Service Internships/APEX Fellows


Who: Kelsey Large ’16, Communication Sciences and Disorders Major, Rosie’s Ranch, Parker, CO

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The Organization: Rosie’s Ranch is a equine assisted therapy program run specifically to work on listening and spoken language skills with children who are d/Deaf or Hard of Hearing using horses. The children get to ride, groom, and spend time with horses as well as play games, learn vocabulary, sing songs, and meet new friends. I was also able to help out in the barn, and direct the children around the horses as necessary when we were doing hands on activities with the horses.
The Work: My role at Rosie’s Ranch was to teach the indoor aspects of Pony Camp. So when half of our campers went to ride with my supervisor, half of the children stayed with me to read, write, learn vocabulary, and play games.



Who: Elisia Campos ’16, Sociology Major, The Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment, Oakland, CA


The Organization: Ecampos_APEX_PhotoCRPE is an environmental justice organization that  provides legal, organizing, and technical assistance to grassroots groups in low-income communities and communities of color. Their mission is to achieve environmental justice and healthy, sustainable communities through collective action and the law. Their founding belief is that all people have the right to live, work, play, and pray in a healthy environment, regardless of their race, place, or income.


The Work: As a communications and development intern I worked on a lot of logistical things with fundraising events and the media. I archived media hits in the news or on social media. I planned the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education event in the Spring, which is a an event where lawyers can earn credits to keep their practice, but doubles as a huge fundraising event for the organization. I also created my own crowdfunding page where people can read about my experience as an intern and give to the organization.


Who: Christopher Perrin ’18, History and Anthropology Double Major, World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, North Smithfield, RI and Hudson River Valley



The Organization: WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms). WWOOF is an organization that connects volunteers with organic farms looking for help around the world. The volunteer is responsible for paying for their transportation to the farm, but after their arrival they are provided with room and board in exchange for work. It’s a great way for volunteers to meet new people, travel, and experience farm life, and a great way for organic farms to receive the help they need for very little cost.


The Work: I WWOOFed on two farms, one in North Smithfield Rhode Island, and one in the Hudson River Valley. I had many jobs during my fellowship, including tilling a new field, herding goats, planting crops, demolishing two sheds, collecting eggs, building a chicken coup, tending to pigs and Highland cattle, keeping bees, and participating in early harvests.



Who: Gregory Butler ’16, English Major, Rodale Institute Kutztown, PA



The Organization: Rodale is a non-profit organic farm and research institution located on 333 acres in scenic Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Rodale’s motto is “Healthy soil, healthy food, healthy people.” Its mission is to live that motto every day by promoting the benefits of organic farming and the healthy lifestyle associated with it through research projects, outreach programs, and public events.


The Work: Greg was a Demonstration Garden intern. His job was to help lay out, plant, and maintain the Demonstration Garden along with two other interns.



Who: Elisabeth Abell ’15, French and History Double Major,

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The Organization: CENTRE NAHDA is a women’s center in Rabat, Morocco with over seventy years of experience providing educational and vocational services to the women in Rabat’s poorer neighborhoods. The center aims to enable local Moroccan women to improve their literacy and foreign language proficiency, provide them with professional development opportunities, and includes a childcare with opportunities for their children to learn French and English at an early age.


The Work: For two months this summer, Elisabeth worked as an English teacher, a French teacher, and a child-care provider as needed. She collaborated with other teachers and the administration on lesson plans and the best way to go over certain material. As the only rotating staff member to stay the entire month of Ramadan, she also helped to coordinate the transition at the center.



Who: Sarah McCrea ‘16, History Major, Dayton Life Resource Center, Dayton, OH


The Organization:

SarahThe DLRC is a pro-life organization that works to provide low-income mothers and families with the material and educational resources they need to make life-affirming choices for themselves and their children. The DLRC serves the city of Dayton and its surrounding communities. Its client base is around 60% white, 30% black and 10% Hispanic and biracial.


The Work: As an intern, Sarah was responsible for assisting clients in the Baby Pantry, taking phone calls and making Baby Pantry appointments, sorting and organizing donations, stocking the Baby Pantry, contacting affiliates in order to update their contact information, researching other community organizations and issues, representing our organization at community events, painting the Baby Pantry and providing childcare for teen parenting classes two evenings per week.



Who: Rachel Sell ‘15, Biology Major, Reserva Playa Tortuga, Ojochal, Costa Rica


The Organization: Reserva Playa Tortuga is a non-profit organization in Ojochal, Costa Rica that develops and implements conservation solutions in the local community. It participates in a variety of environmental projects, mainly sea turtle conservation and education workshops, with the help of both international volunteers and the resident population.


The Work: Rachel helped raise conservation awareness in the local communities, facilitated educational environmental workshops and added to the education database, completed beach patrols and built a turtle hatchery to protect sea turtle eggs, and helped to gather data on local animal populations.




Who: David Morrow ’16, Chinese and Education Major, The Breakthrough Collaborative, San Francisco, California


The Organization:David Breakthrough is an intensive summer enrichment program that seeks to academically support the developing minds of motivated San Francisco students with limited educational opportunities.


The Work: As a Breakthrough teaching fellow, David worked to teach a highly motivated and underserved group of Fifth graders the academic “soft skills” needed to excel in their Literature classes on their path to college. San Francisco is an ideal city for teaching not only because of the progressive educational legislation, but also because of the diverse representation of its youth. Having the opportunity to work for the Breakthrough Collaborative this summer provided David with the knowledge and experience he needs to move forward in my educational journey.