Class of 2017

Amanda Conklin

Amanda Conklin

  • Areas of Study: International Economics; Poverty Studies; Glynn Family Honors Program
  • Hometown: Huntington, NY

During her time at Notre Dame, Amanda has enjoyed learning how business can promote social good. Through her Social Justice summer internship with the Women’s Microfinance Initiative in Buyobo, Uganda, Amanda was able to work in the loan program and interview borrowers to observe the relationship between small microloans, women’s empowerment, and community development. Amanda is also interested in microfinance at the local level, and serves as the vice president of credit for the Jubilee Initiative for Financial Inclusion (JIFFI). JIFFI is a non-profit 501c3 organization, which hopes to combat poverty in South Bend by offering small “emergency” loans to members of the community at lower interest rates than those of predatory pay-day lenders.

Amanda serves as co-president of Building Tomorrow, an organization focused on providing access to universal primary education, particularly in Uganda. She helped to start Notre Dame’s Impact Investing club, Unleashed, where she serves as the vice president. In addition, Amanda is also a member of the Notre Dame Triathlon Club team and volunteers at Saint Margaret’s House in South Bend.

During her Global Inquiry summer, Amanda worked at the Accion International Venture Lab in Washington, D.C., which provides seed capital and support to innovative financial inclusion start-ups.

Amanda spent the spring 2016 semester studying in Toledo, Spain. She worked as a Summer Business Analyst at McKinsey and Company in New York City for her Professional Venture summer.

Henry Dickman

Henry Dickman

  • Areas of Study: Accounting; Economics
  • Hometown: Richmond, IN

On campus, Henry is very active with the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus Council and served as chancellor for the 2014-15 academic year. He led the annual steak sandwich fundraiser during the 2014 football season, which raised more than $70,000 for a variety of local, national, and international charities.

Henry was selected to participate in the Fulbright Summer Institute Program at the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde in Scotland during summer 2014. He also spent time as an education and research intern at the Atorkor Development Fund in Atorkor, Ghana. For his Global Inquiry Summer, Henry interned with the Center for Trade and Economics at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

On campus, Henry has been very active with the Knights of Columbus, having served as the 102nd Grand Knight of the council this past year. During his two years in leadership, Henry led the council to raising $160,000 through their famous steak sandwich fundraiser and has established many service relationships between the Knights and local charities. He also served as National Chairman of the College Councils Advisory Board this past year.

For his Professional Venture summer, Henry worked as a forensic accounting analyst for PwC, learning more about the relationship between law and business especially for multinational companies.

Henry plans to continue developing his knowledge of international trade and finance through Notre Dame courses, internship experience, and outside research. After graduation, he plans to attend law school.

Alexis Doyle

Alexis Doyle

  • Areas of Study: Biological Sciences; International Peace Studies; Hesburgh Program in Public Service; Glynn Family Honors Program
  • Hometown: Los Altos, CA

Lexi is passionate about the intersection of social justice, health, and well-being. She spends time volunteering in the South Bend community at the Sister Maura Brannick Health Clinic and Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. She also tutors local elementary students. On campus, she is a research assistant for a project designing low and no-cost interventions that promote better food choices in school cafeteria environments through the Architecture, Health, and Sustainability Research Group. She is also the co-president of the Compassionate Care in Medicine Club and enjoys being a tutor for chemistry and calculus classes.
 
Lexi traveled to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, for her Social Justice summer where she volunteered for the Primeros Pasos medical clinic, which provides the rural Palajunoj Valley access to medical care. There she worked as a fecal sample collector and laboratory and clinic assistant as part of a medication-based parasitic infection intervention program.

The following year she worked to develop a more partnership-based and preventative solution for the extreme and harrowing incidence of parasitic infection she observed in Guatemala. After doing preliminary research on evidence-based public health interventions in areas of high parasitic incidence, she returned to Guatemala for her Global Inquiry summer and established a social enterprise model centered on soap making for the Palajunoj Valley. By partnering with the mothers of the infected and, consequently, malnourished children, the project also has the potential to be a source of income for the unemployed women. 
 
Lexi continues to work in partnership with the women of the Palajunoj Valley to develop the model for the project, as well as expand the involvement of other community members. Lexi spent the fall 2015 semester studying abroad in Puebla, Mexico, where she had an internship in a local public hospital. She spent her Professional Venture summer working for the American Public Health Association’s Government Relations Department in Washington, D.C. After graduation, Lexi will attend the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she was accepted during her sophomore at Notre Dame. 

Samuel Eallonardo

Samuel Eallonardo

  • Areas of Study: Biological Sciences; Philosophy
  • Hometown: Yorkville, IL

Sam Eallonardo is a member of the class of 2017 from Yorkville, Illinois.  At Notre Dame, Sam is majoring in Biological Sciences and Philosophy. On campus, he is a part of numerous clubs including the Biology Club, FAST, and the Risk Club.  He is an avid pianist and organist and serves as the music commissioner of Duncan Hall.  For his Social Justice Summer Experience, he taught English at a secondary school in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. During summer 2015, he conducted research in the Notre Dame Biology Department focusing on Tuberculosis. He spent his final Hesburgh-Yusko summer working as a biology research assitant at Coe College, in Cedar Rapids, IA, where he studied salamander limb regeneration.

Peter Fink

Peter Fink

  • Areas of Study: Pre-Health Studies; American Studies
  • Hometown: Valparaiso, IN

After being diagnosed with Celiac Disease his freshman year, Peter has devoted his time to learning more about gastrointestinal illness. For his Social Justice summer, Peter worked at a medical clinic in Otuzco, Peru. His frequent encounters with patients suffering from gastrointestinal illness as well as his own diagnosis led him to pursue a research internship at the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he spent summer 2015.

Peter has received two research grants from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at Notre Dame. For the first, he and fellow Hesburgh-Yusko scholar Ben Fouch researched revolutionary urban planning strategy in Valencia, Spain. For the second, he traveled to Ireland to research the medical, social, and economic complications of Celiac Disease in the country.

Peter plays the trombone in the University of Notre Dame Marching Band and enjoys playing the guitar and ukulele in his free time. He is the co-founder and vice president of the KiNDness Club, which strives to remind people of the importance and power of random acts of kindness. He also volunteers in the pediatric section at Memorial Hospital and teaches English at La Casa de Amistad in South Bend.

After his clinical experience in Peru and gastrointestinal research in Boston, Peter researched community design and preventative healthcare at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA in order to complete a comprehensive exploration of the field of medicine. Motivated and encouraged by the experiences and support the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholarship Program has provided him, Peter plans to apply to medical school this fall. 

Benjamin Fouch

Benjamin Fouch

  • Areas of Study: Finance; Political Science; Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
  • Hometown: Brownsburg, IN

As a proud Hoosier, Ben is heavily involved in community service. As a freshman, he served as a Robinson Community Learning Center AmeriCorps member, where he helped coordinate an Entrepreneurship and Advanced Skills Program for youth in the community. He continued his work at the Center his sophomore year as youth mentor and member of the Board of Trustees. Ben has also worked extensively as a Knight of Columbus, participating in their annual football steak sales, as well as directing a large-scale building renovation project. During the summer of his freshman year, he volunteered as a national policy and immigration intern at Catholic Charities USA.

Ben is an avid researcher, having taken part in research as a Kellogg International Scholar, a Fulbright Summer Institute Participant, and as a founding member of SABUE, a student advisory board for undergraduate enrollment. He traveled to Valencia, Spain, with fellow scholar Peter Fink to study the effects of a novel urban planning strategy on development, thanks to a Nanovic Institute grant. Ben spent the summer after his sophomore year studying the opportunities for ethical and responsible implementation of emerging digital currency technologies within business and financial practice. For his Professional Venture summer, he interned at PriceWaterhouse Coopers in Chicago.

Following his work with Notre Dame Enrollment and his mentorship of Hoosier students, Ben cofounded Dark Horse Sports Recruiting. The company aims to help high school basketball students receive academic and athletic scholarship offers to their dream schools. Their company has served over fifty students in 2016, and is positioned to become a leader in securing student scholarship opportunities in the Chicago area.

Rachel Ganson

Rachel Ganson

  • Areas of Study: Political Science; Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE); Italian
  • Hometown: Geneseo, IL

In high school through the World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Internship, Rachel conducted original, independent research on nutrition and gender development in India for eight weeks at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. As a result of her research, she won the 2013 John Chrystal Internship Award, which serves to recognize a World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan Intern who best exemplifies the goals of the internship – to involve students in meaningful research concerning food sustainability in developing nations and to immerse them in a diverse culture.

At Notre Dame, Rachel served as the multicultural commissioner in Pasquerilla East Hall for the 2014-2015 academic year. She is also involved in the Center for Social Concerns (CSC), engaging in CSC seminars and working as a student assistant for Dr. Connie Mick. Through the CSC she began volunteering at the South Bend Center for the Homeless, and continues to do so weekly. Rachel also acts in Show Some Skin, a performance group seeking to give a voice to unspoken stories about identity and difference on Notre Dame’s campus.

Rachel spent her first HYSP summer sea kayaking for thirty days in the Alaskan wilderness, an experience she claims is one of the most memorable and impactful of her life. In 2014, she worked in Beijing, P.R. China, at a foster home for mentally and physically disabled children for three months. There she taught English at a local middle school, organized English tutoring programs for adults, orchestrated summer camps for children, and worked one-on-one with a little girl to help improve her cognitive function.

Rachel is currently in the process of designing her own major on International Food Policy, an interdisciplinary major combining political science, economics, sustainability, international development, and anthropology. Her hope is to study how developing countries can improve food security by improving agriculture and aiding subsistence farmers. During summer 2015, Rachel continued to explore the many facets of international food security and policy through independent research in Iceland as well as an internship with the Center for Civil Society in New Delhi, India.

Rachel's sounding trumpet is her passion for global food security and sustainability. She discovered her interest in food justice during a summer internship in high school in Hyderabad, India researching the connection between female micro-financial institutions and household nutrition. Since then her desire to learn more about the issues facing international food security have driven her academic and personal pursuits. During her global inquiry summer she interned at a think tank in New Delhi researching food-based social entrepreneurship ventures and three weeks in Iceland studying their sustainable fishing initiatives. This led to both a week-long fall break grant to travel to Italy to study Mediterranean fishing policy and a position as a Rome International Scholar for the spring 2016 term. She continued her research during summer 2016 in Italy, where she studied international law and inter-state cooperation in Mediterranean fisheries.

 

James Grabowski

James Grabowski

  • Areas of Study: Finance; International Economics; Romance Languages
  • Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Jake, an avid runner, spent his Wilderness Leadership summer kayaking in Lake Superior. For his Social Justice summer, he traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa, to participate in an internship with Operation HOPE, a non-profit dedicated to providing financial literacy to historically disadvantaged groups of society.

Jake spent his Global Inquiry summer conducting independent research in Madrid on how Europe has invested in the sports industry, using the Spanish soccer league, La Liga, as a point of focus. He completed an internship as assistant brand manager for Procter and Gamble's Always brand for his Professional Venture summer.

At Notre Dame, Jake is heavily involved in several business clubs, including the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) and the Student International Business Council (SIBC). He also works for Fighting Irish Digital Media, and with two on-campus nonprofits: JIFFI and One Shirt One Body.

Mary Humphrey

Mary Humphrey

  • Areas of Study: Mathematics; English; Energy Studies
  • Hometown: Kansas City, MO

At Notre Dame, Mary is a tutor, Mustard Creative Writing Club member, and a BridgeND member. For her 2014 summer experience, she volunteered at the Robinson Community Learning Center’s Shakespeare Camp in South Bend, which teaches young actors skills ranging from stage combat to voice techniques. The culmination of the camp is a full-length Shakespeare production. She spent summer 2015 volunteering with the Bishop Sullivan Center’s Upper Room Program, which provides math and reading programs for disadvantaged youth. She spent her final Hesburgh-Yusko summer serving as a content editor intern for Caffeinated Press in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Madeline McGovern

Madeline McGovern

  • Areas of Study: Science Pre-Professional Studies; Economics
  • Hometown: Nutley, NJ

After spending the summer of 2014 in Chennai, India, Maddie affirmed that she would like to pursue a career as a physician. In India, she researched the effects of globalization on the epidemic of Diabetes Mellitus in southeastern India and received experience in KAP surveying, patient interviewing, and data analysis. She hopes to continue conducting medical research in the fields of orthopedics and endocrinology; however, Maddie also has interest in areas such as oncology due to the high rates of comorbidity of cancer with many other illnesses. During spring 2015, Maddie was the recipient of a Grogan Fellowship through Notre Dame’s Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement. The Grogan Fellowship provides one student per year a fully-funded opportunity to attend the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma as well as serve as a Research Assistant at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for the summer.

Throughout the school year, Maddie is part of a laboratory that researches Aedes mosquitoes to help control the spread of Yellow Fever. Outside of the lab, Maddie is a member of Notre Dame’s Women’s Boxing Club, where she helped raise more than $30,000 for Holy Cross Missions in Uganda and won her weight class in their annual “Baraka Bouts Tournament.” Maddie is also co-president of Building Tomorrow as well as the social commissioner for her dorm’s Hall Council. Moreover, she is a member of the Women’s Squash team and spent three semesters as a member of Student Government’s Academic Affairs cabinet.

Following her sophomore year, Maddie spent nine weeks at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as the James A. Grogan Research Fellow under the guidance of Dr. Eric M. Hart, Chief Thoracic Radiologist.  Maddie performed clinical research at NMH where over 250 members and spouses of the Local 17 Heat & Frost Insulator Union underwent Low Dose Computed Tomography screening for abnormalities such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. 

In her junior year, she served as the co-president of the Notre Dame chapter of Building Tomorrow, an organization dedicated to universal primary education in Uganda. Together with fellow co-president and scholar Amanda Conklin, Maddie helped the chapter raise $10,000 in effort to construct ND's 5th BT school in Uganda. Maddie continued her dedicated involvement with Notre Dame's Women's Boxing Club and helped the organization raise over $100,000 through both the annual Baraka Bouts tournament and matching donation from the Wolohan Family Foundation.  Maddie was named a captain for the 2016-2017 season.  Furthermore, she served the South Bend Police Athletic League as a volunteer boxing coach and tutor to kids and teens.  At St. James Boxing Club in Elkhart, Maddie worked with young boxers in the educational ring, serving as a tutor after they finished practice.  

Maddie worked at Brigham & Women's Hospital during summer 2016 as an undergraduate researcher for Harvard Medical School's Orthopedic Trauma Initiative. In this role, she experienced clinical shadowing time in both the operating room and general clinical rounds. She also enhanced her research skills. 

Olivia Mogaka

Olivia Mogaka

  • Areas of Study: Management Consulting; Peace Studies
  • Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

For her Wilderness Leadership summer, Olivia took part in an Alpine backpacking course in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. For her Social Justice summer, she worked with Notre Dame’s Haiti Program in Léogâne, Haiti, where she led a small research team as they conducted market assessment for Bon Sel, a medicated salt product the program provides Haitians to aid in the prevention of lymphatic filariasis. She returned to Nairobi, Kenya, for her Global Inquiry summer to intern with IBM. For her final Hesburgh-Yusko summer, she worked at McKinsey and Company in Atlanta as a business analyst intern.

On campus, Olivia participates in the Kellogg Institute’s International Scholars Program and works as a Kellogg professor’s assistant. She is an international ambassador for International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA), where she mentors new international students and helps coordinate cultural programs. She's also a peer advisor. In fall 2014, Olivia served as a guest judge for a high school business competition organized by the Meridian International Center PAYLEP in Chicago. In her free time, Olivia co-produced a Notre Dame promotional film for her high school, the African Leadership Academy.

Khaoula Morchid

Khaoula Morchid

  • Areas of Study: Civil Engineering
  • Hometown: Marrakesh, Morocco

Khaoula is the founder of Future Moroccan Entrepreneurs (FME), an entrepreneurial leadership organization that envisions creating a proactive generation of social entrepreneurs who embrace the theme of “Paying It Forward.” FME has more than 100 alumni across North Africa who have started different entrepreneurial ventures that positively impact their communities. As the founder of FME, Khaoula was selected as a Global Teen Leader to take part in the Just Peace Summit Three Dot Dash in New York by the We Are Family Foundation. The Clinton Global Initiative also recently recognized her work.

At Notre Dame, Khaoula is part of the Model UN Delegation and the Diversity Council. She spent her Hesburgh-Yusko Wilderness Leadership summer participating in a sailing course in Maine. For her Social Justice summer, she worked in the humanitarian sector with Islamic Relief in Germany and Bangladesh. During the winter of 2015, she received a grant through the Institute for the Scholarship of Liberal Arts to travel to "Pangea 2015: The Starting Point," a conference that gathered young entrepreneurs and researchers from around the world in Madrid, Spain. She spent summer 2015 focusing on her interest in civil engineering by conducting independent research on transportation infrastructure in Hong Kong.

During her study abroad in Australia, Khaoula continued her research on transportation by focusing on bus ridership in Perth. She served as the vice chair of the Diversity Council in 2016, co-organizing the first town hall on diversity and inclusion. She spent her Professional Venture summer in South Bend, interning for the Bowman Creek Education Ecosystem.

After graduation, she hopes to explore structures and renewable energies through anthropological lenses.

Olivia Newey

Olivia Newey

  • Areas of Study: Political Science
  • Hometown: Northwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom

In high school, Olivia interned for a top law firm, using the time to pave way for a gap year where she worked for the UK-India Business Council, which promotes international trade between the United Kingdom and India. She also interned for Rt. Hon. David Blunkett, a member of the UK Parliament, and a political institution in the United States.

During the summer of 2014, Olivia volunteered at an NGO in South Africa, where she delivered programs to clients in the poorest parts of the country, helping to both educate and rehabilitate them.

Olivia interned with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Washington, D.C., during the summer of 2015. In this role she further explored Indian trade agreements as well as how trade influences world policy. She spent her Professional Venture summer in New York City, serving as a marketing intern for the Lagardere Sports Agency.

Hind Ourahou

Hind Ourahou

  • Areas of Study: Industrial Design
  • Hometown: Rabat, Morocco

Hind is the co-founder of National Entrepreneurial Camp, an NGO aiming to create a generation of job creators, not job seekers. As she continues working for that cause, Hind has found a way to challenge her passion for entrepreneurship at Notre Dame through her work as an entrepreneurship representative in the Mendoza Student Leadership Association.

Hind is also the vice president of the Middle East and North Africa Club, where she is planning an Arabic Music Show to bring the Notre Dame and the South Bend communities together in an immersive musical experience. In spring 2015, she organized an event for Hesburgh-Yusko scholars called “Just Say It,” a discussion about Islam and Islamic relations.

Hind spent summer 2015 in Morocco, conducting research and helping to further develop the business plans for the National Entrepreneurial Camp. She interned with the African Leadership Academy Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership during summer 2016.

Caleb Pine

Caleb Pine

  • Areas of Study: Peace Studies; Arabic; Philosophy, Politics, Economics; Glynn Family Honors Program
  • Hometown: Lanzhou, China

CJ grew up in Tianjin, China, where he attended local elementary school and then homeschool. For his Wilderness Leadership Experience, CJ embarked on a NOLS backpacking adventure in the Olympic National Park. The following summer, CJ spent two months living in a parish community of Mafraq, Jordan, volunteering with Caritas Jordan and organizing an English camp for 12 to 15-year-old Jordanian youth.

On campus, CJ worked as a research assistant to Fr. Dan Groody on topics of theology and migration. He also helped organize a campus advocacy event, “Sleepless for Syria” in April 2014. CJ presented a paper titled “Grievances Outlast War: Lack of Healing in Post-World War II Sino-Japanese Relations” at the 2014 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference as well as the Undergraduate Scholars Conference. He has volunteered with the Take Ten program and tutored Iraqi refugees. He is a member of Notre Dame’s International Ambassador Program and is on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization Road to Mafraq. An article he authored, “Resisting the Normalization of Crisis,” was published in The Huffington Post in September 2015.

CJ spent spring semester 2015 studying abroad in Jerusalem, Israel. For his Global Inquiry summer, he further explored migration and the challenges facing refugees in both Jerusalem, Israel, and Amman, Jordan, where he conducted independent research on the differences between faith-based and secular humanitarian organizations, urban community centers and suburban schools, and foreign and local leadership.

CJ returned to the Middle East in spring 2016, where he studied abroad in Amman, Jordan as a Gilman Scholar. After returning from Jordan, CJ spent his summer interning with the U.S. Department of State's Office of Religion and Global Affairs. 

Jonathan Rydburg

Jonathan Rydburg

  • Areas of Study: Finance; Entrepreneurship
  • Hometown: Franklin, TN

A passionate proponent of social enterprise, Jon has dedicated his undergraduate career to working for startups that merge both business principles and a pursuit of the common good.  As a Entrepreneurship minor, he hopes to put these experiences to work for a startup after graduation, possibly in renewable energy.  He is currently an intern at Vennli - a South Bend area customer choice analytics firm, the VP of Operations for the Jubilee Initiative for Financial Inclusion - a student-run microloan organization, and a Team Leader for Unleashed - a social enterprise consulting club.  He is a passionate proponent for prison reform and conducted research on employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals during spring break.

In addition to entrepreneurship, Jon is also passionate about music and hockey. He sings with The Echoes, an a cappella group, plays on the O’Neill Interhall Hockey team. Jon combined his passion for hockey and entrepreneurship during summer 2015, when he conducted independent research on the NHL Draft and served as an intern for The Difference Incubator, an organization that provides consulting for start-up social enterprises in Melbourne, Australia. He spent his Professional Venture summer interning at NextEnergy, a renewable energy incubator in the Detroit area.

Vanessa Solorzano

Vanessa Solorzano

  • Areas of Study: Finance; Psychology
  • Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua

During her time at Notre Dame, Vanessa has focused on developing her business acumen while also serving the community. Vanessa tutors local children in diverse academic subjects through the Robinson Community Learning Center. She participated in the marketing division of the Student International Business Council, where she worked to develop marketing strategies for Target Corporation. During spring semester 2015, she worked with Notre Dame’s Tax Assistance Program. She also served as a start-up business project leader for Montaña de Luz, where she worked to help young adults with HIV in Honduras develop their own businesses to become financially independent. She spent spring 2016 studying abroad in London, United Kingdom.

For her Social Justice summer, Vanessa completed an internship focusing on technology in education with Movistar’s Pro Nino Organization in Nicaragua and Panama. For her Global Inquiry summer, she was offered an internship in New York through the Center for Social Concerns with HandCrafting Justice, a non-profit organization aimed at providing access to fair trade goods created by women in developing countries. She spent summer 2016 interning with SoEnergy International in Doral, Florida.

In her free time, Vanessa enjoys participating in ice-skating and modern dance classes.

Jose Suarez

Jose Suarez

  • Areas of Study: Computer Engineering
  • Hometown: San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo León, México

Jose is very involved with Notre Dame’s Student International Business Council and will act as their president on the Board of Directors for the 2016 year. In this role, he is helping to build a STEM division as well as expand the international opportunities the council offers. He is also excited about the consulting and entrepreneurship project to provide services to Montaña de Luz, a faith-based organization that takes care of children affected by HIV/AIDS in Honduras. During the next academic year, Jose will be a Resident Assistant in Keenan Hall.

Jose spent his Social Justice summer working with the Foundation for Sustainable Development in Salta, Argentina, thanks to a Kellogg Institute Internship grant. For his Global Inquiry summer, he worked for the consulting firm McKinsey & Company in Chicago, IL, where he served as a Diversity Leadership Intern. He returned to McKinsey as a Summer Business Analyst for his Professional Venture summer.

Julia Tombari

Julia Tombari

  • Areas of Study: Marketing
  • Hometown: Seattle, WA

Julia, a student in the Mendoza College of Business, is passionate about marketing and social media.  She is heavily involved as a New Media Intern for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and enjoys participating in the Student International Business Council.

For her summer experiences, Julia spent a month in the Rocky Mountains with NOLS and a summer in Washington, D.C., interning at FINCA International, a microfinance organization that works in 22 countries. Julia helped Notre Dame’s Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership develop their social media and research strategies for her Global Inquiry Summer Experience by serving as a research assistant. She spent her Professional Venture summer in Los Angeles, working as an intern for Starcom MediaVest.

Vincent Vangaever

Vincent Vangaever

  • Areas of Study: Finance; Political Science
  • Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD

Since his arrival at Notre Dame, Vince has utilized various campus resources as well as his Hesburgh-Yusko Summer Experiences to help him develop his skills in finance. Vince spent his Social Justice summer in Johannesburg, South Africa, interning for TechnoServe, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding business solutions to poverty. In fall 2014, Vince was awarded an undergraduate research grant through the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement to travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh, and research the work of the Grameen Bank in the microfinance industry.

Vince spent his Global Inquiry summer working for the Dutch Development Finance Company in The Hague, Netherlands, a private-sector development bank that provides financing for commercial developments in emerging markets. He also studied the Dutch language with an additional grant from the Nanovic Institute. In fall of 2015, Vince was awarded a grant, also by the Nanovic Institute, to study the Greek economic crisis in Athens. 

On campus, Vince is a member of JIFFI, a non-profit organization run by Notre Dame students that provides members of the South Bend community with emergency loans and credit. He is also Vice President of Interview Preparation for the Wall Street Club and a Project Leader in the Student International Business Council. In his free time, Vince served in 2016 as the president of the Notre Dame Club Squash Team and tutors middle-school students from the South Bend community weekly at the Robinson Community Learning Center.

Vince joined Goldman Sachs in New York City as a summer investment banking analyst in June 2016.

Noemi Ventilla

Noemi Ventilla

  • Areas of Study: Political Science; Peace Studies; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE); Glynn Family Honors Program
  • Hometown: New York, NY

In high school, Noemi was a member of the independent science research program and worked at the Conceptual Development and Social Cognition Lab at NYU, studying moral and social development and understanding in children. She designed and ran her own psychology study examining the correlation between lying and birth order in preschool and elementary school-aged children.

At Notre Dame, Noemi served as the sophomore class president for the class of 2017. In this role, Noemi led the Sophomore Class Council’s efforts to organize Notre Dame’s first annual Dance-A-Thon, which raised thousands of dollars for Memorial Hospital in downtown South Bend. Noemi has also spent time interning at the Department of Community Investment for the City of South Bend and is a member of the Welcome Weekend Orientation Steering Committee. 

For her Social Justice summer, Noemi worked at Media Monitoring Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa, exploring issues surrounding media ethics and media literacy. Noemi spent her Global Inquiry summer conducting research on the legacy of the Barcelona Olympics and the various factors that contributed to its success. She also served as an intern for the Center for Olympic Studies at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Noemi studied abroad in London, England, during the spring of 2016 and spent her Professional Venture summer as a federal policy intern for the Governor of New York in Washington, D.C.

Sienna Wdowik

Sienna Wdowik

  • Areas of Study: Arabic; Political Science; Glynn Family Honors Program
  • Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

Sienna spent her Social Justice summer in Mumbai, India, with a women’s rights NGO, working with daughters of sex workers in the nearby Red Light District. At Notre Dame, she continues to engage with issues of international importance through research on international nuclear weapons strategy. She is particularly interested in the politics of the Middle East, and hopes to pursue this through study abroad and independent research.

Sienna spent her Global Inquiry summer taking intensive Arabic classes in Amman, Jordan, where she will also study abroad for the 2015-2016 academic year. Sienna is the recipient of a Boren Scholarship, which provides funding for undergraduate students to immerse themselves in languages and cultures that are of importance to national security. In exchange for funding, which is provide by the United States National Security Education Program, Boren Scholars commit to working with the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Sienna is active in the South Bend community and regularly volunteers at South Bend’s Center for the Homeless (CFH), where she helped develop the Center’s Community Arts Initiative and organized the first CFH Christmas Concert.

During the summer of 2016, Sienna will track, translate, and analyze terrorist activity, particularly that of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, through an internship with the Institute for the Study of War's Counterterrorism Team.

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson

  • Areas of Study: Information Technology Management; Science, Technology, and Values; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Jackie is passionate about healthcare policy, administration, and innovation. As a freshman, Jackie was selected to take part in a Center for Social Concerns Seminar entitled “U.S. Healthcare: Policy and Poverty,” which takes students in Washington D.C., over Spring Break to study the U.S. healthcare system and its implications on the underserved members of society. As a sophomore, Jackie helped lead this course to D.C.

For her Social Justice summer, Jackie interned in Lusaka, Zambia, for a Catholic Relief Services and Notre Dame Eck Institute for Global Health project, the Health Systems Strengthening Initiative (HSSI). The project aims to improve the business and administrative practices within the Christian health system in Zambia. While working with Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ), Jackie completed research and reports for the HSSI and gained valuable work experience within the international development field.

Jackie was awarded a Nanovic Institute for European Studies grant to travel to Switzerland to complete research on the Swiss healthcare system during Fall Break 2015.

For her Global Inquiry summer, Jackie served as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Intern at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. She was also selected to participate in the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s Summer Institute at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. She returned to Washington, D.C. in summer 2016, where she served as a government affairs policy intern at United Health Group Optum Technolgy.

On campus, Jackie is involved in the Dance Company, Compassionate Care in Medicine Club, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana.

Courtney Wright

Courtney Wright

  • Areas of Study: Mechanical Engineering
  • Hometown: Greensburg, PA

Courtney spent her Outward Bound experience backpacking and white water rafting in the Jefferson Wilderness of Oregon for her Wilderness Leadership Experience. For her Social Justice summer, she worked in Kampala, Uganda, for an organization called Come Let’s Dance, where she learned new sustainable farming techniques and volunteered at a women’s empowerment project.

Courtney, who is majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Environmental Engineering, served as an Engineering Intern at Elliott Turbomachinery for her Global Inquiry summer. She spent her Professional Venture summer working for Ford in the body exterior devision. 

On campus, Courtney is a peer mentor for the First Year of Studies Program, and is involved in Women’s Boxing.