Erica is a senior majoring in psychology and sociology in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2014 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU to intern at ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship in McKinney, Texas. Erica plans to focus on fundraising, grants and event planning, while also volunteering in the nonprofit’s lesson program.
As school starts back up and my time as a ManeGait intern comes to a close, I can only describe myself as incredibly grateful for the experience I had this summer. I learned so much in the past few months, both inside and outside of the office. I don’t think an internship in any other context or at any other organization could have given me the unique opportunities and knowledge that I was able to gain at ManeGait. Being able to participate in and see firsthand the inner workings of a nonprofit was a gift I will use for the rest of my career. After taking SMU’s first sociological course on nonprofits, this internship was the best way to put [...]