Keeping Up With the Mammoths: How SAAC Members are Spending their Summer Break

Keeping Up With the Mammoths: How SAAC Members are Spending their Summer Break

AMHERST, Mass. -- Over the next few months, Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) will be profiling how Amherst College student-athletes are spending their summers. This week, we hear from a pair of Amherst harriers who are interning in their hometowns.

Rachel Ruderman, Sophomore, Durham, NC, Women's Track and Field 

This summer I'm interning for Steve Schewel, the newly elected mayor of my hometown, Durham, NC. I briefly volunteered for Mr. Schewel's campaign last summer, and wanted to spend this summer getting more involved in my community and learning about local government. I'm helping the Mayor's Office with projects involving affordable housing, establishing an equitable tree canopy, and food security/policy. The Mayor's Office's other intern, Megan, and I are also exploring how the city can better support its artists, including efforts to create new theater space for local arts groups, as multiple spaces have closed and parts of Durham are becoming increasingly unaffordable to live and work in. My favorite part of this internship is meeting people in the community that I otherwise would not have met, and exploring exciting new parts of the expanding Downtown area. I also get to attend City Council budget meetings and work sessions, where I learn about the amazing work that Durham is doing to make important changes in criminal justice, affordable housing and gentrification, among many other issues. Many thanks to the Center for Community Engagement and the Loeb Center for helping me explore internship opportunities and providing the stipend that allowed me to help make an impact in my community this summer. 

 
 
Olivia Polischeck, Sophomore, Palos Verdes Estates, California, Women's Cross Country and Track and Field
 
This summer I am interning at the radio station, AM 570, on the Petros and Money show! I'm really interested in sports broadcasting and this internship has given me a better understanding of how the industry functions. Every day I get to write copy for the show, give away Dodger tickets to listeners, and talk on air every day to our audience of over a million listeners. We even get to go to Dodger games! My bosses have helped me develop thicker skin as they make fun of me constantly, but at the same time my three bosses are a combination of the dads on Full House and I adore all of themI love going to work every day and I feel incredibly lucky to have had this opportunity and it would not have been possible without Amherst.