Summer 2019 Interns

Charity Turnboe, a perspective public policy analysis major at Pomona College in Claremont California, joined the Higher Heights for America team for the summer of 2019 as a communications intern.

At Pomona, Turnboe volunteers to assist with free mobile clinics for underserved communities, and she also serves as vice president of the Black Student Union (BSU) where she strategizes to create new events and increase campus awareness and engagement with the BSU. Turnboe also manages communications for Pomona College’s sustainability office. Previously, Turnbo interned with the public relations firm Truscott Rossman, where she created blog posts and helped manage the company’s social media accounts.

Codi Elliott, a neuroscience major at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, is a summer 2019 communications intern with Higher Heights. She has experience in computer science research and programming, and she previously interned for Scripps Translational Science Institute. Elliott plans to practice medicine and work to increase access to high-quality, affordable healthcare. 

Elliott currently works as a staff writer for College Magazine, and she serves on the 50 by 2050 Committee. This committee supports efforts to realize equal representation of men and women in the U.S. Congress by 2050 by promoting and advertising resources and organizations that work to empower women to run for office. 

Nadia Sempher is a summer 2019 finance and operations intern with Higher Heights for America. The Fairfield University senior comes to Higher Heights with nearly three years of financial internship experience working with large financial institutions such as Bank of America and law firms such as Morrison and Foerster.

During her internship, Sempher is helping Higher Heights with digital record keeping and creating a financial records protocol manual. She plans to pursue a master’s in business administration after completing her undergraduate degree. In addition to her career goals, Sempher volunteers for Camp AmeriKids, an organization for children with special needs.

Utibeabasi Emah, a political science and international relations major at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, is a program intern with Higher Heights during summer 2019.

On campus, Emah previously served as public relations officer for Carleton University’s Nigerian Students Association. She also has organized community clothing drives and campus fundraisers. Emah has been a volunteer for the Carleton University Students Association’s elections, which has helped her hone campaign skills. She plans to pursue human rights policy work and ultimately create a nonprofit organization that addresses the needs of minority groups in Nigeria.