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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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 Mary Cantu
Major: Psychology; Communication Sciences and Disorders
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Mary Louise Cantu, a Children & Society BDP student, joined Dr. Catharine Echols in the Language Development Lab to help initiate a research study on children’s perception of the credibility of accented speech.

“The most rewarding aspect of this experience has been to work closely with a professor and fellow research assistants in a group setting, which I felt uncomfortable doing before.”
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.”
photo of Ola Ukaoma
Major: Biology
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Ola Ukaoma, earning a BDP in Social Inequality Health & Policy, conducted research on the prevention of interpersonal violence. Through applied theatre, Ola used facilitation and journal entries to engage in a discussion of current topics specific to UT and other college campuses.

“My Connecting Experience is invaluable and emphasizes my dedication to improving the lives of others.”
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.”

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