Needa Malik, 22, is halfway through an internship at the U.S. headquarters of Islamic Relief near Washington, D.C.
The Butler University international studies major began her internship in January, and is in charge of creating a holistic database to keep track of hundreds of volunteers.
“Islamic Relief aims to promote sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities to eradicate poverty, illiteracy, and disease. They also respond to disasters and emergencies, helping people in crises,” Malik said.
“It works with various types of people all over the world, regardless of race, ethnicity, belief, political affiliation, or gender,” she added.
Malik completed training in disaster assessment, shelter fundamentals, group and individual emotional care, CPR and first aid while serving as an intern, and found the position shaping her desires for the future.
“I discovered that I want a job that will push me to challenge myself intellectually and force me to constantly better my understanding of my job and of our world,” she said.
“I learned that I don’t want to accept current practices and the status quo me just because changing the system is difficult.”
Malik is set to graduate in May, and hopes to find a job in humanitarian assistance – particularly in disaster and emergency situations. “I want to be able to help people at their most vulnerable, when they are in the most need. I would love opportunities to travel, as well,” she said.
Malik is the daughter of Rubina and Arshad Malik, of Crown Point, and attends Friday prayers at Northwest Illiana Islamic Center when at home. She also serves as vice president of the Muslim Student Association at Butler.
After studying abroad in England, she began playing rugby and is now part of the Indianapolis Rugby Women’s Football Club.