Meet Our Summer Interns
The offices of RENEW International have had an infusion of youthful energy with the arrival of three college students who are serving internships at RENEW headquarters in Plainfield, New Jersey.
The interns are Halie Burns and Richard Malacrea, both undergraduates, and Matt Doeing, who will begin graduate school in the fall.
Halie Burns is a graduate of Union County Vocational-Technical High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.
At Union County, she was a member of the Student Council, the Art Club, and the National Honor Society, and she participated in Relay for Life, which raises funds for cancer research and awareness under the auspices of the American Cancer Society.
Halie has completed her first year of studies at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.
At Seton Hall, she is active in St. Paul’s Outreach and the Fellowship of Catholic University Students—widely known by its acronym, FOCUS. Both organizations work to evangelize students and deepen their faith.
Interns (left to right) Halie Burns, Matt Doeing, and Richard Malacrea
Halie has not yet declared a major and is still considering career choices.
Besides her on-campus activities, Halie is a member of the South Orange Quidditch team.
“Quidditch is a co-ed contact sport based on the sport in ‘Harry Potter,’ ” Halie explained.
At RENEW, Halie has been helping import customer data and assuring that accounts are in order. Among other assignments, she also assisted with RENEW’s recent annual fundraising gala, held at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange.
Matt Doeing, who is from Annville, Pennsylvania, is a graduate of Annville-Cleona Secondary School where he participated in Quiz Bowl, an academic competition held in high schools and colleges in the United States and Canada.
Matt, who graduated this spring from Elizabethtown College in south central Pennsylvania with a double major in religious studies and biology, applied for an internship at RENEW through the Assocation of Catholic College and Universities and the Association of Catholic Publishers Internship Program.
Explaining the choice of majors in religion and a science, Matt said, “I really liked the intersections between them.”
At Elizabethtown, Matt was treasurer of the Newman Club in his sophomore and junior years and vice president in his senior year.
In the fall, Matt will enter Providence College, a Catholic university in Rhode Island, where he will work toward a master’s degree in theology.
During his internship at RENEW International, which continues through July, Matt is working on the Resources and Development team.
His work has included editing chapters in a new resource being developed by RENEW, proofreading various materials, and writing posts for RENEW’s blog, including posts on St. Boniface and on Pope Francis’ Invocation of Peace with the leaders of Israel, Palestine, and the Orthodox Church.
Matt would like eventually to work for a diocese or for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in the field of ecumenical and interreligious affairs.
“I think my strongest passion is interfaith dialogue,” he said, “but going beyond dialogue to get to know people of other faiths.’’
After he has completed his internship at RENEW this summer, Matt will work with two professors at Elizabethtown who are assisting Japanese students in getting acquainted with American culture. Matt said he is interested in Asian culture and has studied Asian religions and Japanese.
Richard Malacrea is a 2012 graduate of Westfield High School in New Jersey where he was a member of the National Honor Society, a peer leader, and a pitcher on the varsity baseball team.
Richard attends Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he is pursuing a bachelor of science degree with a major in economics and a minor in computer science.
During this, his third internship at RENEW, he is reorganizing the organization’s database. This activity is related in a fundamental way to Richard’s studies and, he said, “working with the technology is interesting.’’
Richard also served an internship several years ago in the district office of U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, who represents New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional District.
Richard said he doesn’t have a specific career goal yet, and he noted, “By helping out with various functions on the various teams at RENEW, I’m getting exposure to things that can help me decide what field of business I might want to get into.’’
In his leisure time, Richard likes to play the guitar, and he composes original music for the instrument.
“I also use computer software to make electronic music,” he said, “and I supplement it with analog music.’’
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