Summer Interns are Eager to Begin Service

June 2, 2011

This summer, we will welcome five new interns to share in the JPIC advocacy ministry of the CCAO. Throughout their internship they will explore the legislative process through the lens of their faith. They will learn what it means to cross borders– of culture, language, ideas and understanding. As they work on major social justice issues of our time, they will blog about their experiences “challenging structures and changing lives.”
Read below to get to know the newest group of Columban Advocacy Interns, and stay tuned during the next two months to hear about everything they experience!

Columban Center outreach advocacy intern

Name: Amanda Benjamin
Assigned Issue: Environmental Justice
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
School/Major: University of Richmond / International Studies and Anthropology
Most looking forward to: “being in DC, getting to know new people who are passionate about addressing the same issues as I am as well as learning more about the inner-workings of nonprofits as I work with CCAO to advocate for social justice in the world.”


Columban Center outreach advocacy intern

Name: Dylan Knaggs
Assigned Issue: Peace & Conflict Resolution
Hometown: Springfield, PA
School/Major: Marlboro College / Statistics and Political Science
Most looking forward to: “to working on issues I deal with in my schoolwork from a different perspective.”


Columban Center outreach advocacy intern

Name: Roberto Lara
Assigned Issue: Extractive Industries and Water
Hometown: Juárez, Chihuahua, México
School/Major: Universidad Autónoma de Cuidad Juárez / la Carrera de Licenciatura en Ingeniería Civil
Most looking forward to: “Espero esté próximo verano, poder tener una experiencia de aprendizaje poniendo en practica todas mis abilidades y aptitudes para lograr los objetivos o metas propuestas.”


Columban Center outreach advocacy intern

Name: Taaremon Matuea
Assigned Issue: Indigenous Rights
Hometown: Fiji
School/Major: Chicago Theological Union / Theology
Most looking forward to: “an exposure/experience at JPIC office.”


Columban Center outreach advocacy intern

Name: Carissa Smith
Assigned Issue: Economic Justice
Hometown: De Moines, IA
School/Major: Creighton University / Justice & Society , Social Entrepreneurship and Spanish
Most looking forward to: “deepening my awareness of social issues and seeing firsthand how politics plays such a huge role in these things and how I can effect change on a structural level.”