Interns and Volunteers
Teaching for Change’s mission is advanced not only by our staff and board, but also by the dedicated focus on special projects by interns and volunteers. If you’re interested in an internship, check out our current openings. In 2017, our interns are:
Mohammed Bappe is a senior at Swarthmore College graduating in the Fall of 2019 with a teaching certification in secondary school social studies. He is a major in History and Education with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. Mohammed’s senior thesis studies the historical roots of Bangladeshi Seamen and their journeys working on ships related to factors of capitalism, British colonialism, and self-agency. He has worked at Swarthmore’s Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility since his freshman year and has put together an initiative for low-income students to have more equitable access for summer grants for social justice-oriented internships. He also is a core member of the Swarthmore Intercultural Center since his freshman year and has helped to establish a community within the center during his 4 years as a head intern. Mohammed is a core member of Swarthmore Students for Justice in Palestine where he recently helped to spearhead a Boycott Divestment Sanctions Campaign for Swarthmore to divest. A Bangladeshi-American first-generation student, Mohammed is determined to work for the betterment of his community. He hopes to teach social studies in the South West Philadelphia/ Upper Darby area after graduation.
Hannah Russell-Hunter was born and raised in Arlington, VA. She is a rising fourth year at the University of Virginia majoring in American Studies and Studio Art, with a minor in History. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Studies Teaching at UVA’s Curry School of Education and teach history at the secondary level in Virginia. She is a member of the Virginia Student Power Network, a statewide coalition of student activists at public state universities and community colleges advocating for a range of issues, from increased administrative transparency to living wages for campus workers to decreasing University police presence. She hopes to continue organizing in some capacity through a career in teaching, and is looking forward to spending her summer learning about how to teach history so students can see themselves as agents of change!
Raegan Loheide grew up in the town of Shokan, New York in the Catskill Mountains. She’s a senior at Cornell University studying Development Sociology with minors in Inequality Studies and Law & Society. She is particularly invested in amplifying indigenous and local knowledge. Her research with the Soils, Food and Healthy Communities Project follows this vein by gathering youth experiences and self-identified problems and solutions to empower them as leaders and actors in their communities. Raegan is also involved with several reproductive and immigrant justice organizations on campus. After graduating, she wants to work within a theory of change that fights for liberties that are accessible to all and simultaneously redress wrongs historically and presently committed against the least visible and powerful through restructuring legal, political, and social systems.
This summer, Raegan hopes to build on her experience to promote rights, power, and opportunity for people who are chronically deprived of these. She is excited to contribute her energy and passion for social justice to spread momentum to others to enact change.
A product of the Great Lakes region, Conner Suddick double-majored in social justice and legal studies at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, graduating summa cum laude with university honors and an honors thesis in legal studies. He established the Legal Volunteering Program at Hamline, co-chaired the first Twin Cities Access to Justice Conference, garnering attendees from over 18 colleges, and was the lead organizer for the inaugural TEDxHamlineUniversity. At 19, Conner joined the board of OutFront Minnesota, one of the largest state LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations in the country. A Truman Scholar, his research and community organizing is at the intersection of social justice and legal studies to transform disparities in the civil justice system through community education, legal service delivery innovation, and restorative/transformative justice frameworks. Following this summer, Conner will serve as a Promise Fellow at Community Mediation and Restorative Services, Inc. facilitating restorative justice practices in schools to mitigate Minnesota high school student involvement with the juvenile justice system.