Before classes started, many students had fun and educational opportunities over the summer. These included internships, volunteer opportunities and more.

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Megan Anderson

“I went on a Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic where we laid the foundation for a three story youth ministry building. We also spent the afternoons in various villages with children. We played sports with them as well as encouraged them to participate in our vacation bible school activities. The trip was from July 1-8 in Santiago, Chile. We dug six foot trenches and began to lay the cement foundation for a youth ministry building. It had been a dream for the Dominican government for over 30 years but they never had the funds, work or resources to begin to build this building. Our church group went down to the Dominican Republic to assist them with this ongoing struggle.

“After construction in the morning, our big group separated into smaller ones. We dispersed to various villages and ran sport camps as well as vacation bible school with the children. The culture in the Dominican Republic is a very happy one, despite the extreme poverty many of the people live in. They knew nothing other than what they have. I was very fortunate to go on this trip and will forever cherish the experiences I had and the people I met.”

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James Macias

“I’m a political science major. I worked for Congressman Dan Lipinski of IL’s 3rd district. I was in Washington D.C. from June until August. My day to day tasks varied; some days I’d be sending flags to people, other days I would find myself in the Senate buildings looking for signatures on a bill. It was crazy to be in the same buildings of big-name politicians who ran for President of the United States. I had a great experience in that office and I made lifelong friends with the other interns and staff members I worked with.”

Daniel Yang

“I am a senior at St. John’s University pursuing a degree in communication with minors in Asian studies and political science and this summer I had the wonderful privilege to return as a second-year scholar for the Urban Scholars Program. The program is a leadership and professional development internship that provides students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with distinctive professional experience.

“For 12 weeks over the summer, scholars are placed with partner organizations such as the State of Minnesota, City of Minneapolis, United Way and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board. Scholars spend four days a week working on meaningful projects and work in collaboration with organizational leaders at their host sites. Scholars also participate one day a week as a cohort to learn and apply skills in leadership, professional development and public speaking.

“This summer as an Urban Scholar I was at Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB). My main project this summer was creating a central and accessible database for retention records for all MMB agencies. My time at MMB was a very meaningful experience, I got to be a part of a project that was crucial to the agency and created genuine relationships with people in my workplace.

“I strongly believe that this internship has helped me both on a personal and professional level. As an Urban Scholar, I have established and enhanced my professional network, strengthened knowledge in my areas of interest and fueled some change to advance social justice and equity in the workplace and communities. All in all, I am incredibly thankful for the memories I have made as an Urban Scholar; I feel humbled and at peace to have a loving community, with whom I wish to create safer, inclusive and compassionate communities.”

Aimee Hanson

“I am a senior this year, and spent six weeks in Israel on an archaeological dig with one of my professors, which was funded by a grant from the college. This is the second summer that I’ve dug in Israel.”