Cheap Eats in Boston!

Cheap Eats in Boston!

Semester in the City is more than just an internship, it is an experience that allows students to explore a career in the social sector, as well as get a taste of living in Boston! SITC provides numerous advantages and is full of opportunities both within and outside the internship. 

In this blog series, we will be exploring different ways to experience city life and all that Boston has to offer while remaining on a budget.

 Living in the city means there is a wide variety of delicious foods all around you. For those interested in taking advantage of all the delectable meals Boston has to offer, the key is knowing where to go. From tacos to bagels, clam chowder to donuts— Here are some filling, mouth-watering food finds around Boston that do not break the bank.

Staff Spotlight: Edith Buhs

Edith Buhs is our interim Chief Program Officer! She has nearly 30 years of experience working for innovative nonprofits and in recent years has been involved with several College for Social Innovation projects serving as a consultant. Edith has held senior talent management roles at Citizen Schools, City Year and Jumpstart, and was most recently a founding staff member at AchieveMission. Edith comes to CFSI as an expert facilitator and change manager, who has lead people to debate productively, decide thoughtfully and deliver work together powerfully in myriad settings. At College for Social Innovation, Edith will oversee the shared apartments, internships, and coursework for Semester in the City and is a lead instructor for the Becoming a Problem Solver course.

Staff Spotlight: Ila Shah

At College for Social Innovation, we know that our first jobs and internships shaped our futures and cultivated our passion for social sector work. These experiences are the reason we are here today! The beginning of summer marks the start of similar experiences for college students everywhere—experiences that will open doors of opportunity and launch inspiring careers. In this blog series, our staff will tell the stories of their own first internships, sharing advice, memories, and appreciation for their earliest professional experiences.

Ila Shah is our Managing Director! She has over 15 years of professional experience with a focus on education and talent acquisition. Ila received her Bachelors of Arts from Wesleyan University and completed the CORO Fellowship in Public Affairs. Following her Fellowship, Ila worked as a program specialist for The After-School Corporation (TASC) and then as the Director of the National Network at Citizens School. More recently, Ila was a Search Consultant at Commongood Careers and Edgility Consulting, where she played a key role in establishing partnerships with school district officials as well as community and philanthropic partners. At College for Social Innovation, Ila will collaborate with the entire team to build a dynamic and joyous community, while also developing systems for both scalable and sustainable growth.

Staff Spotlight: Kiyo Gomi

Staff Spotlight: Kiyo Gomi

At College for Social Innovation, we know that our first jobs and internships shaped our futures and cultivated our passion for social sector work. These experiences are the reason we are here today! The beginning of summer marks the start of similar experiences for college students everywhere—experiences that will open doors of opportunity and launch inspiring careers. In this blog series, our staff will tell the stories of their own first internships, sharing advice, memories, and appreciation for their earliest professional experiences.

Kiyo Gomi is our manager of Finance and Administration! Kiyo earned his MBA in Finance and Nonprofit Management from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business in 2018. His passion for nonprofit work was cultivated through two summer internships with LearningWorks at Blake and he brings six years of experience in the nonprofit sector to his role. Kiyo has numerous responsibilities surrounding the finance and administration of CFSI, but he is especially eager to build and implement systems on the back-end to advance the mission of College for Social Innovation.  

Staff Spotlight: Katie Richardson

Staff Spotlight: Katie Richardson

Katie Richardson is our Director of Recruitment and Enrollment! She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and has built a career working with nonprofits focused on education, experiential learning, youth and leadership development, and service. Katie is responsible for connecting students with transformational learning experiences in Semester in the City, as well as growing the pipeline of diverse and well-qualified talent for the social sector. Here, Katie is able to combine her passions and have an impact by inspiring and delighting students through engaging internships.

Staff Spotlight: Mercedes Hanton

Staff Spotlight: Mercedes Hanton

Mercedes Hanton is our Program Manager of Student Experience! She graduated from the College of New Jersey, as well as Northeastern University where she received her Master’s in School Counseling. In her role at CFSI, she oversees the delivering a high quality program experience to undergraduate Social Innovation Fellows.

Staff Spotlight: Ilona Drew

Staff Spotlight: Ilona Drew

Ilona Drew is our Manager of Operations and Special Projects! She is a graduate from the University of New Hampshire, where she received both her bachelor's and master's degrees. In her role at CFSI, she creates and implements systems and structures to make our organization more efficient, especially in regards to our recruitment efforts. Here, she continues to combine her background in business operations and public policy with her passion for social innovation!

Spend Semester in the City Experiencing Art & Culture

Spend Semester in the City Experiencing Art & Culture

Semester in the City has more than a few advantages. For many, this is an opportunity to explore a career in the social sector and build a professional network before graduation. It is also a chance to experience a fun and unique semester by living in Boston!

In this blog series, we will be exploring different ways to experience city life and all that Boston has to offer while remaining on a budget.

From museums, music, poetry and more, we are highlighting some ways to indulge in the rich arts scene in Boston while sticking to your budget during Semester in the City. Read our first blog exploring the arts & culture scene in our historic city! While you’re here, be sure to periodically check out this website for an updated list of free arts and cultural events.

Staff Spotlight: Marissa Rodriguez

Staff Spotlight: Marissa Rodriguez

Meet Marissa Rodriguez, our Program Director for Internships! Marissa is a Penn State alum and is currently getting her master’s from Northeastern. In her role at CFSI she works with different nonprofits across Boston to support students in their internships with Semester in the City. She combines her background in learning & development, program design, and curriculum development with a passion for supporting young leaders and building learning communities. She is also a City Year New Hampshire alum, and in her role there, she continued to foster her love of service.

Staff Spotlight: Devon Cruz

Staff Spotlight: Devon Cruz

At College for Social Innovation, we know that our first jobs and internships shaped our futures and cultivated our passion for social sector work. These experiences are the reason we are here today! The beginning of summer marks the start of similar experiences for college students everywhere—experiences that will open doors of opportunity and launch inspiring careers. In this blog series, our staff will tell the stories of their own first internships, sharing advice, memories, and appreciation for their earliest professional experiences.

Meet Devon Cruz, our Manager for Student Recruitment! Devon is a Hampshire alum and in her role at CFSI she works with our college partners to spread the word about Semester in the City and support students as they apply, enroll, and match into their internships.