Meet Our Summer Interns- Emily Schuckert
My name is Emily Schuckert and I just began my summer internship at the Rodel Foundation of Delaware. Some of my responsibilities include doing research on education in Delaware and best practices, providing event support, assisting with public will efforts, and like most interns, I also will be performing any other office or administrative tasks. I will be interning for seven weeks before returning to school in the fall.
A Delaware local, I just finished my freshman year at Yale University and graduated from Tower Hill in 2010. In high school, my extracurricular activities were divided between the arts, sports, and community service. I was very passionate about visual arts and theater, spending afternoons in studio art and evenings at play rehearsals. I also played on the varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams all four years of school—earning a total of five State Championships, First Team All-State recognition in both sports, and All-American recognition in lacrosse. I have continued my passion for sports by playing on the Yale varsity field hockey team. Finally, one of the most rewarding experiences of high school was doing community service. I co-chaired the Blue-Gold Club, which raised money and awareness for the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities (DFRC) and I also spent many enjoyable hours outside of school volunteering at the Latin Community Center of Wilmington (LACC).
In addition to coaching camps and refereeing youth sports, I had the opportunities last summer to intern at the Delaware Governor’s Office and Innovative Schools. The combination of those two experiences provided me with a valuable background into education reform on the state and local level. I am very excited to be at the Rodel Foundation of Delaware at this time when innovating our education system is at the front of the state and national agenda. Between funding from Race to the top, the expansion of Teach for America into Delaware, and organizations like the Rodel Foundation and the Vision 2015 coalition, Delaware has several excellent tools and proponents to transform our school system into one of nation’s- and even world’s- finest. Even though this may be a small state, eyes across the United States are on our schools, and we have the chance to serve as a model for education reform worldwide. I cannot think of a more inspiring place to be working this summer!