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Meet the Summer Interns!

Tags: Awards for Excellence Emerging Leaders Development Legacy Properties

Dakota Sandras

On Monday, El Pomar Foundation will welcome the last of seven undergraduate students participating in the 2012 Internship Program. Interns will have an opportunity to work on a variety of projects with El Pomar staff and fellows. The interns bring diverse perspectives to the Foundation, hailing from across the country. They also bring an array of academic backgrounds, with majors ranging from art history to public policy.

Get to know the new interns by reading their biographies here:

Alexander Cipoletti | Grants Office

School: Xavier University, Junior

Major: Philosophy, Politics and the Public

A Colorado native, Alexander grew up in the Colorado Springs area and was an International Baccalaureate student at William J. Palmer High School. At Xavier, he is one of thirty Community-Engaged Fellows, a selective scholarship program that emphasizes the importance of community-engagement within the city of Cincinnati.


Michael Lewis | Investment Office

School: University of Colorado – Boulder, Junior

Major: Accounting and Finance

Michael was born and raised in Colorado Springs and graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School in 2010. At CU, Michael is involved in the President’s Leadership Class and Beta Alpha Psi—a professional business fraternity. During his free time, Michael enjoys skiing, golfing, running, and playing hockey.


Sara Lewis | Programs and Awards for Excellence

School: University of Tulsa, Senior

Major: Economics and Environmental Policy

Sara grew up in Colorado Springs and graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School. At Tulsa, she enjoys being involved in Kappa Delta Sorority, Habitat for Humanity, and Earth Matters, a student led environmental group. In fall of 2011, she spent a semester abroad in Salamanca, Spain.


Mallie Miles | Penrose House

School: University of Denver, Senior

Major: Finance

Mallie grew up in Buena Vista, Colorado, a rural town at the base of the Collegiate Peaks. On campus, she is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and has served on the board of directors for the student organization “Be The Change” since it was founded three years ago. Most recently, Mallie qualified to study abroad in the Netherlands through the Global Cherrington Program at the University of Denver.


Amber Rea | Outreach and Emerging Leaders Development

School: University of Northern Colorado – Greeley, Senior

Major: Audiology and Speech Language Sciences

Amber was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, as part of a military family and enjoyed experiencing the adventures of several moves. She graduated from Rampart High School in Colorado Springs. At UNC, she is an active member of several clubs and organizations on campus including the President’s Leadership Program, the Student Honors Council, the Student Leadership Experience, the UNC honors program, UNC’s chapter of National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, UNC’s Central Coalition Community Council, and Women in Communications.


Dakota Sandras | Communications Office

School: California State University – Long Beach, Junior

Major: Communication Studies

Dakota grew up on the west coast. At Long Beach State she is a President’s Scholar and honors student. She is very active on campus and in her community with everything from hosting special guests and events as a President’s Ambassador to volunteering at a local homeless shelter and dog rescue. Her most memorable experience has been a mission trip to Uganda, Africa, which has inspired her to carry out her passion for people into a career in the nonprofit sector working for a social justice organization.


Davis Tutt | Regional Partnerships

School: Colorado College, Sophomore

Major: Art History

Davis is a Colorado Springs native. During his first year at CC, he participated in many campus activities including athletics and community service. Davis serves as a member of the school’s Honor Council, is a mentor for the North Middle School Boys’ Enrichment Program, and plays on the men’s Division III basketball team. After college, Davis hopes to attend business school and eventually enter into the nonprofit sector in Colorado.