Meet Sahra Hassan ’19 Intern at Central West Justice Center.
Tell us about where you are interning and the kind of work you are doing.
My day to day work involves reviewing client documents and figuring out why the client’s benefits (either Food stamps, SSI, or EAEDC) have been reduced, cut or terminated. My long term projects include writing a commercial script about Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or Food Stamps) to the purpose of educating the public about the importance of SNAP, who is eligible, and de- stigmatizing it. The other project involves writing a benefits booklet about TAFDC, EAEDC, and SNAP.
Give us an example of how you have applied your academic learnings to your internship?
I have utilized my writing skills a lot. I often write statements to clients and the Department of Transitional Assistance (administers food stamp program).
What has surprised you about being an intern?
I was surprised at how quickly I was able to follow and understand legal terms and documents.
How did this experience influence or connect to your future career plans / goals?
This internship made me realize that law school is not for me; however, I appreciate the experience I had at Central West. I now know that I am more passionate about humanitarianism than legal work.
Any internship advice to pass on to other Holy Cross students?
Do yourself a favor and do an internship that is fulfilling and makes a good experience and not one that just looks good on your resume.