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Waging Peace

Bethlehem University Students Begin U.S. Internships 


From: Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, August, 2015, pp. 56

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick (l) talks with Bethlehem University students at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, DC on June 17. (STAFF PHOTO D. SPRUSANSKY)


For the third straight year, Bethlehem University and Catholic Charities USA are partnering to provide summer internship opportunities to Palestinian students. This year, 10 Bethlehem University students are interning at Catholic Charities agencies in Virginia, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Texas, Ohio, West Virginia, Louisiana, California and Minnesota. The multi-talented students will utilize their skills to assist needy Americans while simultaneously taking advantage of their presence in the U.S. to share their stories as Palestinians.

The students, who are from Hebron, Beit Sahour, Beit Jala and Bethlehem in the West Bank, began their summer in the U.S. with a week of orientation in Washington, DC in mid-June. While in the nation’s capital, they, among other things, met with American-based Palestinian activists at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, spoke with the PLO’s ambassador to the U.S., caught a baseball game, toured national monuments and adjusted to the humid summer climate.
Set to begin their senior year this fall, the students hope to use the skills they develop this summer to help advance the cause of their people upon their return home.

—Dale Sprusansky

Bethlehem University Foundation
Phone: +1-240-241-4381
Fax: +1-240-553-7691
Beltsville, MD USA
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
Phone: +972-2-274-1241
Fax: +972-2-274-4440
Bethlehem, Palestine