At the moment, Abigail is finishing up her last semester at The University of Texas at Austin. She just returned from studying abroad in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. At the University of Amsterdam where she took courses in International Development and African studies to further her interests in sub-Saharan Africa. Her research is on the orphan epidemic and refugee crisis in Africa and how adoption and family-based orphanages are just a part of the solution to helping the children affected by the crisis. She frequently returns to Africa to continue case studies and volunteerism in the sub-Saharan area. This passion guides her work in the development sector.
Starting in January, Abigail will be in Washington, D.C. as a member of the The Archer Fellowship. This program was established by The University of Texas System in conjunction with former U.S. Representative Bill Archer as a way to bring highly motivated and accomplished students to Washington, D.C., for a comprehensive academic and professional experience. During the fellowship she will intern full-time, take classes focused on policy, history, and advocacy from UT faculty members, and involve herself in the D.C. political communities that advocate for her passions.
From past internships and work experiences, she has worked in a range of fields including: nonprofit development, public relations & marketing, event planning, campaigns & fundraising, and sustainability. With her wide range of experience and interests, she plans to combine her people skills and storytelling abilities to communicate how sustainable initiatives, at a ground-level, can help to develop communities around the world.