Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) student and cross-country team member, Tavia Williams, spent her summer participating in the Governor’s Summer Internship Program (GSIP). Williams first found out about this prestigious and sought-after internship within Maryland’s Public Service Scholars fellowship program through NDMU’s Career Center, which helps students find both internships and employment.
“Being a student-athlete requires preparation and thinking ahead. The time management and organization skills I learned through the past two years of being an athlete made me ready to handle the rigors of working in a government building, working on multiple major projects and small projects simultaneously. I had to be able to adapt and overcome. That is something I [have] learned being a Gator."
Through her internship, Williams had the opportunity to work in a government building, visit the White House, meet Maryland Governor Larry Hogan multiple times, and visit the State House in Annapolis. She worked for the New American Initiatives Office, a division of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. She helped create a resource guide to train state employees to work with immigrants who are knowledgeable in various desired trades and assisted with an Employer Engagement resource flyer that gave tips on how to build relationships with the immigrant community. She also worked on another flyer that explained what Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is and what it means for immigrants who hold that status and their employers.
Williams credits NDMU for giving her the desire to serve others. “Being a Notre Dame student gave me a different perspective on how to look at the world and made me understand the need for public service and serving the communities around me…[Nearly] all of my classes at Notre Dame are taught with some form of focus on social justice, so I was already prepared to work and serve others.“