Barbara Cushing, the 2011 Summer Peter P. Quinn Scholarship recipient, was a junior at Temple University studying Civil Engineering when she interned at GVF. She played for the Temple Tennis Club, was a member of the Society of Women Engineers and a member of the Temple University Honors Program. As Barbara was concluding her internship at GVF, she had the opportunity to meet with Yassmin Gramian, Vice President at HNTB. After their meeting, Yassmin offered Barbara a potential future internship at HNTB to pursue her passion of civil engineering.
Ariel Mookherji, who attended Montgomery County Community College, majored in Marketing. As a student of marketing, Ariel was interested in how a nonprofit organization positions themselves in the community. Ariel was also the president of the MC3 chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, where she worked with nonprofit organizations to raise money for the communities. After, graduation Ariel hoped to pursue a career in nonprofits communications where she can advocate for businesses and communities to promote economic development.
Brianna Petzak was a Junior at Arcadia University where she majored in International Business and Culture, with a minor in Spanish and a concentration in Marketing. As a commuter, and a student of business, Brianna was interested in the interdependence of different business and public officials involved with transportation, as well as the benefits gained by companies adopting sustainable transportation practices. After, graduation Brianna hoped to pursue a career in public policy where she can advocate for businesses and communities to promote economic development.
“I will never forget my time spent at GVF, I was presented with so many wonderful and unique opportunities to grow and learn. I was able to contribute directly to the operations of both the company and the foundation and see the results of my efforts. It was so refreshing to be welcomed so warmly by the employees at GVF and receive guidance from them. One of my most memorable experiences at GVF, among many, was being invited to sit in on GVF’s Public Policy Board meeting during the last few days of the government shut down during October 2013. It was such a unique experience and it was so exciting to be participate in something that was effecting the whole country. I am thankful for all of the opportunities I have had at GVF and for everything I have learned!” -Brianna Petzak, Winter 2013 Intern
PETER P. QUINN INTERNS
Megan Needham, recipient of the Peter P. Quinn scholarship for the Spring 2012 semester, was a senior at Villanova University as a Pre-Law Philosophy major. She served as a student representative on Villanova’s President’s Environmental Sustainability Committee for the past three years and was the president of the university’s chapter of Best Buddies. Megan was interested in non-profits and looking to gain more exposure to the realms of government and public policy. Megan was also currently working and hoping to attend law school next year.
“My experience this semester working as an intern at GVF has been invaluable to me both professionally and personally. The GVF staff as a whole has made a conscious and consistent effort to expose me to the various aspects of a TMA and its responsibilities by encouraging me to pursue not only the fields that I know and like but also areas of transportation that I hadn’t previously considered.” – Megan Needham, Spring 2012 intern
Pamela Craddock was the recipient of the Peter P. Quinn Scholarship at the GVF for the winter 2011 semester. She grew up in western Lancaster County and came to this area to attend college at West Chester University. At West Chester, Pamela studied Urban Planning and Development and upon the completion of her internship at GVF, planned to attend Rutgers University for her Master’s degree in City Planning. Due to Pamela’s interest in urban planning and development, GVF ensured that she had a chance to have lunch with Natasha Manbeck, Director of Transportation Services at the Chester County Planning Commission.
"Through this scholarship, I feel that I have learned a great deal about the professional world of transportation. I was able to gain experience about many of the different factions of both the public and private planning worlds. I was also able to bring what I learned from the GVF into my class discussions and assignments, which is something that I found very beneficial. I am very thankful that I was able to have this wonderful opportunity". – Pamela Craddock, Winter 2011 intern
During her internship, Ashley was a senior at Temple University. She provided support for transportation related projects. Ashley was enrolled in a 4 + 1 program, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Community Development and a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning. Previously, Ashley worked as a research assistant for the Center for Sustainable Communities at Temple University where she worked on energy and transportation related projects. She was also the treasurer of Temple Student Planning Organization and likes to volunteer for local non-profits in her community. She hopes to work professionally as a planner with a focus in transportation or land use.
During her internship, Karen was a junior at Villanova University. She worked on projects with the marketing staff. Karen pursued a degree in marketing with a minor in business analytics. She was excited to learn more about the non-profit sector and acquire hands-on marketing experience. Karen worked on social media projects, email campaigns, and monthly newsletters for both GVF and Communities in Motion. Her future career aspirations are to work in data analytics and eventually become a consultant in the field of marketing research.
As the Fall 2015 Peter P. Quinn Internship recipient, Caroline says, "I am enjoying learning all the ways communities and businesses can benefit by adopting a sustainable transportation lifestyle." She is a senior at Saint Joseph’s University working towards a BA degree in Communication with an Entertainment Marketing Minor. After graduation she hopes to build a career in the Marketing field with a focus on event planning.
“Working at GVF, thus far, has taught me that I want to continue to work for companies that are working towards change and are passionate about making a difference gives me motivation in the work I do.”
As the Spring 2016 Peter P. Quinn Internship recipient, Alyssa assists the Marketing Department with social media, research, programs and event coordination. Before joining Communities in Motion, she spent the past year working for the United States Liability Insurance (USLI) as a Direct Bill Intern. She was in charge of contacting agents and policyholders about the status of their policies while also updating the daily invoices for customers. Alyssa is currently a senior at Eastern University majoring in Communication Studies with a concentration in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. She chose this major because Communication Studies allows her to focus on her strengths as an individual, while still opening up many avenues to potential career opportunities.
Jane Kang graduated from Villanova University where she studied Sociology and Psychology. Jane was born and raised in the Philadelphia area; she currently resides in Dresher. As a commuter, Jane became intrigued with learning how to spread the word about more efficient and environmentally-friendly ways of traveling and uses of public transportation. After graduation, Jane hoped to pursue a career in marketing that will help the people see important ways to get involved with public issues.
“During my time at GVF, I was able to learn many of the valuable experiences that I will be able to integrate into my future studies/occupation. I was able to work on many marketing projects that allowed me to learn how to communicate and work effectively with the community members around me as well as fellow GVF employees. It was great because GVF has so many partnerships in different fields that I was able to get a wide range of different company experiences. Being able to sit in on actual meetings and the Annual Breakfast was also a great way to immerse myself in a professional atmosphere as well. It was a very helpful internship, especially at the start of my career, and I am thankful to the staff over at GVF.” – Jane King, Winter 2013 Intern
Justin John was a senior at Temple University where he studed Community and Regional Planning. Originally from New York City, Justin moved to Pennsylvania when he was 8 years old and has resided in the state since. Constant travel between the New York-New Jersey and Philadelphia Metropolitan areas has made transportation an appealing subject for Justin. After graduation, Justin planed to continue his studies in a master’s program for Transportation Planning, eventually working for a Public Transit agency such as the MTA or SEPTA. In Justin’s spare time he volunteered at the Philabundance Food Community Center in North Philadelphia. Justin also enjoys playing basketball and cooking.
“The time spent at GVFTMA proved to be informative and most importantly, rewarding. I observed firsthand the vital partnerships GVFTMA has with local and regional organizations. Their contributions in the transportation sector exceeded my prior judgments. I participated with a team of well-rounded individuals that has major impacts on projects and for that I am grateful. I can use the information I acquired while at GVFTMA to improve my studies in school and my future career endeavors.” -Justin John, Summer 2012 Intern
Dan was a Spring 2019 Peter P. Quinn Internship recipient who worked with our Marketing Department on research projects, social media, and much more. Dan states, "Working as an intern was a very rewarding and valuable experience. I gained first-hand knowledge of marketing and communications by assisting with many different aspects of the organization’s marketing campaigns. I also learned a lot about non-profit organizations, transportation, and local government. This will be very helpful for my future career as I pursue marketing work in non-profits and the green transportation industry. Overall, I had the pleasure of working with a great, friendly, and helpful team, while learning valuable skills that will help me begin my career. I am very grateful for the wonderful opportunity that this internship program has provided."