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Johnny Sompholphardy
Major: Chemical Engineering
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2012

I work for Covestro as a Site Infrastructure Improve and Run Engineer. I track site infrastructure assets for better maintenance and improvement recommendations.

Location: Houston, TX, USA

“My BDP experience gave me the means to work outside of my comfort zone and apply myself in a way my major didn't easily offer.”
David Loewenberg
Major: Government
BDP Certificate: Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation Year: Spring 2014

I work as an education policy intern at New America, a nonpartisan policy think tank.

Location: Washington, DC

“Instilling in me greater intellectual curiosity and pushing me to be a truly critical thinker is what I value most about my BDP experience.”
Alicia Muir
Major: International Business
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Fall 2005

I work for NIKE, Inc. as the Director of Supply Chain Performance Management. I provide guidance and direction on operational target setting processes, supporting data analysis, and scenario planning around key parameters which influence service, inventory, or supply chain cost.

Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

“BDP allowed me to explore opportunities where I was able to understand how I could combine my interests to create a realistic career path.”
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 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 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.”
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.”

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