My internship has ended and there are only two weeks left of classes before my semester in Washington, D.C. comes to a close.
In my final week of interning at Mennonite Central Committee, I was able to hear President Obama’s executive actionregarding immigration. This is something that MCC’s office has been advocating for all semester. It is wonderful to see this consummation of my work.
I also attended MCC’s conference on the housing situation in Haiti since the 2009 earthquake, which included panelists representing MCC’s partners in Haiti. I also had an article published by MCC on an Anabaptist blog site.
I was surprised with how much I have learned in my internship about immigration policy, Haitian history, and advocacy work.
Through my classes, I have also seen firsthand how government works. I have attended meetings with Congressional staff and non-government organizations (NGOs). I sat in the Supreme Court and listened to the justices hear two cases: T-Mobile South v. City of Roswell and M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett.
One of the things I will miss most about D.C. is the people I have met. It has been great to debate differences with students from across the country, but be united by our belief in Christ. I am also grateful that my internship was with a Christian organization. I was free to express my beliefs in the office and able to discuss current events with my colleagues with my faith as a backdrop.
Thinking towards graduation this spring, I value the opportunity to live and work in a Christian environment. I am grateful for the environment which Malone fosters for the engagement of faith and culture. Especially in D.C., being able to point to the hope I have (1 Peter 3:15), has been very important.
Suzanna, Madi, and I would like to thank everyone who has been following our adventures in D.C. this semester. It has been a great experience and introduction to what the possibilities are after we graduate from Malone.
I have realized that my education at Malone and semester in D.C. have opened up so many possibilities to me. I will always be connected to the community I have formed at Malone, even as far away as the nation’s capital. The reach of Malone alum is far and wide.
Kaitlyn Stump is a senior history major.