Meet McGuckin Intern: Aseel Salah
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Meet Aseel Salah, a rising senior at Bethlehem University who is interning in Washington, DC, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Aseel is majoring in Business Administration and minoring in translation. She is interning this summer thanks to the Sir John McGuckin Mentoring and Internship Program.

Honing her skills for her future career, Aseel is receiving hands-on training in the accounting office of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. She assists with cash receipts, recording financial transactions, and a number of other duties. Aseel is shown in the foreground of the beautiful interior of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Aseel is enjoying the opportunity to experience the United States from the nation's capital: seeing new sites, meeting new people, and having, "the best time of my life!" She has committed to spending some time each day sightseeing and exploring: "Not a day will pass without seeing an art gallery, museum, historical landmark, or experiencing nature!"

Originally from Hebron, Aseel moved to Bethlehem to attend Bethlehem University. "I chose to study at Bethlehem University because the University is highly diverse, and would allow me to meet people from different cities, cultures, religions, and backgrounds. The University not only encourages me to be academically strong with its high-quality education, but inspires me to be a better, more ambitious, and successful person." Bethlehem University is a place of peaceful encounter and dialogue between its Muslim and Christian students, as they learn side by side. With a majority female student population, the University is also a major educator of women in the West Bank.
Aseel is highly involved on and off campus, participating in a number of youth clubs and also serving as a Student Ambassador for the University, where she represents the University to the international community. She is taking a course in drama and theater, and she spends her free time reading and spending time with friends.

In 2018 she represented Bethlehem University on the Camino de Santiago, with Bethlehem University Foundation Board member and Patron, Ghassan Salameh, as part of The Way To Bethlehem Camino Campaign. Aseel is shown above, shortly after completing the Camino, with Ghassan; fellow Bethlehem University student and McGuckin Intern, Sajida Sarhin; and Dr. Suava Salameh, Patron of the Bethlehem University Foundation and member of the International Board of Regents of Bethlehem University.
Aseel aspires to be an entrepreneur, improving herself and society around her. She plans to complete a master's degree in an international setting, and looks forward to bringing back what she will learn to the Holy Land as she opens her own business and creates jobs for others.

She sees this summer internship as an opportunity for her to attain the means by which she can achieve these goals: "This internship will help develop my skills and will assist me with my last year or studies at Bethlehem University. It will give me the tools I will need to be successful: helping build my confidence, independence, adaptability, communication skills, teamwork, and cultural intelligence."
Aseel wanted to say one last word of thanks to the many supporters of Bethlehem University and the Foundation: "I want to thank you for everything you do for us. It means a lot for the students at Bethlehem University when we see the international community assisting us and our University. You give us power and hope!"
The Sir John McGuckin Mentoring and Internship Program enables top students at Bethlehem University to intern in the United States and elsewhere. The Sir John McGuckin Mentoring and Internship Program was established in 2010 by the Northwestern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

In order to allow this program to continue in perpetuity, the Foundation has established the Sir John McGuckin Mentoring and Internship Program Endowed Fund, thanks to the generosity of the Northwestern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. The endowed fund allows the Foundation to send an annual grant to cover some of the expenses of the Sir John McGuckin Mentoring and Internship Program. Through the generosity of donors like you, as the endowed fund grows, the Foundation will be able to send a larger grant each year.
About Bethlehem University:
Jointly founded by the Vatican and the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Bethlehem University annually enrolls more than 3,200 students in bachelor, master, and professional diploma programs. A Catholic co-educational institution, the University is the only Catholic/Christian university in the Holy Land. The University's mission is to provide quality higher education to the people of the Holy Land and to serve them in its role as a center for the advancement, sharing, and use of knowledge.

About Bethlehem University Foundation:
The Bethlehem University Foundation is the U.S. registered not-for-profit organization entrusted with the sole mission of supporting and promoting Bethlehem University. The Foundation is a means for United States citizens to make a tax deductible donation in support of Bethlehem University.

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