LGWR Student Summer Internships

Throughout the year, Center-affiliated Associate Teaching Professor Mary Bellman worked closely with LGWR students to find internships aligned with their interests and skills. Here is what the students are up to in 2019!
LGWR Student Summer Internships

LGWR Student Sherif Olanrewaju (right front) with The Massachusetts Nurses Association at an action in front of the Nashoba Valley Medical Center.

By Manuel Rosaldo

Throughout the year, Center-affiliated Associate Teaching Professor Mary Bellman worked closely with LGWR students to find internships aligned with their interests and skills. Here is what the students are up to in 2019: Kofi Asianowa (of Ghana) is helping with grievance proceedings, contract negotiations, trainings, and internal organizing with The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 8 in Toledo, Ohio. Pnehwon Harris (of Liberia) has an internship with the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Pennsylvania (SEIU-HCPA) in Philadelphia, where she is helping build relationships with West African members in nursing homes and home healthcare. Bashiratu Kamal (of Ghana) has an internship at the Solidarity Center in Washington D.C., where she is conducting research and policy analysis on the African Free Trade agreement and African labor rights campaigns. Sherif Olanrewaju (of Nigeria) is assisting with leadership development, contract negotiations, power mapping, and worksite actions with the Massachusetts Nurses Association. Ekin Ozturk (of Turkey) is conducting strategic research with the Global Strategies Department of the Teamsters International in Washington D.C. Rafael Padilha (of Brazil) is preparing for a Master’s program in Philosophy at the University of Porto, where he hopes to work part time for a labor union. Allison Petonic (of the United States) is interning with the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh, assisting with contract campaigns, trainings, and corporate research. Anna Popovych (of Ukraine) is developing materials, training, and data infrastructure for new member outreach with The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 668 in Pittsburgh. Congratulations to our LGWR students on their internship accomplishments!