SITE Interns

SITE: Summer Internships for Tomorrow’s Educators

SITE is a program piloted by IMSA’s outreach (Professional Field Services) office for the summer of 2017. It provides college education and STEM majors with training, mentorship and support, feedback, and classroom opportunities to teach hands-on, inquiry-based STEM content to students in IMSA’s summer programs. The pilot program consists of 6 interns who are in their sophomore to senior year of college. SITE interns will work and teach alongside IMSA high school students who are part of the ALLIES program, a STEM leadership and teacher development program for high school students.


 Samantha Miller

Sam Miller

Sam just finished her second year at St. Ambrose University where she is majoring in Secondary Math Education with an endorsement in STEM and Pre-Speech Pathology. During her spare time, she loves taking pictures of anything and everything – especially nature. This is actually Sam’s second summer as an IMSA summer intern, and just like last summer, she is just as excited for the opportunity to meet and get to know the students!

Erin Stevens

Number 6.JPGErin will be a senior at the University of Nebraska in the fall where she is majoring in Biological Systems Engineering with a biomedical emphasis and minoring in mathematics. This summer, Erin is thrilled to interact with kids who are learning about STEM, one of her biggest passions! Erin is quite the swimmer and has been swimming competitively for thirteen years; I bet you won’t be challenging her to any swimming races!

Tess McAnally

McAnally.jpgTess will be entering her senior year at Oklahoma State University in the fall where she will get her degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Social Studies and is also minoring in History. She is looking forward to interacting with the students this summer and watching them learn. You might consider Tess quite the world traveler because she spent three weeks in Greece after she graduated high school!

Jakob Grootens

IMG_20170518_181827-01.jpgJakob is a rising second year at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he is studying Computer Science and Astronomy. He is pumped to meet a plethora of students who are passionate about learning! While maintain his studies, Jakob also plays the trumpet as a member of the Marching Illini!



Lindsey Petritis

LindseyPetritis_headshotLindsey is a rising second year at Georgia Institute of Technology where she is studying Biomedical Engineering on a pre-health track. This summer, she is looking forward to the opportunity to grow through the intern program and to have the chance to work with kids who share her same STEM passion! Lindsey is on her college dance team and misses her two 150 pound English Mastiffs the most while away during the school year.


Katrina Kuhn – Summer Intern

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Katrina has just graduated from IMSA this year and will begin her college journey at the University of Richmond in the fall where she will double major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Spanish and minor in Leadership. This summer, Katrina is looking forward share her passion for STEM with the students. One impressive fact about Katrina is that she hiked both up and down the Grand Canyon!

Anna Barannikova

Barannikova_Anna_2Anna will be a freshman at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the fall where she will study Molecular and Cellular Biology. This summer, Anna is really looking forward to having new experiences and meeting new people; she is especially excited to have the chance to observe and work with STEM motivated students! Anna is actually a native of Dubna, Russia and moved to the States when she was young.


Justin Shiau – NOYCE Internship

Shiau, Justin Headshot.JPGJustin is a sophomore at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville where he is studying pre-pharmacy. This summer, he is excited to learn more about what it means to teach. Justin is multi-talented and knows how to play the piano and the violin!