Congratulations to fourth-year Sociology majors Anne Bland and Esther Gritsko who have been selected as interns in President Sullivan's office for the Spring 2018 semester!
We are proud that President Sullivan chose to continue the program of student internships in the President's office with the Sociology Department. The interns will use the skills that they have learned in Sociology courses in the practical operations of a large formal organization such as the University of Virginia. President Sullivan also wants to use her interactions with the interns as a window on student life.
Anne Carter Bland
Anne Carter Bland is a native of Richmond, Virginia. As a fourth year at UVA, she's double majoring in Sociology and Youth & Social Innovation in the Curry School. She is excited to be staying in Charlottesville after graduation, as she'll be starting law school at UVA Law next fall. Anne Carter hopes to one day work in the field of child advocacy.
Hi my name is Esther Gritsko and I am a fourth year Sociology major. My family moved to the Charlottesville area when I was young, making this diverse, kind community home to me. I transferred into UVA as a third year—in the Fall of 2016—from Piedmont Virginia Community College with a liberal arts degree. Deciding to transfer to UVA and majoring in Sociology were two of my greatest decisions. UVA’s tradition, influence, and academic rigor has been a constant source of inspiration to me. Additionally, Sociology has given me the tools to better analyze and understand the world. I have been able to use these skills through working multiple summer programs for the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia. I look forward to continuing my education and human services work through a career in social work or teaching.
More generally, travel has been huge in shaping my perspective of the world. I am thankful for opportunities I that I have had to volunteer in South Africa and Honduras. Also through receiving the Blue Ridge Rotary Scholarship, I traveled to Argentina for a six-week cultural exchange in the Summer of 2016. On grounds, I stay busy studying and in leadership with Cru Christian fellowship. In the larger Charlottesville community, I enjoy volunteering with The International Rescue Committee and working a little part time with WorldStrides, an educational student travel company. I am beyond honored to have received the Presidential Internship and am eager to learn all I can from this amazing experience!