Holly Hickling

  • Academic Community Engagement Advisor

Holly Hickling is the PittHonors Academic Community Engagement Advisor. She helps students connect their academic interests to meaningful community engagement opportunities, including internships, long-term volunteer opportunities, community-based research, and more. She runs the ACT Research Fellowship and co-coordinates the Frederick Public Service Internship Award and Community Café. Holly also serves on several university-wide committees involved in university-wide discussions of community engagement. 

Holly brings both a breadth and depth of experience in community engagement and research to PittHonors. Holly holds a Master of Public Policy and Management from Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Chatham University. In part of her career before Pitt, Holly spent 6 years working in international development in Zambia, first in refugee camps doing community projects, then working with Poverty Action Lab, supporting randomized controlled trials on topics including malaria, reproductive health, and girls' education. 

Throughout her academic and professional career, Holly has maintained a love of music. She has played trombone in Robert Morris University's Jam Blues Band, flute in the May Day marching band (Pittsburgh's local radical street marching band), guitar in an Irish band in Zambia called The Old Hags, and served two summers as "Harmonious Holly" at Camp Deer Creek in Cheswick, PA.

Education & Training

  • Master of Public Policy and Management, GSPIA