Hello my name is Jake Fox and I am a History and Political Science double major at Alma College in Michigan. I will be interning this summer for the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach in Washington D.C. At college I enjoy being involved in the History club, Political Science club and the Model United Nations team. I also work as a Resident Assistant, facilitating students adjustment to college and handling any problems that arise. I became interested in human rights my freshmen year of college from a series of courses that focused on social issues.
One topic that I will be working on this summer with the CCAO is economic justice. I think economic justice means that human beings have a right to get paid a living wage for their work, as well as work in a safe environment. It also means that businesses have an obligation to be involved in the communities that they operate in, meaning that they should actively give back to the community. One topic that I find interesting is how globalization has impacted workers in developing nations and their right to earn a fair wage.
I really wanted to intern for an organization like the CCAO because working for human rights is extremely rewarding endeavor. I think that Christianity teaches that we should aspire to be compassionate individuals, and work to end the suffering of others. I hope that working here will grant me the opportunity to do meaningful work that will help others.