Grace Rivera '09 Recognized as Outstanding Fall Internship Supervisor

December 7, 2015 The Washington Center

Grace Rivera '09 Recognized as Outstanding Fall Internship Supervisor

The Washington Center hosted several internship site supervisors nominated for outstanding service to its Fall 2015 interns at the Internship Supervisor Award Reception on Wednesday, December 2.

The Washington Center hosted several internship site supervisors nominated for outstanding service to its Fall 2015 interns at the Internship Supervisor Award Reception on Wednesday, December 2.

The event recognized internship sites and supervisors who went the extra mile to cultivate students’ personal and professional development – embodying TWC’s core values and enriching the heart of an academic internship program: the internship itself.

Grace Rivera ‘09 of the U.S Marshals Service received this semester’s Most Outstanding Internship Supervisor Award. Rivera, who frequently gives her time to TWC's law and criminal justice students, credits her own experiences as a TWC intern for an empathetic perspective that helps her guide interns toward successful internships.

“I think being an alum myself really helps me supervise my interns because I know what they went through. I want my interns to see the big picture at the end of their internships, which is what helped me when I started as an intern. It’s what will help them follow through with their goals.”

Rivera is one of more than 500 internship supervisors who pledge to uphold TWC’s Internship Bill of Rights. TWC established the guidelines in 2014 to empower interns and ensure they get the most from their internships. The Internship Bill of Rights encourages interns to think about the impact of the internship on their professional plans before their work even begins. It stresses the value of academic collaboration and gives employers a tool to measure the effectiveness of their own internship programs.

TWC thanks all of its internship sites and supervisors for a successful semester, particularly these individuals whom students nominated for the Most Outstanding Supervisor Award:

  • Lilianna Allen, Offender Aid & Restoration
  • Wanda Almanzar, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Kattis Astrom, Youth for Understanding International Secretariat
  • Judy Baroody, Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
  • Rokas Beresniovas, State Bank of India
  • Jocelyn Bissonnette ‘08, National Association of Federally Impacted Schools
  • Randy Brown, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
  • Christopher Bulbulia, Congressional Chorus
  • Teresa Chapa, National Hispanic Medical Association
  • Kelsey Cohen, Edelman Berland
  • Lynne Colbert, Federal Trade Commission
  • Mike Colonnese, WorkAmerica
  • Courtney Cook, American Legislative Exchange Council
  • Jennifer Crane, U.S Marshals Service - Asset Forfeiture Division, Strategic Planning & Communications Team
  • Bethany Demmin, Family Research Council
  • Lylie Fisher, Iona Senior Services
  • Beth Fitzpatrick, Arlington Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services
  • Charlotte Gendron, Public Religion Research Institute
  • Andre Luiz Grenteski, Inter-American Defense College
  • Tyrone Harris, D.C Metropolitan Police - Crime Scene Investigations Division
  • Janis Hazel, Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism
  • Saranah Holmes, Daily Do Good, LLC
  • Traci Jenkins, Ventana Production
  • John Madigan, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Barry Margeson, Eastern Market
  • Connor Martin, The Charles Group, LLC
  • Mike Miron, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Genevieve Morton, Office of Rep. Grace Meng
  • Javier Munoz, Pan American Health Organization
  • Jason Ortega, Lobbyit.com
  • Elisa Ortiz ‘02, Justice at Stake
  • James Partlow ‘12, D.C Department of General Services
  • Ana María Peláz, Mil Mujeres
  • Meja Petchel, Special Olympics
  • Thomas Pollak, The Urban Institute
  • William Ramos, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Andrew Ransome, U.S Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
  • Talmesha Richards, STEMconnector
  • Grace Rivera ‘09, U.S Marshals Service
  • Donna Vincent Roa, Securing Water for Food Technical Assistance Facility
  • Tracy Rollins, Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
  • Karla Pineda-Santos, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
  • Elizabeth Shaffer, Curley Company
  • Katie Shaver, Shared Hope International
  • Bryan Snell ‘08, U.S Marshals Service
  • Liam Starr, Office of Sen. Mark Kirk
  • Marta Tewolde, International Rescue Committee
  • Nandi Turner, Public Allies D.C
  • Rhina Villatoro, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators
  • Silvia Villarreal, Embassy of Mexico
  • Héctor A. Castro Vizcarra, Embassy of Mexico
  • Terese Winegan, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies
  • Anderson Wells, Studio Theatre
  • Michelle Williams, The Polaris Project

To view photos from the award ceremony, click here.

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