First Class of 2011 UPS Interns Bids Farewell to Henry Street

Community Internship Program Now In Its 43rd Year

July 12, 2011 - By Ryan Wenzel

The first class of 2011 UPS interns with program directors Stephanie Gordon and Rafael Jaquez.

The nine members of the summer's first United Parcel Service (UPS) Community Internship Program (CIP) said farewell to Henry Street and New York City on June 30 at a lively — and sometimes tearful — recognition ceremony and luncheon hosted on their behalf.

For four weeks, the interns — senior-level UPS managers selected this year from places as diverse as China, Turkey and Arizona — work full-time at Settlement programs, including its after-school sites, shelters, senior center, job training offices and more.

Now in its 43rd year, the program aims to foster a greater sensitivity to the social effects of poverty, as well as ideas for building job opportunities for low-income residents living in the interns' home communities, which are largely rural and suburban. Henry Street clients also benefit, from the mentoring and practical skills imparted by the interns.

Before having lunch with Settlement staff in the historic dining room at 265 Henry Street, the interns shared the lessons they learned and thanked Henry Street employees for setting an example.

"Before this experience, I had only an academic understanding of poverty," said Gregg Barber, a UPS manager from Atlanta, Georgia. "The work Henry Street does has changed my perception of what it means to help the community."

This session's interns were Janice Johnson of Marietta, Georgia; Alfred Spinrath of Monchengladback, Germany; Dennis Kwong of Shanghai, China; Greg Barber of Atlanta, Georgia; Ken Zandarski of Phoenix, Arizona; Kevin Corley of Singapore; Tom Buell of Rockford, Indiana; Tom Cuce of Las Vegas, Nevada; and Yavuz Sarvan of Izmir, Turkey.

The summer's second class of UPS interns arrived at the Settlement on July 11.