Cambrey Dent was a 2015 Undergraduate Public Service Scholar, who interned at the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), working to advance child advocacy both at home and abroad.

Where are you from?
I am from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I attended Baylor University and I studied Political Science.

What was the best part of your internship?
Every year, the CDF hosts the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy, which is a conference that brings together child advocates from all over the world. At this conference, the child advocates hear inspiring messages and gain tools needed to tackle social injustices in their communities. As an intern, I was fortunate enough to help coordinate and work at the 2015 conference. That year, Bryan Stevenson and Reverend William Barbara Parker were two of the keynote speakers. Hearing their addresses was certainly one of the highlights of my summer and CDF internship experience.

What lessons did you learn that you would like to pass on to future interns?
That summer I learned the importance of networking. It can be an intimidating endeavor. But, once you get the hang of it, you will not only get connected to amazing career opportunities but also develop lasting relationships.

What are you doing now?
I am a third year law student at Boston University School of Law.

What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
Honestly, I hope to be using my lawyering skills to help effect real, meaningful social change. This answer may sound cliché, but it’s true!

What is your favorite book and what are you reading now?
Right now, I am reading Ghosted by Rosie Walsh. I highly recommend Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me.

Tell us a fun fact!
I would love to write a children’s fiction book one day!

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