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Since we didn’t get to introduce our Summer interns when they began, we’re taking this opportunity to give them a great big THANK YOU. We’re pretty sure they’re the hardest working group of students and recent grads that any organization could ask for, and we’re sad to see them go. What’s next? Find out below.

Ashley Westrich

Ashley Westrich, charity: water intern

Intern Role: Design Intern
School: Pratt Institute (Dec 2012)
Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Career Goal:

I’d love to continue using my design skills to draw attention to and promote the message of good causes.

Best part about working at charity: water:

I love contributing to the charity: water mission – it’s so fulfilling to have my work be part of a bigger picture. The team is passionate about everything they do, so the spirit of this place is contagious. And, of course, sitting next to Greg each day is a dream.*
(*That last one was not strongly suggested AT ALL.)

What’s next?

I’m not leaving! I’ve gotten too attached to charity: water and will happily continuing to work here as I finish up my degree.

Grace Ko, charity: water intern

Grace Ko

Intern Role: Development Intern
School: Graduated – Boston University (2012)
Hometown: Queens, NY

Career Goal:

Love on donors. Motivate others to bring justice for those in need. Witness the end of the water crisis. I know, I’m a pretty ambitious chick.

Best part about working at charity: water:

Hands down, special acknowledgments. Throughout my internship, I came to realize that our donors are our heroes, and we’re their sidekicks! The efforts of our contributors never cease to amaze me and put hope into charity. I get to send out welcome packages and write thank you letters to these awesome people. And this goes without saying, but the dev team – best part.

What’s next?

To be determined. Stay tuned!

Judson Collier, charity: water intern

Judson Collier

Intern Role: Design Intern
School: University of Mobile (2014)
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Career Goal:

Type Designer (But seriously? Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Tester. C’mon, who wouldn’t?)

Best part about working at charity: water:

Anytime I get to talk to charity: water staff about what projects they are working on; there’s almost always something interesting going on, and it’s great to hear about what they are doing.

What’s next?

Headed back to school this semester!

Kacie Dragan, charity: water intern

Kacie Dragan

Intern Role: Production Intern
School: Barnard College, Uptown Manhattan (2014)
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Career Goal:

I care more about the mission and values of the organization I work for than my specific role there… but I’d love to be a liaison between a health-focused nonprofit and the population it works with.

Best part about working at charity: water:

I have loved the incredible conversations, because everyone always has really insightful input even when a conversation has nothing to do with an individual’s specific role. I think that all of the collective brainstorming is a huge part of why charity: water is so successful. I also love the collective charity: water sense of humor, even if it means hearing the occasional bad joke.

What’s next?

Graduate from Barnard with a degree in Sociology and Human Rights, possibly attend public health graduate school, and enjoy every bit of living in New York while I’m at it!

Kaitlyn Swist, charity: water intern

Kaitlyn Swist

Intern Role: Development Intern
School: Graduated – Bentley University (2012)
Hometown: Seaford, NY

Career Goal:

To be the CEO of my own nonprofit organization

Best part about working at charity: water:

The people! Not just the people in the office, though they are incredibly amazing, but also our donors and partners. Everyone that is a part of charity: water, even in the smallest ways, are what have made my experience at charity: water one of the best experiences of my life.

What’s next?

I’ll keep you guys posted…

Kelly Newburg, charity: water intern

Kelly Newburg

Intern Role: Corporate Partnerships and Communications Intern
School: Pennsylvania State University (2013)
Hometown: State College, PA

Career Goal:

Make a difference! I don’t 100% know how or where or when, but I know I want to make a difference in the lives of as many people as possible.

Best part about working at charity: water:

Being surrounded by the most passionate and dedicated people who all have the same goal: end the water crisis. Spending my days with our staff and interns has reinforced why I fell in love with charity: water and its mission in the first place. Well, that, and coming into a relaxed office, getting work done while sitting on a comfy (donated) couch every day hasn’t been too shabby either!

What’s next?

Attend my final year at Penn State while remaining crazy passionate about the water crisis by spreading awareness and raising funds for charity: water through the club I founded — appropriately known as charity: water Penn State!

Kevin Lai, charity: water intern

Kevin Lai

Intern Role: Supporter Experience Intern
School: Manhattan College (2015)
Hometown: Metuchen, NJ
Career Goal: Seeker/Dreamer/Builder

Best part about working at charity: water:

The environment in the office is amazing, and I’m so glad to be working with such cool people who are just FILLED with joy and integrity. I’ve learned so much about what the people on the inside of an organization have to do, believe, and stand for as individuals and as a team. Any kind of real change or growth works from the inside out.

What’s next?

Not exactly sure (though SO STOKED for whatever it is) — definitely finishing up school and definitely getting to know God and His dreams for my life.

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