Meet Our Interns

Current Interns

  • Amanda Champagne..............................................................MHS/CSS, Management Intern
  • Sarah Cissell.................................................................................IP/SPE, Counseling Intern
  • Raina LaGrand................................................................................IP/MH, Counseling Intern
  • Larissa Siregar........................................................................MHS/CSS, Management Intern 


L-R: Larissa Siregar, Sarah Cissel, Amanda Champagne, Raina LaGrand

Recent Past Interns

  • Kate Balzer..........................................MHS/CSS (IP Minor), Management & Counseling Intern
  • Antoinette Debose..........................................................................IP/SPE, Counseling Intern
  • Andrew Hamill ..................................................................................SPE/CSS, Policy Intern
  • CaSaundra Hendricks.......................................................................IP/MH, Counseling Intern
  • Lorina Karreci.................................................................................IP/SPE, Counseling Intern
  • Sarah Lewis-Crow..................................................MHS/CSS (P&E minor), Management Intern 
  • Jennifer Nulty..............................................................................................SPE, Policy Intern
  • Abigail Robinson......................................................................MHS/CSS, Management Intern
  • Elizabeth Rohr................................................................IP/MH (MHS minor), Counseling Intern
  • Melissa Stek........................................................................................CSS/MHS, Policy Intern
  • Kyra Taylor.......................................................................................IP/CSS, Counseling Intern 
  • Zoe Zulakis............................................IP/CSS (MHS Minor), Counseling & Management Intern 

Some of our names are linked. Click the links to read more about us, the work that we do, and a day in our lives as CEW interns! Click here to see a snapshot of our resumes A Day in the Life Of... 

 

Andrew Hamill, 2014-2015 Policy Intern

 

What is your Practice Method/Area at U-M School of Social Work? 

I am an Advanced Standing student, studying Policy & Evaluation in Community & Social Systems.

What can you tell us about your role at CEW?

I'm primarily doing a lot of policy research: looking up statewide, community, and University policies, and pulling data that can be used to inform the projects and programs that make up CEW's policy and advocacy work.

Tell us about the programs and projects that you are a part of.

There are a few:

I am part of the Michigan Partners Project (MPP), a collaboration of stakeholders throughout the state, working to advance economic security among low-income women in Michigan. I study statewide policies and census, data, trying to get a handle of the issues, and to understadn the direction that policies are moving in on a statewide level. I take disparate data and integrate it into one source, framing it in a way that porperly communicates a specific message toward a specific audience.

Another program that I am a part of is the President's Advisory Commission on Women's issues (PACWI). PACWI makes recommendations to University leaders regarding issues facing women students, faculty, and staff. I collect data on tenure attainment rates for PACWI, and also consult resources outside of CEW, like Rackham's statistical analysis program, C-SCAR, for evaluation of that data.

I am also working with the Women of Color Task Force (WCTF), a group that promotes the professional and personal development of women of color staff at the University of Michigan. I have worked for the task-force leadership to create a logic model, and executive summary. Through this project, I've learned how to develop an evaluation from the ground up.

What skills have you gained through your work at CEW that you see yourself using in the future? 

I have learned about professional communication and engagement. I have learned how to frame my communications depending on the group that I am trying to reach. I have learned about how to integrate data, and to communicate that data in a meaningful, fair, and balanced way. I've gained program evaluation skills, data analysis skills, and policy research experience.

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Kate Balzer, 2012-2014 Management/Counseling Intern

 

What is your Practice Method/Area at U-M School of Social Work? 

I'm a 20-month student, studying Management in Community and Social Systems, with an IP minor. This is my second year at CEW.

You spent your first year at CEW as a Development Intern. What were your primary responsibilities in this role?

A lot of my work was dedicated to donor engagement and acknowledgement. CEW puts important energy toward stewarding donor gifts, or in other words, showing donors that we are caring for their resources. 

In this vein, one of my responsibilities was to contribute research to an audit of stewardship practices. This involved researching how donors want to be acknowledged, evaluating whether gifts are being recognized equally, benchmarking other universities' and units' best practices, and looking at what types of communications go on between donors and organizations.

Research was drawn from sources such as the Donor Alumni Relations Tool (DART).  DART is U-M's donor database, and coordinates information for units working within the same pool of donors. I also met with gift officers from other campus units to research best practices. Finally, part of my work was to assist in writing acknowledgement letters for the annual appeal and for donations to the scholarship program.

Tell us about your other roles and responsibilites at CEW

As part of my management internship, I developed a resource referral database using FilemakerPro. This database is available to CEW staff, but aimed toward our counseling department. Using the database, counselors can easily identify resources that might be available to our participants- from food assistance to professional networking opportunities. The southeast Michigan area has a wealth of resources, so it is important for us to harness those resources and help connect our participants with them. Through time, I've had the opportunity to use and refine the database with feedback from other counselors and interns.

I have also spent my second year at CEW as a counseling intern, developing skills related to my IP minor. A unique piece of CEW's internship program is the opportunity to transition between and to develop skills in both micro and macro practice. As a counseling intern, I support community members seeking career and/or academic advancement, through free one-on-one counseling sessions.

In addition to counseling, I am also part of a team of facilitators who develop and implement the CEW Career Workshop Series, offered twice annually to the Ann Arbor community, and focused on skills such as networking, interviewing, and resume writing.

What have you gained from your internship experience at CEW thus far, and what skills do you see yourself using in the future? 

I have learned about philanthropy in higher education, honed my research and communication skills, and developed counseling skills in my work with participants. I believe that my writing skills and relationship building skills will be easily transferable.

Ultimately, work in development, management, and counseling comes down to relationships- and that can be useful in many contexts. I'm lucky that CEW had the flexibility to help me learn across a variety of departments and projects.

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Zoe Zulakis, 2012-2014 Counseling/Management Intern

 

What is your Practice Method/Area at the U-M School of Social Work?

I study Interpersonal Practice in Community & Social Systems, with a Management Minor. I am a 20-month student, and this is my second year at CEW!

How would you describe your role as a counseling intern at CEW?

For me, it is helpful to consider what counseling at CEW is not. Though I occasionally wish that I had a job-search database built into my brain, it isn't actually my role to match participants to a list of available jobs. Counseling at CEW is really an effort to develop interventions WITH a participant, which honors their full life experience, and the environment and context in which they live.

Who do you see as a counseling intern at CEW?

CEW's participants are 91% female and range in age from 17-71. Participants overwhelmingly cite career and education enhancement as their impetus for seeking services. 

It might also be helpful to note that at CEW we use the term participant to describe the people who we serve, meaning that we value the participant's choice in seeking our services, and in their right to feel empowered, engaged, and in control of their decision-making process.

Is your counseling training focused on certain theories or practice methodologies? 

CEW's counseling mission has a practice orientation emerging from a combination of four main components.

Contextual orientation: How do systemic and individual circumstances intersect with career/academic goals?

Developmental orientation: How do transitions across the lifespan factor in?  

Holistic orientation: How are health, mental health, and other intersecting identities affecting an individuals path?

Empowerment orientation: How can we affirm and validate a participant in their career and academic aspirations? 

Interventions look very different depending on the participant. Some participants want concrete information, like review of a resume, or a referral to a tangible resource, like a workshop. Others are more exploratory, and want to be in a space free of judgment, to share, discuss, and organize their thoughts and feelings about their personal aspirations. It is good to be able to be flexible, and go in either direction.

What are your other roles and responsibilites at CEW?

I have worked on my management minor in my second year, and most of this work, thus far, has been in developing and implementing aspects of the Social Work Internship Program. For this project, I have worked in collaboration with my internship cohort, supervisor, and CEW staff, to develop, implement, evaluate, and change both the structure and content of this program. I have also developed recruitment strategy and materials, including this website!

Of skills gained thus far at CEW, what do you see yourself using in the future?

The most valuable skill I've gained at CEW has been learning how to put myself out there, in spite of the possibility of failure. Developing interventions with participants, facilitating workshops, proposing and implementing changes to the internship program- I had no idea how to do any of it, and now I do!  That is exciting, and will serve me well in the future.

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A Snapshop of Our Resumes

Andy's Projects/Responsibilities

  • Co-researched and assembled the "Michigan Women Need Safe & Accessible Public Transportation" Fact Sheet
  • Performed critical analysis of U-M's updated Student Sexual Misconduct Policy
  • Performed data analysis on tenure attainment rates at U-M to inform recommendations submitted to the President's Advisory Commission on Women's Issues (PACWI)
  • Co-created and implemented an evaluation of the Women of Color Task Force
  • Co-researched and assembled a policy matrix for the Michigan Partners Project (MPP)

Kate's Projects/Responsibilities 

  • Researched, prepared, and facilitated 2 workshops on Networking
  • Provided career and academic counseling to community members
  • Researched, designed, and created comprehensive resource referral database for counselors
  • Contributed to the development of intern seminar syllabus and curriculum
  • Co-facilitated internship seminar
  • Currently assisting in development of a manual for CEW staff who work with MSW interns

Zoe's Projects/Responsibilities

  • Researched, prepared, and facilitated 3 workshops on Networking
  • Provided counseling services to 60+ participants
  • Contributed to the development of intern seminar syllabus and curriculum
  • Researched and created website content for CEW Internship Program
  • Currently updating counseling statement of confidentiality

 

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