Sharing Gratitude & Best Wishes for our Interns

Aug 31, 2018

Four talented students took part in our 2018 Summer Internship program, contributing to Fairfield County’s Community Foundation through their skills and creativity. We extend our gratitude for their support, and wish them the best of luck as they return to their schools for the fall semester!

Meet our 2018 Summer Interns:

Sarah Qualiariello

Sarah joined FCCF’s internship program to serve her home community and enhance her knowledge of the nonprofit/development world. As a Development intern, Sarah identified ways to engage a more diverse base of philanthropic community members in our work to close the opportunity gap in Fairfield County.

Sarah is now entering her senior year of college at the University of Richmond, where she studies English, Musical Theatre and Arts Management. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys singing. She is the president of Cheour du Roi, the University’s oldest co-ed a cappella group.


Michael Moreno

Michael joined FCCF’s internship program to expand his career development, gain interdisciplinary knowledge and improve his data analysis and reporting skills. As a Data Analysis intern, he contributed new insights to FCCF’s population level indicators.

Michael is now returning to his second year of graduate school at Bridgeport University, where he is pursuing an education in Technology Management.


Rachel Fried

As a Marketing intern, Rachel worked to research an optimal platform to connect students who receive scholarships via FCCF. Rachel brought both creative skills and her firsthand insights to this task.

Rachel is now entering her senior year of college at the University of Delaware, where she majors in Marketing and minors in International Business. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys volunteering and kickboxing.


Helen Riser

Helen contributed to a variety of projects throughout her internship, including researching corporate foundations. and Helen particularly enjoyed FCCF’s summer community service project in Bridgeport.

Helen is now entering her senior year at Ridgefield High School. She is excited to begin looking at colleges and determining a chosen field of interest.


About FCCF’s Internship Program:

FCCF’s paid summer intern program began in 2010 with two interns. The program now supports 4-9 interns each summer, ranging in age from high school students from the Norwalk Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program to graduate students from our region.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation strives to fully integrate interns into its culture and organization. Our 12-week program begins the first week of June with a half-day orientation. Interns are invited to a variety of outings throughout the summer, including a countywide networking social and several “lunch and learn” educational sessions. When possible, interns are invited to offsite meetings held with organizations in their field of interest and may shadow nonprofit executive directors and presidents. A highlight of the summer is an all-intern luncheon with FCCF President & CEO Juanita James.

Keep an eye out for 2019 internship opportunities, to be released towards the end of 2018.

2018 Summer Internship program
Helen (left), Sarah (Middle) and Rachel (Right) enjoying the summer weather outside the FCCF office.


Sarah and Michael at FCCF’s summer community service project in Bridgeport.