Summer Internships Begin at ECA

Eugene Civic Alliance is delighted to announce the addition of three members to our summer intern team. Emily Poole, Hadley Weiss, and Spencer Wilhelmy all bring young, vibrant voices to the Civic Park project. Their work with the Campaign for Civic Park will support ECA’s goals of developing opportunities for youth to participate in healthy activities and fostering civic growth in the Eugene area.

Spencer Wilhelmy is an up-and-coming senior at the University of Oregon and ECA’s newest Marketing Intern. He is studying Advertising and Russian with a minor in Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Thinking. Originally from San Diego, CA, Spencer was involved in several youth sports programs when he was growing up and is excited to help implement similar opportunities for kids in Eugene. He enjoys spending time with his friends and family and exploring Oregon’s outdoors. He also volunteers with programs that focus on sexual violence prevention education (SVPE) on the University of Oregon campus. “I am really looking forward to this opportunity and cannot wait to serve the Eugene community. When I was growing up in San Diego, the sports I played as a kid served as a valuable tool for making friends and meeting new people; an important skill to develop as an only child. I am excited to deliver the same opportunities I was granted as a child and hopefully deliver the same healthy experiences the children of Eugene deserve.”

Hadley Weiss is a junior in the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon and the Arts and History Intern for ECA. She is currently studying Political Science, and hopes to one day attend law school and later serve in politics herself. In addition, Hadley is a member of Divisi, the premiere all-women identified a cappella group at the University of Oregon. Having lived in Eugene her whole life, she spent many summer evenings walking to Civic Stadium with her mom to enjoy a baseball game. Hadley also participated in numerous Kidsports programs and is very excited to help others have the opportunity to explore multiple sports. Kidsports helped her foster a love of softball that has stuck with her to this day. She is delighted to help Civic Park take shape, and as the Arts and History Intern, help honor the stadium’s legacy and incorporate the old with the new. “Eugene has given me such a wonderful community to grow and develop in, and I hope that in this position I can begin to give back a small amount of what I owe this amazing city.”

A recent graduate from the University of Oregon, Emily Poole is the Events Intern for ECA. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Journalism with a minor in Political Science and was the School of Journalism and Communication’s 2019 Commencement speaker. Sports were pivotal for Emily growing up, and not only helped her physically, but mentally and emotionally. She believes playing sports teaches kids a skill set they will use for the rest of their lives: how to share, cooperate, and develop relationships. Emily supports ECA’s mission to build a healthy community through increasing access to sports facilities, “ECA is taking on a community-powered project, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to help ECA transform their ambitions into actionable outcomes that will generate meaningful opportunities for the greater Eugene community.”

We are thrilled to have Spencer, Hadley, and Emily bring their skills and passion to the Civic Park project. As a space that will host programs and events for all ages and backgrounds, we welcome their fresh insight and ideas and look forward to a great summer with a great team!