Cassidy Bins applies skills to Rise’s grant writing proposals


Cassidy Bins served as Rise’s grant writing intern this fall. An English major with a minor in history, Cassidy will graduate from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, in 2022. “I wanted to apply my writing skills outside of the classroom, and Rise’s mission really stuck with me,” said Cassidy. “I’ve always wanted to learn more…

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Paige Cihunka creates inclusive hiring training program


Paige Cihunka will graduate from Winona State University in May 2021 with a degree in human resource management and business administration. “I have always wanted to work for an organization that works with helping people and the community,” said Paige. As a Rise intern, Paige created her own training program on inclusive hiring within the…

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Elizabeth Trainor returns for second internship


Elizabeth Trainor first interned with Rise’s Human Resources department in 2019, and was excited to return this fall as the health and wellness intern. She will graduate from North Dakota State University in May 2021 with a major in human resource management and a minor in women’s and gender studies. “I loved Rise’s work environment…

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Grace LaNasa applies her passion for volunteering to Rise


Despite the many challenges posed by the pandemic during the fall semester, Grace LaNasa found her internship with Rise to be rewarding. Grace will graduate from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, in May 2021, where she is majoring in history and Asian studies with a concentration in film studies. “I applied for the internship…

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Tynslei contributes to Rise’s diversity and inclusion efforts


Tynslei Spence-Mitchell applied to Rise because she wanted to explore a career in the nonprofit sector, and over the course of her internship, she contributed meaningfully to Rise’s diversity and inclusion efforts. A doctoral candidate in public administration at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, Tynslei will graduate in May 2021. As an intern, Tynslei created…

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Bea’s passion for disability-related services and issues enhance her internship experience


Bea Chihak was introduced to Rise through Cow Tipping Press, a local organization that works to amplify the voices of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through creative writing. A spring graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Bea majored in history, with a concentration on law and social justice, and creative writing. “I was…

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Intern Alex Samek produced short videos about coming back to work


Alex Samek graduated in May 2019 from Minnesota State University of Moorhead (MSUM) with a major in film production and a minor in advertising. Alex created short videos that clearly explained and showed what has been done or altered in Rise’s many work places and the precautions taken so that people could safely return to…

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Intern Izzy Spriggs plans to continue on in social work


Izzy Spriggs attends Indiana University Bloomington and plans to plans to graduate in May 2021 with a degree in psychology and minors in German and sociology. “I enjoy working with people with disabilities,” said Izzy. “I am also am interested in developing volunteer coordination skills.” As the lead intern of the summer cohort, Izzy worked…

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Intern Selena Munson works on important diversity and inclusion issues


Although Selena Munson hadn’t heard of Rise before she began her research for meaningful internships, she was drawn to the agency’s important mission. Selena is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in human resource; she plans to graduate in May 2021 from Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa. Selena worked on…

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Despite the pandemic, Sophia contributes much to Rise during internship


Sophia Ward is a senior at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and will graduate in May 2021 with a major in business management and leadership and a minor in data analytics. “Rise’s mission is close to my heart and I was excited to get an internship here,” said Sophia. “I have siblings…

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Emma expands her experiences with Rise internship


Emma Metzger-Lane’s internship with Rise comes to a close May 8, having served as an intern at Rise Coon Rapids in program development. She graduated in May from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in human development and family studies and plans to further pursue a master’s degree in the same areas. Emma had…

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