A beneficiary of Christian education from kindergarten through college, Megan Best '14 will use that interest to focus her research as an intern at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum's Student Lecture Series.
The history major will spend her semester-long term researching a topic related to the presidential library's permanent exhibit under the supervision of library docents. Best will conclude her internship by giving public lectures on her findings at the library, which is located on the Southern Methodist University campus, and UD.
Upon being offered the internship, Best knew immediately that she wanted to focus on faith and community during George W. Bush's presidency.
"I've grown up at Christian schools, so I have seen firsthand what faith-based education can achieve," said Best. "I think it's very significant that President Bush gave the address that laid the groundwork for the Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives only nine days after his inauguration in 2001."
Best is grateful to the Office of Career Services and the History Department for enabling her to apply for the internship confidently.
"The counselors in Career Services were extremely helpful in the cover letter and resume preparation process," said Best. "I'm also thankful to Dr. [Charlie] Sullivan for his convincing letter of recommendation."
Best is also writing her senior thesis this semester, focusing on Christian perspectives on the women's rights movement of the '70s and '80s. After graduating in May, she hopes to volunteer for L'Arche, an organization that helps adults with disabilities, before beginning a teaching career.