2019 Merit-Based Grant and Internship Recipients
Beber Camp is thrilled to congratulate this year’s staff interns and merit-based grant recipients! Each of these staff members demonstrated a tremendous commitment to personal growth and professional development, and we are honored to support them as they each take these next steps on their journeys.
Congratulations to this year’s interns and merit-based grant recipients!
Matt Smith – Merit-Based Grant Recipient
I am applying this grant towards a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) combined online and practical course. This grant will help me achieve a lifelong goal of mine to teach English abroad. Having spent 6 amazing years at camp and then 2 years working for CCUSA talking about camp in the UK, I will embark on the next stage of life as an English teacher with the help of this grant!
My experiences at camp working alongside co-counselors from around the world and being given the privilege to work with the many brilliant kids has changed my life and career goals. Camp taught me he how work with children of all ages, abilities and background. Camp taught me what an incredible power we all have to shape kids’ futures and combined with my long-held love of traveling the world, this grant will help teaching English abroad become a reality.
Jonah Packman, Merit-Based Grant Recipient
The Beber Merit Grant will enable me to devote time to my extracurricular involvements on campus as well as the student startups I work with. I am a member of two businesses with fellow Emory students, and I am the incoming director of the Emory Entrepreneurial Excellerator, a student-run startup incubator. the This grant will allow me to focus on academics and entrepreneurship without financial burden or a part-time job. My experiences at Beber have played a tremendous role in developing my interest in entrepreneurship and business. The world of business is built heavily on relationships and networking, and Beber taught me the value of friendship and how to bond with others. In particular, my experience as a PIO and a CIT taught me leadership skills which are vital in working with others especially in the world of business.
Morgan Marks, Medical/Nursing Intern
My name is Morgan Marks and I’m from Cleveland, Ohio. I am currently a freshman in the nursing program at University of Miami and will be this summer’s medical intern! This summer I will be shadowing and assisting the medical professionals in the Health Center as much as I can. As a camper, the nurses, doctors, and administrators in the Health Center always contributed to making camp a safe space physically and emotionally. Whether it be a bee sting or a bad cold, I always felt comfortable and in great hands. I hope that I can provide a sense of comfort and care for campers who may be in stressful situations. While I progress further into my nursing studies, naturally it will get harder and harder to return to camp. By being able to do this internship I will not only further my medical experience but also spend the summer at the place I love. Camp has allowed me to grow in so many ways in my past ten summers and I am endlessly grateful for the Beber community for opening up so many opportunities to do so. I am looking forward to a great summer of learning and building new experiences!
Julia Bessen, Marketing Intern
My name is Julia Bessen, I’m from Louisville Kentucky, and I’m one of the Marketing Interns this summer! I am currently a freshman at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. I’m on track to major in Management, Marketing, and DMPR (Film Making). I’ve had a huge love for Beber ever since my first summer in 2009, and I’m so excited to be able to contribute my knowledge and experience this summer. Beber camp is one big family, and I’m honored to become a more involved part of the family through the marketing internship. The Business side of camp is often not seen by many, but is a crucial part of how Beber successfully operates so smoothly. I’m excited to learn more about this side of camp and how it impacts the day to day life of both campers and staff. This internship allows me to grow both as a Business student and as a counselor, and I’m so grateful for this unique opportunity. I can’t wait to dive even deeper into the Beber bubble this upcoming summer!
Mia Spevak, Marketing Intern
My name is Mia Spevak and I am from Highland Park, Il. I am currently studying communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. This summer, I will be working as a marketing intern and I could not be more excited! Camp is the most important place in the world to me. When you’re at Beber, you can’t help but feel an indescribable, magic feeling wash over you. It is my goal to share even a fraction of that feeling with the outside world. I am so excited to expand my knowledge of the business world while also returning for my 12th summer. More importantly, I am excited to learn from the incredible Beber staff. I can’t wait for a great summer!
Andrew Toban, Marketing Intern + JUF Lewis Summer Intern
Hello Beber Camp! I’m Andrew Toban, this is my 11th summer at camp, and I’m so excited to be one of Beber’s Marketing Interns this summer. I’ll also be working as the outdoor cooking specialist. I’m from Deerfield, Illinois and I’m freshman studying journalism at Northwestern University. I have always loved in creative work, whether it’s writing stories, performing songs, or making art–all of which I do at camp every summer! Now, as one of the Marketing Interns, I’m excited to create new and interesting ways to reach future campers and Beber families and help them realize how incredible we all know Beber is. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to learn and grow professionally in a place that I will always think of as home. This summer is going to be amazing, see you all in Mukwonago!
Bennett Shapiro, Sustainability and Engagement Intern
I discovered my passion for philanthropy when I was a camper at Beber Camp. I was selected to serve on the Camper Committee, which helped the development staff raise money for the Camper Scholarship Fund. We met throughout the “school year” to create programs and events, then at camp we got to see how our work paid off. Knowing that some of my friends benefitted from the work I did inspired me to do more small-scale fundraising throughout my childhood. I’m looking forward to being Beber Camp’s Sustainability and Engagement Intern this Spring.