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Mrinalini Shah Headshot
Major: Government
BDP Certificate: Public Policy
Graduation Year: Fall 2017

Mrinalini “Nali” Shah, a Government major earning a BDP certificate in Public Policy, interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, D.C. As a governmental affairs intern, Nali monitored congressional activity and supported UNHCR staff in their mission to assist refugees.

“Ultimately, I hope to put my scholarship and work experience towards promoting efforts that enable refugees and asylum seekers to lead lives of dignity.”
Adriel Morgan headshot
Major: Business Management
BDP Certificate: Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation Year: Fall 2018

Human Rights & Social Justice BDP student Adriel Morgan, who is majoring in Management, interned with the Governor’s Fellowship Program on the Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking team. As an intern, she worked on increasing public awareness of the team’s efforts, trainings and other projects to improve anti-trafficking efforts in the state of Texas.

“This experience expanded my vision of the future to potentially include roles in government agencies or public office that I had previously never considered.”
Maya Patel Headshot
Major: Chemistry
BDP Certificate: Public Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2020

Maya Patel, a Chemistry major completing a BDP in Public Policy, spent the summer in Washington, D.C. as an environmental and policy intern at the Center for American Progress. There she learned a great deal about the day-to-day world of policy making and reflected on her next steps after UT.

“Seeing reports published that I helped write or letters that I wrote be submitted to the Secretary of Interior and Commerce is so incredibly rewarding.”
Maria Iuliano Headshot
Major: Marine Science
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2020

As an intern with Oceans Research in Mossel Bay, South Africa, Maria Iuliano assisted with a number of research projects, including a study of White Sharks. Maria, a Marine Science major completing a BDP in Environment & Sustainability, collected and organized data identifying individual sharks for a population study.

“Knowing that I was contributing to a better understanding of a data deficient species was enriching. I was able to not only assist in the procedures but also understand the rationale for these research activities.”
Lloyd Farley headshot
Major: Anthropology & Middle Eastern Studies
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Lloyd Farley, completing a BDP in Environment & Sustainability, spent his summer in Marrakech, Morocco as an intern for the High Atlas Foundation, focusing on sustainable, local agriculture and community-led development.

“The most rewarding aspect of my Connecting Experience was being able to learn about the importance of participatory development, which allows for the people most invested in a project – the community – to be in the driver seat.”
Mallory Miller Headshot
Major: Anthropology
BDP Certificate: Museum Studies
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Museum Studies BDP student Mallory Miller interned at The Alamo historic site where she transcribed and translated correspondence between Mexican military officials. She learned about many aspects of preserving and managing historic sites and collections.

“The most rewarding aspect of my Connecting Experience so far has been the opportunity to experience the behind-the-scenes workings of a historical site.”
Nicole Griffin Headshot
Major: Human Development and Family Sciences
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Children & Society student Nicole Griffin spent the summer of 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania working with Ubongo, a local NGO that creates educational TV programming for children in Sub-Saharan Africa. This experience helped her integrate her child development knowledge with her BDP strand focus of Children, Media, and the Arts.]

“I realized my passion for children's media as well as how much I enjoyed the international NGO setting. I now know that there are many innovative projects out there looking for people passionate about children's development and education.”
Sarah Nguyen headshot
Major: Pre-pharmacy
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2015 (completed BDP certificate)

I am earning a PharmD at the University of Texas at Austin. This is a coordinated program in the College of Pharmacy, so I will graduate in May 2019.

Location: Austin, TX

“My experience in Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profits helped me realize that businesses run ethically and creatively can meet the needs of underserved populations while still providing a viable source of income.”
Prianka Legesse-Sinha headshot
Major: Biology
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Fall 2014

I work for Causeway Galveston as a Brown Fellow Project Specialist who evaluates the Causeway Galveston pilot project.

Location: Galveston, Texas, United States

“Interdisciplinary education prepared me for my current job by teaching me to understand various perspectives for approaching problems and situations.”
Maheen Shakil headshot
Major: Honors in Advanced Human Development
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2019

Maheen Shakil, who is pursuing a BDP in Social Inequality, Health & Policy, spent the summer of 2017 in New York at the NYU Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies, where she assisted in HIV research. This experience opened her eyes to interacting with research participants—not just data—and reignited her passion for research work.

“The most rewarding aspect of this research experience was getting to interact with participants and build a connection with them. […] Overall, just knowing that I am a small piece of a much greater picture was a really good feeling.”

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