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Public Service Fellowships

Public Service Fellowships

About the Fellowship Program

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.

        2015 Maguire Public Service Fellows

                Pictured above: Maguire Center benefactor Cary Maguire with the 2015 Public Service Fellows.

2015 Maguire Public Service Fellows

Undergraduate Students

Hope Anderson, Class of 2017

Project: Volunteering with the International Justice Mission’s mobilization department, promoting collaboration with anti-human trafficking agencies.

Nayelly Dominguez, Class of 2015 (December)

Project: Volunteering with Fort Worth Sister Cities International to co-lead a delegation of student citizen diplomats to Indonesia.

Nicolas Gonzalez, Class of 2016

Project: Creating a community art/historical mural project about Pike Park with underprivileged children at Reverchon Recreation Center.

Justin Hicks, Class of 2016

Project: Interning with the International Rescue Committee in the Immigration Department learning about American immigration processes and refugee protocols.

Namita KC, Class of 2017

Project: Volunteering with the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation in Nepal to provide emergency assistance following the April 2015 earthquake.

Jennifer Torres, Class of 2016

Project: Volunteering with the Magdaleno Leadership Institute in Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala to aid young women in the renovation of their public library.

Sha’ron White, Class of 2016

Project: Volunteering with the Wesley-Rankin Community Center in Dallas to provide tutoring and create learning plans for students in literacy need.

Austin Whittle, Class of 2016

Project: Interning at a London nonprofit dedicated to serving refugees while examining social, economic and political inclusivity for ostracized immigrants.

Graduate Students

Roy Atwood, Second Year, Master of Divinity

Project: Leading the summer education program for elementary children at Family Gateway’s Annette G. Strauss Center, a transitional housing facility in Dallas.

Katherine Fox, Third Year, Ph.D. Medical Anthropology

Project: Volunteering with the Pacific Center for Human Growth in the San Francisco Bay Area to document struggles of the LGBTQ immigrant community.

Jordan Wondrack, First Year, Master of Medical Anthropology

Project: Serving as a research associate at Le Centre Francoise Minkowska in Paris to analyze mental health services and policies for immigrant and refugee groups.