Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient
Juliet “first began working with the immigrant and refugee community in Maine during my first year at Bowdoin. I participated in an Alternative Winter Break trip in Portland that examined refugee education. Upon my return to campus I began volunteering at Portland Adult Education (PAE)” as an assistant in English language classes. Her internship at Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), a refugee resettlement agency that provides support services for new Americans, combined her experience with refugee education and her interest in computer science.
Juliet worked in IRIS’s community orientation program, “preparing and leading personalized community orientations for each family that arrived. During each orientation…I taught families how to ride the bus, shop at a supermarket, do their laundry,” and other essential tasks. “I [occasionally led] community orientations for two to three families at a time, which challenged both my teaching and organizational skills.” Juliet also worked in the office as a case aid, maintaining families’ case files and meeting with clients in order to assist IRIS’s case managers.
“Upon completing this internship, I feel a renewed excitement for my independent study this semester, through which I am teaching a short computer science course to adult refugees in Portland, ME. The time I have spent with my clients at IRIS has informed my understanding of the variety of needs and challenges refugees face, and this will, hopefully, make me a more effective educator. Beyond Bowdoin, I plan to devote myself to a career that unites computer science and refugee resettlement.”
- Date July 19, 2016
- Tags 2016, Junior, Preston, Senior, Social Service, USA