SMU students spending this summer learning value of community service
Eight Maguire interns are spending their summer learning the value of helping those in need.
DALLAS (SMU) — Eight SMU students are spending their summers as close as Dallas and as far away as Uganda learning first hand the value of helping people and communities in need — and many are blogging about their experiences.
The Maguire Ethics and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internships are sponsored by SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility. Each intern is responsible for finding agencies to sponsor their projects, which ultimately are selected for their proposals’ ethical and social justice merits.
“These students are setting the course for the rest of their lives and are an inspiration to those who teach and support them. As their efforts show, they are indeed world changers,” says Maguire Ethics Center Director Rita Kirk.
Such public service internship grants “help students like me pursue internships in the nonprofit and public sectors,” says Rahfin Faruk. “With increasing financial pressures, I’m extremely thankful the Maguire Center has helped me gain development and international relations experience, first at Grameen Bank and now at the U.S. Department of State.”
The 2013 Maguire Ethics and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Interns and their service projects are:
Nayeem Mohammed (law, business, J.D./M.B.A.): Working as an enforcement attorney investigating possible federal securities laws violations for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Fort Worth. (Read his blog.)
Kyle Nakatsuka (anthropology, biology, Latin American studies, ’15): Observing, conducting and contributing research at Ka Ola Mamo Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems clinic serving native Hawaiians in Honolulu. He also will be conducting research in Taos, N.M., at the Taos County Economic Development Corporation.
For the past 16 years, Public Service Internships have been awarded to nearly 140 SMU students who have served in more than 100 agencies in more than a dozen countries.
“By providing students cash awards for public service and ethics research projects, these SMU students can commit to the public service projects they always wanted to do, but didn’t have the financial resources to make possible,” says Candy Crespo, assistant director of the Maguire Ethics Center.