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Graduate Program: Civil Engineering
Undergraduate Degree, Institution: Physics, University of Wisconsin River falls
Trinity Nonprofit Agency: International Institute of Wisconsin
My placement at International Institute of Wisconsin (IIW) was rewarding, challenging and provided an outlet for my unique talent set. One of IIW’s main roles is refugee resettlement. The US government has an interest in giving refugees a new home, and they use nonprofit contractures like us to teach English and US culture, and provide initial jobs, food, and housing. I structured a client database, taught new arrivals, and developed English language and cultural orientation videos.
Personally and professionally, I learned a lot about the mind-boggling complexity of the inefficient, bureaucratic, counterintuitive US welfare system. I also learned to speak Burmese, direct and edit videos, and structure databases. On the whole, my work experience was quite interesting and enjoyable.
I plan to work with a structural engineering firm to gain experience. Eventually, I would like to try to tie my math and computer skills into a business plan that makes some significant contribution to humanity. Long term, I would like my livelihood to play a positive role in the future of the planet.
Structural Designer, Pierce Engineers
Carolyn Swabek, Director
Alisha Klapps Balistreri, Assistant Director
Peggy Mead, Program Assistant
1250 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (800) 222-6544
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