Meet McGuckin Intern: Haya Wahhab
8-14-2019
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"Bethlehem University is the key that will unlock the doors for a brighter future for the Holy Land"
Meet Haya Wahhab, a rising senior at Bethlehem University who interned this summer at Campbell Law School in Raleigh, North Carolina, and later here at the Bethlehem University Foundation. Haya is majoring in Accounting and minoring in Business Administration. Her summer internship was thanks to the Sir John McGuckin Mentoring and Internship Program.
Haya began her internship at Campbell Law School in Raleigh, North Carolina, working specifically with the Marketing Department to advertise the law school. She is shown to the right, staffing a table to advertise the school. She also helped with outreach for sponsors for a school event. The second part of her internship was at the Bethlehem University Foundation. While at the Foundation, she put her accounting skills into practice, helping balance budget spreadsheets, and even helped write a e-newsletter on one of her fellow interns.
"I got to experience a real working environment, and got to know the American way of life and culture, which I loved. The people were super nice and appreciated the skills I brought to the internships." The Foundation threw a small going-away party for Haya, and also concurrently celebrated our dear Brother Dominic Smith's 60 year anniversary as a De La Salle Christian Brother. The two are shown together on the left shortly after the celebration. Brother Dominic knew Haya's father, a professor at Bethlehem University, from his time at Bethlehem University as the Director of the Library.

Both of Haya's parents are graduates of Bethlehem University, and Haya is glad to have the opportunity to study there as well. "Bethlehem University is a second home for me. It has an amazing atmosphere, it is deeply diverse, and everyone is accepting of one another. It is a small reflection of how amazing Palestinian society is. With its excellent academic programs, Bethlehem University is helping to prepare us to assume leading positions in society." She also deeply appreciates one of the staples of Bethlehem University - the Christian Brothers. "The Brothers are doing a wonderful job maintaining the University and sharing their experience and wisdom with the students. Seeing all these Brothers around campus makes me proud that they are continuing the Lasallian mission of providing quality education in the Holy Land."
After graduation, Haya hopes to pursue a master's degree and a CPA. She plans to return to Bethlehem University one day as a professor; "I am looking forward to the chance of giving back to Bethlehem University and transmit my knowledge to other students." She also hopes to open her own auditing firm to help boost the economy and create more jobs in the Holy Land. Haya and some of her fellow McGuckin Interns are pictured together above in Charlotte, North Carolina, at a reception and discussion with the Charlotte Section of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Haya appreciated this opportunity to intern in the United States, and also appreciates all those whose generosity made this internship, and Bethlehem University as a whole, possible. "A thank you wouldn't be enough to show how grateful we are for your support. Bethlehem University isn't just a building. It's the key that will unlock the doors for a brighter future for the Holy Land. By supporting Bethlehem University, you are a part of that future as you help us reach our dreams."

She wanted to add a particular thanks to her host-family, the Dunbars, in North Carolina. "I greatly enjoyed my stay with them. They were kind, generous, caring, and they treated me like a daughter. I really appreciated everything they did for me."
The Sir John McGuckin Mentoring and Internship Program enables top students from Bethlehem University to intern in the United States and abroad. 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. Haya is shown here with all eight 2019 McGuckin Interns.
 
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 annually underwrite a portion of the expenses associated with the Sir John McGuckin Mentoring and Internship Program. Through the generosity of donors like you, the Foundation is creating a long-term and sustainable future for the Sir John McGuckin Mentoring and Internship Program.
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.

To learn more about the Foundation, visit  www.bufusa.org   
or like the Foundation's Facebook page " Bethlehem University Foundation "