2023 Mellon Foundation Interns

Hannyah Alford

My name is Hannyah Alford and I am currently a senior at Rutgers Camden. I major in English with a minor in Writing. The organization I work for is the Alice Paul Institute which is a nonprofit organization that advocates for gender equality and civil rights. As an intern, I have been working on the organization’s social media calendar and creating content ideas for them to post on their social media platforms. Most of the posts I write are centered around gender advocacy, women’s suffrage, and equal rights.

Jordan Ellzy

My name is Jordan Ellzy and I am currently a junior majoring in history and minoring in childhood studies. For my internship, I am researching at the Camden County Historical Society. The organization is in correlation with preserving historical archives and artifacts from Camden County and providing a museum for others to visit and research. For this semester I’ve been contributing toward creating an exhibit regarding Martin Luther King Jr. living in Camden during his education journey at Crozer and as well connecting one of his visits to a Maple Shade restaurant with the historical significance of Green Books.

Francesca Rau

My name is Francesca Rau, and I am a senior at Rutgers Camden. I am majoring in Psychology and Childhood Studies in hopes of graduating in May 2024 and continuing my education in the Master of Teaching Program in Elementary Education to become a teacher. The organization that I am working for this semester is Mighty Writers – Atlantic City. At Mighty Writers, we are all about helping children learn to think clearly and write. We also get involved with the community as we have weekly food distributions throughout the town. We also include many other essentials, such as diapers, cleaning supplies, and books. 

The work I have been doing this semester is mainly working with the students at Mighty Writers, consisting of Kindergarten to Third Graders, helping them think and write with clarity in their writing stories such as picture books, daily writing prompts, and getting their ideas flowing. It has been gratifying watching the students grow in their writing throughout the short time I’ve been with them, and I am very excited to continue to see the achievements they will all accomplish with the rest of my time here.

Madona Soliman

My name is Madona Soliman and I am a senior at Rutgers University. I am double majoring in English and Digital Studies as well as minoring in Writing. The organization I’m working for is PA Humanities. They are a nonprofit that supports various humanities projects and organizations in Pennsylvania. The work I’ve been mainly doing is researching and gathering information for their 50th-anniversary celebration. This data will be used to reach out to former staff and board members to invite them to the upcoming 50th-anniversary reunion event. I have also participated in the Rain Poetry and Teen Reading Lounge projects. I transcribed some poems that were installed at the Marion Anderson Neighborhood Academy and created flyers for Rain Poetry events. For Teen Reading Lounge I collected the necessary information needed to close out the fiscal year and start the process for the new year.