Meet the Interns: Courtney Couillard

By: Chris Loney | Friday, July 26, 2013
Courtney Couillard started her internship at uAspire right after graduating from high school in June. Find out more about her work with the Research and Evaluation team this summer and other things she’s been up to in the office.

My name is Courtney Couillard and I have been participating in an internship at uAspire this past summer. Days after graduating from high school, I hopped on a bus from Dover, NH, and began my time with uAspire for two months.

I found out about uAspire when CEO Bob Giannino-Racine came to speak at an advanced studies program I attended last summer. Hearing his personal story about affording college and what uAspire does for students inspired me to become a part of this movement. I knew there was no better way for me to spend my summer, so I got in touch with the organization in the winter and here I am!

                             So much data! Photo courtesy of Abigail Kelly

In my internship, I have been working under Alexandra Chewning, Director of Research and Evaluation. Much of my day is spent analyzing data collected from the ECAA workshops conducted in several Boston high schools. These workshops allow uAspire to reach out to students through grades 9-12 and prepare them for the college application process. Evaluating the data from these workshops plays a large role in terms of truly understanding what uAspire does for students throughout the school year. Other projects include performing an Extreme Makeover on the supply closet and smuggling baked goods from the Center for College Affordability, AKA the advisors’ hang out area for the summer.

The final product of the Extreme Makeover! Photo courtesy of Abigail Kelly

Working for uAspire has opened my eyes to how universal and important college access support can be for students. Personally, I wish I had an advisor when tackling the FAFSA and other tricky applications myself. The work done at uAspire amazes me daily and I think this assistance should be accessible to every high school student in the nation.

I want to thank the amazing staff for making this an incredibly rewarding summer for me! They have accepted me into their community and taken me under their wings. I couldn’t ask for a better team to work with!

4 Responses to “Meet the Interns: Courtney Couillard”

  1. Monique says:

    This child obviously has awesome parents!!!! Great job Courtney :)

  2. Ann says:

    Courtney had positive guidance and direction from her “awesome” parents and I look forward to what the future has in store for her.

  3. Candace says:

    So proud of you Courtney!

  4. Auntie Kim says:

    Although data mining is a valuable tool you are wise to continue honing the smuggling food skills as you prepare for college.