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Adeline Gomez '19

Newport News, Virginia

Major in Integrated International Studies, Minors in French & Business and Management

Adeline interned at World Relief, a nonprofit organization that offers aid and support to refugees.

Adeline interned at World Relief, a nonprofit organization that offers aid to refugees.

Tell us about your internship.

This summer I worked at a nonprofit organization that offers aid and support refugees called World Relief. I sought out this internship because I wanted to do something service-oriented with my summer. It involved helping process refugees' forms from the state department and homeland security. I wanted this particular experience because I have a tentative plan to join the foreign diplomatic services after school and some experience with immigration paperwork could give me a head-start in that field. I think this internship mainly gave me a better grasp of nonprofit aid organizations and their impact, as well as a better understanding of the global refugee situation.

What's surprised you about Knox?

What surprised me most is how willing the professors and staff are to work with you and help you figure things out. College is messy. I've had so many moments where I needed extra help with an assignment or project, or extra time making an important decision about whether or not to study abroad, take this course, do this extracurricular, etc. Every time I've needed help, patience, or guidance, I've received it. This has had a huge impact on my college experience; Knox feels like my home away from home.

Has there been a memorable class or professor you've had while at Knox?

Just picking one is really difficult: all my classes and professors have been memorable so far. One such class was with associate professor of economics and business and management Carol Scotton. I took her course Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 110) last fall and was struck by how accessible all the material was. Her class is the reason I'm pursuing a minor in business and management. She presented the ideas in economics as real-world questions that have real impact, and as a result, I found a passion for economics that I didn't know I had.

A Mellon Fellow, Adeline Gomez '19 spent winter and spring of 2016 participating in the Knox study abroad program in Besançon. She was also a participant in the Fullbridge Program last fall and will be a teaching assistant with associate professor of political science Andy Civettini.

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