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photo of Anna Catherine Alvis
Major: Political Communication; Plan II Honors
BDP Certificate: Public Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Public Policy BDP student Anna Catherine Alvis interned with The Center for Equity and Adequacy in Public School Finance, Inc, better known as the Equity Center, where she gained experience in many areas of public school finance.

“I learned so much by simply being present in the Equity Center office – the people I worked alongside were absolutely incredible and they took the time every day to teach me something new.”
photo of Sofia Moreno Cesar
Major: Management Information Systems; Business Honors Program
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Sofia Moreno Cesar, a Digital Arts & Media BDP student, developed a series of animations exploring cryptography in the context of the digital era, exposing social questions surrounding data security, encryption and corruption.

“This project helped me reflect on one of the main lessons I have learned through the Digital Arts & Media BDP: in my future career and in life in general, it is not about being right, but about being understood.”
photo of Sanghwa Park
Major: Biochemistry
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Sanghwa Park, earning a BDP certificate in Social Inequality, Health & Policy, worked with Dr. Catherine Cubbin to evaluate the work of a Patient Navigation Program focused on access to preventative breast cancer and cervical cancer screening services.

“My Connecting Experience has encouraged me to look through the lenses of multiple disciplines, including statistics, social work, government, and public health, to appreciate how several disciplines provide a more wholesome, realistic approach to understanding a complex issue than any single one could alone.”
photo of Jenny Cale
Major: Finance
BDP Certificate: Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Jenny Cale worked as an intern with Press, an on-demand cleaners startup, where she worked with social media, marketing, event planning and management of a student representative program.

“The most rewarding part of my Connecting Experience has been seeing the business idea and model evolve into a profitable business as we've fixed problems and learned more about the market.”
photo of Danielle Green
Major: Psychology; Communication Sciences and Disorders
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Children & Society BDP student Danielle Green interned with the Autism Society of Central Texas, where she worked with the community directly as well as helped to facilitate major events, including the featured events during National Autism Awareness Month.

“I have had a passion for working with kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder for a while now and having the opportunity to have hands-on experience with this community in Austin was really influential.”
photo of Amina Ahaddad
Major: Government
BDP Certificate: Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Amina Ahaddad, a Government major earning a BDP certificate in Human Rights & Social Justice, interned at Refugee Services of Texas, a non-profit organization that helps resettle refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants into local Texas communities.

“I now am more confident than ever that I want to work with displaced populations whether it is here in the United States or abroad in France.”
photo of Emma Walker
Major: Geography
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Emma Walker, an Environment & Sustainability BDP student, assisted Dr. Eugenio Arima with a study on the effectiveness of aid-funded programs on development through geographical data collection and analysis.

“Before this opportunity, I was not aware of the amount of work and communication it takes to be a part of a project and now I can speak to the importance of organization, efficiency, and teamwork.”
Karina Zemel
Major: Linguistics
BDP Certificate: Public Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Karina Zemel, Public Policy BDP student, was an intern with Humanities Texas, a non-profit, educational organization that works to promote the humanities across the state.

“Examining the ways the humanities have been interpreted throughout the histories of Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) showed me the importance of the surrounding historical and political context in the work carried out today.”
photo of Edgar Navarette
Major: Nutrition
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Ethics & Leadership in Law, Politics & Government student Edgar Navarette completed an internship with the Equal Justice Center, a non-profit organization that assists low-income workers to achieve fair treatment in the workplace and the justice system – regardless of immigration status.

“The time and work that I have devoted to this organization and its cause have helped me find my passion for immigration law.”
photo of Nickie Harris
Major: Human Ecology
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Nicolette “Nickie” Harris, an Environment & Sustainability BDP student, worked as a Communications Intern for Rainforest Partnership, an organization that works to protect tropical rainforests by partnering with people to create lasting solutions to deforestation. The experience helped Nickie focus her career goals on finding a position related to sustainability and communication.

“My internship helped me figure out the types of things I do and don't like to do in a work setting and how to get over my fear.”

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