Texas Right to Life’s Houston headquarters was blessed this summer to welcome five interns to our ranks, among them incoming president of the Crusaders for Life at the University of Dallas’s Amy Federer. A senior business major and third-year Dr. Joseph Graham Fellow, Amy spent her summer aiding TXRTL’s Development team by cultivating relationships with supporters across Texas and raising money to fund TXRTL’s legislative efforts during the special session in Austin. Now that her internship is complete, and Amy transitions to life as a student and president of her campus Pro-Life club, lessons she learned at TXRTL are in the forefront of her mind.
At the end of Amy’s “Newbie” training as a Dr. Joseph Graham Fellow, she knew she wanted to intern for TXRTL someday. “Protecting Life is so important to me, and I love the mission of Texas Right to Life,” Amy said. “There was no question this was the Pro-Life organization for which I wanted to intern.” As a native of St. Louis, Mo., the timing was not right for Amy’s internship until summer 2017, and she jumped at the chance. Throughout her internship, Amy had the opportunity to get a sense of the day-to-day operations of TXRTL and, specifically, our Development department. From attending the third annual Permian Basin Celebration of Life in Midland to acting as the official photographer at the inaugural “Newbie” Fellow dinner in Arlington, Amy traveled the state shadowing her supervisor, Development Director Elizabeth McClung. Among the many lessons she learned from McClung and TXRTL President Jim Graham was the importance of time management when completing tasks. Amy greatly admired the leadership she witnessed. “The leaders of Texas Right to Life go beyond just being your boss,” Amy said. “They care for your entire well-being: physical, spiritual, etc. The care that I felt from them is something I want to emulate with my officer team as I step into my role as president of Crusaders for Life.”
Amy has resumed her studies in Irving and eagerly anticipates the Pro-Life activities she will spearhead this year, including leading a group in prayer outside of north Texas abortion facilities and fundraising to bring as many UD students as possible to the TXRTL Boots on the Ground College Student Conference in January. TXRTL is appreciative of the time Amy worked with us this summer and wishes her the best as she completes her degree this year.