Crook Fellow Dane Ulik lived and worked in Nicaragua for ten weeks this summer. As an intern at Artists for Soup, a small non-profit organization located in La Paz Centro, Nicaragua, Dane perfromed a variety of research and data analysis projects focusing on food security and educational retention. He shares with us how this internship has changed his worldview and solidified his goal to utilize his resources and return after graduation.

Crook Fellow Ghida Ismail is interning at the Harvard Kennedy School in the Evidence for Policy Design program in Boston this summer. She gives us insight of what it means for her to be part of an academic research center focused on development.

The Strauss Center’s Senior Student Associate Program offers students at The University of Texas the opportunity to be exposed to current topics in global affairs, network with top experts, and gain practical professional skills. Students may work on major events, program initiatives, communications and outreach projects, writing projects, and may also assist with short-term tasks or specific daily needs of the Strauss Center.

Crook Fellow Katherine Whitton organized a hackathon on Sustainable Cities during her internship with AidData in Kampala, Uganda. Hackathons are considered a new forum for networking, learning, and beta-testing new apps and ventures. Check out Katherine's blog post and see how this project turned out!

Crook Fellow Dane Ulik worked on a variety of research and data analysis projects that are focused on food security in Nicaragua during his internship with Artist for Soup. Read below about his trip to El Corozo and learn about what access to clean water means for rural Nicaragua.