2018 CancerLINC Interns

CancerLINC is pleased to have three wonderful and talented interns joining us this summer. Ginger Barbour through Partnership for the Future, has joined us for her third summer before she heads to James Madison University in the fall. We also have Andrew Cunningham who will be going into his final year at William and Mary Law School; and Srimukhi Vunnam going into her second year of law school at Washington and Lee University School of Law. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

Where are you from (where did you grow up / where do you live now)?
I was born and raised in Richmond, VA.

What are your career goals?

As a Theatre and Nursing double major, I intend to further my acting career and become a Pediatric Emergency Department Nurse.

What brought you to CancerLINC?As a student of Partnership for the Future, we are paired with a business partner (such as CancerLINC, Dominion Energy, Federal

Ginger Barbour

Reserve Bank of Richmond, Markel Corporation, McGuire Woods, etc.) for 3 summers leading into our Freshman Year of college, so that we will already have a paraprofessional background before entering the workforce. Because of my career aspirations and compatibility, I was given the opportunity to work with CancerLINC.  

What do you find rewarding about your work here?
Every summer, there are always numerous opportunities to broaden my horizons in each department. This year I've transitioned from Volunteer Coordination & Special Events to Outreach & Education Coordination, and to engage with clients from a different perspective than I'm used to has been very congenial. Whether at seminars or at Virginia Cancer Institutes across the Greater Richmond Area, nothing is more rewarding than seeing the clients benefit from the resources we provide.

What hobbies / other interests do you have?

As a Center for the Arts alum, performing arts will always be my passion.

Is there a story or other information you’d like to share?
As my final summer concludes, I think I will miss Lincoln most of all. Just kidding, but it's really been an enriching experience and I can't wait to see what the future holds for myself and the organization. 


What brought you to CancerLINC?

No stranger to the menace of cancer, I was searching for summer internships that involved working with patients and caregivers. I first learned about CancerLINC through the Government and Public Interest Interview Program (GPIIP) and, after reading CancerLINC’s mission statement and services for the community, knew it would be an incredible opportunity for such client-focused work. The staff here was incredibly helpful in preparing me for the internship before the start date.


What do you find rewarding about your work here?

I have always been drawn to the simplistic beauty of people helping people. CancerLINC embodies this ideal, and I get to experience it every day. The last things cancer patients—already stressed and caged by the disease—want to deal with are legal or financial problems. Our work eases their burden, and the gratitude is tangible. The dessert of the internship is seeing active change in our clients’ lives. It is the recognition that while patients fight cancer, CancerLINC fights for the patients. Moreover, the staff both is friendly and shows the utmost commitment to helping our clients. Once a client explains his or her issue, that issue becomes a top priority for the staff. They work in tireless pursuit of its resolution and are never satisfied until the client is satisfied. This internship is a great opportunity to work with such caring and hard-working people.

What hobbies / other interests do you have?

Befitting the “nerd” archetype, I mostly enjoy reading (fiction and philosophy), video games, horror movies, and dedicating several years of my life to Game of Thrones lore. I peaked in high school as a district tennis champion, love spending time outdoors, and can make life-changing buffalo chicken dip.


Is there a story or other information you’d like to share?
This summer I am also conducting research for a paper on the legal dimensions of the opioid epidemic.

Where are you from (where did you grow up / where do you live now)?
I’m originally from Sarasota, FL, lived in Pittsburgh, PA for my undergrad, and now live in Williamsburg, VA.


What are your career goals?

I aspire to a career in nonprofit or public healthcare law, making a difference for those in less fortunate circumstances. As a personal and complex field, healthcare law offers both intellectual stimulation and the opportunity for more client-based work. In particular, I would love to work at the helm of emerging biomedical technologies, ensuring access to newer and more effective treatments without burdensome restrictions and red tape.

Andrew Cunningham

Where are you from (where did you grow up / where do you live now)?
I’m originally from New York, but most recently from Clarksburg, MD.


What are your career goals?
I would like to practice healthcare law, and I'm looking forward to participating more in this field!


What brought you to CancerLINC?
I first heard about CancerLINC through the Government and Public Interest Interview Program (GPIIP). I knew working at 

CancerLINC would give me the opportunity to see people

Srimukhi Vunnam

 navigate the healthcare and legal systems on a daily basis. I was interested based on my initial research, but after meeting the staff, I realized this would be a great place to work.


What do you find rewarding about your work here?
Working with clients directly has been such a rewarding experience. When we follow up with clients and hear how the legal field helped in resolving their issues, I am reminded of why I wanted to be a lawyer in the first place. I also get to see a wide range of legal issues, which I feel has given me a better understanding of how the law directly applies to our lives.

What hobbies / other interests do you have?

I like to read and play music in my spare time.


Is there a story or other information you’d like to share?
I split my summer between the University of Hartford and CancerLINC. I was part of the General Counsel's office at UHart, where I worked on a variety of legal issues.

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