Meet Araceli – LUM Spring Intern

Araceli Martinez grew up in Elkhart, IN, with her parents and four siblings. She currently lives in West Lafayette, where she is in her fourth year at Purdue University. Araceli is enrolled in the Public Health (4+1) combined Master program. Araceli graduated from NorthWood High School (Nappanee, IN) and is a first-generation college student.

Araceli is a LUM spring intern working with the Financial Assistance Program, Food Pantries, Homeless Services, Tax Assistance and various fundraising events. When reflecting on her internship goals, Araceli stated that,

I hope to gain a deeper understanding of how complex issues can be addressed by specific organizations as well as the net of other resources in the community. Overall, I hope to build meaningful connections, enhance my skills, and broaden my perspective. 

At Purdue, Araceli is the executive student director of the Ace Food Pantry at Purdue, and served as a Team Leader and Team Supervisor with Boiler Gold Rush. When she graduates in May 2025, Araceli envisions herself exploring diverse opportunities and taking on rotations throughout her career in public health. Araceli shared that,

“My passion extends to various areas within the field, and I am eager to continuously learn and contribute my skills.”

Araceli encourages others to volunteer or pursue an internship with LUM, stating that,

“What I enjoy the most about LUM is the ability to work in a collaborative and compassionate environment that aims towards improving the lives of those in the community. The variety of programs offered at LUM gives me the opportunity to explore my interests.”

In her free time, Araceli enjoys exploring her creative side with drawing, baking and cooking; is an avid reader, ideally with a cup of coffee at a local coffee shop; and working out with a jog, hot yoga, or hitting the gym.

LUM is fortunate to have someone with Araceli’s experience, passion, and work ethic working as an intern this semester.

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