Roza in South Africa

Roza is a junior Hunt Scholar and Mustang Scholar majoring in communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts and political science in Dedman College. During summer 2011, she is participating in SMU-in-South Africa, a four-week study program that introduces students to South African history and culture. She plans to take two courses: “The African Diaspora: Literature and Culture of Black Liberation” as well as “Music Theater Workshop, West Side Story.”

Roza then travels to Washington, D.C., as the 2011 Jack C. and Annette K. Vaughn Foreign Service and International Affairs intern, through SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies. She is working at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars with the center’s Global Health Initiative.

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Busy in D.C.

At the Roosevelt Memorial

Yet another week has gone by, and D.C. only keeps getting better. My internship has really picked up its pace, and now I stay busy on weekdays from 9-5 doing Wilson Center work.

The staff I work with is really incredible, and I enjoy my responsibilities. The best part of my internship is that I get to attend all of the Center’s lectures and forums, and for someone who loves international affairs as much as I do, it definitely suits me well.

Thus far I have attended lectures pertaining to maternal health in Kenya, U.S.-Arab relations, environmental issues in Tanzania and the launching of a new book by a Wilson Center Scholar, Rock the Casbah, which addresses the counter-jihad movement.

Although I intern for the Center’s Global Health Initiative, I also work closely with the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP), so I also get to help set up ECSP events. Besides helping to set up for the events and attending the forums, I have been working on writing an event summary, blogging, researching and compiling daily headlines related to health and the environment.

At the Roosevelt Memorial with SMU student Afsana

When I am not interning, I am touring all over D.C. On Saturday I saw the memorials with a fellow SMU student. we saw the Jefferson, Roosevelt, Lincoln and Vietnam War memorials. I also went and had lunch at Shake Shack, the restaurant where Michelle Obama was recently seen having a burger and a shake.

I have also been trying to meet up with SMU alums, and so far I have met all three I had hoped to meet! The first week I met up with the director of Public Affairs at Progressive Policy Institute, and then with a former Hunt Scholar, who also got to interview me for my scholarship. She works in the U.S. Congress, serving as a press secretary for a congresswoman.

At Georgetown Waterfront

Just recently I had dinner with an SMU alum who is the Operation Manager at the American Committee on Foreign Relations.  She took me to the Georgetown Waterfront, which is such a beautiful place surrounded by a beach and nice restaurants. The waterfront reminded me of Cape Town, not only because that is the name of the hotel we stayed at in Cape Town, but also because the scenery is just as beautiful.

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    1. Tigi Gebru says:

      Dearest Roza, you’re awesome. It was a pleasure spending some time with you the other day. I hope you really do enjoy your time here in DC. I’m so happy for you. Keep up all the good work! XXX Tigi

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