This summer ELCA World Hunger welcomes three quality interns. They will be blogging periodically during the summer, so you will be hearing more from them.

 Hi! My name is Colleen Peterson and I recently graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in political science, peace studies, and religion. I am originally from Forest Lake, MN but have had the opportunity to travel to Tanzania, Nicaragua, and study abroad in India. I am extremely interested in why poverty and hunger exist in the world and enjoy understanding things from a different perspective.

For the past three summers, I have worked with children and high school students at various camps (Young Life’s Wilderness Ranch in Colorado, Luther Heights Bible Camp in Idaho, and Lake Wapogasset Bible Camp in Wisconsin). In August, I will be moving to Denver to participate in the Urban Servant Corps, a year-long service program, where I will be working at the Women’s Bean Project and living in community with eight other volunteers.

In my free time I enjoy hiking, yoga, playing with children, and appreciating the small things in life. I look forward to the summer ahead of me and the opportunity to work with ELCA World Hunger. 

Hello my name is Louis Tillman and I will be a senior at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. I’m pursuing a BA in Business Management and Public Relations with a minor in Religion. My hometown is Atlanta, Georgia.  I am a member of Christ the Lord Lutheran Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. I have held the position of President in both the Carthage Black Student Union and Carthage National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for the past two years.

I am actively on two church wide committees:  The African Descent Strategy Team and the Lutheran Men in Mission, in which I sit as a Young Men’s Ministry Council Member.

I am currently interning with the World Hunger in the Mission Advancement unit of the ELCA. My position will focus on constituent engagement and interpretation. I will be taking on various projects this summer, one of them being with the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) in New Orleans. I am extremely excited about interning with the ELCA and being a vessel to the world in my faithful works.

I am still discerning about my next path in life after college, one possibility being in pursuit of a Master’s of Divinity degree at an ELCA seminary. Whatever the case, I look forward to using my spiritual gift of ministry.

My name is Kristyn Zollos and I am a summer intern with ELCA World Hunger.  I grew up just outside Cleveland, Ohio and currently attend Purdue University.  I will be a senior this year, studying Hospitality and Tourism Management with minors in Business Management and Spanish.  I was interested in event management, but after several volunteer and mission opportunities I realized that I wanted to use my abilities to work for a non-profit with a cause I was passionate about. 

Having attended a Lutheran church and school since I was born, I was familiar with the ELCA and some of the work done at the churchwide office. When I came across the internship opportunities provided within the organization, I truly felt that God had led me to the experience and now has put me here this summer for a reason.  Within the internship, my focus will be on assisting with planning of World Hunger events. I could not be more excited and grateful for this opportunity and all that I will learn. 

Welcome to the team!