Meritus Internships Impact the San Francisco Community

This summer, four Meritus Scholars give back to their communities via internships in the social sector. Through a continued partnership with District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim and a new partnership with the Kababayan festival, the Meritus career development program offers Scholars the opportunity to explore their passions for social change.

ShaikhMubeenah copyMubeenah Shaikh, 2011 Scholar and CSU San Francisco student, understands the value of her internship at Supervisor Jane Kim’s office in exploring her interest in public health: “I have lived south of Market in District Six for sixteen years and would like to give back to the community I know and care about. I am interested in current events and local issues and am particularly concerned about homelessness in San Francisco.”

Lam, CourtneyMeritus Scholar Courtney Lam (2012) describes how her grit and ambition has prepared her for her policy internship at Supervisor Jane Kim’s office:  “Growing up in a developing neighborhood without any financial advantages, I built myself up through perseverance and tenacity. I graduated with a 4.0 in one of the best high schools in California and am now attending UCLA with a current GPA of 3.8. I believe this internship opportunity is more than just a summer activity, but a position that I genuinely care about and can see myself working in this field for the rest of my life.”

NwankwoUgonmaSupervisor Jane Kim’s office was so impressed with Ugonma Nwanko’s (2012) performance in her internship last year that they invited her back for another summer.    

Wendy Wen2013 Scholar Wendy Wen (2013) is excited to intern for the Filipino cultural festival, Kababayan. Wendy is learning how to apply her detail-oriented nature and interpersonal skills by learning how to organize large events.

  • Special thanks to those who contributed to the micro-giving campaign that raised stipends for Jane Kim’s interns. If you are interested in donating to our internship fund for Meritus Scholars interested in the social sector, please contact Norah Stevens-Kittner at or (415) 400-8645.


  • For more information on how your company can host an internship, please contact Denise Miller, Manager of Career Development, at or (415) 400-8642.