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Three Southwestern Students Participate in ExxonMobil Summer Internship Program

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    Shelby Morales
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    Rachael Regan

Program offers summer jobs with nonprofit agencies

Southwestern University students Shelby Morales, Molly O’Hara and Rachael Regan were among 60 college students chosen to participate in the 2011 ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program in Dallas. The program, administered by the Volunteer Center of North Texas, provides exemplary students with eight-week, paid internships at deserving local nonprofit agencies.

Morales, a sophomore psychology major from Rowlett, Texas, spent the summer interning with The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza, which aims to chronicle the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interpret and support the Dealy Plaza national Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and present contemporary culture within context of presidential history. To help the Museum achieve its goals, She developed and presented an exhibits archive and a teachers’ workshop to promote creative use of that archive.

O’Hara, a senior environmental studies major from Plano, Texas, interned with Senior Source, which works to improve the quality of life of older adults in the Greater-Dallas area. To help the organization reach its goals, she organized and designed plans for the Green Consultant Project, and assisted with administrative tasks.

Regan, a junior art history major from Dallas, spent the summer working with the Irving Arts Center, which strives to serve the citizens of Irving, Texas, and attract visitors through the support and development of artistic opportunities and programs. As an intern, Regan did research; prepared a personalized tour of the Genghis Khan Exhibit; attended docent training; and assisted with exhibit activities.

“The Community Summer Jobs Program provides the ExxonMobil Foundation with a unique opportunity to support the important mission of local nonprofits and to help develop socially conscious young leaders as they prepare to enter the workforce,” said ExxonMobil Foundation President Suzanne McCarron. “We are proud to contribute to the significant impact these students and nonprofits will have in our community this summer and for many years to come.”

In addition to their daily internship duties, students developed vital career skills during professional development seminars, and collaborated to plan and implement an intern-led community service project benefiting the Creative Arts Center of Dallas.