Center for Leadership Interns

The Center for Leadership Interns are responsible for coordinating all programs and services offered in the Center for Leadership. Students commit to a year term transitioning in February and serving in the Spring semester and then the Fall semester. These programs and services are divided into distinct internship positions including: Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows, Marketing & Communication, Organization Development, Community Programming, Campus Engagement, and Inclusive Excellence. Each intern has individual responsibilities but CFL Interns have common goals to work collaboratively and provide leadership development opportunities for all Elon students.

As a Center for Leadership Intern, students grow personally and professionally. We are looking for students to further develop their individualized leadership style by working with the CFL professional staff.

2019 CFL Interns


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Susan Derasmo '20

Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows Intern: Hometown: Cream Ridge, NJ

Majors/Minor: Policy Studies and Strategic Communications with a minor in Leadership Studies

Involvement on campus: Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows, Elonthon, Traditions Council, Honor Board, and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority

As the Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows Intern, I work to enhance leadership engagement within the Fellows program, support the developmental and educational goals of group members, and serve an integral role in the recruitment and orientation of the next class of Fellows.

Definition of Leadership: A collaborative process of people working to achieve a common goal. Through this process, individuals are empowered to use their strengths, while becoming aware of and uplifting their weaknesses.

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Caroline Enright '20

Campus Engagement Intern: Hometown: Nashville, TN

Major/Minors: Policy Studies with minors in Poverty and Social Justice and Leadership Studies

Involvement on campus: Lumen Scholars, Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows, Immigrant Realities

As the Campus Engagement Intern, I work to coordinate the Center for Leadership’s events on campus to engage with students and organizations. While we host our own events, we also aim to collaborate with organizations across Elon’s campus to maximize the impact of conversations around leadership.

Definition of Leadership: A process of people engaging together in hopes to achieve a common goal. In this process people work together to complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses as they attempt to increase the common good.

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Deena Elrefai '22

Organization Development Intern: Hometown: Leesburg, VA

Majors/Minor: International Global Studies and Spanish with a minor in Public Health Studies

Involvement on campus: SPARKS peer educator, Periclean Scholars, Student Government Association, Elon College Fellows, Adventures in Leadership Facilitator

As the Organization Development intern, I am responsible for working with student leaders and advisors to facilitate change and growth in student organizations.

Definition of Leadership: "A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves." --Lao Tzu

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Ethan "Tropic" Porter '22

Inclusive Excellence Intern: Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Major/ Minor: Music Production and Recording Arts with a minor in Communications

Involvement on Campus: Phoenix Flops, Model United Nations, Elon Academy Mentor

As the Inclusive Excellence intern, I serve as the director for the 2019 Intersect Conference. In addition, I work with different campus partners to advocate for and ensure inclusion and equality. Within the Center for Leadership, we plan to develop and facilitate different workshops that help promote these values, as well as teaching the intersection between diversity and leadership.

Definition of Leadership: Leadership is trailblazing paths for others, then helping guide them through.

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Jack Taylor '21

Community Programming Intern: Hometown: Sterling, VA

Major/Minors: Strategic Communications with minors in Business Administration and Leadership Studies

Involvement on campus: Resident Assistant (RA) in the Historic Neighborhood, Phoenix Flops, Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows, American Advertising Federation member

As the Community Programming Intern, I will be connecting the Elon community to the greater Alamance County community in order to create a positive impact. This will be done through the Alamance Youth Leadership Academy (AYLA) program, community engagement leadershops, and service opportunities in partnership with the Kernodle Center for Service Learning.

Definition of leadership: Leadership is an opportunity to inspire others and help reach a common purpose that unites communities.

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Lenna Iskenderian '20

Marketing and Communications Intern: Hometown: Arlington, MA

Major/Minors: Strategic Communications with minors in Psychology and German Studies

Involvement on campus: Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Psi Chi

As the Marketing and Communications Intern, my role is to help market and expose Elon students to the different resources that the Center for Leadership has to offer. I also work with other interns to integrate marketing strategy into different facets of campus life.

Definition of Leadership: The ability to inspire positive change through actions, words, and meaningful relationships.

Internships benefits include:

  • Professional Leadership Development Opportunities
  • Mentorship from CFL Professional Staff
  • Career Readiness Skills
  • Teamwork Experience
  • Innovative Ideation
  • Monthly Stipend
  • ELR Credit(s) – Leadership and Internship Credit available

Internship Qualifications & Expectations

  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Time management, organization, and interpersonal skills
  • Commit one full calendar year (Spring ’19 and Fall ’19)
  • Dedicate 10 hours per week to the Center for Leadership
  • Good academic and judicial standing
  • Participate in monthly Professional Development meetings
  • Meet with the Center for Leadership Team, which includes CFL Interns, CFL Office Assistants, and CFL professional staff
  • Schedule collaborative meetings between interns and professional staff as needed to work on programs and initiatives
  • Engage in a leadership development experience that will  increase ones’ self efficacy, the desire and ability to work collaboratively, and to put ideas into action for positive change
  • Interns are expected to consider this their primary leadership role on campus and take that into account as a scheduling priority
  • Facilitate CFL leadership development programs and opportunities the Elon community
  • Be present for all major CFL events
  • Represent the CFL at University events


Have questions for a CFL Intern? Please contact or stop by the Center for Leadership Monday through Friday 8:00am-5:00pm. The CFL is located next to the Global Neighborhood sand volleyball court.