Undergraduate Internship Reflection: Women Moving Millions
My name is Alexis Berglund, and I am currently a senior in the Human Rights Minor program at UConn, as well as a work study student at the Human Rights Institute. My major is psychology, but the intersection between the two fields of psychology and human rights is where my interests truly lie. I have found the study of women’s rights, as well as victimhood and survivorship to be fascinating, and have found myself moving towards a future degree in forensic psychology to incorporate both my human rights and psychological studies. With women’s advocacy being one of my main interests I found myself interning at Women Moving Millions during the summer of 2013. WMM is a nonprofit based in NYC that creates a network of women who donate at the million dollar level to other women’s organizations. The concept of encouraging women to make such a large commitment to the issue, while also educating them and the public on current events is what captured my attention.
(Image of the Women Moving Millions Gala)
Three days a week my journey would start with a 2 hour commute into the city and end the same way, with a 9-5 internship sandwiched in between. The commute was anything but ideal, but the experiences that I had, and the networks I established made up for the travel time immensely! I met some of the most dedicated women at Women Moving Millions who are making such a large scale impact on women and girls worldwide. I mostly was in charge of social media projects, but the research I did while interning was eye opening to say the least. Each day I was there I was submersed in the current issues that women and girls are facing everyday globally – and it quickly became clear that I am being called to dedicate my career and life to advocating for equality and justice. I cannot say for sure if I will end up working in the nonprofit sector of human rights, but I most definitely will continue to stand for the rights of women worldwide. I encourage everyone to check out the Women Moving Millions website, as well as their Twitter page in order to keep up to date with current news on women’s empowerment.
Thanks for reading!