MSW Student Lindsay Tatera Receives InternHero Award

Annually, the Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership (HSEP) recognizes students and colleges that promote HSEP’s program. This year, HSEP selected MSW student Lindsay Tatera as the recipient of the 2013 InternHero Student Award.  The award recognizes excellence in the Hartford-Springfield region, which consists of 22 colleges and universities.  Lindsay was recognized at HSEP’s 2013 State of the Region Conference on Friday, June 7, 2013.

Lindsay Tatera, MSW Student
Lindsay Tatera, MSW Student

Lindsay’s field instructor, Bonnie Kern, Acting Director of Refugee Resettlement at the International Institute of Connecticut stated, “Lindsay proved herself to be a very strong asset in the refugee department… She was competent, reliable, and had a friendly disposition in the office. All of these traits made her a good intern, but what really made her stand out was her competence in medical issues and compassion with newly-arrived refugees.”

“As a supervisor, I appreciated the initiative she would take in making sure that refugees had their medical needs met in a timely and culturally competent manner. Medical case management is a critical component in successful resettlement and our agency is always on the lookout for people who have the same profile as Lindsay. She is a great example of the high-standards achieved by UConn MSW students. Lindsay truly made a difference in people’s lives during her internship by guiding them through the healthcare system.”

“I am very excited to have even been nominated for the InternHero award and am honored that I was selected as this year’s recipient” said Lindsay.  “Knowing that my hard work will positively reflect on the UConn School of Social Work serves as additional motivation to continue my efforts during my second year as a student.”  Lindsay is a Community Organization student and will be doing her 2nd year internship at the United Nations in New York.

In hearing of the award, Dean Salome Raheim wrote to Lindsay, “Your supervisor’s nomination of you speaks volumes about your accomplishments in your field placement at the International Institute of Connecticut.  Your exemplary performance and this recognition increase the visibility of the UConn School of Social Work and MSW students as important contributors to economic and workforce development in New England.”

HSEP’s annual State of the Region Conference is one of the area’s premier economic development events. In addition to its nationally known speakers, the 2013 Conference featured Mary Holz-Clause, UConn’s Vice President for Economic Development.   

About the Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership (HSEP)
The Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership is an interstate collaboration of regional economic development, planning, business, tourism and educational institutions that work together to advance the region’s economic progress. The region comprises the Hartford and Springfield metropolitan areas.  The group markets the region as “New England’s Knowledge Corridor,” emphasizing the area’s rich history of innovation, invention and world-class educational assets.