Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Welcome 2013 Summer Advocacy Interns

May 24, 2013


The new group of Summer Advocacy Interns is looking forward to begin their work in Washington, D.C. They will be serving at the Columban Center for Advocacy & Outreach (CCAO) from the beginning of June until the end of July.  Advocacy Interns share in the Columban JPIC Ministry of advocating for social justice and learning about the legislative process with Catholic social teaching as their guide.  Please join us is welcoming…..

Will Donahue

Name: Will Donahue-Advocacy Intern

Hometown: Naperville, IL

School/Major: Alma College /English

Assigned Issues/Country Concentration: Peace and Conflict (Asia and Militarization)/ Extractive Industries. Philippines, South Korea, Burma.

Most look forward to: I am in the Public Affairs Institute at Alma College, and I am looking forward to broadening my understanding of Public Affairs through my faith.

Michael Gemmell

Name: Michael Gemmell-Advocacy Intern

Hometown: Sydney, Australia

School/Major: George Washington University /International Affairs, Philosophy and Political Economy

Assigned Issues/Country Concentration: Food and Economic Justice.  Australia, Japan, Chile.

Most look forward to: I am looking forward to expanding my skills in a hands-on environment, working and meeting with new likeminded people in pursuit of the greater good.

Elizabeth Nye

Name: Elizabeth Nye – Advocacy Intern

Hometown: Fremont, CA

School/Major: University of San Francisco/ Politics

Assigned Issues/Country Concentration: International Migration/ Human Trafficking/ Environmental issues. Fiji, Taiwan, United Kingdom.

Most look forward to: This summer, I am most looking forward to gaining more experience in advocacy work and focusing on human rights issues.

Tracy Oberle

Name: Tracy Oberle – Advocacy Intern

Hometown: Bay City, MI

School/Major: Alma College / Political Science

Assigned Issues/Country Concentration: Peace and Conflict (Pakistan and various)/ Indigenous Issues. Pakistan, Peru, New Zealand.

Most look forward to: I am looking forward to learning more about the Middle Eastern region as well as understanding the struggles of indigenous people around the globe.

Michelle Villegas

Name: Michelle Villegas

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

School/Major: Creighton University/ Political Science

Assigned Issue/Country Concentration: Immigration issues in the U.S. US/Mexico Border, Ireland, China.

Most look forward to: I am very excited to live and work in community with people who are passionate about social justice and are dedicated to living out the values of our catholic social teaching. I am especially excited to work on issues of immigration in DC, right in the middle of all the excitement!

The Columban Center for Advocacy & Outreach (CCAO) offers part-time Spring and Fall semester internships and full-time summer internships in Washington, D.C.  To learn more about this and other programs the CCAO offers, please visit or call 301-565-4547.