Service Internships is produced by a small, but dedicated team with a strong interest in bringing college students together with service internship opportunities to make the world a better place!

Meet some of our team members:

Michael VermillionMichael Vermillion
Publisher and Managing Editor
New York

Michael has over 25 years of business and service experience including roles with the United Way and the Procter & Gamble Alumni Association. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia and, with two college age children, has been on more campus tours than he can count.

A graduate of the US Naval Academy with an MBA from the University of Chicago, Michael has worked in the information publishing industry since 2001 and employs interns on a regular basis.

Stephanie CoppolaStephanie Coppola
Contributing Writer and Social Media Czar

Stephanie is a recent graduate of Quinnipiac University with a degree in journalism. Now a resident of Boston who still cheers on the Yankees, Stephanie is a regular contributor to our presence on Twitter and Facebook as well as our blog and newsletter.

Look for Stephanie’s upcoming profiles on colleges and universities that fund service internships. She will be highlighting how some of the country’s most prestigious programs integrate service into the overall college experience.

Cynda PerunCynda Perun
Advisory Board

Cynda is a veteran of the US Peace Corps and served in Honduras where she worked on sustainable development projects.

In addition to her Peace Corps work, the Chicago native has traveled throughout Europe, Asia, Central and South America. Cynda is a Board member of Chicago Fair Trade where she worked to help make Chicago a Fair Trade city.

A graduate of Purdue University with an MBA from DePaul, Cynda was a key player behind the scenes in moving Service Internships from a conversation over coffee to where we are today.

Dan ByrnesDaniel Byrnes
Advisory Board
Washington DC

Daniel is a media assistant at the Sierra Club and a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. Besides having eight years of published feature writing experience, Daniel has a deep passion for service and travel.

His main area of service has been as a volunteer writing coach in elementary schools, and he’s spent his vacations interning abroad for a news website in China and attending a journalism colloquium in Mexico City.

Emma PenrodEmma Penrod
Contributing Writer
Salt Lake City

Emma is studying communications at Brigham Young University and has three years of experience in journalism. In addition to her passion for writing, she also loves learning about science, history and world cultures.

On the weekends, Emma often takes short road trips to explore other parts of the western United States, and with the rest of her free time she enjoys volunteering as a tutor with a local program that offers homework help to those who could not otherwise afford the service.

Emma is also the author of the upcoming Interns’ Guide to New York City.

Sarah BrowneSarah Browne
Contributing Writer

Currently a graduate student, Sarah pursues modeling and freelance writing on the side while completing her Master’s degree. She believes in using writing for social good. Her greatest goal with her writing is to complete a young adult fiction novel that teaches youth to work for causes, to be compelling in what they do and to have character.

Besides writing, Sarah’s hobbies include hiking, drawing and film making.

Amanda QuilesAmanda Quiles
Contributing Writer
New York

Amanda Quiles is a Community Scholar and Thomas Hunter Honors Student at CUNY Hunter College. She is a junior majoring in history, determined to attend law school to study juvenile law. Amanda is committed to public service. As an undergraduate, she worked for the King’s County District Attorneys Office as a legal assistant. She currently interns at The Door, a center of alternatives for youth in need. With her career endeavors, Amanda hopes to raise more awareness on the issues young people face today, and continue efforts for rehabilitation. Along with her studies, Amanda peruses her passion for the arts; she dances ballet at Hunter and writes poetry.

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