Public Service Fellowships

About the Fellowship Program

The Maguire And Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowships now satisfy the Oral Communication and Community Engagement proficiency/experience in the new University Curriculum.

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The Maguire Center -- with financial assistance from the Irby Family Foundation -- awards summer fellowships to SMU students who wish to devote time to public service or research in the field of ethics.

Over the past 16 years, we have awarded summer fellowship stipends to approximately 134 SMU students for public service and research in ethics. We have supported volunteers in more than one hundred fifteen agencies in 19 Texas cities, 14 states, and 15 countries outside the USA.

  • For a complete listing of past fellowship placements, click here.
  • For more information about past Fellowships, the 2011 class of public service interns was profiled in the Fall 2011 Maguire Center Newsletter, and SMU Vision published this story[pdf] about the 2008 program.

Lives: Touch Others, Change Yours

SMU Public Service Fellows have volunteered in a vast number of diverse internship placements.  Through such opportunities, students gain concrete information about others' needs, as well as differing perspectives on how to resolve them. In the process, they draw on their university education and personal talent, honing skills as leaders and gaining both humility and self-confidence. They also gain experience, which illuminates concepts taught in the classroom, and that enables them to engage in public service where financial circumstances might not otherwise allow.

Please visit the Internship Guidelines page to learn more about the Public Service Fellowship program, and to apply.

2013 Maguire Public Service Fellows

Undergraduate Students

Rahfin Faruk,
Class of 2015 

Project:  “Working for the U.S. State Department at the Bureau of Central and South Asia,” in Washington D.C.

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Danielle Katz,
Class of 2015 

Project: Volunteering in the classrooms of public schools with UBELONG in Cusco, Peru. 

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 Nakatsuka Kyle Nakatsuka, Class of 2015 

Project:  “Observing, conducting and contributing research at Ka Ola Mamo Hawaiian Health Care, a clinic designed to serve native Hawaiians” in Honolulu, HI. He will also be conducting research in Taos, NM at the Taos County economic Development Corporation. 

Elizabeth Ricketts,
Class of 2016 

Project: Coordinating educational workshops with Water Conservation and Literacy Project in Bangalore, India. 

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Graduate Students

Spencer Bogle,
3rd year candidate Ph.D., Graduate Program in Religious Studies

Project: Conducting research to “explore the ethics concerning relationships of ownership, control, and benefit” within the Kibo Group, International in Jinja, Uganda.

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Kerri Brown,
1st year candidate Ph.D., Dedman Anthropology 

Project:  “Working as a research assistant for Criola to identify health disparities amongst Afro-Brazilian women,” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Julie Maddalena,
Ph.D. candidate, Graduate Program in Religious Studies  

Project:  “Collaborating with the Dallas Women’s Foundation and Dallas Habitat for Humanity to conduct ethnographic field research” in Dallas, TX. 

Nayeem Mohammed,
JD/MBA candidate Dedman Law and Cox School of Business 

Project:  “Working as an enforcement attorney investigating possible violations of the federal securities laws," for the Securities and Exchange Commission at their offices in Fort Worth, TX.

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