June 6, 2023

Studies, Service Secure Civic Internship for Philosophy Major

Junior philosophy major Kate McDaid’s focus on service helped her secure an internship with Virginia 21, a nonprofit that encourages civic engagement among college students.

Junior philosophy major Kate McDaid’s focus on service helped her secure an internship with Virginia 21, a nonprofit that encourages civic engagement among college students.

After publication of this article, Kate McDaid learned she was the recipient of a 2022 Newman Civic Fellowship. Joining a cohort of nearly 200 college students across the country, McDaid will have the chance to engage in a yearlong program featuring virtual learning and networking opportunities designed to provide personal, professional and civic growth. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities. Callie Jordan ’23 was a Newman Civic Fellowship recipient last year. Learn more at Campus Compact.

Kate McDaid came to the University of Mary Washington to make a difference. Her classmates would show her the way.

Inspired by her fellow students’ strong sense of service, McDaid followed suit. The UMW junior found purpose by getting involved – and secured an internship with a nonprofit that encourages civic engagement among students. Now, while the philosophy major earns her own college degree, she’s working to pass legislation to help others make the most of theirs.

At Virginia 21, McDaid has gained insight into the inner workings of state government, zeroing in on a bill that would ensure college graduates can receive their transcripts and diplomas, even if they still owe a debt to their institution.

“Giving young people access to these documents will help them reap the benefits of their education,” said McDaid, who has friends working several jobs but still needed loans. “This will help them secure employment so they can pay back the funds they borrowed.” Read more.