My name is Margarita and I am an intern in the Education department. Recently, I finished all my courses at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, and I will major in International Relations. I decided to intern at the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth because I believe the job they continue to do -spreading the knowledge about world affairs around Texas- is so essential in the period of time we are living right now.
As an education intern, one of my main tasks is to go through attendee reports for every virtual program the Council does, in order to update Raisers Edge, the nonprofit database program we use and I’m also in charge of the posts we upload to our Global Young Leaders blog. I’ve also helped the International Visitors Program Department, assisting in the production of their zoom meetings. So far, I’ve assisted in the Young Pacific Leaders – sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and Women in STEM: Roundtable on Workforce Challenges and Innovative Solutions during a Pandemic.
One of my favorite things about being part of the council is the opportunity I get to attend their online Zoom programs, which have been very educational and formative for my career. Brittany Barnett's program about her book, “A Knock at Midnight,", was so inspiring and eye opening, because I now know about the failures of the justice system that US currently experiences. As an international student, I mostly focus and study on what happens outside our borders, and I sometimes don’t realize that it is equally as important to look at our domestic issues and how they affect us and our image in the world. The program with Ambassador Wendy Sherman was also one of my favorites. I listened to her in what felt an informal setting, talking about her diplomatic career and the stories behind it.
Once I finish interning for the World Affairs Council, I would have all the requirements to get my degree and I plan on pursuing a master’s degree in International Relations. For now, being an intern has given me lots of tools and knowledge to keep building a professional background and I look forward to learning more from the amazing staff at the Council!
-Margarita "Maggie" Kates, Fall 2020 Education Intern