I eventually found the Cossayuna Lake Improvement Association, in upstate New York where my grandparents have a house on the water. I was very interested in the preservation and conservation efforts of the team at C.L.I.A. and I felt as though my experience gave me a clearer understanding of how environmental protection works.
This summer, I interned at the Aflac New York headquarters and rotated through the finance, sales, marketing, and human resources departments. I gained an introductory understanding of each of these departments to get a better idea of how my skills and interests align with a career.
As a Vicki Jan Isler Peace Fellow, I worked with Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI), a not-for-profit organization focused on advocacy work and conflict resolution. My responsibilities included research and analysis for a report that MBBI submits to the council every four years.
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) is an annual conference that focuses on empowering and educating women in the field of computing. The conference, named after computing pioneer Admiral Grace Hopper, attracts nearly 20,000 female technologists each year and is the world's largest gathering of women in tech.
The Center for Family Justice is a nonprofit that serves victims of domestic and sexual abuse in Fairfield, Bridgeport, Monroe, Trumbull, Stratford, and Easton, Conn. By working closely with the development team, I learned more about what goes into running a nonprofit.
I spent a total of 150 hours doing online work with the instructor and all of the homework hours as well. After participating in this program, I am now able to skip year two of my Arabic program at Colgate.
I am considering a career-goal change to the field of medicine and this course helped me explore the health care system and field of emergency medicine while gaining the ability to serve my community volunteer as an EMT.