I am a junior from New York City studying international relations and economics. I interned for the NeighborWorks America, Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Initiative. It’s a congressionally chartered nonprofit that supports community development by working with over 240 organizations nationwide providing resources, training and access to a larger network. I chose this internship because I saw it as a unique opportunity to make a difference within an organization related to the issues I'm passionate about: gender equality, racial equity, economic opportunity. I'd love to continue this line of work in the future, but I am also open to other opportunities where I can utilize my writing and design skills. In the future, I'd like to be a part-time professional photographer.
I loved my internship because I got to work on the issues I'm passionate about while making a difference within a large nonprofit that encompasses over 240 organizations in its network. My supervisor and I made a great team, and we're the ones pushing the REDI initiative forward. I was able to attend the organization's Seattle Symposium: Reframing the Narrative Around Race, Equity and Inclusion and interviewed leaders in the field. I'm happy I got to utilize the design skills I learned from my architecture education; after the symposium I worked on editing the website and figuring out solutions to engage people more with the initiative from a bipartisan standpoint.
Coming to the program, I was intimidated by how much everyone seemed to know about foreign issues and events. I thought it would take forever to catch up, but luckily, reading the Express on the metro every morning, writing policy memos and making presentations for class quickly got me into the loop of things. Now, I feel like I can actually hold a conversation on current events in different parts of the world such as the Middle East and Asia.
Future students: be open to new experiences and opportunities - apply for everything! Don't be discouraged if your original plans didn't work out; there are better ones waiting.