Social Science Scholar: Power of We and Independent Research

Due to COVID-19, my summer plans did not necessarily turn out the way I had initially intended. I had planned on helping my organization, Power of We, transition to a new director, finishing up my research, and interning. However, I was not able to do an internship due to to unforeseen complications brought by the…

Social Science Scholar: Entrepreneurship and Activism

I spent my summer working as a brand ambassador for the social media app SuperShe, working with my family to start a small business, and acting as a member of the activism committee of Florida State University’s Progress Party. SuperShe is a social media app that was created with the purpose of being a safe…

Social Science Scholar: Adaptive Web Design

Unprecedented times call for rapid adjustments, and my Social Science Scholars project was no exception. Entering the summer, I had an internship lined up with a lobbyist organization whose chief purpose was to lobby Congress to reallocate defense spending to poverty reduction programs. While I was initially intrigued with this mission, complications due to the…

Social Science Scholar: Using ArcGIS Software to Analyze Crime Patterns

This past summer I, alongside 17 other highly motivated Florida State University students, were given the privilege to pursue opportunities that would help advance our own professional goals, such as participating in community acts of service, professional research, or dedicated internships within the fields of our choosing. When I was offered this opportunity, I knew…

Social Science Scholar: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

This summer I participated in the FSU Center for Intensive English Studies Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program and began conducting research for my undergraduate thesis in Economics. The TEFL program was designed to prepare students for English teaching positions around the world post-graduation. Through this program, I was trained in teaching and…

Social Science Scholar: Human Rights Organizing with Amnesty International.

This summer, I had the privilege of being selected as Amnesty International USA’s legislative coordinator for the State of Florida. Amnesty International is the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization focusing on advocacy, reporting, and organizing. My job as a legislative coordinator entailed a volunteer leadership position that served as part of a state’s larger…

Social Science Scholar: Looking to Future Policy Implications of COVID-19

This summer, I received a grant from the Social Science Scholars Program at Florida State University to complete a research project, internship, or volunteer project this summer. I had originally intended to use this grant to pursue a research internship in health policy, with a specific interest in the health of underserved women. However, due…