Thank You 2013 Summer Interns

2013-interns-thumbThis summer Teaching for Change welcomed a dynamic team of volunteers: Truman Scholars Anne Preston and Charity Porotesano, Swarthmore Social Action Award Intern Shelly Wen, and University of Chicago Human Rights Program Intern Elizabeth Behrens. Here are just some of the ways in which they advanced our work by leaps and bounds: developed a slide show and added bios to the Ask Me About campaign on Central America, added key events to the “this day in history” album for the Zinn Education Project on Facebook, hosting students from McComb, Mississippi for their week in DC, increasing our presence on Wikipedia, conducted research for the March on Washington Mythbuster Quiz and on family engagement, represented Teaching for Change at conferences and seminars, wrote reviews of books and films, interviewed customers in our bookstore, played a major role in the preparation of our upgraded Civil Rights website, produced online interviews with Enid Lee, helped one of our partner schools with graduation portfolio assessments, and much more.

While in DC they also had lots of opportunities to get out of the office for tours, school visits, and forums. In fact, our interns frequently report that they enjoy interning with Teaching for Change because the work is meaningful and they get lots of opportunities to see the city.

Here’s what two of the interns had to say about the experience:

intern-anniepreston “More than I expected, Teaching for Change provided a supportive, enthusiastic environment with a lot of flexibility in terms of activities.  I was surprised and excited by the mixture of field and office experiences, arts and author events, DC trips that I was able to attend as a part of my internship.  I was also really impressed by the thoughtfulness of the staff, who do not take any decisions lightly and take every step of their work intentionally and critically.  It was an inspiring place to spend the summer.”
–Annie Preston, Truman Scholar, Summer 2013
intern-elizabethbehrens “Every single day of my internship at Teaching For Change I was intellectually engaged and interested in the work that I was doing. Last summer I had no idea where I was going, now that I have spent a summer with Teaching for Change, I have a clear vision of what I want to do. I want to be a teacher.”
–Elizabeth Behrens, University of Chicago Human Rights Program, Summer 2013


We’re always looking for committed individuals to serve as interns and volunteers throughout the year. If you’re interested, take a look at some of our openings and read more about the experiences of past interns and volunteers.