Keeping Up With the Mammoths: Week 3

Keeping Up With the Mammoths: Week 3

AMHERST, Mass. -- This week's SAAC Summer Profiles feature Sarah Gayer, who has stayed on campus for the summer, and Talia Land, who is back in New York as a legal intern with a non-profit.

Taila Land, Junior, Larchmont, N.Y., Women's Lacrosse

I am working as a legal intern at Make the Road New York. Make the Road is a non-profit organization located all throughout the NYC area that builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education and survival services. Specifically, I am working in the Immigration law part of the White Plains, NY office. I am supporting paralegals by helping file U.S. citizenship applications and different types of visas for our clients that come in and would like to become legal citizens. I have a strong interest in law and working with people and I thought this would be one of the best ways to experience a very cool part of law first-hand. My position has been especially interesting because of what has been going on recently in America in terms of immigration. While my office isn't located close to a border, the longing to become a citizen for many immigrants is at an all-time high right now and it makes each application feel that much more important. While citizenship cases take a long time, seeing clients joy when we simply file an application for them is extremely rewarding. This was an Amherst Select internship, which made it extremely easy to connect with the employer right away. 

Sarah Gayer, Sophomore, Millbrae, Calif., Women's Track & Field

This summer I am working in a biology lab on campus with Professor Hood looking at aspects of a fungal disease of a plant. I am thinking about being a religion and biology double major so it is great to be able to participate in research this summer! Other than spending time in the greenhouse, I am training for the fall and progressing through my reading list!