Meet Courtney, our Faminern!


famintern.courtney.1Q: Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in Palo Alto, California, but spent a few years of my childhood in Denver, Colorado and St. Louis, Missouri! After high school I moved up to Seattle for the great weather (not really!) and to study at the University of Washington. This past spring I graduated with a degree in Political Science and a double minor in Human Rights and Law, Society, and Justice. In my free time I love to travel, hang out with my puppy, and make really great food!

Q: What do you miss most about California?

While I LOVE Seattle I do miss a few things about home. I miss my family the most, especially my younger brother, Wesley. I also miss In-N-Out Burger…if I was doing the Famine those cheeseburgers would be the hardest thing to give up! Also, it’s hard not to miss all that sunshine!

Q: What do you do on the 30 Hour Famine team?

During my internship at World Vision I have the opportunity to help manage our social media (retweet us!), as well as work on planning the Famine Study Tour. I have loved my time here so far, and can’t wait for the Study Tour students to arrive in Seattle!

Q: What brought you to World Vision?

World Vision was introduced to me through the church that I attended in California. While at the church I had great experiences with World Vision programs and their staff. My initial experiences with the organization helped me to feel empowered to change the circumstances of people in poverty. Since that time I have been involved with great nonprofit organizations, but World Vision’s holistic approach to poverty reduction led me to come intern for the summer!

Q: What is something strange about you?

Ok, this is kind of bizarre. My second toe (the one next to my big toe) is super small. For most people that toe is pretty long, but for me that toe is smaller than my baby toe!

Q: What does the future hold for you?

I am not totally sure what the future holds for me yet, but I am hopeful that eventually I will work for a great nonprofit like World Vision. In 2006 I traveled to Ethiopia and the experience completely changed my life. I met and fell in love with a young girl named Hayat. Since that time we have kept in contact, and in 2013 I was able to go back and visit her. I hope to go back to Ethiopia again eventually, but in the mean time I keep a picture of Hayat in my office at World Vision!

Q: You, in a nutshell….ready, go!

I love to travel! I received the opportunity to study abroad in India for a month during college, and then a year later I was able to study in Italy. I ate gelato at least twice a day in Italy which was incredible. I adopted a puppy named Colby in November, and I adore him. He will occasionally eat things he isn’t supposed to (like my Rainbow sandals yesterday), but he sure is cute! I am incredibly excited to be interning at World Vision, and can’t wait to see what the future holds.