Civic Fellowship Program

The Civic Fellowship Program is a part of the broader University of Richmond Summer Fellowships Program.

The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) established the Burhans Civic Fellowship Program in 2005 to honor chaplain emeritus Dr. David Burhans. The program provides funding for continuing, degree-seeking undergraduate students completing otherwise unpaid, academically grounded summer internships in the nonprofit or government sectors in Richmond or elsewhere.

The CCE expanded its Civic Fellowship Program to include three additional programs: Lawrence C. Marsh, B'82, GB'94, inaugurated the Deborah L. Marsh Civic Fellowship program in 2009 in honor of the memory of his sister, community-service advocate and Meals on Wheels president Deborah L. Marsh. In 2013, F. Amanda DeBusk, Esq., W'78, launched the F. Amanda DeBusk Civic Fellowship. DeBusk is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Dechert LLP, where she specializes in international-trade law. In 2015, University of Richmond president Edward L. Ayers created the Abby Brown Ayers Civic Fellowship in honor of his wife, who is a devoted teacher, volunteer, and parent. This fellowship gives preference to a student whose internship focuses on issues related to early-childhood education, nutrition, or food justice. In 2020, the CCE partnered with the Robins School of Business to establish the Business Societal Impact Fellowship.

A Civic Fellow completes between 320-400 hours at one internship site while simultaneously undertaking complementary academic work under the guidance of a faculty or qualified staff mentor. (Exceptions may be made in cases where an organization permits only shorter internships of between 240-319 hours, as is the case for some federal government internships.) Civic Fellows have secured internships locally, nationally, and internationally in the arts, education, the environment, human rights, community development, political advocacy, public health, criminal justice, international diplomacy, and other areas. The fellowship provides up to $4,000 for the student and $1,000 for the student's academic mentor on the project.

To apply for a Civic Fellowship, students must do the following by June 4, 2021:

  • Complete the URSF application. See complete application instructions here.
  • Complete this Civic Fellowship supplement in consultation with your mentor, save it, and then copy and paste answers into the URSF on-line application.
  • Submit a resumé.
  • Submut a BannerWeb unofficial transcript.
  • Request a URSF recommendation form from a faculty member familiar with your academic work. In most cases, this will be your faculty mentor. However, if you have not taken a class with your mentor, please request your recommendation from a faculty member from whom you have taken a class.
  • Attend a mandatory information session.

Current and Past Recipients

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  • 2021
    Caroline Dembiczak, ’22, English and PPEL
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    SOAR365, Richmond, VA
    Andrea Siebentritt, site supervisor
    Dr. Elizabeth Outka, English, faculty mentor

    McKenna Dunbar, ’23, Undeclared
    Marsh Civic Fellow
    Concerned Citizens for Charles City County (C5), Charles City, VA
    Beth Kreydatus, site supervisor
    Dr. Mary Finley-Brook, Geography and the Environment, faculty mentor

    Caterina Erdas, ’22, Interdisciplinary Studies: Science Communication
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Autism Speaks, Baltimore, MD
    Adrienne Cornwall, site supervisor
    Dr. Jan French, Sociology and Anthropology, faculty mentor

    Ava Gural, ’23, Political Science and Economics
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    The Office of Senator Charles Schumer
    Kimarah Timoty, site supervisor
    Dr. Jennifer Erkulwater, Political Science, faculty mentor

    Esther Helm, ’23, Global Studies and Arabic Studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Carter Center, Atlanta, GA
    Lauren Kent-Delany, site supervisor
    Kasongo Kapanga, Languages, Literatures, and Culture, faculty mentor

    Peiling Hu, ’23, Business Administration and Computer Science
    Burhans and Business Societal Impact Civic Fellow
    Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity, Richmond, VA
    Kristin Vinagro, site supervisor
    Dr. Scott Johnson, Robins School of Business, faculty mentor

    Yashwi Jain, ’22, Business Administration and Computer Science
    Burhans and Business Societal Impact Civic Fellow
    VA Asian Chamber of Commerce, Richmond, VA
    My Lan Tran, site supervisor
    Dr. George Hiller, Robins School of Business, faculty mentor

    Sabrina Munro, ‘22, Biology and Healthcare Studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    VA Neonatal Perinatal Collaborative, Richmond, VA
    Shannon Pursell, site supervisor
    Jennifer Nourse, Sociology and Anthropology, faculty mentor

    Alex Pistolesi, ‘22, Global Studies and Italian
    Burhans and Business Society Impact Civic Fellow
    Microdreams Foundation/SPBD Network, Newark, NJ
    Polly Kelekis, site supervisor
    Lidia Radi, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, faculty mentor

    Miquell Shaw, ’22, Africana Studies
    DeBusk Civic Fellow
    Minnesota Office of Human Rights, Minneapolis, MN
    Rebecca Lucero, site supervisor
    Dr. Kathleen Skerrett, University Professor, faculty mentor

    Sarah Page Steffens, ’22, Chemistry and Environmental Studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA
    Devin Jefferson, site supervisor
    Todd Lookingbill, Geography and the Environment, faculty mentor

    Magnolia Stuart, ’22, Philosophy
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, DC
    Sungho Kim, site supervisor
    Dr. Melissa Ooten, will Program, faculty mentor

    Ying Zhu, ’23, Business Administration and Computer Science
    Burhans and Business Society Impact Civic Fellow
    Sapere Aude Consortium, Boston, MA
    Joseph Craven, site supervisor
    Dr. Ge Wu, Finance, faculty mentor
  • 2020

    Grace Ahn, ’22
    F. Amanda DeBusk Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: George Hiller
    Organization: VA Asian Chamber of Commerce, Ashland, VA

    Suraj Bala, ’21
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Rick Mayes 
    Organization: Office of Global Affairs, US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

    Kayla Connelly, ’21
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Sam Seeley
    Organization: Youth Life Foundation, Richmond, VA

    Lucy Cummins, ’21
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Jan French
    Organization: Health Brigade, Richmond, VA

    McKenna Dunbar, ’23
    Deborah L. Marsh Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Mary Finley-Brook
    Organization: Concerned Citizens of Charles City County, Charles City, VA

    Margaux Kelley, ’21
    Richmond fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Cheryl Pallant
    Organization: Body-Mind Centering Association, South-Hadley, Massachusetts

    Grace Kiernan, ’21
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Erkulwater
    Organization: Melissa Shusterman for PA State Representative, Phoenixville, PA

    Emily Lopez, ’23
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Todd Lookingbill 
    Organization: Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Richmond, VA

    Nicole Miller, ’21
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Rick Mayes
    Organization: Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA

    Emmie Poth-Nebel, ’21
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth Baughan 
    Organization: Montpelier Foundation, Orange, VA

    Sabrina Ramsby, ’21
    F. Amanda DeBusk Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Karina Vazquez
    Organization: US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Raleigh, NC

    Jasjani Roane, ’21
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Vivian Leung
    Organization: Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Port Angeles, WA

    Romie Tufaro, ’21
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: William Bergman
    Organization: The Club, Palo Alto, CA

    Courtney Vu, ’21
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Rick Mayes
    Organization: The Family Practice and Counseling Network, Philadelphia, PA

    Sophie Weinberg, ’21 
    Abby Brown Ayers Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Chris Stevenson
    Organization: Center For Health, Environment, and Justice, Falls Church, VA 

    Darian Wyatt, ’21
    Deborah L. Marsh Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Todd Lookingbill 
    Organization: Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Richmond, VA

  • 2019

    Alexis Aviles, ’20
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Rick Mayes
    Organization: World Relief Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Watch Alexis’ presentation

    Mira Carroll, ’20
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Mary Finley-Brook
    Organization: Bridging the Gap in Virginia, Richmond, VA
    Watch Mira’s presentation

    Lucy Cummins, ’21
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Jan French
    Organization: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

    Jayana Ervin, ’20
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Mari Lee Mifsud
    Organization: Virginia Poverty Law Center, Richmond, VA 
    Watch Jayana’s presentation

    Savannah Etzler, ’21
    Abby Brown Ayers Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Nicole Sackley
    Organization: Shalom Farms, Richmond, VA
    Watch Savannah’s presentation

    Kexin "Helen" Li, ’21
    F. Amanda DeBusk Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Monti Datta
    Organization: Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Human Trafficking, Los Angeles, CA
    Watch Helen’s presentation

    Brooke Loomis, ’20
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Raina Sweis
    Organization: PennState Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA 
    Watch Brooke’s presentation

    Annalise Mangone, ’21
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Raina Sweis
    Organization: Science Museum of VA, Richmond, VA
    Watch Annalise’s presentation

    Myrsini Manou Georgila, ’20
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Bob Spires
    Organization: Summerbridge Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
    Watch Myrsini’s presentation

    Maria McDonough, ’19
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Jan French
    Organization: Lacrosse the Nations, Bocas del Toro, Panama

    Gibran Merchant, ’20
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Rick Mayes
    Organization: Asociación Educativa Wiñaypaq, Pisac, Peru
    Watch Gibran’s presentation

    Dana Morcillo, ’20
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Kristine Grayson
    Oranization: Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN
    Watch Dana’s presentation

    Caroline Schiavo, ’20
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Andrew Schoeneman
    Organization: Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, NY, NY
    Watch Caroline’s presentation

    Ana Shimeall, ’20
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Rick Mayes
    Organization: Asociación Educativa Wiñaypaq, Pisac, Peru

    Kate Sjovold, ’21
    Deborah L. Marsh Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Mary Finley-Brook
    Organization: Shalom Farms
    Watch Kate’s presentation

    Yesireth Solis, ’21
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Rick Mayes
    Organization: CINECU, Sevilla, Spain
    Watch Yesireth’s presentation

    Gabriela Telepman, ’20
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Alicia Diaz
    Organization: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York, NY
    Watch Gabriela’s presentation

    Alice Vo, ’20
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Nourse
    Organization: Chinese-American Planning Council, New York, NY
    Watch Alice’s presentation

  • 2018

    Roberto Auza Suarez, ’19
    David D. Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Rick Mayes, Political Science
    Organization: GoochlandCares Free Clinic

    Miranda Barbosa, ’20
    David D. Burhans Fellow
    Advisor: Rick Mayes, Political Science
    Organizations: FNE International and RGHA, Leon Nicaragua and CrossOver Healthcare Ministry, Richmond, VA
    Watch Miranda’s presentation 

    Nat Berry, ’20
    David D. Burhans Civic Fellow 
    Advisor: Monti Datta, Political Science
    Organization: Social Justice Coalition, Cape Town, South Africa

    Madeline Brown, ’19
    David D. Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Rick Mayes, Political Science
    Organization: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
    Watch Maddie’s presentation

    Peyton Carter, ’19
    Deborah L. Marsh Fellow
    Advisor: Jan French, Anthropology
    Organization: The Greater Richmond ARC, Richmond, VA
    Watch Peyton’s presentation

    Emily Churchill, ’19 
    David D. Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Olivier Delers, French
    Organization: CEDEI Foundation, Cuenca, Ecuador
    Watch Emily’s presentation

    Kidest Gebre, ’20
    Abby Brown Ayers Civic Fellowship
    Advisor: Mary-Finley Brook, Geography, Environmental Studies & International Studies
    Organization: Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, Richmond, VA
    Watch Kidest’s presentation

    Joanna Hejl, ’20
    F. Amanda DeBusk Civic Fellowship
    Advisor: Samantha Seeley, History 
    Organization: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Charlottesville, VA
    Watch Joanna’s presentation

    Free Henderson, ’19
    David D. Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Rick Mayes, Political Science
    Organization: Crossroad Health Center, Cincinnati, OH
    Watch Free’s presentation

    Johnnette Johnson, ’20
    David D. Burhans Civic Fellowship
    Advisor: Lauranett Lee, Leadership Studies
    Organization: Peter Paul Development Center, Richmond, VA
    Watch Dr. Miller introduce Johnnette’s presentation and view her brochure

    Sunny Lim, ’18
    David D. Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Jennifer Nourse, Anthropology
    Organization: Laura’s House, Orange County, CA
    Watch Sunny’s presentation

    Jordan Lloyd, ’19
    David D. Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Jan French, Anthropology
    Organization: WeSpeak, Calabar, Brazil
    Watch Jordan’s presentation

    Megan McLaughlin, ’19
    David D. Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: George Hiller, International Business 
    Organization: The Health Wagon, Wise, VA
    Watch Megan’s presentation

    Katherine Murbach, ’20
    Advisor: Mavis Brown, Education
    Organization: Partners in the Arts, Richmond, VA
    Watch Katherine’s presentation

    Jimmy Odell, ’20
    Deborah L. Marsh Fellow
    Advisors: Elizabeth Baughan, Classics and Archaeology, and Kristine Grayson, Biology 
    Organization: Friends of East End Cemetery, Richmond, VA
    Watch Jimmy’s presentation

    Ellie Owen, ’20
    Advisor: Jenny Pribble, Political Science and International Studies 
    Organization: Scholar’s Latino Initiative, Richmond, VA

    Madison Sweitzer, ’19 
    David D. Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Jenny Pribble, Political Science and International Studies
    Organization: Highland Support Project, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
    Watch Madison’s presentation

  • 2017

    Isabella Brafman, ’18, political science
    Ayers Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Tracy Roof, political science
    Internship: Fair Food Network, Ann Arbor, Mich.
    Watch Isabella’s presentation

    Javier De Anda Cordero, ’19, business administration
    DeBusk Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Professor George Hiller, J.D., international business
    Internship: New Mexico Trade and Higher Education Center of Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico
    Watch Javier’s presentation

    Jeremy Etelson, ’18, politics, philosophy, economics, and law (PPEL)
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Andrea Simpson, political science
    Internship: Embassy of Israel, Washington, D.C.
    Watch Jeremy’s presentation

    Tomi Jegede, ’18, health care studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Rick Mayes, political science
    Internship: The Small Things, Nkoaranga, Tanzania
    Watch Tomi’s presentation

    Evelyn Jeong, ’19, geography
    Burhans Civic Fellow funded by the Suhor-Graham Foundation
    Advisor: Dr. Todd Lookingbill, geography, the environment, and biology
    Internship: City of Richmond Planning and Development Review, Richmond, Va.
    Watch Evelyn’s presentation

    Michael Johnson, ’19, leadership studies and politics, philosophy, economics, and law (PPEL)
    Burhans Civic Fellow funded by the Suhor-Graham Foundation
    Advisor: Dr. Tom Shields, education and graduate education
    Internship: Virginia Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, Richmond, Va.
    Watch Michael’s presentation

    Ellie Masson, ’18, poltical science
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Bowie, political science
    Internship: Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, Burlington, Vt.
    Watch Ellie’s presentation

    Tori Noles, ’18, health care studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Dan Palazzolo, political science
    Internship: Virginia Governor’s Fellowship, Richmond, Va.
    Watch Tori’s presentation

    Tim Park, ’18, health care studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Professor George Hiller, J.D., international business
    Internship: The Health Wagon, Wise, Va.
    Watch Tim’s presentation

    Rocio Posada-Castaneda, ’19, Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies (LAIS) and health care studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Rick Mayes, political science
    Internship: Peruvian Hearts, Cusco, Peru
    Watch Rocio’s presentation

    Marshea Robinson, ’18, health care studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Rick Mayes, political science
    Internship: Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers, Camden, N.J.
    Watch Marshea’s presentation

    Miranda Rosenblum, ’18, American studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Glyn Hughes, sociology
    Internship: Equality Virginia, Richmond, Va.

    Annika Sampedro, ’19, Latin American, Latino, and Iberian studies (LAIS) and international studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow funded by the Suhor-Graham Foundation
    Advisor: Dr. Mary Finley-Brook, geography, environmental studies, and international studies
    Internship: Sacred Heart Center, Richmond, Va.
    Watch Annika’s presentation

    Natasha Shannon, ’18, international studies and anthropology
    Marsh Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Rania Sweis, anthropology and international studies
    Internship: ReEstablish Richmond, Richmond, Va.
    Watch Natasha’s presentation

    Chiara Solitario, ’18, health care studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Rick Mayes, political science
    Internship: Danville Regional Fund, Danville, Va.
    Watch Chiara’s presentation

  • 2016

    Jackie Arnold, ’17, criminal justice and political science
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Professor Michelle Welch, law
    Internship: Public Defender’s Office, Charlottesville, Va.

    Olivia Barnum, ’18, biology
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Rick Mayes, political science
    Internship: Hospital Universitario Hernandez Vera, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

    Costas Beauclair-Kolomtsas, ’17, international studies: world politics and diplomacy
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Sandra Joireman, political science
    Internship: Office of Mayor Karin Tome, Brunswick, Md.

    Dominique Brown, ’17, American studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow with funding from the Suhor-Graham Foundation
    Advisor: Dr. Patricia Herrera, theatre
    Internship: The Valentine Museum, Richmond, Va.

    Claire Comey, ’19, undeclared
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Erkulwater, political science
    Internship: Office of U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Washington, D.C.

    Ashley James, ’18, environmental studies
    Marsh Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Malcolm Hill, biology
    Internship: James River Association, Richmond, Va.

    Byongho Lee, ’18, political science
    Marsh Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Richard Dagger, political science
    Internship: Storefront for Community Design, Richmond, Va.

    Jabari Lucas, ’18, undeclared
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Monti Datta, political science
    Internship: Richmond City Justice Center, Richmond, Va.

    Ren Mitchell, ’17, political science
    Burhans Civic Fellow with funding from the Suhor-Graham Foundation
    Advisor: Dr. Jan French, anthropology
    Internship: Pathways, Petersburg, Va.

    Maggie Moroney, ’17, political science
    DeBusk Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Sandra Joireman, political science
    Internship: U.S. Embassy in Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia

    Claudia Partida, ’18, biology
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Steven Thompson, business management
    Internship: Esperenza International, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Chelsea Piserchia, ’18, undeclared
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Kristine Grayson, biology
    Internship: Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health Systems, Morristown, N.J.

    Melisa Quiroga-Herrera, ’18, biology
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Rick Mayes, political science
    Internship: Hospital Universitario Hernandez Vera, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

    Sara Rikalo, ’17, international studies: world politics and diplomacy, history
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Steve Bisese, student development
    Internship: University of Alaska Fairbanks, Department of Residence Life, Fairbanks, Alaska

    Julia Rivara, ’17, international studies: world politics and diplomacy; Latin American, Latino, and Iberian studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow with funding from the Suhor-Graham Foundation
    Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Ransom, sociology and anthropology
    Internship: Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Richmond, Va.

    Natalie Somerville, ’17, international studies: world politics and diplomacy, French
    Ayers Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Todd Lookingbill, geography and the environment
    Internship: James River Park System, Richmond, Va.

    Alexa Williams, ’17, environmental studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Mary Finley-Brook, geography, environmental studies, and international studies
    Internship: Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Richmond, Va.

  • 2015

    Aaron Brown, ’16, English
    Burhans Civic Fellow with funding from the Suhor-Graham Foundation
    Advisor: Professor Cheryl Pallant, dance
    Internship: Dogtown Dance Theatre, Richmond, Va.
    Watch the presentation

    Alexis Caldwell, ’16, biochemistry and molecular biology
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Carrie Wu, biology
    Internship: Genetic Alliance, Washington, D.C.
    Watch the Presentation

    Brenden Carol, ’17, philosophy, politics, economics, and law (PPEL)
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Sandra Joireman, political science
    Internship: Congressional Management Foundation, Washington, D.C.

    Cassandra Ceballos, ’17, sociology
    Ayers Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Ransom, sociology
    Internship: Community Food and Justice Coalition, Oakland, Calif.
    Watch the presentation

    Amelia Clark, ’16, healthcare studies, French
    DeBusk Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Rick Mayes, political science
    Internship: International Organization for Migration, Geneva, Switzerland
    Watch the presentation

    Aisha Farooq, ’17, healthcare studies; philosophy, politics, economics, and law (PPEL)
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Monti Datta, political science
    Internship: Arlington Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Arlington, Va.
    Watch the presentation

    Rachel Gilbert, ’16, biochemistry and molecular biology, healthcare studies
    Marsh Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Rick Mayes, political science
    Internship: Faison School for Autism, Richmond, Va.
    Watch the Presentation

    Alexander Krass, ’16, environmental studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Mary Finley-Brook, geography, environmental studies, and international studies
    Internship: Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Richmond, Va.
    Watch the presentation

    KyungSun Lee, ’16, social entrepreneurship
    Burhans Civic Fellow with funding from the Suhor-Graham Foundation
    Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Erkulwater, political science
    Internship: United Virginia Education Fund, Richmond, Va.
    Watch the presentation

    Sharon Lim, ’16, political science, American studies
    Marsh Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Erkulwater, poltical science
    Internship: Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, Richmond, Va.
    Watch the presentation

    Hanna Moreland, ’16, biology
    Burhans Civic Fellowship
    Advisor: Dr. Rick Mayes, political science
    Internship: Clinica San Juan de Dios, Cusco, Peru
    Watch the Presentation

    Kristin Neil, ’16, sociology, Spanish
    Burhans Civic Fellow with funding from the Suhor-Graham Foundation
    Advisor: Dr. Jan French, anthropology
    Internship: Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Richmond, Va.
    Watch the Presentation

    Tori Noles, ’18, chemistry, leadership studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Scott Johnson, communication studies
    Internship: Restore International, San Diego, Calif.
    Watch the Presentation

    Emily Onufer, ’17, environmental studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. David Kitchen, climate change and environment
    Internship: Te Ipukarea Society, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
    Watch the Presentation

    Molly Rossi, ’16, cross-cultural communications
    DeBusk Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Jan French, anthropology
    Internship: Smithsonian Institution Museums, Washington, D.C.
    Watch the presentation

    Emily Smith, ’16, healthcare and society
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Rick Mayes, political science
    Internship: Office of U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper, Washington, D.C.
    Watch the Presentation

    Emma Terwilliger, ’16, political science
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Erkulwater, political science
    Internship: Voices for Virginia’s Children, Richmond, Va.
    Watch the Presentation

    Christian Voto, ’16, biochemistry
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Professor George Hiller, international business
    Internship: The Health Wagon, Wise, Va.
    Watch the presentation

  • 2014

    Abigail (Abbey) Beichler, ’15, sociology and criminal justice
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Laine Briddell, sociology
    Internship: Baltimore City Office of the Public Defender, Juvenile Division, in Baltimore, Md.

    Brenden Carol, ’17, undeclared major
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Ernest McGowen, political science
    Internship: Ignite NC in Durham, N.C.
    Watch the presentation


    Mary (Charlsey) Graham, ’15, healthcare and society
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Rick Mayes, political science
    Internship: University of Louisville School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, in Louisville, Ky.
    Watch the presentation

    Stella Han, ’15, international economics
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. David Salisbury, geography, environmental studies, and international studies
    Internship: United States Agency for International Development at the National University of Ucayali in Pucallpa, Peru
    Watch the presentation

    Rand Irons, ’15, poltical science
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Erkulwater, political science
    Internship: Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Storefront for Community Design, both in Richmond, Va.
    Watch the presentation

    Chan Mee (Sharon) Lim, ’16, political science and rhetoric and communication
    Burhans Civic Fellow with funding from the Suhor-Graham Foundation
    Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Erkulwater, political science
    Internship: Richmond Public Schools, Office of School-Community Partnerships, in Richmond, Va.

    Anna Sangree, December ’14, geography and environmental studies
    Marsh Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Erkulwater, political science
    Internship: Shalom Farms in Goochland, VA, and Renew Richmond in Richmond, Va.
    Watch the presentation

    Fatma (Mel) Shuaipi, ’15, business administration with a concentration in international business
    DeBusk Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Shital Thekdi, management
    Internship: Community Enterprise Solutions in El Seibo, Dominican Republic
    Richmond Times-Dispatch article
    Watch the presentation

    Jenni (Jen) Swegan, ’15, English
    Burhans Civic Fellow with funding from the Suhor-Graham Foundation
    Advisor: Dr. Tom Bonfiglio, comparative literature and linguistics
    Internship: Shalom Farms in Goochland, VA, and Richmond Regional Planning District Commission in Richmond, Va.

    Emily Whitted, ’15, English
    Burhans Civic Fellow with funding from the Suhor-Graham Foundation
    Advisor: Dr. Mavis Brown, education
    Internship: The Steward School, Bryan Innovation Lab, Richmond, Va.

  • 2013

    Xavier Bonifaz, ’15, business administration and international economics

    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Pollack, management
    Internship: IDBI Microfinance, Baroda, India
    Watch the Presentation

    Melissa Diamond, ’15, interdisciplinary studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Professor Tom Mullen, journalism
    Internship: Hammer, Wayzata, Minn.

    Miki Doan, ’14, business administration with an economics concentration
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Wight, economics
    Internship: AMIT Community Development Association, Lusaka, Zambia
    Watch the Presentation

    Brian Guay, ’14, psychology and political science
    DeBusk Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Erkulwater, political science
    Internship: Concord Coalition, Arlington, Va.
    Watch the Presentation

    Shaleetta Hicks, ’14, interdisciplinary studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow and Chaplaincy Fellow, funded by a Suhor-Graham Foundation grant
    Advisor: Dr. Crystal Hoyt, leadership studies
    Internship: Richmond City Health District, Richmond, Va.

    Jasmine Jones, ’14, American studies
    Marsh Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Jan French, sociology and anthropology
    Internship: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

    Dillon Massey, ’15, geography and the environment and independent studies with a Latin American concentration
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. David Salisbury, geography and the environment
    Internship: USAID/Peru at the U.S. Embassy, Lima, Peru
    Watch the Presentation

    Wesley Meredith, ’15, psychology and religious studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow, funded by a Suhor-Graham Foundation grant
    Advisor: Dr. Cindy Bukach, psychology
    Internship: The Virginia Home, Richmond, Va.
    Watch the Presentation

    Kevin Perry, L ’14, law
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Adrienne Volenik, law
    Internship: Fredericksburg Public Defender’s Office, Fredericksburg, Va.
    Watch the Presentation

    Dheer Shah, ’15, business administration and economics
    Burhans Civic Fellowship
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Pollack, management
    Internship: IDBI Microfinance, Baroda, India
    Watch the Presentation

    Mel Shuaipi, ’15, business administration
    Burhans Civic Fellowship
    Advisor: Dr. Monti Datta, political science
    Internship: Esperanza International, Dominican Republic
    Richmond Times-Dispatch article

    Aidan Sullivan, ’15, business administration with a finance concentration
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Craig Kocher, Chaplaincy
    Internship: Mission Possible, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    Azmain Taz, ’16, biochemistry and molecular biology and chemistry
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Advisor: Dr. Rick Mayes, political science
    Internship: International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Watch the Presentation

  • 2012

    Jah Akande, ’13, political science
    Burhans Civic Fellowship
    Advisor: Andrea Simpson, political science
    Internship: Office of Delegate Joseph Morrissey, the Virginia General Assembly, Richmond, Va.
    Watch the Presentation

    Shir Bodner, ’12, international studies with a Middle East concentration
    Burhans Civic Fellowship
    Advisor: David Brandenberger, history
    Internship: Jewish Family Services, Richmond, Va.
    Watch the Presentation

    Kerry Boland, ’14, English
    Marsh Civic Fellowship
    Advisor: Thomas Shields, graduate education
    Internship: Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Richmond, Va.
    Watch the Presentation

    Peter CampoBasso, ’14, leadership studies
    Burhans Civic Fellowship
    Advisor: Nathan Snaza, English
    Internship: Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) at the Promise Academy Elementary School, Washington, D.C.
    Watch the Presentation

    Mary Hampton Elam, ’14, leadership studies and psychology
    Burhans Civic Fellowship
    Advisor: Bedelia Richards, sociology
    Internship: Step Ahead Integrated Community Development Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand
    Watch the Presentation

    Daniel Fairley II, ’13, psychology
    Burhans Civic Fellowship
    Advisor: Laine Briddell, sociology and criminal justice
    Internship: United States Marshals Service in the Office of Internal Investigations, Arlington, Va.
    Watch the Presentation

    LaShonda Hanna, ’13, interdisciplinary studies with a public health concentration
    Burhans Civic Fellowship
    Advisor: Jennifer Erkulwater, political science
    Internship: Rubicon, Richmond, Va.
    Watch the Presentation

    Diego Leal, ’15, interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in international studies and social justice
    Burhans Civic Fellowship
    Advisor: David Salisbury, geography and environmental studies
    Internship: Centro de Investigación de Fronteras Amazónicas (CIFA) of the Universidad Nacional de Ucayali, Pucallpa, Peru
    Watch the Presentation

    Amanda Lineberry, ’14, American studies and political science
    Burhans Civic Fellowship, supported by a Suhor-Graham Foundation grant
    Advisor: Amy Howard, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement
    Internship: Neighborhood Resource Center of Greater Fulton, Richmond, Va.
    Watch the Presentation

    Keon Monroe, ’13, environmental studies and journalism
    Burhans Civic Fellowship
    Advisor: Samuel Abrash, chemistry
    Internship: National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.
    Watch the Presentation

    Ron Pritchett, ’13, sociology
    Burhans Civic Fellowship, supported by a Suhor-Graham Foundation grant
    Advisor: Bedelia Richards, sociology
    Internship: Higher Achievement at Henderson Middle School, Richmond, Va.
    Watch the Presentation

    Rachel Ringgold, ’13, English
    Burhans Civic Fellowship
    Advisor: Tammy Milby, education
    Internship: Mighty Writers, Philadelphia, Pa.
    Watch the Presentation

    Sherzel Smith, ’13, interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in health care policy and public health
    Burhans Civic Fellowship
    Advisor: Rick Mayes, political science
    Internship: Ghana Public Health Internship Programme through the Abusua Foundation’s Abusua Community Internship and Placement Programme (ACIPP), Cape Coast, Ghana
    Watch the Presentation

    Mariah Williams, ’14, sociology
    Burhans Civic Fellowship
    Advisor: Catherine Bagwell, psychology, and Rick Mayes, political science
    Internship: Bloomingdale Family Program, New York City, N.Y.
    Watch the Presentation

  • 2011

    Nikki Cannavo, ’13, leadership studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow, funded by a Suhor-Graham Foundation grant
    American Red Cross, Greater Richmond Regional Headquarters, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Douglas Hicks, leadership studies and religion
    Watch the Presentation

    Shelby Longland, ’13, French and linguistics
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    International Institute of New England, Manchester, N.H.
    Advisor: Nuray Grove, ESL services

    Caitlin Manak, ’12, leadership studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Higher Achievement, Washington, D.C.
    Advisor: Jennifer Erkulwater, political science
    Watch the Presentation

    Randi Mansell, sophomore, leadership studies
    Marsh Civic Fellow
    Communities in Schools, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Thaddeus Williamson, leadership studies
    Watch the Presentation

    Alex Purdy, ’12, geography and international studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Green Map, New York, N.Y.
    Advisor: David Salisbury, geography and the environment
    Watch the Presentation

    Katherine Schmidt, ’12, American studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow, funded by a Suhor-Graham Foundation grant
    Art 180, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Catherine Bagwell, psychology
    Watch the Presentation

    Jessica Workman, ’12, psychology
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Wilson Police Department Victim Assistance Program, Wilson, N.C.
    Advisor: Laine Briddell, sociology and criminal justice
    Watch the Presentation

    Jun Xie, ’12, accounting
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    United Virginia and Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Raymond Slaughter, accounting
    Watch the Presentation

    Mike Yeomans, ’12, philosophy
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Friends of the Children New York, New York, N.Y.
    Advisor: Ladelle McWhorter, philosophy and women’s studies
    Watch the Presentation

  • 2010

    "Summer internships offer range of experiences for Civic Fellows" - Article

    Katherine Blanchard, junior, sociology and women, gender and sexuality studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Voices for Virginia’s Children, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor:  Christine Mowery, sociology
    Watch the Presentation

    Terrence Daly, junior, international studies (focus on Africa)
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Blantyre Synod Development Commission, Blantyre, Malawi
    Advisor: Joseph Obi, sociology
    Watch the Presentation

    Jeffrey Hunt, sophomore, leadership studies and economics
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Virginia Organizing Project, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Thaddeus Williamson, leadership studies
    Watch the Presentation

    Ann Jarboe, sophomore, psychology and women, gender and sexuality studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County, Rogers, Ark.
    Advisor: Melissa Ooten, women, gender and sexuality studies

    Grace Leonard, sophomore, anthropology
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Youth Life Foundation of Richmond, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Jan French, anthropology

    Sarah Levinn
    , junior, religion and history
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    First Freedom Center, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Douglas Hicks, leadership studies and religion
    Watch the Presentation

    Gabrielle Misiewicz, junior, interdisciplinary studies (focus on African diaspora) and women, gender and sexuality studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project, Washington, D.C.
    Advisor: Andrew McGraw, music
    Watch the Presentation

    Nina Mondelli, junior, business administration (focus on entrepreneurship) and studio art
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT), Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Jeffrey Pollack, business management
    For the final project for her fellowship, Nina created a documentary on the history of CHAT.

    John Stafford, junior, chemistry (focus on pre-health)
    Marsh Civic Fellow
    CrossOver Ministry, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Rick Mayes, political science
    Watch the Presentation

    Matthew Wentworth, junior, business management (focus on entrepreneurship and marketing)
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Jeffrey Pollack, business management
    Watch the Presentation

  • 2009

    Guillermo Avellan, senior (expected graduation December 2009), economics
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Inter-American Development Bank, Ecuador and Washington, D.C.
    Advisor: Jonathan Wight, economics and international studies

    Constance Clay, sophomore, African-American studies and sociology
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Youth Life Foundation of Richmond, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Bertram Ashe, English and American studies
    Watch the Presentation

    Anne Tyler Feldmann, sophomore, leadership studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Roanoke, Va.
    Advisor: Douglas Hicks, leadership studies and religion
    Watch the Presentation

    Cloe Franko, junior, geography and environmental studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Educational Network for Global and Grassroots Exchange (ENGAGE), eastern Kentucky and Spartanburg, S.C.
    Advisor: Karl Bren, urban studies
    Watch the Presentation

    Jenna Garber, junior, leadership studies
    Marsh Civic Fellow
    International Hospital for Children, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Thad Williamson, leadership studies
    Watch the Presentation

    Lucas Hakkenberg, first-year student, undeclared
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Kevin Kuswa, rhetoric and communications studies
    Watch the Presentation

    Kelly McDaniel, junior, biology and interdisciplinary studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Fan Free Clinic, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Rick Mayes, political science

    Kendall Paine, junior, leadership studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    City of Richmond Hispanic Liaison Office, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Angel Otero-Blanco, Latin American and Iberian studies
    Watch the Presentation

    Michael Rogers, sophomore, urban studies
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Partnership for Smarter Growth, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Thad Williamson, leadership studies
    Watch the Presentation

    Sherry Sun, sophomore, accounting
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Valaria Vendrzyk, accounting
    Watch the Presentation

    Carly Vendegna-Ramirez, junior, geography
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Growing Power, Chicago, Il.
    Advisor: Elizabeth Ransom, sociology
    Watch the Presentation

    Geoff Weathersby, first-year student, undeclared
    Burhans Civic Fellow
    Philly LiveArts, Philadelphia, Pa.
    Advisor: David Howson, interim director, Modlin Center for the Arts
    Watch the Presentation

  • 2008

    Daniel Harawa, junior, sociology and American studies
    Virginia Victim Assistance Academy, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Joan Neff, sociology and criminal justice

    Vladimir Hruda, junior, mathematical economics
    Highland Support Project, Richmond, Va., and Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
    Advisor: Jonathan Wight, economics and international studies

    Kendra Lahue, junior, political science
    Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, Washington, D.C.
    Advisor: Dan Palazzolo, political science

    Ashlee Murphy, sophomore, sociology
    Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT), Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Scott Johnson, rhetoric and communication studies

    Ellis Pepper, first-year law student, environmental law
    U.S. Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division, Alexandria, Va.
    Advisor: Henry L. Chambers Jr., law

    Kate Simma, junior, political science
    Mil Solidarios, Asunción, Paraguay
    Advisor: Thad Williamson, leadership studies

    Eric VanEpps, sophomore, psychology and leadership studies
    Mosaic Community Development, Omaha, Neb.
    Advisor: Jeni Burnette, psychology

    Behnaz Varamini, sophomore, Spanish and international studies
    International Hospital for Children, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Catherine Simpson, Latin American and Iberian studies

    Karyn Wong, freshman, accounting and business administration
    Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Valaria Vendrzyk, accounting

  • 2007

    Kristin Hurley, junior, rhetoric and communication studies
    Henrico County Victim/Witness Assistance Program, Commonwealth’s Attorneys Office, Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Angela Swanson, rhetoric and communication studies

    Jason Levinn, junior, environmental studies and leadership studies
    Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), Richmond, Va.
    Advisor: Steve Nash, journalism

    Brendan Regan, junior, psychology and Latin American and Iberian studies
    Chester County 4-H Program of Pennsylvania and COSECHA (Cultivating Community), Toughkenamon, Pa.
    Advisor: Aurora Hermida-Ruiz, Latin American and Iberian studies

    Mariela Rich, junior, environmental studies
    Sustainable Communities Network, Lexington, Ky.
    Advisor: Mary Finley-Brook, geography