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Baruch Students Share Experiences Through Hagedorn Internship Program


Hagedorn Interns

NEW YORK, NY- May 14, 2014 – Semester internships provide an opportunity for Baruch College students to get real world experience and obtain skills that will foster their careers.

On May 13, fourteen SPA students who participated in the Hagedorn Internship Program shared their experiences of working for a variety of businesses and non-profit organizations during the 2014 spring semester. Presentations were made as part of a lunch reception to recognize the Hagedorn Internship Program. Audience members included supervisors from each of the host organizations and members of the Baruch College community.

Managed by Public Affairs Professor Michael Feller, the Hagedorn Internship Program is funded by a $1 million gift from Baruch College alumna Amy Hagedorn (’58). This is an outstanding gift for the School of Public Affairs (SPA), and the largest in its 15- year history. Her gift supports scholarships and paid internships for undergraduate SPA students, as well as providing support for internship faculty and general support for the School of Public Affairs and for the College.


2014 Hagedorn Interns


Arlen CaciArlen Caci, senior, public affairs major
Assigned to: TruFund Financial Services, Inc.

Arlen was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He moved to New York in 2001 at the age of 13. He is interested in pursuing a career for a nonprofit organization with a focus in healthcare, education, or foreign policy. During his internship, Arlen helped TruFund Financial Services in its efforts to execute an expansion strategy into Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Hudson Valley Region, Northern Jersey, and the 5 boroughs of New York. The organization has an aggressive timeline for deployment of loan funds to these new markets, thus his efforts will help to focus staff time and resources allocated to this initiative. Arlen worked closely with the Managing Director of the New York Office to identify target communities within the expansion territory that are rich in low-to moderate-income census tracts and have a substantial small business presence.


Melanie CintroMelanie Cintron, senior, public affairs major
Assigned to: Little Sisters of The Assumption Family Health Service

Melanie was born in New York City and grew up in East Harlem, where she learned about Puerto Rican traditions from her family. Melanie says, “It was not the wealthiest neighborhood, but there was a great sense of unity within it; for me it was home. Coming from a neighborhood of this caliber inspired me to do more for my community.” During her internship, Melanie contributed to some critical projects that included communicating with dozens of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents on the status of repairs and developments in the Baez v. New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) lawsuit and the settlement that followed. Melanie also assisted with outreach efforts to find families who were displaced during the East Harlem gas explosion on March 12 to determine their needs and provide assistance.


Mamadou DialloMamadou Diallo, senior, public affairs major
Assigned to: Reach Out and Read of Greater New York

Mamadou was born in Gaoual, Republic of Guinea and came to New York in 1998. He has always wanted to contribute to the development of the rural communities of Guinea and says earning a degree in public affairs is a good starting point, because it will provide him with the knowledge to accomplish that goal. "When I graduate, I hope to work for an international organization that specializes in community development or a nonprofit organization here in the United States,” he says. In his internship, Mamadou provided essential support to the organization’s communications and Web efforts by researching and compiling key data points from various sources that will be featured in the “Research” section of our website and also serve as useful fundraising and communications resources. Mamadou also maintained regular activity on the organization’s social media platforms. Mamadou also assisted with several activities including the promotion of children’s book reading with NYC’s first lady, Ms. Chirlane McCray.

"My long term goal is to start a nonprofit organization in my country of origin to help children have access to better education."

Esther Grullon and Raymond RodriguezEsther Grullon, junior, public affairs major
Raymond Rodriguez, senior, public affairs major
Assigned to: Pro Mujer

Esther, originally from Santiago, Dominican Republic, came to New York at the age of two. Her main interests include human rights, women’s rights, international relations, and culture. She hopes to have a career working with the United Nations. During her internship, Esther, identified online sharing platforms to better collaborate and manage projects on a global scale; contributed to refining Pro Mujer’s digital impact, including website, social, and digital giving platforms; and translated multiple video and other marketing materials.

Raymond, born and raised in Brooklyn, has a strong interest in learning more about community development and education. Raymond is a volunteer at his community church and a member of the nonprofit organization Sponsors for Educational Opportunity. During his internship, Raymond processed appeals and appeal letters; researched possible Mother’s Day campaigns for the organization’s website; and provide support for the database migration into the Salesforce software; and assisted with the legalization process of documents for use in Argentina, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Mexico and Peru.


Meray HaglerMerav Hagler, sophomore, public affairs major
Assigned to: Global Kids

Merav, originally from Israel, came to the United States with her husband in 2010. She finished high school in Israel and then served in the Israel Defense Force as a military policewoman for two years. She has worked mostly in the education field teaching Hebrew and as a tutor. “I enjoy learning,” Merav says. “I would like to explore many things during my degree in public affairs, and not only in the educational field." In her internship, Merav conducted research and created a scan of organizations and elected officials working on climate and environmental issues in NYC. She also worked with a team of HRAP leaders to create the framework for a youth-led human rights campaign to address climate change issues.

"I have lots of passion and enthusiasm to learn, explore and be exposed - [important qualities] in order to really know what I want to achieve when I graduate.”

Tatiyana Hladki

Tatyana Hladki, junior, public affairs major
Assigned to: Global Fund for Women

Born in a small military town in Bologoye, Russia, Tatyana moved to Plainview, Long Island at the age of 7 in 1999. She is interested in starting her own nonprofit organization. During her internship, Tatyana focused primarily on supporting GFW’s Development team and Learning, Evaluation, and Impact team. For the Development team, she prepared materials for events, conducted research, drafted a GFW 101 PowerPoint for the entire team to use in donor meetings, and created new systems for our new donor database. For the LEI team, she reviewed and coded data from grantee reports so that it could be further analyzed. Tatyana also provided administrative support to GFW’s New York office operations.

"I have always had a passion for public policy and international affairs, in helping to promote beneficial causes and lobbying members of government to enact the necessary changes to build a better world for all."

Marlena  HymowitzMarlena Hymowitz, junior, public affairs major
Assigned to: New York City Coalition Against Hunger

Marlena, born and raised in New York City, is interested in learning more about sustainability, housing, food, advocacy and communication, in both the private and public sectors. Marlena's primary project during her internship was helping to coordinate the NYC Coalition Against Hunger annual gala. Marlena researched and contacted supporters and in-kind corporate sponsors. She also created the slideshow and programs for the event. Marlena assisted in managing the budget for the event, reaching out to past donors, as well as coordinating with honorees.


Lena LeiLena Lei, junior, public affairs major
Assigned to: Chinese-American Planning Council

Lena, of New York City, is interested in the public sector, health care, social services, nonprofit organizations, community development, public administration and international affairs. After graduation she would like to either work in the public sector or continue her studies in healthcare or public administration. During her internship, Lena monitored the CPC Food Service program and day care centers’ quality control of meals, including producing minutes from meetings of the Menu Review Committee. She also assisted with outreach and development activities that included preparations for the 2014 CPC Walkathon and staff tables at career fairs.


Aaron MarsonAaron Marson, senior, public affairs major
Assigned to: The Joyce Theater Foundation

Originally from Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, Aaron has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a volunteer for two years and hopes to continue to learn skills that will prepare him to help at a greater level in addition to being a volunteer and having a little brother. During his internship, Aaron maintained donor records, prepared letters and acknowledgments, and assisted with special events. He also conducted prospect research; coordinating mailings for solicitations and special events; and provided general administrative support for The Joyce’s Development staff.


Nadege Nau, senior, public affairs major
Assigned to: Brooklyn Academy of Music

Nadege, of East Flatbush community in Brooklyn, would like to pursue a career in public affairs using her talent as a photographer. She has a special interest in learning more about community development and arts and culture. During her internship, Nadege learned about BAM’s distinct graphics and branding elements. Nadege created visual proposals for BAM’s prospective corporate sponsors. Since BAM’s visual presence and brand image is bold yet unobtrusive, she found it both challenging and rewarding to mirror its branding style for the proposals. Nadege says this experience helped her become a better designer. She also helped on other projects that included designing and creating the copy for the corporate sponsorship cinema slide, and several administrative tasks.


Rachel SachsRachel Sachs, junior, public affairs major
Assigned to: Making Books Sing

Rachel, originally from Long Island, NY, now lives in Westchester County, where she developed an interest in social services, education, and arts and culture. Rachel says,“I am a supporter of arts-in-education which is why I did my internship at Making Books Sing.” During her internship, Rachel helped organize the Spring Gala by collecting raffle and auction prizes, creating center pieces and managing e-blasts for the event. She also created posts for Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

"I believe that education is very important for every child, and I want to make sure that every child receives the education that they deserve."


Oleg Shvetsov Oleg Shvetsov, senior, public affairs, major
Assigned to: Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House

Oleg, originally from Riga, Latvia, came to New York in 1996. His primary interest is working in healthcare. After graduation he hopes to pursue a master’s degree in healthcare administration/management. During his internship, Oleg researched and wrote a short proposal to private foundations and corporations seeking support for one of Riis Settlement’s core service areas; assisted in planning and implementation of the agency’s various events including the Annual Spring Arts Festival, Multicultural Day and Health Fairs; and assisted with prospect/donor research using various tools such as the Foundation Center website, entered data into the Donor Perfect database, and assisted in the preparation of proposals.


Roxane ZouzouRoxane Zouzou, senior, public affairs major
Assigned to: Her Justice

Hailing from Bouaké, a medium sized town in Côte D’Ivoire, Roxane moved to New York in 2003 at the age of 11. After graduation she hopes to either gain some work experience in public affairs or go to graduate school for a degree in International Affairs. During her internship Roxane focused on administrative upkeep of the Her Justice legal program. She updated the legal database with new case information and court dates, and called clients on the waiting list to confirm their interest in our program. She also assisted with large mailings of client surveys. Roxane conducted daily intake with clients and was trained in screening them for services. She also had the opportunity to assist with internet searches to locate an adverse party under the guidance of a staff attorney. Roxane volunteered at the Her Justice annual photography auction and benefit and worked with the development team on donor research projects.



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