Abby Fair  - A special thank you Abby for serving as our very first intern! Abby assisted PACES with numerous tasks, including help with our first outreach programs. Abby finished her undergraduate degree in 2014, completed Pitt's MAT program in 2015, and is now a high school science teacher in Maryland. 

Sam Bender - Sam is currently majoring in history, Spanish, and Portuguese at Pitt. During his internship with PACES, Sam completed excellent research about English Language Learner programming.

Cindy Kwak - While interning, Cindy attended the University of Pittsburgh and graduated with degrees in economics and political science. Cindy assisted PACES with various organizational duties, including grant research, during her internship.

Rachel Ragheb - Rachel was a junior studying microbiology and communications at Pitt while interning with PACES. She is now pursuing plans to attend medical school. Rachel performed a variety of organizational duties for PACES during her internship. 

Kim Goldstein - Kim was a junior at the University of Pittsburgh when she interned with PACES. She is continuing her studies at Pitt, majoring in history and urban studies with a concentration in community outreach. Kim assisted PACES with many aspects during her internship, most notably fundraising. 

Michelle Gonoude - Michelle was a junior at the University of Pittsburgh double-majoring in history and political science during her PACES internship. She has plans of applying to the MAT Social Studies program in the School of Education upon her graduation in 2016. Michelle began her internship in the fall of 2014 and continued to assist PACES during the spring with our Veterans: Discuss. Reflect. Serve.  program. 

Clare Stich - Clare was in her senior year at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in urban studies with a certificate in American Sign Language while interning with PACES. Clare provided valuable grant research and program assistance during her internship with PACES. Following her graduation, Clare became employed at the Carnegie Science Center, working in development. Congratulations, Clare!

Abby Sullivan - Abby is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in art history. After graduation, she plans to apply to the School of Education’s Primary Plus Teacher Certificate program. While interning with PACES, Abby completed extensive research about the benefits of incorporating art history into elementary curricula.


The Pittsburgh Assistance Center for Educators and Students (PACES) is grateful to our past interns.  Read more about these students and their work with PACES below. For information about our current interns, or to apply for future internships, click  here


Pittsburgh Assistance Center for Educators and Students

Franchessa Bianconi - Chessa is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in psychology and urban studies with a focus in community development. During her PACES internship, Chessa researched a variety of educational issues, attended community meetings, participated in several school programs, and wrote blog entries. PACES is happy to report that during the spring of 2016, Chessa is studying abroad in Florence. 

​Rachel Brown - Rachel graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in December 2015, majoring in politics and philosophy and completing a certificate in public and professional writing. This spring, Rachel will begin work with AmeriCorps through a program based in Seattle. PACES wishes the best to Rachel and thanks her for all her hard work!

Lauren Stroble - Lauren is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a double major in English fiction writing and communication, a certificate in children's literature, and a minor in dance. As someone who has a passion for learning and a desire to help others, she plans to pursue a career in secondary education and to get involved in non-profit literacy efforts. We look forward to keeping in touch with this future teacher following her spring graduation.

Spring 2014 Interns 

Spring 2016 Intern 

Gabrielle Kozlowski - Gabrielle is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in studio arts. Raised in Champaign, Illinois, she has a fondness for college campuses and open spaces. Gabrielle would love to work in a field that allows her to create images, whether through education, film, or fashion. She is excited to be working with PACES, knowing firsthand what a difference outreach can make in students’ lives. She loves reading memoirs, perusing art museums, and designing. 

Margaret Shuff - Margaret is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in English non-fiction writing. Margaret will also graduate with a certificate in children's literature and a minor in Korean. Margaret is a student with a passion for learning, a great interest in different cultures, and a deep commitment to service. She plans to pursue a career in secondary education. After graduation, she would like to teach in Korea or in areas of need within the United States. When she is not with PACES she can be found running, swimming, or reading.

Nicole Taylor - Nicole is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in art history, anthropology, and sociology. After graduation, she plans to enroll in an AmeriCorps program focusing on education. Eventually, she would like to work within the education department of a museum. Nicole enjoys volunteering with two clubs at Pitt: Keep it Real (a student-run service organization that focuses on tutoring the Somali Bantu community in Pittsburgh) and Gamma Sigma Sigma (a national service sorority). She is a both an amateur yogi and foodie. 

Fall 2016 Interns

Fall 2015 Interns

Spring 2015 Intern

Fall 2014 Interns

2013 Interns 

Pittsburgh Assistance Center for Educators and Students

Sylvie Krause was a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in urban studies and communications during her PACES internship. She first gained interest in pursuing the right to an equal education for children of all socioeconomic backgrounds after interning for a non-profit organization in Philadelphia. This organization works to improve educational opportunities and reduce the dropout rate in Philadelphia inner-city public schools. Since then, Sylvie has had a variety of experiences with primary education both in Pittsburgh and Amsterdam. Following her graduation this spring, Sylvie is seeking employment with a non-profit or urban public policy organization.