Meet our 2023 summer stipend recipients Caroline Wu and Elizabeth Dinegar! Each year, UDems awards two students with stipends to support their endeavors in unpaid or underpaid internships. Thank you to our donors for making this possible! Read below for the amazing work Caroline and Elizabeth did this summer:
I was an Analytical Research Intern at the Center for NonViolent Actions and Strategies, a nonprofit committed to promoting democratic movements and protecting human rights. I gained experience in analyzing geopolitical and historical trends in order to understand how any given development falls within a larger trajectory. I had the opportunity to study Hungary’s presidential elections, the women-led revolution against the Iranian morality police, the military coup in Niger, among others.
The UDems Summer Stipend encouraged me to pursue this internship, which could not provide compensation, and allowed greater flexibility in accessing research materials and work spaces.
I was an intern with EARTHDAY.ORG, an environmental nonprofit that has been a trailblazer of the environmental movement. I was able to broaden my skills in outreach as well as my understanding of the policy behind environmental advocacy. I am double majoring in Government and Environmental Thought and Practice with a minor in Sociology; my internship with EARTHDAY.ORG encompassed all of my interests in one experience that I will carry with me as I pursue similar work in the future. The UDems Summer Stipend was able to support me in my unpaid internship by helping to pay for my metro fare into DC and other expenses.