The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice Launches Its First Summer Internships To Support The #RealCollege Movement

The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice Launches Its First Summer Internships To Support The #RealCollege Movement

The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice Launches Its First Summer Internships To Support The #RealCollege Movement

July 13, 2021

The Hope Center is providing five students with opportunities for hands-on experience in the #RealCollege movement by collaborating in roles that develop their leadership skills, broaden their understanding of research, and enable them to take action this summer.

The Hope Center offered the #RealCollege students a chance to learn beyond the classroom through paid internships managed virtually through the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. The highly competitive selection process reviewed students on several criteria including verbal & written communication skills, community engagement on basic needs issues, project management, and the candidates intention to bring what they learn at The Hope Center back to their communities. 

Meet Our Interns

Lydia Ashenafie
Western Washington University

Carla Rodriguez
The University of Texas at El Paso

Heather Atherton
Lake Forest College

Roshelle Czar
California State University, Sacramento

Troy Pittman
Temple University

“This first student cohort is providing a new opportunity for students to be involved in #RealCollege research, learning about policy and advocacy, financing, and communications, and their energy and interest is also enriching the summer for our team,” said Hope Center President & Founder Sara Goldrick-Rab.

Members of the inaugural cohort are part of a program coordinated by David Koppisch, Hope’s associate director of community engagement. Students are working with the communications, institutional transformation, research, sustainability, and policy & advocacy teams.

The six-week learning experience will end in early August with presentations from the students on their summer experience with The Hope Center.