Nonprofit Fellows 2013

The Nonprofit Fellows program attracts a unique group of individuals. Though their interests and skills vary, each has a passion for creating social. They are made up of majors from English to Global Affairs, but each has a similar goal: to make a positive difference. These are the Nonprofit Fellows for Fall 2013.

Jacqueline Blanchard worked with ActionAid USA as an International Policy Development /Global Platform Assistant

"I've become closer with the fellows themselves than any other classmates I've had in my four years at Mason. I genuinely wouldn't have made it through this semester without them, and I wouldn't have it any other way." 

Rose Broberg worked with Special Olympics of Virginia in Development

"Working with Special Olympics VA has taught me so much, especially seeing and assisting with all the efforts and planning that go into each event. The working environment is as awesome as the organization, and I can’t wait to participate in upcoming events."

Jessica Chibueze worked with The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy as a Government Affairs Intern

"I learned so much from my supervisor, even from our conversations during cab rides to various meetings.  He managed to completely alter my mindset about nonprofits and the "help the needy" mentality I've had all my life."

 Josh D'Antonio worked with FACETS in Development and Volunteer Management

“After being so closely involved with so many leaders of the nonprofit sector because of the Fellows program, I am confident that I have the tools to be a change maker after I graduate.”

Annette Dipert worked with the Friends of the National Zoo in Volunteer Management

“The Fellows program was an amazing experience. I especially liked how connected the classroom was to my internship. In addition, the other fellows brought their own wealth of experience and knowledge to the classroom, and I really felt like I gained a lot of insight and wisdom from them. It really opened my mind and educated me about other social issues and how connected they all are.”

Najeeba Gootee worked with Youth Service America in their Outreach Team

“I have loved being immersed in a nonprofit right in DC! I always have something new and different to work on so I have gotten to see and learn a lot of sides to the organization. I am appreciative of getting a first-hand look at all the small details that go into projects, events, and everything in between. Interning here has also made me much more understanding of the organization as a whole.”

Laurissa Hall worked with Volunteer Fairfax as a Development Intern

“I enjoyed learning new skills in an environment with helpful staff that made all the paper cuts accumulated over the semester worth it.”

Nicole Kratzer worked with Special Olympics of Virginia as a Programs and Development Intern

"My favorite thing about the Nonprofit Fellows program was how we all become a close knit group.  I think it helped to create a better learning environment”

Olivia Krise worked with Volunteer Fairfax as a Development Fellow

"This has been one of the hardest and most rewarding semesters of my college career. The Nonprofit Fellows Program pushed me and taught me so much. This program is amazing"

Samuel Rodriguez worked with Northern Virginia Family Services

"The visit to the EDGE helped me believe in myself and trust those fellow students around me because of the challenges that occurred I saw where I stood and where I need to stand in terms of leadership and adapting to change."

Cameron Shuler worked with Our Daily Bread in Development and Fundraising 

"The Fellows program was a unique experience that enabled me to experience my academic career in a new way. Through having the opportunity to be immersed in the intricacies of the nonprofit sector through the curriculum and my internship experience I was able to learn in a way that challenged my previous perceptions and knowledge and increased my understanding in a comprehensive way."

Melisa Treshnjeta worked with George Mason Hillel

"I had an opportunity to speak with Johanna Newman, a Holocaust survivor, who was saved by Albanian families. Not only was I exhilarated to hear a true witness of history, but I also realized that having an opportunity to hear from a Holocaust survivor was something that cannot be recreated nor explained. It was my goal to be able to create that opportunity to my generation through this dinner."