Name: Emily Claps
Hometown: Lake Barrington, IL
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Computer Science, B.S.
Hobbies: Meeting new people, traveling, reading, writing, running, piano, photography, yoga, cooking, meditation & mindfulness, theology & mysticism, calligraphy, & coffee
Social Sector Partner Placement
Placement Organization: The Solstice Initiative
Organization Title: Community Outreach Associate
Role: Placed in a community outreach role, Emily is responsible for designing and executing data-driven outreach strategy focused on encouraging Massachusetts homes and local organizations to adopt solar energy.
I long for a holistic perspective and understanding of global issues that are very real – both to the nonprofit sector and to the corporate world. Being someone who has encountered the resistance of pursuing service post-graduation, I seek to join the movement that breaks down the mutual exclusiveness of service and a professional career. I long to be a ServiceCorps Fellow to not simply give of my time and skills but to build a foundation of awareness and to have the end of the year be a beginning of the life-long commitment that service truly is. It's one thing to pursue service and then land a job afterwards; it's another to do so with a group of driven, passionate individuals who strive to impact change in every chapter of their lives. The incoming ServiceCorps Fellows will have a golden opportunity to have that team of support and growth and to challenge each other in the most positive of ways, both during the service year and beyond. I can only hope to be one of them.
Emily is from Chicago, IL and attends the University of Notre Dame. She will graduate in May having studied Computer Science with minors in Theology and Catholic Social Tradition. A lover of math and puzzles yet also a deep thinker, she strives to make a difference in the world and live life as fully as possible.
While at Notre Dame, Emily has grown to be very passionate about service and social justice, involving herself greatly with Notre Dame’s Center of Social Concerns. This passion was sparked during summer of 2013 when she spent a summer living and working at a homeless shelter in Illinois for two months.
Emily has also developed a strong interest in international affairs and relations. During summer 2014, she spent six weeks studying Theology and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Jerusalem. In fall of 2014, she had the privilege of studying in Dublin, Ireland. During the summer of 2015, she worked at an NGO in northern Uganda that provided technological solutions for impoverished rural communities. This was a very transformative experience for her, as she was finally able to combine her interest in technology and passion for service.
After receiving an offer for GE’s IT Leadership Program last fall, she was hesitant because she felt called to pursue service upon graduation. When she discovered ServiceCorps, however, the opportunity proved to be exactly what she was looking for. She accepted GE’s offer and is now thrilled to be a part of the inaugural class of ServiceCorps Fellows.
Emily loves a good challenge and is someone who strives for excellence. She is passionate, adventurous, curious, and an overall life-enthusiast. She has a love for learning, traveling, writing, and photography - amongst many other things. Most importantly, her faith grounds her in being intentional, reflective, and enthusiastic about whatever the next year brings.