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Two URI resident assistants picked for national internship program

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First time that URI students have been selected

KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 12, 2005 -- Two University of Rhode Island students have been chosen to participate in a national summer housing internship program through the Association of College and University Housing Officers International.

Meeghan Harrington of South Kingstown will complete her internship at the University of Idaho and Princess Garrett of Providence will be at North Carolina State University. Since age and experience are critical to the success of the program, preference is often given to graduate students. Even though Garrett and Harrington are both undergraduates, their level of experience impressed the selection team. Garrett is a second-year resident assistant and Harrington, is a third-year RA.

“As veteran Browning Hall resident assistants, Princess and Meeghan continue to look for ways to both challenge themselves and bring new ideas and energy not only to their students but also to their staff” says J.T. Cunic, Browning/Adams hall director.

According to Lorrie Miller, assistant director for Housing and Residential Education, “This is the first time RA’s from URI have applied for and received association internship opportunities. These young women have served as both leaders and positive role models on campus. I cannot think of two students more deserving of this experience. “

The association serves more than 900 colleges and universities and 1.8 million students worldwide. The organization offers students internships and employment opportunities at more than 205 colleges and universities.

Harrington will assist the summer conference program at Idaho, as well as supervise RA staff in the summer residence and housing program. “I can’t wait to experience things there, to be exposed to a completely different management style. It’ll be great to bring back to the staff here,” Harrington said. “I matched well with Idaho, and I wanted to go out west because I really wanted to challenge myself, so I’m very excited.”

Harrington and Garrett are engrossed in both their studies and community service. Now in her third year at URI, Harrington has been on the Dean’s List since the first semester of her freshman year. She also serves as Student Entertainment Committee chairperson, Zeta Epsilon Tau Alpha (ZETA) sorority new member educator, Student Life intern, and URI 101 mentor. Last summer, she was also an orientation leader for the incoming freshman class and was also dubbed Homecoming Queen.

Garrett serves as secretary for the African American awareness organization, Uhuru Sasa, and was also an orientation leader in 2004. She was a Rhode Island Foundation fellow in 2003, during which she co-wrote a comprehensive leadership curriculum. Garrett also organized a bowl-a-thon, raising about $16,000 for charity and has written an estimated $1 million in grants for organizations. In high school, she was also a member of Youth in Action of Providence and started the Street Outreach Team, which informs teens of the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases and drug abuse. The team is run and controlled strictly by young people in the community.

“I really like these volunteer jobs,” said Garrett. “You know you’re working for the greater good, and you learn something from everything you do.”

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Happy interns. Meeghan Harrington, left, and Princess Garrett, right, stands before Browning Hall where they are resident assistants. URI News Bureau photo by Michael Salerno Photography.