Dominican University alumna Robin Curran advocates for Immigration Reform while at Center for Community Change

Hello, my name is Robin Curran and I am a senior at Dominican University, located just outside Chicago, where I am a double major in Sociology and Italian. I came to D.C. because I wanted the opportunity to apply what I have learned in the classroom to a hands-on experience in the working world.

I am currently an intern at the Center for Community Change (CCC), which is a non-profit social justice organization that works to empower low-income people to improve their communities and the policies that impact their lives. During these last few months, I have done a lot of work on immigration reform. One of the highlights from my internship was helping to plan a weeklong event in which dozens of immigrant children came to D.C. to share their personal stories and pressure the House leadership to call a vote on reform. While they were in D.C. the children also had the chance to meet with three Civil Rights veterans who participated in the 1963 Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama. It was incredible to see the children connect with the Civil Rights veterans in their shared efforts to fight for positive social change.

Spending a semester in DC has been one of the best academic decisions that I have ever made. This city has offered endless possibilities for me to explore my interests, enhance my skills and gain insight from professionals. In just one semester, I am amazed at how much I have developed both personally and professionally.

If you would like to learn more about my internship experience and my adventures in DC, feel free to check out my blog:
— Robin Curran, Communications Intern at the Center for Community Change