Rose Laguerre has had a heart for the poor for as long as she can remember. Now, thanks to a paid internship opportunity in Washington, D.C., with World Vision, she will put her passion for breaking the cycle of poverty into action.
Laguerre, who graduated in May, is working this summer with the organization’s food securities and livelihoods team, assisting with programs designed to alleviate worldwide hunger.
“I have dreamt about working with World Vision for years,” says Laguerre, a native of Haiti. “I cannot wait to start my internship this summer and discover what God has in store.”
Her internship came to fruition thanks in part to business courses she took at George Fox. And, once the internship was secured, she received assistance from the university’s IDEA Center. In fact, the center, which debuted in the fall of 2014, has been instrumental in helping a number of students land internships with companies ranging from nonprofits to large corporations.
Another student, junior JJ Switzer, is working on Nike’s Evergreen campus in Hillsboro, Ore., this summer as an operational specialist, doing everything from aiding in logistical problem-solving to ensuring the correct amount of product goes to the right corporate customers on time. “My experience at Nike will give me an opportunity to learn from a great company and witness their management processes in action,” he says. “This opportunity came as a direct result of my involvement with the IDEA Center.”
Several George Fox students are participating in internships this summer thanks to the IDEA Center’s focus on experiential learning. Among them are Kevin Greco and Ben Delaney, who will be interning at SpaceX, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of advanced rockets and spacecraft, and with Microsoft’s OS (operating systems) group in Seattle, respectively.