Aden in Dallas

Aden is a junior majoring in accounting in the Cox School of Business and markets and culture in Dedman College. For summer 2011, she was named a Maguire & Irby Family Foundation Public Service Summer Intern by the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility at SMU. Aden is interning at DFW International Community Alliance.

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Working on an international scale

My internship with DFW International Community alliance has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my lifetime. I am now in my third week interning and have gained many valuable knowledge and skills.

I work with six other interns, and we usually start the day with discussions on multicultural and international current events and issues related to history, culture and the economy. Some of our past discussions include the ethics of infanticide in India, illegal immigration and politics.

This past week, understanding the concerns of newcomers in the purchasing of a home, we held homebuyers’ workshop to introduce the basic steps in purchasing a home and addressed any questions they had.

We also went to an elementary school in Richardson and gave a presentation to 50+ immigrant mothers; providing them guides to economical health services, ESL classes, scholarships and where to access social events.

Now I am working on writing grant proposals and on planning a dinner with the mayors, which will take place June 14. At the dinner, we are going to discuses issues immigrants face in Texas and how to solve the problems. We have more than 20 Texas mayors as well as U.S. congressman/women and Texas state representatives attending the dinner. We are also going to have a speech by successful international leaders, international foods and entertainments.

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