When Devika Balachandran and David Hoyos arrived in Mississippi last June to embark upon an eight-week-long internship, the two Princeton University undergraduates did not know each other — but that was about to change.
As a junior at Princeton University, Victoria Worthen was attracted to the posting for a summer internship at Mercer Street Friends because of a strong interest in nutrition and obesity prevention.
As an editorial intern with the Center for Public Integrity, Princeton junior Shirley Gao was in charge of covering the Dodd-Frank Act, the financial regulatory reform law passed in 2010. One day, after writing a review of how bank lobbyists had been working to find loopholes and overturn the law, Shirley returned from lunch to find an email from her editor. The subject line? “The Daily Show just called – seriously!” It turns out they had read her story, and wanted to use her reporting on one of their segments.
Though Princeton’s Teguru Tembo spent most of his time at the Making Waves Foundation office, where he worked to research per pupil spending at college-prep, Bay Area schools, his most memorable moment occurred while he was working at the Academy, with their summer program for their incoming 9th graders. These freshmen are the first wave-makers, as they’re affectionately called, to attend Making Waves High School.