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Internship Enables Student to Aid Immigrants

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Emily Scotton (front, second from left) with FaithAction International House team members.

Emily Scotton (front, second from left) with FaithAction International House team members.

Emily Scotton ‘15 recently completed an internship that connected multiple dots between her career interests and her majors in Spanish and political science and her minor in nonprofit studies. Working with the FaithAction International House in Greensboro, N.C., Scotton tested and improved her Spanish language skills as she helped local immigrants find community resources. She learned how the nonprofit serves the Hispanic community, and how it addresses policies related to immigration. Scotton, a Park scholar who’s interested in becoming an attorney, also studied how immigration law applies in a nonprofit setting and even assisted in writing an affidavit.

She says the most rewarding part of her experience was working with and helping clients. “Even in situations where I didn’t think I was successful, clients always thanked me for my time and my help,” she says. “And where I was able to help and the client’s issue was resolved, I felt so fulfilled! There is nothing quite like knowing you can help someone.”

Read the full story by Laura Turner on the Park Scholarships webpage.

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