SMU-in-London 2008

This summer 48 SMU students are traveling to London to study communication courses, including international media, free speech, creative advertising, British cinema and the global civil society. Some students also are interning with international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Pants to Poverty, and Save the Children, to name a few.

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An incredible experience

Kaitlin.jpg Katie is a senior CCPA major, with a minor in Spanish. She is working for the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies (CCPS).

Here I sit on Friday night – I’m done with work, I’m done with class, I’m almost done sightseeing, and I am leaving Sunday morning. It has been an incredible experience living and working in London for a month, and I can hardly believe it is all over. I have learned more from this trip than I every thought I truly could.

NGOs and the people who work for them are unlike any corporation or business I have ever come across; they are extremely dedicated and passionate about their jobs and their cause – often an element that eludes the corporate world.

To be honest, I was a little uneasy about doing an internship for an NGO before I got here, but once I met my supervisor and the director and founder of my organization, my apprehensiveness was eased. They are easy-going, fun people, and to them, their work is a way of life, not simply a job – something that is actually quite awe-inspiring.

The Centre for Capital Punishment Studies taught me things about capital punishment that I never thought I could learn. The issues that face the world (forget the United States …) and the death penalty are truly shocking. Did you know that some countries still execute people by stoning?! Horrible, right? Anyway, off the touchy subject … I am going to miss working for the CCPS. It was an extraordinary 5 weeks.

Updates from the week: our group presentation was amazing; everyone did a great job, and we were so happy with the results. Yay for the SMU Interns! We went out for an amazing celebration afterward, the perfect way to wrap up class and work. I would recommend a London internship to anyone; it is a cultural experience that you will never forget.

As far as my continued sightseeing goes, I went to Westminster Abby today, and its off to the British Museum and Buckingham Palace tomorrow before the Regent’s College goodbye party tomorrow night. I fly home on Sunday, yet I feel like I just got here.

It’s funny because halfway through this program I felt that I had already been here for a long time and that I had a really long time yet to go; and here I am, only one day away from leaving, and I can’t believe how fast the time has flown by.

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