Class project leads to winternship opportunity

Lily Ongkiko ’19 works with the Palestinian Advocacy Project

Internship supported by: Nancy Lyon Porter ’43 Community Service Fellowship
Student majors: Political science

From project to practice:  “I came across this internship when I was completing a project for English 280. Our assignment was to create a campaign for a nonprofit that benefits a cause we are passionate about. Because I am a political science major, I’ve studied the Israeli and Palestinian conflict in Israel frequently. I chose the Palestinian Advocacy Project (PAL AD) and created a campaign with the goal of raising $1,000, and the project turned into an internship. I attended group meetings and brainstormed ideas that will advocate for the cause of Palestinian refugees in Israel.”

Applied lessons: “Almost all of my political science courses have relevance to my time at PAL AD. A class that I took last semester, ‘Politics of the Middle East,’ really allowed to me to explore possible solutions and peace propositions in Israel.”

Major choice: “I’ve always been interested in the way in which our world operates; political science was the perfect way for me to explore this. After graduating Wheaton, I plan on applying to law school with the intention of studying international law. This internship fits in perfectly with my interest in international law and human rights.”

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