In November, I started working as an intern and research assistant with history professor James Stewart, collaborating with him on building a website for his newly founded anti-slavery organization, Historians Against Slavery. As an International Studies and Media & Cultural Studies major with a Human Rights focus, this project appealed to many of my interests. So, it seemed logical to continue my contribution into the January term, when I could dedicate more time and energy to the project (not to mention receive 2 academic credits for it!). Since I already had plans to go home for the winter, I worked from home, doing research for 40 hours a week and compiling data about human trafficking and modern-day slavery into a database which will eventually be incorporated into the Historians Against Slavery website, www.historiansagainstslavery.org. Now, Professor Stewart and I are in the process of founding an anti-slavery organization at Mac, and Historians Against Slavery has been featured in an issue of Inside Higher Education (which can be found here).
The point is, it's very easy not to just be a lazy bum over break, watching the entire list of the Top 50 Most Romantic Movies of all time (which I may or may not have done, too...). Not only is an internship a really valuable experience, but I feel like I learned a ton about an issue which I'm now very passionate about.
Until next time,