HACU Essay.docx - Upon initially learning about the HACU National Internship Program my interests were solely to obtain an internship expand my

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Upon initially learning about the HACU National Internship Program, my interests were solely to obtain an internship, expand my professional network, and to development applicable skills for my future. However, the more I have learned about this organization, the more I want to be a part of the historic legacy of change and empowerment. Because of the history of the organization, I believe I can meet a diverse and knowledgeable array of people who can offer me incites on the path of public service I am embarking on. In December I will be graduating from Michigan State University with a major in Social Relations and Policy, minor in Geography, and related area in Spanish. I came into MSU very close minded as to where I saw my future, however, I have taken each opportunity and person that walks into my path as a journey for growth. Slowly, the chances I have been provided have revealed who and what I see myself as in the future. Following graduation, I plan to attend law school and focus on international law. While I hope many of the issues are solved by the time I graduate from law school, I want to work closely on human rights pertaining to refugee education in the United States and globally within the present crisis. I spent several months working with a small community in Costa Rica where I have acquired the essential skills needed to develop relationships with different community organizations and drive the group towards a common cause. I planned communal activities with the tourism association and utilized a multitude of research methods to create a sustainable future for the community. Working as a Human Resource Specialist has provided me an abundance of opportunities to interact with current and prospective employees while simultaneously monitoring their work and hiring processes. Skills gained in this position were administrative (Excel, UltraTime, I9 verification, PeopleAdmin, etc.), schedule based, and the ability to make accurate assessments on peoples work performance. Furthermore, I assist and lead many large and small-scale research projects in the office the ensure accuracy and understanding of our office employees; this includes monitoring all office forms and positional functions. This position, in addition to my work at the West Michigan Refugee Center, has taught me the value of comprehending multiculturalism and how to cohesively work with everyone whom you encounter. My courses at MSU have provided me with extensive knowledge and skills including, but not limited to, analyzing public policy, research, creating memos and briefs, utilizing ArcGIS and QGIS, and the ability to critically think on all issues. I have the skills to perform the essential office duties and the desire to learn more about the governmental processes.
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