Minors: Sociological Studies, Spanish
CFS Program: Field Studies in Civic Engagement
Employer: Upwardly Global
At Upwardly Global we believe in the importance of integrating skilled immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers into the United States workforce. We also advocate for inclusive hiring practices and workplaces. We’ve served over 5,000 job seekers representing 169 countries. This is what attracted me to UpGlo, the chance to work with a diverse and underrepresented population.
As a Mexican immigrant myself I feel empowered to work for a company whose mission aligns closely with my values and passion. The close-knit office has made me feel welcomed and part of the team. In our weekly team meetings I’m able to contribute to the discussion by explaining the projects I’m working on and the progress I’ve made. We listen to success stories from the clients we serve making the impact of our organization even more vivid. The direct contact I have with our job seekers makes this experience all the more personal. In addition, this internship has introduced me to the nonprofit world. I was previously unsure if I wanted to pursue a career in a non-profit due to the backlash I’ve received by others when I mentioned my career thoughts. However, my colleagues at Upwardly Global have shown me how rewarding supporting a cause you are passionate for truly is.
My CFS class on Civic Engagement has been one of the most stimulating classes I’ve taken at Northwestern. Liz McCabe is attentive, encouraging and knowledgeable. We’ve explored topics that question what it means to be a “citizen” and being “civically engaged”. This class has changed my perspective on the power of voting, opened my eyes to the history of Chicago, and has educated me on current local issues.