Intern name: Michael Williams
Major(s)/Minor(s): Philosophy major and Political Science minor
Title/place of internship/fellowship, etc.: Intern at College of Saint Benedict and St. John's University
How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.? I found out about the fellowship through others students who had already been through the program. I received more information about this fellowship from an I-lead meeting from Angie.
What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.? My responsibilities for this internship were to research ways to prevent sexual assault specifically regarding the LGBTQIA+ community. In this the research I found would be put into consideration for a grant this institution would receive. We would have weekly meetings to ensure we were on the right track and moving forward also providing aid to navigate our search for some ideas.
What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience? The perspective I was able to gain by learning what I have for the this grant. I feel as though I have something to contribute to others and be helpful to an issue I do truly care about. What was beneficial for me was that I saw myself actively get involved and learn what I could to help who I can.
What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.? During my research I found that most colleges don't really have policies where they acknowledge the existence of the diverse students they accept into their intuitions. There isn't truly anything in most schools that provide the protection necessary to keep these students safe. There is an image that these schools want to keep without be liable for the students that could and are harmed while being on their campuses.
How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future? This message is something that is going to be taken with me everywhere I go. There are many people apart of different identities that need it be more protected. I feel as though once we expose the source of the many issues this country has with difference it will force others to reflect on their colonized minds. This was one aspect of an Identity I studied i can only imagine the many others that aren't included.
What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience? I would tell them to absolutely do it for themselves and for others. This is a fellowships that pushes and opens doors to experiences you didn't know you could be a part of. This is an opportunity that could give you a foot in the door to your future or tell you what you don't need to be doing as well. There is a chance to see yourself in a new light and I definitely recommend.