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History and Education Double Major
Matt Timmerberg '15, a history and education double major, interned with
Foundation Reintegra in Mexico City, Mexico, an organization that works to raise
awareness of human trafficking while helping and interacting with the survivors. Matt translated the organization's documents, articles, and videos into English. He received funding for his airfare from the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies.
Describe your day-to-day experiences.
It was an interesting experience. I noticed that there really aren't set times for people to come into work, and it was really interesting to see the different people that would show up each day. There would be people from similar organizations, and sometimes people from totally different organizations. Everyone is very helpful and welcoming. One of the employees even offered to host me and the other person in the program.
How did you learn about this opportunity?
This opportunity was presented through the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) and was part of a broader study abroad experience.
How have your in-classroom experiences at Knox benefited you in the internship?
I've spent a lot of time working with other people on projects and presentations at Knox, and I think those experiences were helpful in my internship.
What inspired you to pursue the internship?
I was looking for an experience outside of the U.S. that would give me the best opportunity to grow, and this organization provided the right opportunity.
How do you think this internship experience will benefit you in terms of your education, future career plans, personal development, etc.?
I think that the experience of working with people from a different country and culture will help me become better at finding solutions in any situation, just from working around difficulties in communication.