Summer internship season is here, meaning we have plenty of new faces around the building. One of those new faces is Italia Peretti, our newest development intern. Italia sat down with us to give us more insight into what makes her tick, her favorite music and more.
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Italia (Tali) Peretti. I am a recent graduate of Catholic University of America where I was a Media Studies Major and a member of the track and field team, I ran steeple chase (yes this is not just for horses). I also have a passion for documentary film production.
What drew you to Casey Trees?
Casey Trees is a huge part of the Brookland community where I have lived for the past four years, and in these last few years I have been able to see a real difference they have made not just in the Brookland community but DC as a whole. I knew after graduation I wanted to work somewhere where I could learn about development while also helping make a difference, and Casey Trees is the perfect combination of both!
If you could raise money for any cause in the world, what would it be and why?
I would love to raise money for the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. I have a huge love for animals and SCVM has made huge strides in canine cancer research along with other incredible advancements in animal medicine.
What are you most excited to learn during this internship?
I am most excited to learn how a nonprofit works! I have worked for an international company, interned for a start-up, and have had various other jobs. I enjoyed the diversity and difference of each and I look forward to getting into the nonprofit scene!
Do you have a favorite tree? If so, what is it and why?
My favorite tree is a tie between the Palm and the Maple Tree. I grew up in southern California where we had Palms in our front yard; we even had a small one for a Christmas Tree one year! My family moved to Boston when I was 12 and you cannot help but love the beautiful foliage of the New England Fall due to the Maples (also maple syrup)!
What are your favorite summer spots in the city?
Some of my favorite summer spots in DC include running the monuments at night or early morning, it is much cooler and less crowded. I love the rooftop “bottomless brunch” Local 16 in the U Street area (only $20!!) Also I love going to the Library of Congress and just reading or researching in the Rotunda Room, I highly suggest getting a LOC reader card!
If you had to only listen to 3 albums of music for the rest of your life what would they be?
If I could only pick three albums for the rest of my life I would have to say The Five Ghosts & The Séance by the Stars, Take off Your Pants and Jacket by Blink 182, and Whitney by Whitney Houston.