Note: Each year, Nebraska Appleseed is fortunate to work with a number of bright, talented law clerks and interns. This is one of a series of posts that feature Appleseed’s clerks and interns discussing their backgrounds and experiences.
Name: Brenda Maldonado
Position: Public Interest Intern – Immigrants & Communities program
Hometown: Sargent, Nebraska
About Me: I am a junior Political Science and French double major at Nebraska Wesleyan University. I was born in Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico and moved to the United States at the age of 3. I was raised in the heart of the Sandhills in a town of 500. I enrolled in college with the intent to become an architect, but after serving as vice president of an intercultural organization my freshman year, I refocused my education towards international human rights. I love anything sporty, especially running and biking and hope to do a half marathon in the near future!
Why Appleseed: My role as president of MOSAIC (Meeting Of Students Addressing Intercultural Concerns) this past year directed me in the path for social justice work, thus I began searching for non-profit organizations that matched this description. I had heard wonderful things about the work Appleseed had done in the past, and after browsing the website and reading the creed of the organization, I knew that this was the type of environment and work I wanted to do.
Appleseed has provided the perfect platform to perform grass-roots advocacy on a statewide level. My experience here has given me the knowledge of how multi-dimensional non-profit work really is. I have gained a more thorough understanding of community and governmental work, as well as furthered my knowledge on current legislation relevant to immigration reform. Working with the Latino population has helped me advance my bilingual capabilities and given me a stronger cultural awareness.
Future Plans: I will be studying abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland, for this academic year come September. My interest in social justice comes directly from my passion for human rights. I hope not only to advance my French in Switzerland but also to gain exposure to the human rights sector; and what better place to do this than an hour from the International Human Rights capital of the world? Looking towards the future I hope to serve in the Peace Corps, attend graduate school, and finally find a career centered around dispelling cultural discrimination and human rights on an international scope.