Meet the Interns!
Originally from The Bronx, New York, Aliyah is a junior at Georgetown studying culture and politics. Aliyah hasn’t spent much time in Atlanta before and is excited to learn more about the city and explore it over the summer. At the Center for Civic Innovation, she will be working with Rohit and Melonie to enhance the center’s public programming and fellowships. She’s excited get a new perspective on the journey of different social enterprises, and is fascinated by and the stories that each of the different fellows and associates can tell. Aliyah is particularly inspired by Next Generation Men & Women, whose mission is to expose students to the work environments and professions that they one day might want to work in, as she was part of a similar program that she loved. “I’m vibing with CCI right now,” she says looking around the “inspiring space.”
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Jan is a rising junior at Georgetown University studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs. It’s his first time in the deep south for an extended period and he’s already felt the warmth– both the expected “Hotlanta” weather and the southern hospitality. One of his main summer goals is to get on one of the new Bird Scooters and ride around the city. At the Center for Civic Innovation, he will be working with Rohit and Melonie to enhance the center’s public programming and fellowships. He’s ready to get to know each member of the CCI staff. “They’ve all had whole careers before coming here,” he says. Getting to know each of their backstories and understanding how their journey has led them to CCI.
Born and raised outside of Boston in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Kell is a rising sophomore at Georgetown University studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs. Kell’s only time in Atlanta prior to this summer has been spent in the airport, so she’s looking forward to getting to know the city. At the Center for Civic Innovation, she will be working with Rohit and Melonie to enhance the center’s public programming and fellowships. She’s excited to learn how different organizations operate on a day to day basis through CCI. After her first event at CCI, Kell was impressed by the large and diverse community that was engaged in the event. So far, she has been surprised to learn how young CCI was since its impact on the community is striking.
Rebecca is a junior at Brown University studying Economics. Rebecca is CCI’s only Atlanta native intern. Each summer she looks forward to the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival in Piedmont Park and running the Peachtree Road Race. She’s also excited to be home over the summer to spend time with her family and their newest member: a Bernese Mountain Dog/Poodle mix. Rebecca will be working with Andrea on the communications team. She’s hoping to learn how problems are solved at the center since it's not like conventional non-profits. She’s excited about CCI’s network and plans to learn a lot from the different people that speak at events throughout the summer. “Everyone here is cooler than me,” she claims. Her expectation for “cool kids vibes” has certainly been met.
A Chicago native, Eriana is a rising junior at Georgetown majoring in African American Studies and double minoring in Sociology and Justice and Peace Studies. This city girl embraces her inner tourist mentality when going to any new place. She’s ready to get lost in everything food and must sees in ATL. At the Center for Civic Innovation, she will be working with Dayle and Alex on the happiness team. “It’s the little things that never in a million years you’d notice...that keep the staff happy.” In the first week, Eriana has developed a newfound appreciation for the attention to detail from the snack bins in the kitchen to how the couches are aligned to make sure everyone is comfortable. She loves working behind the scenes and wants to know all the ins and outs of CCI.
Originally from Trumbull, CT, Josh is a rising senior at Georgia Tech studying Industrial Design. Josh is looking forward to another summer in Atlanta exploring neighborhoods like Buford Highway, South Downtown, and Candler Park. Additionally, Josh looks forward to attending summer festivals in Atlanta, particularly the annual Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival. At the Center for Civic Innovation, Josh will be working with Andrea in communications, developing innovative visual communications; he is especially excited to develop GIFs for the Center. Josh is passionate about graphic communication and loves CCI’s visual language. Overall, Josh is most excited to get to know the staff, fellows, and residents at the center, as he finds their unique backgrounds and journeys particularly inspiring.
The only international CCI intern of the summer, Marina is originally from Russia. She’s in Atlanta working on her Masters in Public Policy at Georgia State. It’ll be her first summer in Atlanta and she’s really looking forward to all of the festivals that are going on each week, specifically the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s performance in Piedmont Park. At the Center for Civic Innovation, she will be working with Kyle and Melonie to enhance the center’s programming. She’s excited to work on the content and problem solve. She’s fascinated by CCI’s company culture and the environment they’ve fostered. She’s become very interested in different forms of public engagement aside from general meetings and hopes to learn from different speakers at the upcoming events.