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AACC Interns


Arielle Alibudbud - Poy Health and Wellness Intern

Arielle is a senior majoring in Asian American Studies from Oakbrook Terrace, IL and is serving as the Poy Health and Wellness Intern at the AACC this year. She is a returning intern and is most excited to take on projects and connect with other interns and those in the Asian American community on the UlUC campus. When she is not at the AACC. you can find her working as a Student Paraprofessional at The Career Center or putting in work as the Internal Vice President of Sigma Psi Zeta. 

Isabella Lee - AACC Intern

Isabella is a sophomore studying Business Development and Information Systems. Crowing up in Naperville, IL as a second generation Chinese-American, Isabella experienced the support of her Asian American community. Now through her involvement at the AACC she hopes to strengthen the center and its affiliated organization's presence on campus. On campus. Isabella is a part of Society of Women in Business and Taiwanese American Students Club. 

Kelly Liu - AACC Intern

Kelly is a sophomore majoring in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences on the pre-nursing track. She is Chinese-American and was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Outside of her academics, she is a part of alpha Kappa Delta Phi, an Asian-interest sorority, serving as Rush, Performance, and Publicity Chair. She is excited to be an intern for the 2021-2022 school year and hopes to learn more about the resources AACC has to offer and how to give back to the Asian community here at UIUC.

Alyssa Martin - AACC Intern

Alyssa is a sophomore studying Kinesiology on a pre-physical therapy track. She is a second generation Filipino-American from South Elgin, IL. Through working as the fundraising chair for her Asian-interest sorority, alpha Kappa Delta Phi, and being involved in the Philippine Student Association, Alyssa loves finding ways to be more active within the Asian community on campus. With her internship at the AACC, she hopes to further her knowledge of Asian culture and help bring awareness and proper representation to her community.

Prthivi Nese - Asian Pacific American Alumni Leadership Intern

​Prthivi is a junior studying Supply Chain Management and Information Systems. She is from Buffalo Grove, IL and is on the board of Illini Fighting Hunger. Prthivi has been with the AACC for two years and has decided to intern again because she enjoys gaining new experiences, learning about her identity, and discussing important cultural events.

Maria Tenuta - AACC Intern

Maria is a junior majoring in I-health with a minor in business. She is from Lemont, IL and on campus you can find her walking around as a Wellness Ambassador, attending pre-PA club meetings, and scheduling speakers as outreach chair for MSF. Maria decided to intern at the AACC because she wanted to learn more about her own identity as a Asian American and form connections with others.

Natalie Wess - Marketing & Communications Intern

Natalie is a junior at the University of Illinois pursuing a degree in Urban Planning with a minor in Community Art Education. She is a first-generation Chinese American, from the province Anhui. She was raised in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois. She has worked within the Asian American community on campus through her involvement in the Asian American Association serving on the Board as the Secretary. Outside of working at the AACC, she also works as a teaching assistant for the College of Fine and Applied Arts and works at the Spurlock Museum. Her passion lies in photography. Through art, she is able to share the diversity and complexity of people through the lens of an artist. Natalie is super excited to be part of the AACC team and is looking forward to learning and collaborating!