GCC Alumna Spotlight: Natasha Malik
Public Outreach intern, Natasha Malik, is has a long history with Concern U.S. She has been involved with Concern since she was in high school; “I attended my first [Global Concern’s Classroom] Summit when I was a freshman in high school and was involved in the human rights club, which I became president of my Junior year.”Early on in her involvement with Global Concern’s Classroom (GCC), Malik showed impressive leadership.
“I remember loving the Summits because it was always a challenge in every aspect,” Malik explains, “I enjoyed the problem solving, the team-building, and the presentation. I truly made long-lasting relationships.”
At the Summits, Malik–along with other students–had the opportunity to meet with Concern U.S. staff and learn more about the work of the organization. “GCC definitely reaffirmed my interest in global affairs; it made the human rights clubs stronger because of the experience and information we learned at the summits. Those skills and memories made are why I wanted to come back to Concern.”
This summer while working as an intern at Concern U.S., Malik has been involved in creating a GCC alumni network and a Concern Leadership Network to help Concern connect like-minded individuals that want to make the world a better place but don’t know how to get involved as well as engage young professionals in the work that Concern does.
“I was a graphic design major when I first started college, but I wasn’t fulfilled by it. I wanted to make a real impact on other people’s lives. Concern and GCC showed me that this was a career path I could take, which is why I came back to it when looking for internship opportunities. I knew the kind of work they do and I knew the impact they make in impoverished communities.”
When asked where she sees herself in five years Malik describes, “I want to be working at an organization where I can make tangible positive effects in people’s lives. This summer at Concern has definitely showed me that there are so many different parts and aspects of organizations like it, that there are so many different paths I can take within this field and so many different opportunities that it can bring.”
Natasha Malik is entering her final year at SUNY Binghamton and will graduate with a degree in Political Science with a focus in International Affairs.
Are you a GCC alumnus or a young professional looking to get involved with Concern U.S. and networking with people like Natasha? Contact [email protected] to get involved!
Katie Talley is a summer intern with Concern Worldwide U.S.