Stories from our interns

Zachary Mundwiller ’21

Innovation intern with enFocus Inc., South Bend, IN

cdc-mundwiller“For eight weeks this summer (2019), I worked at enFocus Inc. as an innovation intern. enFocus is a nonprofit that focuses on attracting and retaining talent in the South Bend region. They accomplish this by partnering with project sponsors across many industries, including city government, school districts, health systems, private businesses, and nonprofits. Recent graduates and student interns are then placed on these innovation projects.

For my primary project, enFocus is working with the South Bend Fire Department to lead a coordinated study initiative into the costs, occurrences, and causes of the higher rates of cancer in local firefighters. My role was to lay a framework for these future studies by performing a landscape analysis into the current and historical research on cancer in firefighters, identifying potential research and data partners, and observing firefighting practices to identify research opportunities.

For my secondary project, enFocus is collaborating with Transpo to provide insights for technology opportunities to improve the user experience. My role was to deliver a final report that included an inventory of the current technology at Transpo and a written report about the best practices in transit technology based on interviews conducted with eight peer public transit agencies.
What an amazing experience!”

Bashar Saleh ’20

Intern with the Volunteer Lawyer Network, South Bend, IN

chc-bsaleh“The Volunteer Lawyer Network aims to help low-income residents of South Bend and the surrounding counties to receive free legal aid.

I conduct phone interviews to determine the individual or family’s eligibility for our program and, if they are accepted, I work with attorneys in the area to accept and take on the cases for free in order to assist them with their legal issues.

The Volunteer lawyer Network also sponsors “Free Fridays” and “Ask-A-Lawyer” events. To help organize these events, I call different attorneys in the area who are willing to volunteer their time and help gather them in one place where members of the community can meet them and receive free legal advice. This helps those who perhaps cannot afford attorneys, providing them the opportunity to sit down with one and ask any questions they may have. I also spend time in and out of different courtrooms observing cases and learning about different areas of law. Along the way, I have met many judges, attorneys, and clerks, all while gaining real experience. It has been an incredible opportunity.”

Lucy Campos ’20

Intern with the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, Washington D.C.

“This summer I had the opportunity to participate in a program sponsored by the Fund for American Studies in conjunction with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute in Washington, D.C. As part of the program, I completed an internship with the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, a non-profit organization that works for the advancement of the Hispanic community. They also place a great focus on promoting leadership, more specifically preparing the leaders of tomorrow through a wide range of opportunities.

During my time there, I had the chance to sit in on board meetings, briefings, and other events. My favorite event was our Future Leaders Conference. It was an amazing opportunity for young professionals in the D.C. area that consisted of two panels and other speakers. Both panels were made up of representatives from large corporations and organizations such as Google and the Heritage Foundation. Attendees also heard from members of Congress. Topics included personal branding and financial literacy for young professionals.

Working for the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute was a life changing experience. Not only did I advance professionally and gain practical skills, I found a career option that could give me the opportunity to focus on my passions and influence the community around me. I hope to return to Washington, D.C. to begin building my career.”

Robby Jimenez ’20

Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual, Schaumburg, Illinois

cdc-jimenez“I started my internship this summer at Northwestern Mutual as financial representative in my hometown of Schaumburg, Illinois. While participating in this internship, I have learned a lot about the finance world and integrative financial planning. At my internship I started my own practice and began to build my clientele by sitting down with people and seeing what their goals were. My team and I at Northwestern Mutual worked with these individuals to help make their dreams become reality. While learning a lot, I was also able to make some great new friends, my coworkers and my bosses at NM have really been a great support system. I would recommend this internship to anyone who is good with talking with people and who has a strong work ethic.”