Nine college students to participate in program

June 7, 2016 – On June 7, the PATH Foundation welcomed the 2016 summer internship staff to its offices. These nine interns, ranging from rising college sophomores to recent college graduates, will be assisting the PATH Foundation as well as working with the Foundation’s grant recipients and local nonprofit partners. The Foundation received more than 60 applications for the program.

Christy Connolly, the CEO and President of the PATH Foundation, helped welcome the interns during an orientation outlining Foundation and leadership training activities planned for the eight-week program. “With so much energy in the office, we look forward to continuing to nurture our community partnerships. We will learn with our interns, and we are anxious to see what they can accomplish,” Connolly said.

PATH Foundation Director of Communications Amy Petty is excited to be supervising four interns this summer. “Having interns not only helps us, but we are very interested in helping develop students in our community,” Petty said. Petty expects the interns will not only learn from work they do for the Foundation, but will develop an increased awareness of the tremendous work of individual nonprofits in Fauquier, Rappahannock and northern Culpeper Counties.

Intern Maggie Meadows feels that the PATH Foundation is “so unique in that not many nonprofits have the means to offer internships.” The nine interns come from widely varied universities and programs of study, but share an interest in nonprofit or community development.

While six interns will be working in the PATH Foundation and PATH Resource Center offices, three others will directly assist the Fauquier County Community Development Office, Mental Health Association of Fauquier County and Leadership Fauquier – organizations that have partnered or received grant support from the Foundation. In addition to their individual work, the interns will work together to develop a unique project to not only serve the community, but expand the PATH Foundation’s impact on local nonprofits.

Meet the interns:

  • MacKenzie Earl, PATH Foundation Communications Intern, is a sophomore at George Mason University majoring in Environmental Studies and Sustainability and minoring in Journalism.
  • Lauren Groves, Fauquier County Community Development Office Communications Intern, is a junior at Liberty University majoring in Strategic Communications.
  • Camille Kartchner, PATH Foundation Communications Intern, is a senior at Northern Arizona University majoring in Advertising and Public Relations and minoring in French.
  • Sara Knott, PATH Foundation Communications Intern, a sophomore at Virginia Tech, is majoring in Marketing.
  • Nathan Krauss, Leadership Fauquier Program Intern, is a sophomore at Emory and Henry majoring in History.
  • Tyler McGilvery, PATH Foundation Photography Intern, recently graduated from CNU with a B.S in Environmental Biology and is pursuing a Master’s of Science in Environmental Sustainability and Management through a dual-degree program with James Madison University and the University of Malta.
  • Maggie Meadows, PATH Foundation Finance Intern, a sophomore at Virginia Tech University, is majoring in Finance.
  • Maddie Schauss, PATH Foundation Finance Intern, a senior at the University of Virginia, is double majoring in Mathematics and Spanish.
  • Shannon Simpson, Fauquier County Mental Health Association Events Intern, a sophomore at George Mason University, is majoring in Business with emphasis on Management and a double minor in Dance Appreciation and Tourism and Events Management.

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