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Fatima Frausto

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Major:
Sociology & Neuroscience
Graduation Year:
Spring 2017
BDP Certificate:
Social Inequality, Health & Policy
“There's a tremendous amount of work these organizations put into getting people in the community involved […] It's some of the most important work, and you're making sure the voices of your population of interest are being heard.”

Fatima Frausto interned with It’s Time, Texas, a non-profit organization that focuses on providing free programs tools and services to increase the number of Texans trying to live healthily, to complete her Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDP. There she learned about health promotion at the community and organizational levels.

How did you find your internship?
I think I found it at the Non-Profit/Government Internship Fair last spring semester.

Describe the work you did in your internship.
The work was mostly preparing for the 2017 statewide competition It’s Time Texas (ITT) puts on, called the ITT Community Challenge, which involved calling almost every mayor in the state of Texas. I also helped prepare for the annual summit in August, and actually got to participate in the conference.

What was the most rewarding aspect of your Connecting Experience?
I wasn’t too sure if I was cut out to work in a non-profit. My goal has always been to work for the government, but that also meant accepting I wouldn’t be free to do things without needing government approval. Working at ITT was really great because it was such an open environment, and discussion was always encouraged to develop better ways to deliver ITT’s message to communities.

In what ways has this Connecting Experience shaped your plans for the future?
I’m pretty certain I want to work for a non-profit or a think tank now. I know that’s not going to make a lot of money or provide financial stability, but I do think it can provide a better platform for what I want to see from my government. There’s a tremendous amount of work these organizations put into getting people in the community involved – writing briefs, publishing reports, etc. It’s some of the most important work, and you’re making sure the voices of your population of interest are being heard.