June 28, 2018

This summer, we have three college students joining our team as interns. Hailing from Florida, Kentucky, and North Carolina to spend their summer with PFLAG National, we could not be more excited to have their unique identities, experiences, and viewpoints in our office. 

Casey Chalmers is a rising senior at Appalachian State University. She is majoring in journalism, and is pursuing a minor in LGBTQ+ studies. Casey has been passionate about social justice issues throughout her life, and hopes to utilize her passions in her future job. Casey is heavily involved with the LGBT Center at Appalachian, and considers it one of her biggest passions. In her free time, Casey likes to surf, walk her chug (Chihuahua Pug mix) Lilly, and hangout with her siblings (who she considers the best brother and sister in the world). Overall, this internship is a dream come true for Casey—she gets to advocate for social justice issues while being immersed in Washington, DC culture. She considers PFLAG National  the perfect fit for her, and is extremely excited to be working with the staff this summer. 

Mitchell Siefker is about to begin his junior year studying Elementary and Special Education at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. He has a passion for children and families and hopes to be working with them for the majority of his career. Mitchell is about to begin his second term as President of the Residence Hall Association, and his first term as the Vice President for BUKnighted, Bellarmine University’s LGBTQ+ and ally organization. In his minimal free time, MItchell likes to cook, read, watch movies, go on walks (with his dog), and sit by the pool. He could not be more excited to be spending his summer in Washington, DC working with PFLAG National!

Dawson McNamara-Bloom is about to begin his sophomore year at Brandeis University studying Politics and International Global Studies while minoring in Law. He has a passion for pursuing policy change having lobbied for LGBTQ+ rights in the past. On campus Dawson participates in Quidditch and intramural sports. He is very excited to participate in the vital work that PFLAG National does in Washington DC.