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Ellie McDermott talks about the
M.A. in International Community Development program:

Why Northwest?

After going to visit the school and talking with some previous students I knew that the ICD program was for me.

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Why ICD?

I chose the ICD program because I wasn'’t quite sure what I wanted to study or what I wanted to do with my degree. And so I really liked the overview that the program offered.

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Experience at Northwest

I really liked being a part of a cohort. I can't imagine doing the program without it, getting to go through the whole program with the same group of students who were constantly inspiring and encouraging me.

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Practicum

For my practicum I worked in the employment program at World Relief, which is a local refugee resettlement agency, so I learned how refugees get jobs when they come to America.

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Thesis

My thesis focused on why employers should hire refugees, which was directly related to my practicum and actually the work that I’'m doing now, working in the employment program. So I was able to really look at different aspects of employment, interview employers, and create a case for why employers should hire refugees.

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After Graduation

I have continued to work at World Relief, I did an internship, and then did my practicum here and was able to start working half way through the program and it’'s been a great transition from the program.

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Advice

I highly recommend the ICD program. It'’s a great chance to explore a number of different things relating to working cross culturally, to working with non-profits, to serving God.

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