hi, I'm Alex! I am currently a third year Accounting major at the University of Florida. I am originally from a small South Florida town called Stuart. This is my first year involved with CBOB and I'm looking forward to being able to make a change in my local community and on a global scale as well. I admire the mission of CBOB and am extremely passionate about everything it involves, since education can bring so many new opportunities to the youth that they may not have had prior. I also appreciate that I will be able to gain hands on experience that will influence my future career goals and apply what I am learning to this internship. I'm thrilled to be a part of such a great team with such a big impact!
Estrella Alvarado, Community Outreach Intern
I am the Community Outreach at UCF and this is my very first internship so it holds a special place in my heart. The Bound for Peace trip was what caught my attention at first because I've always dreamed on going on a service trip my whole life and so I decided I wanted to be more involved before my dream can become a reality. I applied to be a part of the VIP family because growing up I wish I had individuals who were so dedicated in reinforcing how powerful education really is and being born in Peru, I am aware of all the difficulties young children face. CBOB means a lot to me because I can help educate and open the door of possibilities for the young minds of our future and that is very valuable to me. I am currently studying Public administration and Nonprofit management and I am very passionate about advocating for the mental health of everyone around the world especially making it known to the children. I love dancing, traveling, coffee shops, parks, reading, makeup and going to museums. For anyone that didn't know, my name means Star in English.
Minyoung Kim, Health Initiatives Intern
I am a second year Microbiology and Cell Sciences major and I plan to minor in Bioinformatics. In the future I hope to attend optometry school. I was originally born and raised in South Korea before immigrating to the United States. A fun fact about me is that I recently passed my citizenship test and I will soon be a US citizen!. I choose this internship because I saw it as an chance to give back to the community. CBOB means to me an opportunity to be proactive, passionate, and working to make the world a better place. I have been diligently working on the Community Health Fair for the past year in order to provide general healthcare services to those in need. I will soon see my work paid off soon when we finally hold our clinic this week!
Mariam Hussein, Campus Communications Liason
I am a third year majoring in biology. I am an
aspiring dentist and I hope to one day be involved with a non-profit dental clinic. I chose to be
involved with CBOB because I wanted to give back to the community and provide a helping
hand. CBOB encourages empowerment through education and I strongly believe in the power of
education and its ability to uplift individuals.
Cynthia Colas, Accounting Intern
I am a third-year undergraduate student studying for a double major in finance and accounting with a minor in management informational systems at Florida State University. I am the President of the FSU National Organization for Women and Florida Young Feminist Taskforce. I am a member of multiple organizations such as Students for a Democratic Society, College Democrats of America, National Organization for Women, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American Bar Association, Democratic Socialist of America, College of Progressives, and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Some of my achievements range from establishing the first professional accounting organization at FAU, receiving a participation scholarship from the National Collegiate Scholars Society, and being selected as a scholarship participant for the FICPA Accounting Orlando Leadership Symposium and AIPAC Washington D.C Policy Conference.
During this winter break, I had the pleasure of celebrating Christmas Eve with close friends and family members. I had the pleasure of telling my family and friends the many political adventures that I underwent during my academic stay in Tallahassee. Both my family and friends are ecstatic about my new career path in Children Beyond Our Borders and what the future has in store for me.
Samantha Boddupalli, Grant Writing Intern
My name is Samantha Boddupalli, but most people call me Sam. I chose an internship with Children Beyond Our Borders because I have a passion for non-profit work and education. From a young age, my parents emphasized the importance of education, which is why I am fighting to give others the opportunities with which I have been blessed. To me, CBOB represents the dreams of children everywhere of a bright future. It means equal opportunity for education regardless of race, gender, or social status. I am currently attending the University of Florida as a third year biochemistry major, with plans to go into medicine. Although I am from Tampa, both of my parents are from India. Here's a fun fact about me: I can speak four languages. I am so excited to see what the semester brings!
Valeria Reyes, Community Outreach Intern
I am a first-year Political Science and International Studies Double-Major. I am also looking into a minor in International Development and Human Assistance and receiving a certificate in International Relations. My birthplace is Bogotá, Colombia, however, I mostly grew up in Orlando, Florida. Children Beyond Our Borders is a right fit for me because it not only pursues the same goals I wish to achieve later in my life but it also focuses on my home country. When I was six years old my family was given the blessing to come to America and truly live the "American Dream" with lots of sweat and hard work. I know because I have experienced how hard life can be on someone who came from a society with limited opportunities. For the majority of my life, I have wanted to be able to give back to the children of my country by providing them with the opportunity to succeed academically as well as being physically and mentally healthy. In my future, I seek to get a Masters in International Relations and then work for a non-profit organization that aims to help the impoverished through education and access to healthcare. My dream job would be to work for UNICEF, especially in refugee camps and war zones.
Sharna-Kaye Silburn, Fundraising Intern
I chose to be a part of Children Beyond Our Borders because I am super passionate about the development of children and their futures, so much so that I want to take some years off when I graduate to become an elementary school teacher for awhile. Children Beyond Our Borders gives me so many opportunities to help children behind closed doors but also to be hands on with them and their futures. I am from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, born in Jamaica and I am currently in my third year at the University of Central Florida as a Criminal Justice major, I plan on going to law school and becoming a juvenile defense attorney because as I stated before children mean a lot to me and I feel as an attorney I can be a deterring factor in a child's life. A fun fact about me is that I am a red belt in Tae Kwon Do, which is one belt away from a black belt.
We also welcome a new addition to our Managers team:
Julia Lasley, Service Trip Director
After moving to Orlando, I wanted to explore ways to give
back to my new home by using my background in and love for education/international service. I chose CBOB for its dedication to creating opportunities for kids and communities that need it the most. To me, CBOB is a vehicle for empowerment and global change. I am originally from Cocoa Beach, Florida. After finishing high school, I attended FSU (Go Noles!) for my B.S. in International Affairs. I served as a Teach for America Corps Member in Jacksonville until 2016. This is currently my fourth year teaching middle school English and second year in graduate school (Lehigh University) for my Master’s degree in International Education. My career goals include teaching abroad and/or working
for a nonprofit in the field of international development with an
emphasis on girls’ education. This year I will visit my 30th country! And I’ve never had a cavity...yet!
We have already seen our interns get involved in our organization and community, and we can’t wait to see what else they accomplish in the upcoming semester!
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