Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning

Current Social Justice Interns

Learn more about some of our current Social Justice Interns, their work, and what they're learning from the experience.‌


Clarissa Schooley 

Major: English

Internship Role: Catholic Charities Volunteer Relations

My role as a Volunteer Relations intern involves processing volunteer applications, creating Excel sheets, and processing forms for the Celebration of Giving. This program allows hundreds of families and children served by Catholic Charities to receive Christmas gifts through toy showers and family sponsorships by donors. Using SalesForce to enter client data into the system ensures that the process runs smoothly and that every family and child can receive gifts to celebrate the holiday season. In the future I will be using SalesForce and other applications to help keep the Catholic Charities Junior Board operations organized as well. I am enjoying learning about the behind-the-scenes work of a non-profit and gaining experience in computer programs that keep the organization operating. My internship has exposed me to a work environment that I feel I could thrive in. Being a part of an organization dedicated to service has been rewarding and eye-opening.

Mary Margaret Morber

Majors: Secondary Education and English

Internship Role: Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement K-12

I have volunteered with the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement K-12 program's tutoring since my freshman year, so I'm thrilled to be their newest intern! In addition to helping with after school tutoring, I now get to register kids for school, make sure they have all the supplies they need, assist parents with conferences and report card pick-ups, administer ESL tests, advocate for our students' needs, and so much more. We work closely with other departments to make sure that the kids and families we serve are comfortable and prepared to deal with the challenges of adjusting to life in the U.S. My favorite part of the job is getting to build relationships with the kids and families. As an aspiring teacher, I know that building relationships with students and families is the most important part of creating a successful classroom, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to begin to do so in such a unique and meaningful way.

Juliana Tamayo

Majors: Global Studies & International Studies, Spanish

Minor: Women Studies & Gender Studies

Internship Role: Catholic Charities Immigration and Naturalization Services

At Catholic Charities, I work directly with clients on their immigration procedures. My department offers legal services for people seeking permanent residency, work permits, naturalization and other legal adjustments. I specifically work with the Immigrant Survivors Project which aids victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. I translate client’s declarations and official documents as they petition for legal status. I also meet with clients in person to discuss any case updates and hand them mail that came in for them. Every day I learn something new and I am grateful for this opportunity. Immigration is an issue that is very close to my heart and to be able to work and learn from specialists is a blessing. Gaining legal status in this country is a hard and complicated process. It can be frustrating, especially for clients who have been working towards this for years, but I feel lucky to be able to work with them and help them on this journey. We celebrate every small victory and I am filled with joy and excitement every time a client receives his permanent resident card.

Mario Guerrero

Majors: Sociology and Economics

Minors: Latin American Studies

Internship Role: Catholic Charities Government Relations Intern

My work mostly consists of evaluating potential funding opportunities for the Catholic Charities and assisting in the process of applying for grants at the local, state and federal level. Additionally, I also work to maintain the Charities’ relations with elected officials in order to effectively advocate for our most-served communities in the Chicagoland area. On the daily basis, I do tasks such as conducting research on current events that might affect our clients, manage data, and draft grant applications. In the future, I am interesting in pursuing a career in nonprofit management and this opportunity is letting me experience what this career path looks like first hand.

Mikayla Davis

Majors: Sociology and African Studies and the African Diaspora

Internship Role: Personal Effectiveness Program Intern at Misericordia

As an intern in PEP at Misericordia, my job is to assist residents in day-to-day activities and help facilitate programming. This includes classroom learning activities, fitness and recreation, or just socializing with residents! This position in PEP is one of learning from experience. My main objective as an intern is to provide support for other PEP staff when needed and build relationships with those at Misericordia.

Andrea Jalloh

Major: Psychology 

Minor: BioEthics

Internship Role: Social Services Intern at Misericordia

As a Social Service Intern at Misericordia, I work with a large team of professionals to help organize how paperwork for the people of the community. I do different tasks such as attend meetings, update/fill out important paperwork, but most importantly adhere to the mission of Misericordia. Misericordia is a community of people that work towards the enhancement of people who live with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Being a part of this community is not only a humbling experience but an honor to enact this mission every day I attend my internship site. One day I aspire to be a nurse, and the experiences that I take at Misericordia have helped me expand my views of what defines a community, but also what defines care. We can all make a difference in someone's life, whether it's completing paperwork, through conversations, or a hug. Misericordia has taught me that being a part of a community is more than being an employee but it's about enacting on a larger mission that yourself, a mission of hope and a brighter tomorrow for all.

Ariana Allen

Major: Journalism

Internship: Misericordia Recreation and Leisure Intern

My responsibilities as an intern include helping residents use the workout equipment properly and helping to encourage residents to try new activities.  I most enjoy getting to talk to and interact with the residents and personally getting to know each resident and their personalities. This has already been an impactful experience because it has taught me not to put limits on individuals who may have different levels of ability that the majority of society.  Each resident at Misericordia has the potential to learn and grow each day and I enjoy being a part of their growth.

Shamaal Shahzad

Major: Neuroscience

Minor: Bioethics

Internship Role: Job Development Intern on the Refugee Resettlement Team at Catholic Charities

As a Job Development Intern, most of my work revolves around helping our clients apply for jobs in the United States, whether that be by developing resumes for them or helping them look at or apply for jobs. I also help facilitate cultural orientation and job club to help our clients better acclimate themselves to life in the US and gain exposure to American culture. I find the work to be extremely gratifying because oftentimes social work can be very administrative and behind the scenes, but with this job there are tangible results and it means so much to be able to make a difference in someone’s life. My coworkers have been a wealth of information and working at Catholic Charities has made me so much more aware of my own community. Working with this clientele in specific has opened my eyes to the underserved members of the Roger’s Park demographic and has really helped me understand the important role that social justice plays in health care. As an aspiring physician, this means so much to me because I am able to put faces to different parts of the community, better understand their needs, and work towards equity.