Summer in the Triangle

By: Graham Lowder

Hey guys! My summer has been great so far. While I originally intended to intern in Washington, D. C. this summer, I had the opportunity to complete 2 internships this summer instead of just 1! First, I am interning for NC Attorney General Josh Stein. This is a great opportunity because I hope to work in government one day! I conduct legal and policy research, attend hearings and court cases, and draft legal memos and documents. Attorney General Stein has focused a lot of energy on combating the opioid crisis in NC, and I have been working on an initiative to raise awareness among NC high school athletes about the risks of prescription opioid abuse. It’s been so rewarding to work on issues facing millions of North Carolinians.

Second, I am interning at an organization called World Relief located in Durham, NC. World Relief aids in the resettlement process for refugees fleeing persecution in their countries of origin. My primary responsibility is organizing, planning, and coordinate the Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment Program. While the program originally had enough resources for only 40 students, I used a portion of the Eve Carson Scholarship to expand the program’s capacity to include 20 more refugee children! The program seeks to give refugee youth the space to pursue mental, physical, and emotional well-being. We will offer activities such as painting, music, and crafts in addition to academic tutoring to local refugees who would otherwise have little to no access to enrichment opportunities.

My work this summer has been intense and challenging, but I have enjoyed every second of it. The details of the summer program are still coming together (it starts on July 10th and goes until August 2nd), so I have plenty to write about in the coming weeks! Without the generosity of the Eve Carson Scholarship Foundation, none of this would have been possible. I am so grateful for this opportunity and I will keep you updated on how the summer unfolds!