Dayton tornadoes give Miami intern experience in disaster relief

The Urban Leadership Internship Program places students in nonprofits

Slide 1: Fourteen tornadoes defined Miami University student Natalie Mullen’s summer internship.

Slide 2: On May 27, tornadoes tore through Dayton, Ohio. The next day, Natalie started her Urban Leadership Internship at the Dayton Foodbank.

Slide 3: The Foodbank immediately responded, providing water and food to those affected.

Slide 4: In the first three days, the Foodbank gave out a half million bottles of water and organized more than 1,600 volunteers.

Slide 5: Half of Natalie’s apartment complex was destroyed by the EF-4 tornado, although her building was untouched.

Slide 6: Amid the stress, Natalie learned she was good at conflict management and keeping her cool.

Slide 7: “I didn’t have water or power for 10 days, but I was lucky to be safe.”

Slide 8: Seeing people clean up “the mess of what used to be their homes” helped her understand what survivors go through.

Slide 9: “I can take these lessons to work in international development and aid.”

Slide 10: Natalie Mullen, Major: International Studies, Urban Leadership Internship Program

Slide 11: MiamiOH.edu/Honors