Allisen Haggard.

Amnesty International - London, UK

Project Description

Strong/Gault Social Advancement Internship Grant Recipient

“I have always known I wanted to be a lawyer.” Allisen has pursued that dream at Bowdoin, completing Bowdoin’s array of legal studies courses, working at a private law office, and volunteering weekly at a local legal aid clinic. However, truly hands-on legal experience for undergraduates is hard to come by. When an internship opportunity arose in Amnesty International’s headquarters during Allisen’s semester abroad in London, Allisen wanted to capitalize on it. Thanks to the Strong/Gault Grant, this opportunity was possible.

Allisen worked with staff members in Supporter Engagement to conduct “social listening” analysis targeting developing countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Pakistan. She also researched potential donors, both foundations and individuals. “While at first I was less enthusiastic about the fundraising side of the work, it soon became clear how vital that part of the job was for the longevity and effectiveness of the organization as a whole.” Finally, Allisen organized a skill conference for Amnesty directors worldwide, summarizing past material to help staff members prepare new presentations. “This task turned out to be a great opportunity to learn more in depth information about fundraising and engagement techniques” and to consider different geopolitical perspectives on Amnesty’s mission.

At first, Allisen feared that working in a high-level management position would hinder her ability to “contribute to positive change in the lives of those suffering injustice,” but “the projects I engaged in—especially the social listening project—ensured I was not disconnected from Amnesty’s core mission.” Allisen’s internship inspired her upcoming Honors project and renewed her desire to attend law school, in pursuit of a career in international human rights law.

Project Details

  • Date July 19, 2016
  • Tags 2016, Europe, Junior, Law, Social Service, Strong/Gault

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