In years past, interns have conducted important research on topics that interest our members, created online content for FADICA’s new website, shaped FADICA’s social media strategies, and coordinated the production of FADICA’s next generation resource, among many other contributions. Chris Kotson, a recent intern who is now working for Amazon, wrote about his experience with FADICA:
“FADICA has taught me how to stay engaged and work independently through self-discipline, focus, and collaboration.
I learned how to develop a research survey with clear, concise questions, as well as enhance my writing and
editing skills when conducting research projects.”
The Philanthropy Leadership Intern Program encourages young adults to understand the importance of effective Catholic philanthropy and the Church’s social tradition. The program also fosters an environment to explore, learn and grow in the world of Catholic philanthropy.
Kielce Gussie is a rising senior at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology with minors in Communication, Italian, and Spanish. She plans to attend the Pontifical University of Santa Croce in Rome, Italy next year to study Church Communications. Kielce aspires to work in the field of Catholic media with the goal of using television, radio, and social media to bring the Catholic youth back to their faith.
Some of her passions include her Catholic faith, especially the Eucharist and saints, as well as learning about other cultures and languages. When she is not in the FADICA office, Kielce enjoys spending her free time outdoors or travelling, whether it be throwing at track and field practice at school, surfing, hiking, or spending time with her family. She plans to hike the entire Appalachian Trail at once and try to travel to 100 countries.
“At FADICA, I hope to learn how to use my Catholic faith in my everyday life and to be able to defend Catholic Social Teachings from the moment of conception to natural death for all people.”
MyLan Metzger is a rising senior at Georgetown University where she double majors in Government and Theology and minors in Education, Inquiry, and Justice. Outside of the classroom and the FADICA office, MyLan is involved in Campus Ministry, is a resident assistant for upperclassmen, and is on the board of the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life, the largest student-run pro-life conference in the country.
MyLan has a passion for Catholic Social Teaching, particularly as it relates to children, education, and the sanctity of life. After she graduates, she hopes to work for the Catholic Church or a Catholic organization advancing the Church’s social ministry. Her inspiration is her great-grandmother, her namesake, because of her strong faith in converting to Catholicism and her bravery in leaving Vietnam as a refugee. MyLan’s family is very important to her, so one of her favorite hobbies is beating her family at board games, or if they are tired of losing, she enjoys reading books of any sort and knitting.
“While I have always had an interest in Catholic Social Teaching, my time at FADICA has taught me more about the work of Catholic schools in promoting social justice, quality education, and God’s love for all God’s children.”
2017 / 2018 Interns
Megan Colline is in her last year of undergraduate studies in Social Work and Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America. Along with pursuing her academic goals at CUA, Megan is active in several extracurricular activities including playing on the varsity softball team and weekly service activities in the city. Megan is pursuing her passion for helping others through a career in social work in hopes of making an impact on our education system on a policy level. When Megan is not in school or on the ball field you can find her running in our Nation’s Capital, hanging and cooking with friends, reading, or enjoying quality time with family back home in New Jersey. Megan finds immense inspiration in many authors including Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA. Megan says that the way in which he encounters everyone he meets as a unique child of Christ and the ways that that he works for social justice are both fascinating and inspiring.
“I was immediately drawn to FADICA because they seek to evoke social change in a unique way, which I not only have never been a part of, but also had never thought about before.”
Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School Corporate Work Study Student
Karla Delgado is a senior at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School (DBCR) who is working with FADICA through the DBCR Corporate Work Study Program. Karla is looking to major in bio-chemistry and minor in health communication in college, with the goal of becoming a pharmacist. To lead her towards her goal, Karla is highly involved in school as the softball team captain, a member of the student government association and works as a part-time pharmacy employee. Her most recent humanitarian project has involved lobbying for DACA students at the Capitol with her school. Outside of work and school, Karla enjoys painting, writing and playing the flute. Karla’s biggest influencer has been her Mom who advocates for Hispanic parents and pushes Karla to remain close to her Hispanic roots and work for the betterment of her community.
“Throughout my four years at FADICA I have learned from the field of office administration to being a professional in the corporate world. I have enjoyed growing alongside professionals who have a dedication and motivation to better the greater community. With such passion each one conveys I am thankful for the opportunity to learn from them.”
Post Baccalaureate Intern
Annie Alvarado is a recent graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in Political Science focused on International Relations. As a four-year student-athlete on the Division I women’s soccer team at UCLA, Annie has dedicated herself to her academics and athletic career, and is excited to explore a new journey in the world of philanthropy. If she is not on the soccer field (or in FADICA’s office), you can find her on a run outside, on a hike with her family, or at the beach playing volleyball. She is most inspired by her grandfather (a FADICA member), who has constantly dedicated his life to serving others, and shown her the true meaning of compassion and love. She has aspirations to attend law school in the near future, looking to educate herself in order to pursue her dream of representing and advocating for female athletes and coaches in the world of sport.
“FADICA presents a new and exciting opportunity for me to gain experience in the non-profit world, understand and learn more about the pressing social issues our globe faces today, and discover the ways in which Catholic philanthropy can help lead to the change that is necessary to help those that need it most.”
Shelley Donaldson is a rising senior at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, majoring in math with minors in philosophy and computer science. Once she graduates, she hopes to pursue a career in public policy fighting for social justice. As she strives to emulate the Jesuit philosophy of living in service “with and for others,” her biggest role model has been her mother, who epitomizes compassion as she advocates for social change. Shelley is thrilled to have the opportunity to learn more about public-private partnerships and philanthropy during her time with FADICA. On the weekends she enjoys hiking with her friends, listening to Nationals games on the radio with her family, and taking advantage of all the free museums D.C. has to offer.
“In my first few weeks at FADICA, I have especially enjoyed listening in on important issue briefings and policy calls which have expanded my knowledge of human trafficking prevention and the refugee crisis. Interning at FADICA has provided me with valuable insight into how philanthropists and nonprofits can be catalysts for change in these areas.”
Graduate Communications Fellow
Zoë Waldridge is a Master of Communication candidate at Northern Kentucky University and lives in the Greater Cincinnati Area. In her studies, Zoë focuses on alternative organizing and social change, with attention to underrepresented groups. Initially drawn to FADICA because of its work with refugees and dedication to helping others inspired by Catholic values, Zoë enjoys sharing the positive impact of FADICA’s members and working alongside members as they find personal and religious meaning in charitable giving. Her biggest influences have been communication scholars Paulo Freire and Martin Buber, whose work centers on the liberation of self and others and working for the “creation of a world in which it will be easier to love” (Freire, 1970). Being a full time scholar and change agent, Zoë spends her free time drinking coffee, listening to podcasts, attending community events, and lounging around her home with her husband and two cats.
“FADICA has allowed me to experience the world of nonprofit work and philanthropy intimately. As I speak with members and observe how FADICA functions, I am learning invaluable interpersonal and organizational skills that will push me further in my career. Plus, I get to work with such wonderful people doing great things for those who need it most.”