Stephanie Martinez is the new Grant Writer Intern at INTAKE Organization. Born and raised in Stamford, CT she was very interested in the fine arts- including music, drawing or dance from a young age.
Stephanie graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia with a dual degree in International Relations and Spanish language and literature. She was a student leader on her campus by being Co-President of the Latino Student Association, a student run club. She promoted diversity and fought against social issues on campus and in the community and was nominated for outstanding leadership by the Center for Honor, Leadership and Service at UMW and as well was given an honor of recognition for bringing cultural awareness to campus through the James Farmer Multicultural Center at UMW.
As an International Affairs major, Stephanie is most interested in the social, political, and international aspects of the INTAKE organization. INTAKE’s mission is what intrigued Ms. Martinez to intern with us – working with opportunity youth from low socio-economic backgrounds and giving them the opportunity to learn the discipline and enjoy classical music through the use of native instruments. She believes that inclusivity creates representation and allows for children to fully believe in themselves thus realizing their goals and full potential.
While at the University of Mary Washington she studied globalization and local economic development, politics of developing countries and American foreign policy. She is interested in working with INTAKE’s international projects and hopes to be at the table amongst diplomats once we head for our international cultural exchanges in Ecuador and Nicaragua in 2016, and beyond. With her expertise in international diplomatic relations and local economic growth, INTAKE immediately identified her strengths as the organization expands its global awareness program.
Stephanie aspires to work for an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help people in underdeveloped foreign countries to become economically self-sustainable. Her internship roles include assisting in the organization’s Development strategy and sustainability plan by maintaining a grants database and making initial research and connections for new partnerships and community relations. She will also attend upcoming speaking engagements and board-related events that will enrich our implementation of the Summer Music Festival in August and a major fundraiser event in the Fall.
You can read some of Stephanie’s blog postings by visiting our “Blog” section of our website.