A Conversation about Equity and Cultural Wealth: Preparing Employers for Community College Interns

November 16, 2020

Nearly 200 people joined the Boston Foundation and Bunker Hill Community College for a webinar highlighting the data and experiences that show the powerful impact of internships for community college students as a tool preparing and connecting employers to the next generation of workers. 

The program opened with a research presentation from two Bunker Hill Community College administrators, Dean of Professional Studies Austin Gilliland and Lee Santos Silva, the Director of BHCC's Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth. They presented research into the impacts of programs like Bunker Hill Community College's "Learn and Earn" initiative, which connects students seeking experience with employers in paid internships that can open the door to full-time employment down the road.

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After the presentation, Boston Foundation Program Officer Juan Cantu led a panel discussion of current and past BHCC interns in the Learn and Earn program, who shared their experiences and perspectives in and after the program. Afterwards, Bunker Hill's Stephanie Bryszkowski, the Director of Internships and Career Development at BHCC, moderated a discussion of the impact these internships can have for employers.  


Paul S. Grogan, President & CEO, The Boston Foundation

Austin GillilandDean of Professional Studies, Bunker Hill Community College
Lee Santos SilvaDirector, Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth, Bunker Hill Community College
Antoniya MarinovaAssistant Director, Education to Career, The Boston Foundation (Moderator)

Student Panel Discussion
Juan Cantu
Program Officer, The Boston Foundation (Moderator)
Victoria LuchiProgram Coordinator Intern, Strong Women In Action
Fabiola Mayen VitalEvent Sales & Management Intern, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Pedro RussellSenior Strategy Analyst, Cengage
Elidijon TafaNavigate Marketing Intern, NECEC

Employer Panel Discussion
Stephanie BryszkowskiDirector of Internships and Career Development, Bunker Hill Community College (Moderator)
Jamie BanksSustainability Consultant, Sustainserv; Former Learn and Earn Intern and Graduate, Bunker Hill Community College
Kelly FlentieLead Microbiologist, Selux Diagnostics, Inc.
Florette LouissaintPresident & CEO, Strong Women In Action
Molly PhelpsAcademic Programs Manager, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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