The Partnership’s work to implement the University Community Vision 2030 is exciting; it relies on community engagement and can be fast-paced. Our interns are motivated, organized, detail-oriented, independent, collaborative and creative people who think no problem or goal is too big or small to work on. They primarily work on our communications assets including our weekly e-newsletter, social media, content development for the website, and more.

Current Interns

Bridget Brown

Bridget is a junior at University of Maryland pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and International Business, with a minor in human development. Bridget has been an intern at the City-University Partnership since August of 2020 and her primary responsibilities are to edit, produce, and distribute the weekly email newsletter and to promote local businesses through the College Park Scene blog. 

As a student, Bridget works as an Advertising manager for UMD’s student newspaper, the Diamondback. From her time at the Diamondback, she has gained many insights from and has communicated with many local businesses in College Park. She also is a member of the Strategic Design and Innovation Fellows at UMD and has taken coursework on both digital marketing and graphic design. She enjoys connecting her relevant experience as a student with her work at the Partnership, and looks forward to continuing and expanding on her role here.

Maddi Rihn

Maddi Rihn is a junior at University of Maryland, on track to graduate from the university in December 2021 with a double major in American Studies and English Language & Literature. She is the Spring 2021 Communications intern for the City-University Partnership, where she will be responsible for developing graphics and other outreach materials to primarily promote the CPCUP Homeownership program. 

Since 2019, Maddi has worked as the Outreach Committee Head for Co-operative Housing at UMD, where she has grown very familiar with and fond of College Park and all that it has to offer. She looks forward to using her experience with the co-op to assist with outreach initiatives within the Partnership.

In the past, Maddi has worked as an intern for the Dickinson Electronic Archives, a technology assistant for the UMD College of Arts and Humanities, and a teaching assistant for the College Park Scholars program. After undergrad, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Her dream job would be to work as an archivist or as a librarian in public programming.

Former Interns

Madeline Brown

In her senior year at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, Madeline Brown is studying to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and minor in Sustainability Studies. Madeline is on track to graduate from UMD’s College of Arts and Humanities in the Spring of 2020.

Madeline began her internship with the City-University Partnership in December of 2020. As the Communications Intern, Madeline’s primary responsibilities are to edit, produce and electronically distribute the Partnership’s weekly e-newsletter. She keeps up with local current events and collaborates with leadership to produce content for the e-newsletter.

In the past, Madeline has sought out ways to combine her two academic interests in her everyday life. In 2019, she worked for UMD’s Department of Sustainability from June to November as both their Communications Intern and Sustainability Advisor. It was in these roles that she worked to spread awareness about sustainability through different social media platforms and other outreach methods. She is very passionate about engaging with communication and sustainability at a global scale. In the second semester of her junior year, Madeline traveled to Copenhagen, and attended the Danish Institute for Study abroad to actively learn more about global sustainability. Madeline is looking forward to putting her experience to good use with her position at the Partnership.

Saveena Suri

Saveena is a senior studying Government and Politics with a concentration in International Relations at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her internship with the City-University Partnership includes working on the weekly e-newsletter and maintaining the Partnership’s social media accounts.

Currently, Saveena is a Sondheim Nonprofit Leadership Fellow and is interning at the non-profit Thread in Baltimore. She has previously worked in youth education and community development as an assistant teacher for Asian American LEAD in D.C in 2017. In 2016 she was a project leader on a field study in rural Rwanda with Rollins College in partnership with the Rwanda Education Assistance Project (REAP). Saveena is a member of the Epsilon Mu chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, the co-ed service fraternity at the University of Maryland.

Chris Weir

Chris is a Junior studying Architecture at the University of Maryland with minors in Sustainability Studies, Real Estate Development, and Construction Project Management.

His internship with the City-University Partnership includes the designing of graphics for the Partnership’s website and data collection for a Graduate Student Housing study in the College Park area.

Chris has a passion for sustainable and equitable development which has led him to pursue past work at the University of Maryland as an outreach team leader and graphic designer for UMD’s Sustainability Office. In addition, Chris has worked as a Teaching Assistant for a sustainable development course. Outside of the University, he has worked for Anchor Construction Corporation in Washington, D.C. and the WBCM architecture firm in Towson, MD. Currently, Chris works for Grimm+Parker Architects in Beltsville, MD . He is excited to put what he has learned from building and design to good use at the Partnership.

Carmen Borgia

Carmen is a sophomore studying digital media, rhetoric, and environmental anthropology. Her internship with the City-University Partnership includes producing media content for their website’s blog as well as their social media platforms in order to promote businesses throughout College Park.

As a student, Carmen also works as an outreach leader for the UMD’s Office of Sustainability and a Challenge Course Facilitator at the Adventure Program. She is involved with the production crew in Maryland Filmmaker’s Club and Survivor Maryland and is pledging the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega as well. Being passionate about social justice, the great outdoors, and digital media, she hopes to pursue a career tying these concepts together in the form of digital activism and communication.

Antara Joshi

Antara is currently a senior earning her Bachelors of Science in Public Health Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her internship with the City-University Partnership includes designing engaging and creative multi-platform content that reflects our narrative. She encourages community collaboration by being in contact with and promoting local businesses in the College Park area.

Over the past three years, Antara has helped direct and organize Technica, the world’s largest all-woman hackathon, which is held yearly at UMD. She works for the UMD Department of Information Technology and has also interned in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics department at the university, doing lab work and cell research. In her free time Antara has been learning how to code in various languages and is working as a Client Relations Manager for N3xtWeb, a web and graphic design company.

Lia Collen


Lia is a senior studying Communication and Government & Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her internship with the City-University Partnership includes working on the weekly e-newsletter, the University District Vision implementation plan, and the annual report.

In the summer of 2016, Lia interned in the Public Affairs Department at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Lia’s other prior positions include Communications Intern for Common Cause and the National Archives, Research Consultant for the Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, Office Assistant at the University of Maryland’s Department of Residential Life, and a Teaching Assistant for a public relations course at the University of Maryland.

Piya Das

aaeaaqaaaaaaaamkaaaajgu1zdixnje1lwuynjktndgxmi05owu3lwu1mzhmmwu3otjizqPiya is a senior studying Communication and French at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her work the with Partnership includes promoting local businesses in College Park on the Partnership’s website and social media channels.

Prior to working with the College Park City-University Partnership, Piya interned with 1776, a global startup accelerator and seed fund. At UMD, Piya is the cofounder of a yoga and meditation advocacy club, Yogi Terps, and is passionate about spreading messages of health, fitness, and positivity across the campus community.

Maeve Dunigan

Maeve is a senior studying Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her internship with the partnership involves building the weekly newsletter, website maintenance, designing multi-platform content, and maintaining press and outreach lists, among other responsibilities.

Maeve is currently a senior staff writer for The Diamondback as well as a Student Ambassador for The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Her past positions include Journalism Intern for the University of Maryland’s Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, Communications Intern for Fitbase Media, Staff Writer for WMUC-FM Radio News, and Staff Writer for the Maryland chapter of Her Campus Media. This past fall Maeve traveled to the Netherlands where she attended The Hague University of Applied Sciences and took classes relating to media and European studies.

Sarah Lee

Sarah is a senior studying Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her internship with the City-University partnership includes designing graphics for the Partnership’s website and other social media pages. In addition, Sarah assists Program Associate, Valerie Woodall, on the Outdoor Performance series.

Prior to the City-University Partnership, Sarah was a Brand Marketing Ambassador for Live Nation. As a Brand Marketing Ambassador, her responsibilities included researching artists’ social media strategies, pitching partnership proposals, and executing partnerships with local businesses for upcoming shows and events at The Fillmore, a music venue located in Silver Spring, MD.

Olushola Omomo

 Olushola is a senior at the University of Maryland studying Public Health Science with a minor in Global Poverty. Her interests include photography, sewing, and writing. This past fall, she was an intern at the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization that provided several services to promote a thriving community.

She has a passion for community, culture, and development and is excited to be working with the College Park City-University Partnership. Her internship with the City-University Partnership will be to manage the #CollegeParkScene Blog, which showcases local businesses in College Park via the Partnership website and on social media!