A perfect day for Nebraska Appleseed intern Carissa Hernandes would probably involve dancing the tango, ceviche with tortilla chips and working with people.
“I love learning about different cultures and forming relationships with people,” Carissa said. “I want to have a career where I can do that.”
A resident of Papillion, NE, and currently a senior international relations major at Creighton University, Carissa especially wanted to be a part of Appleseed for their work within the state.
“I wanted to work at Appleseed because it’s a wonderful organization that does vital work in our community,” Carissa said. “I wanted to be a part of that and to make a difference in the world for even just one person.”
Working in communities across Nebraska with people from all different cultures and backgrounds as well as working with other organizations to affect change is what Carissa loves about Appleseed’s Immigrants & Communities team. Gaining experience through her internship, Carissa hopes to continue working in the non-profit sector after she graduates.
“After studying abroad in Buenos Aires for five months, I realized I wanted to do those things [learn about different cultures and form relationships with people] and live outside of the U.S.” Carissa said. “To accomplish that, I am exploring work in the non-profit or IGO field and the Foreign Service.”
She hopes to pursue a Masters degree in international conflict resolution after graduation. Being a part of the Immigrants & Communities team is a small window into some of the problems that Carissa wants to help solve in the future.
“I hope to gain valuable experience in the non-profit sector and to form relationships with my fellow Appleseeders and the community we work with.”
Name: Carissa Hernandes
Hometown: Papillion, NE
Future plans: First and foremost, I want to live abroad again, preferably in a Spanish-speaking country. To accomplish that, I am exploring work in the non-profit or IGO field and the Foreign Service.