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El Pomar Welcomes 2013 Summer Interns


Alex Johnson

This week, the El Pomar Foundation welcomed eight undergraduate students to partake in the 2013 Summer Internship Program. Coming from eight different schools across the country and with majors ranging from physics to English, this year’s intern class brings diverse and unique perspectives to the Foundation.

Every year, the program provides interns hands-on experience and an introduction to the nonprofit sector. Interns receive mentoring from senior staff while gaining professional development in weekly seminars. For more information regarding the El Pomar Summer Internship Program, visit our website.

Meet the 2013 class below:


Anna Brown | Grants

School: Hamilton College, Clinton, New York

Major: Economics and Physics

“I am very excited to learn more about the inner workings of a nonprofit and develop professional skills.”

Anna was born in Colorado Springs. She attended Cheyenne Mountain High School and currently attends Hamilton College. Anna is a member of the Hamilton College Volleyball team and alpine ski team. She is also involved in Operation Smile and STAND.


Alex Johnson | Communications

School: University of Denver

Major: Political Science

“I feel honored and enthralled to give back to my community and contribute to the Spencer and Julie Penrose legacy in Colorado Springs.”

Alex Johnson wasn't born in Colorado Springs, but he got here as fast as he could. He attended a local Montessori school, and that experience instilled in him an inherent inquisitiveness and love of learning. At DU, Alex serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the official student newspaper, the Clarion, maintaining a Pioneer tradition that has endured since 1892. It is a weekly publication staffed by over 35 writers and editors who work to provide a service to the student body. Alex is passionate about Colorado Springs, and to that end, he currently volunteers as a member of the city council-appointed Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Department Advisory Board as well as the El Paso County Citizens Outreach Group.


John McCaffrey | Accounting

School: Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California

Major: Finance, Accounting and Computer Science

John was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. He attended Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs and is currently studying at Santa Clara University in California. He plans to graduate in June 2014 with majors in finance and accounting, as well as a minor in computer science. During his junior year, John experienced the adventure of a lifetime while studying abroad in Brisbane, Australia and especially enjoyed traveling to many unique places in both Australia and New Zealand. During his free time, John enjoys soccer, fly fishing, and almost any other outdoor activity.


Marissa Moreschini | Outreach

School: University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

Major: Recreation and Spanish

“This internship at the El Pomar Foundation is allowing me to give back to the Colorado community that made me the person I am today.”

Marissa Moreschini was born and raised in Pueblo West, Colorado where she graduated from Pueblo West High School. She is currently attending the University of Idaho, earning her bachelor of science in recreation, her bachelor of arts in Spanish and a minor in business. Throughout college, she has had the opportunity to become very involved as board chair for the Associated Students of the University of Idaho and University Housing as a Resident Assistant. Marissa has been involved in two alternative service breaks to South Carolina and Ecuador focusing on community development. She also  spent a semester in Costa Rica studying the language and the Latin American culture.


Brittany Reese | Penrose House

School: University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, Class of 2012

Major: Communications

“I am excited to work with El Pomar this summer to learn all that I can.  This internship will help me take the correct steps for my future career."

Brittany Reese was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After attending Falcon High School, she graduated from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with a bachelors of arts in communications in May 2013. While in college, she was involved with the Black Student Union, UCCS Asian Pacific Islander Student Union and served as Secretary of the Fans Initiating Growth, Honor and Tradition (F.I.G.H.T) Club.


Alexandria Romo | Programs and Awards for Excellence

School: Colorado College

Major: Classics, History, Political Science, and Art History

“I have fallen in love with Colorado. I am excited for this opportunity to work at El Pomar and learn more about philanthropic efforts throughout the state.”

Allie grew up in Colleyville, Texas and moved to Colorado Springs in 2010 to attend Colorado College. She is a classics, history, and political science major and an art history minor. At CC, she has enjoyed co-chairing the Empty Bowls annual fundraiser for the CC Soup Kitchen and working in the Colorado College Art Department. After graduating, Allie hopes to attend law school.


Hannah Staller | Regional Partnerships

School: Willamette University – Salem, Oregon

Major: English

“I am excited to work with El Pomar, and learn about the nonprofit sector in a professional setting.”

Hannah grew up in Centennial, Colorado and attended Arapahoe High School. She is a rising senior at Willamette University where she studies English. At Willamette she plans service projects and awareness events concerning food security for her campus. Hannah recently returned from studying abroad in Galway, Ireland, where she studied Irish literature, history, and culture.


George Steele | Investments

School: Brown University – Providence, Rhode Island

Major: Economics and Applied Mathematics

“I am looking forward to working in the investments office this summer and learning about the investment strategies that have allowed El Pomar to become one of Colorado's most generous organizations.”

A Colorado native, George grew up in Denver, but spent his last two years of high school at the King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan. George is currently a junior at Brown University, where he is majoring in applied mathematics and economics, and captaining one of Brown’s Ultimate Frisbee teams. With diverse interests that extend beyond his academic pursuits, George was involved in the launch of a Brown start-up, Munchcard, and serves on the alumni board of the Providence-based Capital Good Fund.


Continue to check the blog for updates on the interns and their programs!