CCPA Summer Series 2019: Shift Capital

CCPA Summer Series 2019: Shift Capital

My Shift Capital Summer: Shattering Expectations By Jessica Lopez Hello from Kensington, Pennsylvania! My name is Jessica Lopez ‘21, and I am an Anthropology major, Health Studies Minor, Economics Minor, and Latin American Iberian studies Concentrator.  I am spending my summer as a Whitehead intern for Shift Capital. When I initially saw this internship was available, I knew little about Kensington. But after a quick google search, I was stunned that countless headlines covering Philly’s burgeoning opioid crisis put Kensington at the center of it all. Labeled as the ‘Walmart of Heroin,’ by the New York Times, Kensington’s historically marginalized community is facing this new challenge head on.  As one can guess, there are many people trying to help bring Kensington out of this chapter.  Shift Capital, a real estate investment group, is aiming to be a part of this effort. But, how can a real estate investment group be a part of the solution? As someone who studies the power structures that trap marginalized folx, this question was at the forefront of my mind, when considering an internship at Shift Capital.  As I’ve learned, Shift’s real estate investment model is centered around maximizing what it calls its “social impact,” or how much one’s actions can positively affect the community. Accordingly, Shift’s mission is centered around curtailing the negative effects of gentrification: displacement, job loss, and inter-generational poverty. For example, Shift buys abandoned property and turns it into housing that is 60% AMI (area median income) or less, where the grossing median income for a four person household is $90,000.  That means Shift is offering rents that community members...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: MKThink

CCPA Summer Series 2019: MKThink

By Maya Ahmed When I searched for a summer internship, I was hoping to find a role that would integrate my interests in economics and environmental studies. Despite this, I never considered that I could work at a firm centered on architectural services until I saw the Handshake listing for MKThink. My artistic skills are too terrible for words, and I’ve never taken a course in architecture or visual studies. However, after doing more research on MKThink, I realized that the internship involved so many topics I was intrigued by: data analysis, public policy, and most of all, environmental sustainability. Fast forward: I’ve been at MKThink for two days so far, and my hopes have been fulfilled. During orientation, my supervisors Josh, Rachelle, and Mayssen explained that MKThink’s mission goes beyond simply “building buildings.” MKThink’s work actually spans three practice areas: strategy, architecture, and innovation. Strategy and innovation projects develop processes to help an organization streamline operations and prepare for the future. The three practice areas frequently overlap. One of MKThink’s specializations is helping clients renovate existing spaces to improve their functionality, aesthetics, and environmental performance. The company takes pride in reimagining better uses for features that already exist, providing clients with significant savings and avoiding the negative environmental impact of extensive construction. From my short time so far at MKThink, I’m really impressed by two aspects of the company. One is MKThink’s emphasis on making their design projects responsive to an organization’s culture and values. From the beginning to end stages of a project, MKThink seeks input from community members who use the space. The result are changes...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: Physicians for Human Rights

CCPA Summer Series 2019: Physicians for Human Rights

By Isabel Clements This summer, I’ll be working with Physicians for Human Rights, a non-profit organization located at home in NYC. Although based in the U.S., the NGO documents human rights violations across the world and empowers local communities in addressing these atrocities. In my role as Arabic-Speaking Investigations Intern, I will be researching the mercurial conflicts in Syria and Yemen. In particular, my research will address attacks on healthcare and medical aid in the two countries. Should a video of a recent bombing of a Syrian medical point be posted on YouTube, it will be my job to “decode” the footage and figure out what is being seen and heard (albeit with a lot of support from my colleagues). I have been told that the organization has not hired a non-native speaker for this position in the past, so I am anxious to perform my job thoroughly and immaculately, given that I am still learning Arabic. A mistake in translation could be harmful or misleading, so there will be a lot of pressure on my Arabic skills. Hopefully, this will lead to language acquisition and increasing fluency on my part! Moreover, I am much more versed in Syrian dialect than I am in Yemeni Arabic, so the notion of reviewing documents and media from Yemen is somewhat formidable to me. All in all, it will be an intellectual challenge, but I’m prepared to learn! Several of my colleagues in the research department will be native Arabic speakers, so I am relieved to be having their support. I am excited to be working with a diverse group of people...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender

CCPA Summer Series 2019: Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender

Lara Kash, Chief of the Child Advocacy Unit doing a breakout session with her interns. Source: Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office Instagram @montcopa_public_defender   By Cara Netzer This week I started my internship at the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office. The first week is orientation, so for the past few days me and my 25 fellow interns have participated in lectures and activities from each department to help us better understand the trial procedures in Montgomery County. A little over half of the interns are law students who are Certified Legal Interns (CLIs) and will therefore be given the opportunity to speak in court this summer. Because of this, much of orientation has been geared towards the CLIs, given the large amount of responsibility they will have. As someone who is not a law student and does not plan to be, it is still very interesting to learn all the ins and outs of the trial process here. I’ve only been here for three days, but I’ve already learned so much that is applicable to my studies. After this week, I will be part of the Social Services Division and the Child Dependency Unit. I hope to also gain some experience in the Policy and Advocacy Division. The head of that division is Leslie Jones, a long time advocate and lawyer for criminal justice reform, and I am very excited to work with her and other people in the department. The Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office is one of the most progressive Public Defender’s offices in the state. In their Policy Reform and Social Justice Division, they have a Restorative...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: Educational Outcome Consortium

CCPA Summer Series 2019: Educational Outcome Consortium

By Isabel Floyd This summer, I’ve received funding through the Whitehead Internship Program to work for the Educational Outcome Consortium (EOC), a small higher education consulting company with one of its’ two main employees based in New York and its’ other based in Portland, ME. My work starts in Portland on Monday and I couldn’t be more excited! Until then, I’m enjoying some time with my family and dogs, who conveniently live just outside of Portland. I’ll be in Portland for the first week of my internship, but then I head down to NYC to work with the other main employee of the company. I’ll stay in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with a Haverford student and a recent alum in a long term Airbnb, and I’m super excited to spend some time exploring the city and getting to know my neighborhood. As for my work, the EOC mostly focuses on providing consulting services to college honors societies. Their mission is to help “lead the transformation of national honor societies from antiquated ‘resume fillers’ to higher education innovators focused on elevating the student experience and enabling their members’ leadership development and future success.” On a practical level, this entails working with honors societies to help them figure out how to manage their money effectively so that they can provide as many and as high-quality scholarships and services to their members as possible. Honors societies also outsource certain member services to the EOC, for example, EOC employees can provide resume and career counseling services, and the EOC can provide honor society members access to its proprietary networking and hiring platform called GiftedHire....
CCPA Summer Series 2019: Yale New Haven Hospital

CCPA Summer Series 2019: Yale New Haven Hospital

Today we kick off our 2019 CCPA Summer Series! In this blog series, we will be featuring students across a variety of disciplines to highlight their summer internships. Take a look at Matthew Sabitsky’s plan to intern at Yale New Haven Hospital through the Jaharis Primary Care Internship Program! CCPA Summer Series 2019: Yale New Haven Hospital By Matthew Sabitsky When planning what to do with my last two summers in college, I came to the decision that I wanted to spend one of them gaining experience in a medical setting, and the other one doing research. As for this summer, I thought it would be a good time for me to find my way into a medical setting and spend some time with patients and doctors. Motivation for this came from my plan to apply to medical school after Haverford, so I wanted to get some hours on my resume, and learn some lessons upon the way. However, for me, the most important thing about my experiences this summer is learning about how to be a good healthcare provider that patients are comfortable with and trust, and I also wanted to make an impact on patients’ lives and experiences. I will be participating in the Jaharis Primary Care Pre-Medical internship, spending my time at Yale New Haven Hospital’s Saint Raphael Campus. I chose this hospital as the site of my internship because it has played an important role in my life to this point, as I have been there as a patient upwards of half a dozen times, including during one severe and very serious illness. During that...