Casey Feldman Foundation Scholarship Recipient Dylan Mark Pays it Forward

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

By Isabella Scipioni*

Dylan Mark and Elizabeth Skewes (Dept. of Journalism Chair, CU) with Casey Feldman Foundation founders Joel Feldman (L) and Dianne Anderson (R) meeting this summer to discuss the Foundation’s new journalism scholarship program

Each year, the Casey Feldman Foundation awards a scholarship to  students in the University of Colorado-Boulder Public Interest Internship Experience (CU PIIE), providing the funds to receive a salary for an otherwise unpaid internship at a public service agency or non-profit. The 2012 recipient, Dylan Mark, was unable to take an unpaid internship at the time, but the Casey Feldman Foundation scholarship gave him the opportunity to accept a position he otherwise could not have taken.

Non-Profits Generally Don’t Offer Paid Internships

“Non-profits at that time especially had a ton of unpaid internships, and it was really uncommon for a paid internship to be in that space. The Casey Feldman Foundation and Joel and Dianne Anderson enabled me to be able to participate in the internship,” said Mark.

Dylan accepted a position at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, which shelters 7,000 animals each year. He had a rotational experience at the shelter and was able to work in multiple areas including the vet clinic, the front desk, animal intake, and adoptions. After completing his internship, Dylan was given a new career opportunity at CU Boulder.

Casey Feldman Foundation Supported Internship Leads to Full Time Position

Dylan Mark (R) in 2015 at the Feldman home with Casey Feldman Foundation PIIE scholarship recipients Colin Mayberry (2013, Nature Conservancy) and Ramya Palaniappan (2015, Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center)

“I got an internship with Career Services that eventually led to my job, so I can say for certain that without this internship that I wouldn’t have been able to get to where I am now,” said Mark.

Dylan was offered a full-time position in the Career Services office after graduating, and he currently serves as the Program Manager for Professional Experiences at CU Boulder. He now works with students and employers to ensure that students feel prepared for their careers ahead of them and can get valuable work experience while still in college. In this position, Dylan gets to carry on the CU PIIE value of helping people in his community.

“I get to do work every day that benefits the world and benefits others,” said Mark.

Dylan received a BA in Sociology with a minor in Religious Studies from CU Boulder in 2013, and this winter, he will graduate with an MS in Marketing from CU Denver. Dylan credits working at the University as the reason he went back to school, saying that the encouragement and tuition benefits offered to employees ultimately led to his decision. Dylan plans on evaluating his skillset over the next few years and figuring out what his next career move will be.

To Make the World a Better Place

Dylan with his painting of “The Flatirons”

“I know that wherever I work, whether it be for a non-profit or a for-profit, I want to have a community, social, or environmental impact on the world around me. I just want to be able to influence the world to be a better place,” said Mark.

Dylan is also doing just that through the vibrant and colorful artwork that he makes in his spare time, believing “that art should be something that creates community and supports others.” A percentage of any art that he sells is donated to charity. Currently, 100% of his sales on prints through his Etsy shop is going to Direct Relief, a charity that serves in emergency situations around the world.

Mark and his wife are also expecting their first child, and they plan on taking this time to reflect on their careers and enjoy this exciting new experience. Dylan is excited to see what the future holds for him and is grateful to be a Casey Feldman Foundation scholarship recipient.


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*Isabella Scipioni is a sophomore at Fordham University Lincoln Center and is majoring in political science. She is originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and is currently an Assistant Social Media Editor for the Fordham Observer.







PIIE Foundation Scholarship Recipients Connect This Summer

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

By Dianne l. Anderson*

L to R: Colin Mayberry - The Nature Conservancy, 2013; Ramya Palaniappan - Boulder Valley Women's Health, 2015 & Dylan Mark - Boulder Valley Humane Society, 2012

L to R: Colin Mayberry – The Nature Conservancy, 2013; Ramya Palaniappan – Boulder Valley Women’s Health, 2015 & Dylan Mark – Boulder Valley Humane Society, 2012

The Casey Feldman Foundation is proud of all of its scholarship recipients, including the PIIE (Public Interest Internship Experience) students at The University of Colorado Boulder.  The PIIE program, established at CU in 2005, provides students with a paid summer internship at a government agency or non-profit, organizations that may not otherwise be able to provide compensation. The Casey Feldman Foundation has funded one student per year since 2010, following Casey’s death in 2009.

Our 2015 recipient, Ramya Palaniappan, interned this summer with the non-profit Boulder Valley Women’s Health, which provides gynecological and reproductive healthcare services and education to adults and teens regardless of a patient’s insured or immigrations status and economic circumstances. Ramya is a major in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and aspires to be a physician.

My husband, Joel Feldman and I held a dinner at our home in Nederland, CO for our University of Colorado scholarship recipients, past and present from both the PIIE and the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) programs.  It was a great opportunity for us and our current recipients to see what our scholarship alums are doing now and to provide a comfortable atmosphere in which to connect.

In addition to Ramya, two previous PIIE recipients were able to attend, Colin Mayberry (PIIE 2013) and Dylan Mark (PIIE 2013).

Colin’s PIIE internship was at The Nature Conservancy, the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters. Colin continued to intern there for two more summers and graduated this year summa cum laude with a  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Environmental Studies and Spanish & Portuguese Language and Culture. Colin is now a first year student at The University of Colorado School of Law and plans on a career in environmental law.

Dylan Mark interned at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley through his PIIE scholarship in 2012. The Humane Society of Boulder Valley provides shelter and care to more than 7,000 animals each year, with 92 percent of these animals being successfully adopted or reunited with their guardians.  Dylan graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology and is currently an Internship Development Specialist in Career Services at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he directs the CU-PIIE program, runs training seminars for internship programs and is the main resource for employers seeking CU student interns.

We are looking forward to continuing to hold informal dinners for our scholarship reipients and fostering a Casey Feldman Foundation scholarship alumni group.

Colin Mayberry (PIIE 2013) and Ramya Palaniappan (Piie 2015) with our Alternative Spring Break recipients Nejat Kassahun (2015), Priyanka Guragain (2014), Jamie Haller (2012)

Colin Mayberry (PIIE 2013) and Ramya Palaniappan (Piie 2015) with our Alternative Spring Break recipients Nejat Kassahun (2015), Priyanka Guragain (2014), Jamie Haller (2012)

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Related Links:

I Have a Dream – “This was the best and most beneficial summer of my life”   (Ellie Roberts PIIE 2014)

PIIE Scholarship Recipient Aids Non-Profit Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center (Lynette Schweimler PIIE 2011)

PIIE Awards First Casey Feldman Memorial Scholarship (Mercedes Ruiz PIIE 2010)

“The struggle that I have seen my mother go through is my motivation to achieve my dreams”  (Priyanka Guragain ASB 2014)

Scholarship Recipient Vows to Leave this World a Better Place (Jamie Haller ASB 2012)



Dianne and Casey, Christmas 2006

Dianne and Casey, Christmas 2006

*Dianne Anderson is the mother of the late Casey Feldman and co-founder of the The Casey Feldman Foundation and its sponsored project,