Elizabeth Mombello ’19

Elizabeth is a sociology and Spanish major from Overland Park, Kansas.


Massey Fellow in Development & Civic Empowerment

The Obama Foundation | Chicago, Illinois

Week 8:
Midway Reflections


March 16, 2019 | The typical Fellows experience lasts eight weeks, and I have reached my eighth week. My Fellows blog ends here, but I will be with the Foundation for another eight weeks. I am officially at the midway point, and I do feel settled, engaged, and happy. The other interns and I have become good friends. Our […]

Week 7:
Hyde Park, My Home


March 5, 2019 | Being in Chicago has been an extremely rewarding and reflective experience for me. I’m learning to be alone, and devote time to things I love, like cooking and reading, without feeling the pressure of academics. I have free reign over my schedule and am learning to yield my personal time to valuable experiences and productive […]

Week 6:
Cruising Along


February 23, 2019 | I spent this week working through a number of larger projects that support not just my team, but others within the Foundation. For example, there is a plethora of information that lives in the briefing documents created by different teams, and I’m currently working to transfer all of that information to our databases. It sounds […]

Week 5:
A Daily Timeline


February 17, 2019 | This week, I’d like to lay out a schedule that shows my typical work day. Of course there are always variations, but this is my average Monday. I leave my apartment by 8:20 to walk to work. Each day, I pass the small plaque that commemorates President and Mrs. Obama’s first date, at the nearby […]

Week 4:
Outside my 10 Blocks


February 9, 2019 | This week, I dedicated time to exploring and moving away from the 10 blocks I walk each day. I ate new foods, spent time with new friends, and visited new places. Even in the winter, the city feels so fresh, and I am pushing myself to do and see more. I went to the diner […]

Week 2:
New Friends


February 1, 2019 | I am now two weeks into my internship, and feel successfully on-boarded to my team and to Chicago. Before I arrived, my supervisor scheduled one on one interviews for me with each member of the development staff. These thirty minute meetings with my new team members served as the most useful aspect of my integration […]

Week 3:
Wonderful Women


January 27, 2019 | Just as I spent my Tuesday night celebrating women, I would like to spend this post publicizing the professional help I received from three specific women recently. Before I even arrived to Chicago, I spent my last Cornell block in my Sociology Senior Seminar, where each student produces a capstone project. For my project, I […]

Week 1:
New Year, New City, New Things


January 13, 2019 | “Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zone and soar, all right?” It almost seems like Mrs. Obama is speaking directly to me, right? I applied for an internship with the Obama Foundation with high hopes and plenty of support from my roommates. The application required two essays, a short […]