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Five students awarded '75 community service internships

The Princeton University Class of 1975 Community Service Summer Internship Fund is supporting five students who are completing internships at nonprofit organizations this summer.

Established in 2000 at the class' 25th Reunion, the fund is intended to offer financial support for summer internships that will further the students' education and allow them to explore careers in service. Class of 1975 organizers expect that not only will the students find their work rewarding, but the organizations will benefit from their efforts.

The students who have received the awards are:

• Stephanie Burset, a sophomore from Bernardsville, N.J., who is working with the Great Swamp Watershed Association. She is conducting research that involves attending municipal meetings and talking with local politicians and state regulators to understand the issues regarding water quality for the Great Swamp's watershed, which provides drinking water to more than 1 million New Jersey residents.

• Drew Frederick, a senior from Kingsport, Tenn., who is working with the CATA-Farmworker Support Committee in Glassboro, N.J. Frederick is helping to develop the leadership capabilities of migrant and immigrant workers through education and training on issues pertinent to their lives. A Woodrow Wilson School major, he also is earning a certificate in Latin American studies.

• Eleanor Oakes, a senior from Belle Mead, N.J., who is an intern with Communities in Schools of New Jersey in Newark. She is serving as an assistant director of the studio works youth arts training and employment program for students ages 14 to 21 in Essex County. Oakes is overseeing a program that offers components in publication design and public art and includes portfolio development and career/college exploration workshops. Oakes is majoring in art history and visual arts.

• Brette Tannenbaum, a senior from New York, who is a policy intern with the Supportive Housing Network of New York. She is conducting research on providers of the more than 200 nonprofit organizations and corporate partners that have developed and operate supportive housing units in projects across New York state. These agencies provide safe, permanent affordable housing linked to supportive services for low-income and formerly homeless individuals and families. Tannenbaum is majoring in history with a certificate in American studies.

• Victor Wakefield, a senior from Ann Arbor, Mich., who is teaching at the East Harlem School at Exodus House in New York City. He is planning and implementing two sections of humanities classes and is developing an elective class based on his own interests. The school educates middle school students from East Harlem low-income families who exhibit a desire to learn and an eagerness to embrace new challenges. Wakefield is majoring in history with a certificate in American studies.

The Princeton University Class of 1969 Community Service Fund administers grants from the Class of 1975 Community Service Summer Internship Fund.

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