Student Interns

Chih McDermott

Chih McDermott is a J.D. Candidate in his second year at Penn Law and the Field Center’s 2020-2021 Lerner Fellow in Child Welfare Policy. Chih earned a B.A. from Williams College in 2014 and an M.Ed. from Boston University in 2016. He started his professional career with Teach for America (TFA) and taught mathematics for five years at Durfee High School in Fall River, MA. During his summers, Chih helped train new teachers with TFA and worked as an education policy intern in the Rhode Island Governor’s Office. At Penn Law, he volunteers with the Youth Advocacy Project advocating for the rights of young Pennsylvanians involved in the adult criminal justice system and is an associate editor on the Journal of Law and Public Affairs. This past summer, he worked as a legal intern at Juvenile Law Center. Chih hopes his law degree will help him dismantle systemic barriers facing young people.

Sirui Chen

Sirui Chen joined the Field Center in September 2020 as a 2nd year full-time MSW student from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice with a macro concentration. Her first-year field placement was at United Communities Southeast Philadelphia where she worked as a truancy case manager intern to support students attending Furness High School in South Philadelphia. She graduated from Renmin University of China in 2019 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Sirui is excited to be part of the Field Center to understand more about the child welfare system and promote the well-being of children.

Daphne Chimbel

Daphne Chimbel joined the Field Center as a volunteer intern in September 2020. She is an Advanced Standing MSW student from the School of Social Policy and Practice with a clinical concentration. Her MSW Field Placement for the Summer of 2020 was with the Center for Autism where she conducted individual and family therapy sessions. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Missouri in 2018. Her BSW field placement was with Heart of Missouri CASA where she advocated for children in the foster care system. Post-college, Daphne worked for Missouri Alliance for Children and Families as a Care Manager where she supported youth in foster care who had mental health and behavioral care needs. While volunteering at the Field Center, Daphne hopes to learn more about how policy and research can influence positive change in the child welfare system.