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Wallerstein-UIP Scholarship for Summer Internships in Virginia Local Government

 

The Virginia Municipal League, the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, and the University Internship Program (UIP) would like to extend our congratulations to Amalia Garcia-Pretelt, Judy Ho, Samuel Lesemann, and Stefan Norling as the recipients of the 2017 Wallerstein-UIP Scholarships.

Ms. Garcia-Pretelt, Ms. Ho, Mr. Lesemann, and Mr. Norling were each awarded a Wallerstein-UIP scholarship of $2,500 for their summer internships in Virginia local government. The UIP began awarding the Wallerstein-UIP Scholarship to interns in the summer of 2013.  The Wallerstein-UIP Scholarship, established to foster interest and research in Virginia local government, provides academic and financial support for outstanding students interning through the UIP in Virginia's government agencies. The applicants were chosen for their scholarships by securing their internships through the University Internship Program, and enrolling in the program's academic coursework for the summer, through the Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia.

Ms. Garcia-Pretelt, from Charlottesville, Virginia, is interning with the Albemarle County Victim/Witness Assistance Program as a Spanish Translator Intern for the summer, supervised and mentored by Ms. Susan Painter. The Victim/Witness Assistance Program provides a variety of services to help crime victims and witnesses before, during and after the trial process. As a Spanish Translator intern, she will translate brochures and other correspondence from English into Spanish and work as translator for program clients. She will also assist staff in court and accompany staff to meetings with victims, Commonwealth's Attorney, law enforcement and court personnel. Amalia is a 3rd year in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Ms. Ho, a 4th year from King George, Virginia, is interning with the Albemarle County Office of the County Executive as a Community Affairs/Public Relations Intern for the summer, supervised and mentored by Ms. Jody Saunders. The Office of the County Executive is the local government entity that is responsible for the day-to-day operations of county government. The Community Relations division is responsible for communications, community engagement, and special events. As an intern, Ms. Ho will work on various community engagement and PR activities including conducting research, creating reports, writing press releases, compiling informational packets, and coordinating advertising for County programs and events. Judy is a Foreign Affairs and East Asian Studies double major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Lesemann, from Charlottesville, Virginia, is interning with the Albemarle Office of Emergency Management as a Public Outreach Intern this summer, supervised and mentored by Ms. Allison Farole. The Albemarle County Office of Emergency Management coordinates City, County, and University responses to emergency incidents and operations. As a Public Outreach Intern, Mr. Lesemann will support the Office of Emergency Management in defining and implementing a public outreach campaign focused on personal preparedness throughout the region (Charlottesville, Albemarle and UVA). Samuel is a 3rd year in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Stefan Norling, a 3rd year from Charlottesville, Virginia, is interning with the Albemarle County Department of Information Technology as a Public Safety and Cyber Security Intern for the summer, supervised and mentored by Mr. Mike Culp. The Albemarle County Department of Information Technology seeks to provide innovative information technology to give the Charlottesville community greater access to government information and services. As an intern, Mr. Norling will be given the opportunity to offer IT support to the Albemarle County public safety (police and fire fighters) officials in the field. He will also be involved in several cyber security initiatives going on in the County. Stefan is a Computer Science major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The 2016 Wallerstein-UIP Scholarship recipients were Mr. Lucas Dvorscak and Ms. Sarah Littlefield.

The 2015 Wallerstein-UIP Scholarship recipients were Ms. Carrie Bohmer, Mr. Carl Liles, Mr. Bryan Phan, and Mr. William Truban III.