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Each year the Murdock Trust invites several college students (usually rising seniors, or recent graduates) to explore the philanthropic sector with special attention on nonprofit leadership and management. Interns are invited to observe and participate in the daily work of the Trust and are introduced to the grant/proposal process, including shadowing site visits with potential grantees.  Interns are also given an overview of various Trust roles and processes, including investment, program, enrichment, finance, and conference planning.

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Meet Our Current Interns:

See the 2017 Summer Intern’s bios


Click below to see some of our recent interns:

2016-2017 Interns

Lauren BoyleLauren Boyle
Lauren is a recent graduate of Hope College (Hope) in Holland, Michigan where she studied psychology with an emphasis in leadership.  She comes to the Trust as a 2016 Oregon Fellow through the Oregon Leadership Development Institute. Lauren developed an interest in nonprofit organizations throughout her time at Hope as the director of volunteer services where she worked directly with nonprofits across West Michigan.

During her time at Hope, she was involved as a student ambassador and assistant director of new student orientation. Lauren is a sports, coffee, and running enthusiast, and enjoys learning from passionate people.  She hopes to pursue a career surrounding global unity, community building, or philanthropy, and is excited to learn from both the philanthropic sector and the Pacific Northwest.

Phoebe McClementsPhoebe McClements
Phoebe is a recent graduate from the University of Western Australia. Having majored in economics and finance, she came to the Murdock Trust to learn more about investment and the nonprofit sector. Phoebe has a passion for traveling and learning about new places and has greatly enjoyed exploring Portland and the Pacific Northwest. She hopes that in her time here, she has convinced at least a few people to visit Perth, Australia, where she is from.

After completing her internship she is moving to London to pursue her Masters of Public Administration at the London School of Economics. She hopes this will take her to work in the philanthropy sector and explore how for-profit and not-for-profit organizations can better co-operate and learn from each other.


Maya Ballard
Maya is a born and raised Oregonian. She is a rising senior at University of Portland and is studying Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. She has a passion to love and serve others, and has a keen interest for the nonprofit world. She hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the workings of nonprofits and social enterprises, and how they impact the world for the better. Maya worked in the athletics department at University of Portland and enjoyed connecting with the athletes and staff members. She played soccer and basketball growing up, and sees athletics as a mission field for Christ. Living in the Columbia River Gorge, she is an outdoor enthusiast at heart, who enjoys running, kayaking, hiking and the like. She is an art enthusiast and coffee devotee. She has a desire to continuously learn about, challenge and change the world for the better.

Chelsea Burunov
As a Vancouver, Washington native, Chelsea is entering her senior year at George Fox University. In May 2017, she will graduate with her Bachelor of Science degree in biology while attaining a cell and molecular concentration. From a young age she has been very passionate about serving her community and is enthusiastic for anything regarding the medical field. After graduating, she hopes to attend nursing school.

The oldest of six children, Chelsea is a natural leader and a responsible and hard worker. She particularly looks forward to service opportunities with teens and young adults. Additionally, Chelsea is a big proponent of mentorships; she has always looked for mentors to help her become her best self, remains available to young women in her life that she could help, and encourages her peers to seek out various mentorships. Chelsea loves every opportunity to get outdoors. Skiing, rock climbing, boating, and camping are a few of her favorite activities. She is a talented artist and musician. Recently, Chelsea has been blessed to expand her hobby of wedding planning, and has begun work as a wedding planner and event coordinator.

Caitlin Dorazio
Caitlin Dorazio was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. The desire to travel and develop a better understanding of the world, she attended a three month worldviews seminar with Summit Ministries and then headed to Cape Town, South Africa and various locations in Nepal to work with a discipleship training organization called All Nations to do community service. During her time overseas, she found her love for business and the idea of changing individual’s lives through vocations and giving them the opportunity to work to provide for their family, lifestyle, and dreams.

The next steps in life took her to Colorado Christian University where she got worked with Global Food Exchange, a international disaster relief company designed to provide food, water, and shelter to countries that have experienced national disasters. In May of 2016 she completed her degree in Business Administration and minor in International Economics and moved out to the great Northwest. She enjoys any type of outdoor activities or things that bring people together and creates community. She loves to travel and experience new cultures, countries, and foods.

Reid Paquet
Reid Paquet grew up in Southern California and will be a senior next fall at the University of Portland where he seeking to earn his degree in Business Finance.   He is especially interested in entrepreneurial companies, and enjoys learning about how startup organizations develop.  Reid has participated in the University of Portland’s Entrepreneurial Scholars program as well as the Faith-Based Leadership program.  Reid’s favorite past times are related to sports, stemming from playing baseball and water polo since he was child.  He also enjoys hiking, mountain biking, swimming, riding his motorcycle, and fishing.  In the future, Reid hopes to work with young entrepreneurs so as to help them develop their business prowess and to encourage them foster the best environments for success.  Reid is excited for the lessons to be learned during his internship and is thrilled to start his professional journey at the Murdock Trust.

2015-2016 Interns

Alexander Spalding
Though originally from the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, Alexander moved south to attend college (and thaw out) at Texas A&M where he graduated in 2014 with a degree in Finance. While in college he interned with Young Life, an organization which has been a large part of his life. From their camps to their finance department, it is where he developed a love of service and Excel spreadsheets. Unsure of the next step after graduation he decided to move to England where he studied Theology and Christian Apologetics at the University of Oxford. Oxford is also where Alexander picked up a fondness for ‘unusual sports’ such as fencing and polo. Back in the U.S. he has recently launched an architectural design business with his brother, following his lifelong dream of being an entrepreneur. He is looking forward to learn firsthand how entities successfully forecast needs to reach focused goals and he is excited to lend his enthusiasm to serve the community and help the Trust meaningfully serve the Pacific Northwest.

Kehlay Dunah
Kehlay was born in Liberia and grew up in the Chicagoland area.  She currently resides in Portland, Oregon and is part of the 2015 Portland Women Fellows Program. She recently graduated from Taylor University, where she earned a degree in media communications with a concentration in public relations (PR). Kehlay enjoys the design, communication and marketing aspects of PR. She is also passionate about leadership and event planning. Since she is not yet sure what her dream job looks like; Kehlay is looking forward to her internship with the Trust as a stepping stone to new work experiences. During her time at Taylor, Kehlay served as a resident assistant, and later, student body president.  She also ran track for three years; capping a total of ten years of competitive running. She ran sprints, including the 100m, 200m and 400m dash. Kehlay enjoys teaching others about her African background and loves learning about new cultures. She has an adventurous spirit and hopes to someday travel the world.


Danny Sommers
Danny recently graduated from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California with a degree in business management. While at APU, he studied in South Africa and China, where he served in underprivileged areas and worked with nonprofit organizations. He is always learning from new experiences, such as counseling blind children in Missouri and interning with a commercial real estate company in Los Angeles. Danny is always looking for the next adventure and loves snowboarding, cliff jumping, and camping and hopes to become a certified skydiver. He is excited to be living in the Pacific Northwest and for his internship with the Murdock Trust.

Jose Cazares
Jose recently graduated from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in history. He participated in student government while working as the call team manager with the WPC admissions department, where he later had an internship. Jose was also part of the second group of Act Six scholars who joined WPC in 2011. He came to the United States from Mexico at age 14. Through his work with Latino youth and parents, Jose discovered the many needs that exist in his community, but more importantly, his passion for advocating for those in need and his desire to dedicate his abilities for the bettering of society at large. Throughout his college career, he had the chance to work with nonprofit organizations and activist groups that have shaped the way Jose sees himself as part of society. With a desire to grow and impact his community, Jose will be working on creating a long lasting impact in his professional and personal career as he starts his internship at the Murdock Trust.

Shawna Gordon
Shawna grew up in Vancouver, Washington and just graduated from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon with a degree in Christian ministries, concentrating in youth. The last two years at GFU, she served as the women’s basketball team chaplain, a life-changing experience that helped her grow as a person both spiritually and intellectually. Having played basketball her entire life, she finds herself drawn to competition, so it is fitting that she finds rest in a ministry that looks a lot like a gym. Shawna enjoys doing anything outdoors, and most weekends you can find her on a hike, at the beach, or backpacking up a mountain. She enjoys being around friends and family, relaxing by a fire, playing music, or reading a book. Shawna is not entirely sure what the rest of her life is going to look like, but she is excited about this internship at the Murdock Trust.

Colton Smith
An Oregon native, Colton will be a senior at University of Portland next fall and is working toward a business degree with a double major in operations technology management and marketing. He gained a philanthropic influence from his parents and has a passion for service. Colton loves to stay active by exercising and playing sports like basketball and soccer, as well as skiing in the winter and wakeboarding in the summer; rain or shine, the northwest weather has always suited him. In the community, Colton volunteers often for the Portland Timbers’ nonprofit affiliate AC Portland, doing everything from summer camps to selling raffle tickets at both Timbers and Thorns games. He is active at many sporting events, most notably UP women’s and men’s soccer games. In the future, Colton wants to blend his love of sports and service into a career working for the corporate social responsibility sector of a Northwest sports franchise because he believes in the opportunity and impact athletes can have on a community and its youth.

2014-2015 Interns

Shaleetta Hicks
Shaleetta is a recent graduate from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies titled Health Instruction and Social Justice with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is honored to be a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship for undergraduate and future graduate studies. She plans to obtain a Master’s of Public Health degree in partnership with the Peace Corps Master International program. Ultimately, her life goal is to be a founder of a nonprofit organization that uses her loves of public health, social work, and child development to build a bridge between the privileged and the underprivileged.

Throughout her college years, she has served as a mentor for underprivileged youth as well as first year college students. She has studied abroad in Denmark, worked and volunteered at various nonprofit organizations domestically as well as internationally, and committed herself to making a difference in whatever community she resides in.

She identifies herself as a nomad considering her childhood of moving all over the state of Virginia, thus, home is where her heart is. She has a heart and passion for but not limited to: service, youth empowerment, and advocacy for at-risk populations. In her free time, she loves to laugh, play basketball, read, and sing Gospel music to the top of her lungs. Her desire to pursue nonprofit management brings her to the Trust where she looks to develop foundational knowledge in the grant proposal process, fund development, and networking.


Andrew Brown
Andrew is currently pursuing a degree in Accounting from the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon. His father is a machine mechanic for a company that manufactures mailing machines and ballot counters and his mother is a claims assistant for a subsidiary of the Oregon State Bar. Andrew has one older brother who works as a personal banker.

Andrew enjoys being outside and plays many sports. From snowboarding to tennis to golf, Andrew has taken advantage of the beautiful northwest his entire life. At school, Andrew is on the board of the Accounting Association and the Tennis Club and stays involved at his local church. Upon completion of his senior year, Andrew plans on serving for 27 months with the Peace Corps.

Greta Jarvis
A native Portlander, Greta is a rising senior studying Latino/a and Latin American Studies with a double minor in Spanish and Public Health at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She spent last summer living in a rural community in Panama as a volunteer with Amigos de las Américas where she helped organize a day camp for youth focusing on health and leadership and mobilize the community to repaint their school and refurbish their cemetery. When she is not travelling, you can find Greta cooking delicious healthy food, playing her harp, reading, listening to country music, or practicing yoga. A certified Spinning® instructor and avid half-marathon runner, Greta is always in search of her next grand adventure.

Lacey Maloney
Lacey Maloney has just completed her first semester of her senior year at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. She is studying business management and hopes to fulfill a career in nonprofit development in urban cities, specifically with the homeless and low income populations. Lacey has been involved in many different clubs and activities at APU. She organized a fashion show benefit for women in sex trafficking, built an advisory board raising funds and mentorship for the Enactus APU chapter, competes on multiple intramural sports teams, and holds a job at a local ice cream shop.

In her free time, Lacey is usually somewhere outside from the ocean to the mountains. She learned to surf this past year, enjoys finding new hikes to go on, and challenges herself to compete in half marathons and the Hood to Coast Relay. She is passionate about serving and has gone on multiple missions trips out of the country and locally. Last summer she interned with a short term missions organization in Portland, Oregon. Lacey was born and raised in small town Oregon. Those endless rainy days began her addiction to caffeine, and will never tire of visiting new and unique coffee shops all around the city.

Samantha Miyauchi
Growing up in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains with two younger brothers, Samantha (Sam) is an outdoor enthusiast with a love for backpacking, running, rock climbing, and cycling. She also enjoys photography and art of any persuasion. Moving out to Spokane, Washington to attend Whitworth University, she will graduate in the Spring of 2015 with degrees in Economics, International Business, and Spanish. While in college she has been privileged to exercise her love for travel by visiting Indonesia to teach English, and studying abroad in both Costa Rica and Spain. She also volunteers with the children of the Union Gospel Mission’s Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter, Anna Ogden Hall and holds a leadership position in the Whitworth Student Investment Group as the Healthcare Sector Head. She hopes to pursue a career that ties together her love for service and community development as well as her interest in economics and finance whether that be domestically or internationally.

Madison Rogers
Madison is completing an interdisciplinary major focusing on Biblical Studies and Sociology at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. She attended Veritas School, a classical education, for high school and has loved playing volleyball and watching basketball since a young age. She finds joy in planning events and celebrations and has a passion for missions and helping others. She is intrigued by cultural differences and insights and is passionate about meeting people in their own context. Madison is excited about this new chapter and the opportunity to work with the Murdock Trust.

2013-2014 Interns

Claire Smith
Claire comes to the Murdock Trust after her recent graduation from the University of Texas with a degree in International Relations and Global Studies.  Born and raised in Texas hill country, Claire grew up with a love of the outdoors and an appreciation of close-knit community. Throughout her college years, she spent time volunteering as a Young Life leader, studying abroad, working for various political organizations, and exploring new places.  In her free time Claire loves being outside, spending time with her friends and family, and creating art.  From exposure at a young age to different cultures and people around the world, Claire’s interest in relationships and the philanthropic world leads her to now explore the background framework of grant-making, development and support as practiced by the Murdock Trust.


Haley Atkinson
Haley grew up in Portland, with one younger sister. In her free time she likes to explore new places, try new foods, and meet new people. She also enjoys poetry readings, sewing, and listening to live music. In college she has been involved in several clubs and campus leadership, including International Justice Mission and Students for Education Reform. She has spent some time traveling in Ireland, and the Dominican Republic, and hopes to travel more. Her current dream trips are Indonesia, Spain, and Morocco.

In May 2013 Haley graduated from Whitworth University with a double major in English and Peace Studies. Her area of focus has been community development, with an emphasis on the role of art in peace building. She hopes to pursue a career in community development, internationally, or locally within the United States. She is passionate about the power of education, and the ability knowledge has to transform an individual and a community.

Marc Jackson
Marc is the youngest of 4 kids, and son to Paul and Nancy Jackson. His father is the Pastor and mother is the Children’s Ministry Director at Glenwood Community Church in Vancouver, Washington. Marc’s siblings are all employed in various industries and provide great examples for Marc to follow. Marc is currently pursuing a degree in International Business from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He would like to pursue a career that revolves around cross border relations.

He enjoys many different pastimes, but primarily enjoys competing in sports, reading, and hanging out with friends and family. He is part of Liberty University’s track team and competes in the 110m and 400m hurdles. He loves racing and will miss it very much on the day he stops running track. He describes himself with the words fun and hard-working.

Sarah O’Donnell
Sarah hails from Gresham, Oregon and is the eldest of five siblings in her family of seven. After a freshman year at Linfield College, she decided to transfer to Biola University in Southern California, where in May 2013 she graduated with a degree in English with an emphasis in Ethnic and Global Literature. While in college Sarah enjoyed working with Biola’s Associated Students, the Student Missionary Union, and a homeless ministry in Santa Ana. Sarah most often likes to spend her spare time with people. This might mean reading together over coffee, going for a run with a few friends, spending time with her church community, or watching a movie with her housemates. She also enjoys serving as a volunteer at a homeless ministry in Santa Ana.

Sarah hopes to build a career in the nonprofit sector working to serve those who are vulnerable, both in our society and on a global scale. She is passionate about justice and compassion and would love to use her skills in an organization that shares these values.

2012-2013 Interns

Keisha Gordon
Keisha comes to us from Vancouver, Washington, and just graduated from George Fox University, with a major in Organizational Communication. She was a valued member of the George Fox women’s basketball team and completed an internship in research and marketing at Chehalem Youth and Family Services. Keisha has volunteered at the Washington Family Ranch Young Life camp. Her goals are to give back to the community through her work, hopefully with young people.

Brianna Richards
Hailing from McCall, Idaho, Brianna recently graduated from Concordia University in Portland, majoring in English, with a minor in Business. During college, she was president of the Honors Club, a writing tutor, a volunteer with Campus Ministries, and a resident assistant. Brianna also worked with an anti-trafficking nonprofit, participated in many of Concordia’s Days of Service, and volunteered with the university’s homeless outreach. After her internship at the Murdock Trust, she hopes to work for a non-profit organization that shares her values. She has a strong interest in the areas of fund development and grantwriting.

Sagen Eatwell
Sagen, whose hometown is Salem, Oregon, will graduate from Whitworth University next year with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish and a minor in Theology. He has participated in Whitworth’s Central American study program and in a cultural summer exchange to Costa Rica during high school. Sagen juggles his college studies with work as a support counselor for disabled children. Sagen will return to Whitworth this coming fall for his senior year.

Kaleb Nyquist
A May 2012 graduate of North Park University, Kaleb earned a B.A. in Global Studies. He grew up in McMinnville, Oregon, and outside of his studies, he was active in cross country and track. He also completed a study abroad in Sweden, which led to his capstone work about the global political economy between Scandinavia and Africa. Kaleb has been a youth camp counselor and volunteered for University Ministries and McMinnville Habitat for Humanity. He hopes to work in areas of economic, social, and cultural development and would gladly travel anywhere to realize his goals.

2011-2012 Interns

Kelly Bartz
Kelly joins us this summer as a fellowship recipient of the J.B. & Maruice Shapiro Public Service Award, which requires her to complete a minimum of 300 hours of service for a private nonprofit organization or government entity. She is a sophomore honors student at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., majoring in International Affairs, where she is active in student government and mentoring underprivileged children through athletics. Kelly is a competitive runner and running coach and has been active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. During her time at the Trust this summer she will explore the philanthropic sector, with special attention on nonprofit leadership and management, and experience the Trust grantmaking processes and those of other foundations.


Kylie Grader
Kylie comes to us from Issaquah, Washington, and will graduate from Whitworth University in Spokane in May 2012. She is studying International Business and Spanish and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the business school. This year she traveled to Central America for January Term and hopes to return there after graduation to work in community development. Kylie has been active in Young Life and is honing her leadership and mentoring skills there as a youth development leader.

Kole Krieger
A student at Linfield College, in McMinnville, Oregon, Kole is studying Finance and will graduate in June 2012. He grew up in Sherwood, Oregon, and outside of his studies, he has been active with Fellowship of Christian Athletes running sports camps for youth. After graduation, Kole hopes to work in sales, marketing, or finance. A dedicated sportsman, he plays football for Linfield, shoots hoops, snowboards, and plans to hike the Pacific Coast Trail.

Kari Foss
Kari, whose hometown is Kent, Washington, graduated from Washington State University in May 2011 with a degree in Intercultural Communication and a minor in Comparative Ethnic Studies. While at WSU, she spent a semester in Ireland at the University of Limerick. Kari is a team leader with the Palouse Empire Young Life chapter, mentoring middle school students. She and her family have also volunteered for World Relief in the area of refugee resettlement. Following her internship, Kari hopes to pursue work in an organization that serves intercultural populations.

Kevin Petermeyer
Kevin, from Portland, Oregon, will graduate from Linfield College in June 2011 with a degree in Business Marketing. During a recent semester, he had the opportunity to travel to Argentina to study Ecotourism. His volunteer activities include Young Life and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After his summer at the Murdock Trust, Kevin will begin a year-long internship with University Presbyterian Church in Seattle assisting in college ministry. Kevin loves all kinds of sports, both as a participant and as a fan.

Past Administrative Support Interns

Keely Barbee (2013-2016)
Keely is a recent graduate from Hudson’s Bay High School and is currently finishing her associates degree at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. She has plans to transfer to Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington to pursue elementary education in hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher someday. From a young age Keely has always wanted to become a teacher to have the opportunity to work with kids. She volunteers at Lincoln Elementary School to help get a better idea of what grade she wants to teach when the time comes around. In her free time Keely enjoys reading and spending time with her friends and family.

Samantha Goon (2012-2013)
Samantha completed her undergraduate studies at Washington State University required to apply for the nursing program. As part of her nursing program goals she will also be volunteering this year at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.  Her other volunteer activities have included the Oregon Food Bank, Project S.O.A.R. (Students Overcoming Adversity in Rwanda), US Youth Soccer Federation coach, and Camas Days.  She has been recognized by the YWCA with the Young Leaders Award – Fighting for Change, and as a school honor athlete.

In addition to her work on scanning and archiving projects with the Trust in recent summers, she most recently was a cashier and barista at Northside Market at Washington State University, and has job shadowed at Gillespe Dental and was a USSF Grade 8 referee for youth soccer.  She is excited to be at the Trust to work with others in a professional setting and to also gain confidence in her own abilities.