Marcella Jimenez.

Children's Defense Fund - Washington, DC

Project Description

Strong/Gault Social Advancement Internship Grant Recipient

“I formed meaningful, lasting relationships with my supervisor, the head of the Policy Team, and my fellow interns. It was an incredible feeling to continuously be surrounded by individuals who are in the same stage of life as I am and share my same goals, interests, and passions.”

When I began at the CDF as an Education Policy Intern, my expectations were clear: I would learn how a large non-profit plays a role in both advocacy and policy making, go deeper into specific issues in education, strengthen my research skills, and create lasting relationships with my co-workers and supervisors. After 3 months of policy team meetings, symposia, Capitol Hill briefings, and in-depth research and memo writing, I certainly achieved my learning goals and was greatly enjoying my time with CDF. However, amidst all the skills I was building, something else was happening—my perspective was changing. I began using more inclusive and socially conscious language, such as choosing the term “people of color” in lieu of “minorities.” I started to think more critically about the Federal government’s role in advancing equity and justice for children, and how community stakeholders can advocate for children and take action to inspire change.

Over the course of the summer, I had many great accomplishments and moments of pride. I spent a day lobbying and had the privilege of meeting a few members of congress—including Senator King who invited me over for dinner! I formed meaningful, lasting relationships with my supervisor, the head of the Policy Team, and my fellow interns. It was an incredible feeling to continuously be surrounded by individuals who are in the same stage of life as I am and share my same goals, interests, and passions.

Project Details

  • Date October 22, 2014
  • Tags 2014, Education, Government, Social Service, Sophomore, Strong/Gault, USA
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