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“How has your internship helped you inspire human solutions to life’s challenges?”

Fall 2018

Tre Bourdeaux

Tre Bourdeaux
Economics - Newmark Grubb Acres

My internship has helped me inspire human solutions to problems that need to be solved via commercial real estate needs. Business owners and clients come to me for guidance and assistance in helping them with investments and business location needs. It's been a dream come through working here and getting to know the ins and outs of commercial real estate.

Jessenia Camel

Jessenia Camel
Family & Consumer Studies - University of Utah Prison Education Project

My internship has helped me inspire human solutions to life challenges by teaching me that every human being should be respected and taken in consideration. My internship takes place in a prison and i'm learning a tremendous amount through it. I whole heartedly believe that education can transform a person. By providing higher education in prisons we reduce recidivism rates and create a positive impact not only on our students but also on the people that surround them.

Braden Hall

Braden Hall
Economics - Utah Foundation

Interning at Utah Foundation has helped me inspire human solutions to life’s challenges by doing my part to be informed. So many issues are prevalent in our society today and prior to my experience interning, I knew little about these issues. Being informed personally and encouraging others to be informed can go a long way.

Razvan Ionita

Razvan Ionita
Economics - USDA, Rural Development

My internship has helped me inspire human solutions to life's challenges by helping to improve quality of life in rural Utah and bring prosperity to communities that are the lifeblood of our state. I've been able to visit so many projects across Utah that wouldn't be possible without USDA funding. Lastly, I've been able to learn real world skills in the fields of commercial lending and direct mortgage loans, that can help me in other careers, or help me progress in my current position at the USDA.

Lilly Kanishka

Lilly Kanishka
Anthropology - Personal Money Management Center

My internship has helped me in inspiring human solutions to life’s challenges by exposing me to a variety of students with varying levels of socioeconomic statuses, who’s needs all differ. By listening to and understanding their stories, I have learned to be a more cognizant peer advisor and recognize the differences and similarities between us. Pulling from my own experiences and the knowledge I have gained in this internship, I have found a happy medium to assisting students with their personal finance needs. It all begins with starting the conversation, keeping it going and following through on the goals one makes.

Shannon McNatt

Shannon McNatt
Economics - Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

My work at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute has given me a new perspective on how I can positively impact people’s lives using my business and economics background. By collaborating with the economics department on the Institute’s American Dream Project, I was able to see how our economic research and data analysis on the middle class could have direct implications for Utahns and their economic status by influencing policy changes through the proliferation of our work.

Sabrina Saini

Sabrina Saini
Family & Consumer Studies - The Children's Center

Everyone knows, change is better at the youngest age. They learn faster, more observant, andquestion everything. We, as adults, are role models towards future generations. It starts with the kids whom are closest to you to those whom are only watching you. This internship has allowed me to be a positive role model for kids who needs guidance. It starts with you.

Priscilla Tukuafu

Priscilla Tukuafu
Family & Consumer Studies - Mana Academy

Educating children on topics that are important to their lives, communities and society, helps them be aware of how they can make an impact in the future. When hard subjects are integrated with our cultures, it makes it tangible to see where we came from and where we can go. These children are our future!

 

Summer 2018

Zac Boska

Zac Boska
Economics - Wells Fargo

Within my current job at Wells Fargo, we have seen our share of troubles and tribulations recently. In my role, I help businesses succeed financially providing services vital to success. In addition, we are large contributors to charities and social programs which allow Wells Fargo to constantly give back to its customers and society.

Bailey Burt

Bailey Burt
Family & Consumer Studies - In Motion Physical Therapy

My internship has helped inspire human solutions to life’s challenges in physically expanding the horizon of a persons will to achieve something. When they come into the clinic they are ready to work hard, and push through the pain from the physical aspect they have.

Kelvin J. Hernandez

Kelvin J. Hernandez
Health, Society & Policy - Utah COmmunity Action

My internship has opened my eyes in regards to the issue of food insecurity. I’ve had the privilege of providing service that benefits individuals from the lower social class, which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. Through my internship, I have gained a desire to continue volunteering in my community as often as I can. I’ve learned that food insecurity is a real challenge that millions of individuals face each day, but our efforts to help them can provide much needed relief for as many people as we can reach.

Sarah Leetham

Sarah Leetham
Family & Consumer Studies - Alliance for a Better Utah

Being a Policy Advocate is also about empowering people. If you can empower others with tools and resources, making change is a lot easier. Finding shared values and common ground is where change can begin!

Lamishia Lin

Lamishia Lin
Family & Consumer Studies - University Kids

My internship has inspired human solutions to life’s challenges in many ways. The everyday challenges that we face everyday, are what makes us who we are as a person. My internship has inspired me to become a better person not just for the people that we know in our everyday lives, but to those who we don’t know either. Facing these life challenges will not only better ourselves as a person, but will inspire and challenge those around us.

Jackie Montour

Jackie Montour
psychology - the children's center

When you share your time to help those in need, those who suffer from abuse and/or neglect you feel inspired to find solutions to not only help them, but anyone who may be suffering from similar situations in life. When you see the amount of human suffering in the world, it motivates you to dedicate your life to finding ways to help and find solutions that might one stop or at least alleviate the suffering and in turn you hope that those who have been helped will one day help others experiences similar situations making this world a better place.

Hailee Ngu

Hailee Ngu
Family & Consumer Studies - Clear link

My internship has given me the opportunity to combine my expertise of human development and data science to drive powerful and effective business solutions. In a highly evolving technologic world, maintaining human solutions to address life’s challenges is a pertinent issue. At Clearlink, we’re trained to think critically about human behaviors to make informed business decisions. Using innovative technological platforms, we’re able to combine people and data to provide our users with the ultimate customer experience!

Jasmine Robinson

Jasmine Robinson
Family & consumer studies - biokids

My internship has helped me learn how to think about population level change within our communities. It has inspired me to always see multiple perspectives to a problem, and continue to pursue equity in all areas of life.

Jordan Scarr

Jordan Scarr
Health, Society & Policy - Utah Health Policy Project

My internship has helped me realize the various disparities that communities within Utah, and within the United States face. This has helped me realize my own privilege, and use that learning experience as a driving factor to find solutions. It has helped me think in much bigger ways than I previously imagined as possible and think in more creative ways.

Kaylie Tomadakis

Kaylie Tomadakis
Family & consumer studies - captrust financial

My internship has helped me find solutions to life changes that come financially. I have been able to learn how to take care of myself and my family as well as how to create security for other families. I have become inspired with the ability to learn how to solve common financial problems and bring these solutions to families across the world.

Last Updated: 6/12/19