End of Sex Crimes Internship

Even at the midpoint of my internship I felt that I was meeting the goals I had set out for myself before starting.

The first of the goals was to learn how to best interview victims. I have been able to sit-in on interviews. Most recently was a forensic interview of a child, which was particularly interesting because there are specific guidelines on how to interview children to avoid leading them in one direction. My office had to have a specialist from the University of Southern California come in and conduct the interview, while we watched in another room via a live-streaming service provided by USC.

My second goal was to learn more about the standard of prosecuting Sex Crimes. I have accomplished this goal by screening cases as they come in, and trying to match the elements of the law to see if the case should move forward. I have also been able to talk to DAs about he difficulties of pursuing cases they know might not seem strong enough in the eyes of a jury.

My third goal was to apply things that I had learned in the Politics of Rape course that I took last semester. I feel that this was best accomplished when I talked to DAs about Title IX processes, because the DAs are largely removed from that system. It was interesting to hear their perspective of the movement going on right now about rapes on college campuses. My office gets cases from USC and the DAs said that they feel there has been a rise in such cases being reported within the last few years.

My fourth goal was to reconnect with attorneys I have worked with in the past and I have been able to do it.

Lastly, my fifth goal was to get a better idea of whether or not I would want to work in Sex Crimes in the future. I can confidently say that I would be very interested in working in Sex Crimes again and plan on interning in the same office next summer!

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Building off of this experience, I would love to get more involved with organizations on campus and organizations in general that help victims of sexual assault. This summer I worked in Sex Crimes and next summer I might want to build off of that experience and work in the Human Trafficking Section of Sex Crimes. I would also like to pursue a thesis that involves Sex Crimes in some way.

I would advise anyone interested in an internship at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to apply! I’ve had a great time interning there and the internship lends itself to making connections so once you’re in if you like it you can likely come back again.

I feel very lucky to have been in a workplace where the bosses were all women, and all of the women in the office are clearly well respected. It is always helpful to see women in strong roles, and pick their brains about what it is like to try to have a family with a career. I think it’s important to talk to women in the workplace to get an idea of what it is like for them to work.

The biggest thing (and probably the most obvious thing) that I learned this summer in regards to being a problem solver/change agent/citizen is that people should report sexual assaults. The prosecutors take difficult cases and provide a wonderful support system for victims.

 

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Closing Remarks

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It is hard to believe my City Council internship is over, as it seems like the summer flew by quite fast. I learned a good deal about city government, much more than I thought I would. I was able to work on and research a verity of projects, including pre-arrest diversion programs, restorative tax abatement, historical restoration, HIV/AIDs prevention programs, and crime. My largest project, though, was the grammatical editing I did on the entire 1000+ page master plan for New Orleans. While editing might not seem that thrilling, I understood the significance of having an error-free, official document. Furthermore, I read about a plethora of issues I had never considered before, like alternative rain water management methods and zoning restrictions. I also did practical things, like file paperwork and enter data, which will be useful in any field I enter.

Though my end goal is to work either on a national or international scale, I strongly feel that understanding how city government works is vital to being successful in these fields. City government is the basis of our society, and no matter what field I choose in politics, I am sure that I will encounter and work with it. I now have experience in city government, which is not something my competition will necessarily have.

I feel more confident working in a bigger government now that I have a foundational understanding of how most governments function. Next summer, I am going to applying to internships both with the national government and NGOs that work internationally. Because of my experience these past couple of months, I will feel more confident and prepared on the first day of whatever internship I end up at next. I would like to gain experience with topics that more directly relate to my specific interests, such as counter terrorism, national security, or foreign aid. New Orleans” City Council has prepared me for taking the next step towards my future.

The last two months have taught me a lot. In regards to female representation in politics, I have learned that there is absolutely no reason for there to be less women at the table (which is far too often the case). New Orleans’ City is made up of four women and three men, and gender had nothing to do with how strong a member’s will was, how much they cared, or how reasonable they were. Rather, their relationships with others, listening and speaking skills, ideas, and passion dictated how much impact the council members had. To other women seeking to enter the political field, I would tell them not to let anyone tell them no or criticize them because of their gender. It is one thing if they receive criticism because their skills are lacking, but it is unacceptable if anything is motivated based on their gender.

My advice to people wanting to work in politics in general is to say yes as often as they can. My internship would not have been as rewarding and educational if I had turned down projects that sounded boring or that I had no background education in. Topics that seem boring at first are fascinating once one understand them (ex: I never imagined that historical restoration debates could get so heated). Lastly, it is okay not to know everything going into to an internship. Internship are meant to being learning opportunities, and just because a topic might be unfamiliar does not mean you can not deal with it. You will learn and pick up the necessary information faster than you think, and most people are fine with answering any questions you might have.

I am so thankful for my time at City Hall, and I will not forgot the many lessons or people I met. This was a great beginning to my political career, and I cannot wait to see where it takes me.

 

 

The End of A Great Summer

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Wow! What an awesome summer. I am so honored to have been able to be a part of the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence this summer. I had a wonderful time working on a variety of tasks; such as planning our float in the CapitalPride Parade, working with our Brady Chapters, and helping plan our booth at Prevention Convention.

During my time at the Brady Campaign I was able to complete specific tasks that worked towards my learning objectives. I developed a deeper understanding of the gun violence prevention movement and learned the inner workings of advocacy grass roots organizations. With my objectives in mind, I took on the project of encouraging Brady chapters to attend Congressional Town Halls in their area and provided them with talking point to create an informative dialogue about the gun violence prevention movement. To be able to track these talking points, I created which contained fact sheets and questions for their representatives so that the conversation would be focused. This project not only helped me compile information that I had gained about the gun violence prevention movement, but also taught me a lot about working with grassroots organizations.

I am so pleased with how the summer went but am even more excited about what is coming up next! This fall I will be studying abroad in Amsterdam, focusing mainly on their public policy system. I tailored my classes abroad to be focused around their health care system; which will be interesting since this past summer I spent a fair amount of time discuss the health care system in relation to gun violence prevention movement. Once I am back in New Orleans I plan on continuing to utilize the information that I gained at the Brady Campaign by incorporating it into my discussions in public health courses. I look forward to being able to discuss how gun violence is a public health epidemic in my classes to help inform my classmates.

I realize that this internship has taught me a lot of different, but important, lessons in regards to grassroots and non-profits. I have learned the structure of grassroots organizations and how they are able to effectively implement their ideas to chapters. However, I now know that I want to learn more about how policy departments function in such non-profits. I hope to learn about the intersection between non-profits and public policy in the future because I realize that social movements and non-profits directly affect many of our policies.

Living and working in DC for two summers has allowed me to gain a lot of first hand knowledge about tips and tricks for the city. I think the most important piece of advice, for anyone interning at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence or within the public policy realm, would be to get daily news updates and read them before work. Personally, I think that whenever you are working in DC it is crucial that you stay up to date on current events because a lot of the daily tasks will be in response to whatever is in the media for that day. A simple New York Times email briefing can be crucial some mornings and can effect change in the everyday workflow.

I think that my ideals about gender and social justice have been reinforced a bit this summer. I think that it is crucial for individuals who identify as female to be strong-willed and powerful in the workspace. I think, especially with social justice work, females should be able to express their opinions freely and not be worried about the way it will be received. I think that a female’s opinion is crucial because it will shed light onto different experiences that may affect the work they are focused on. And from what I can tell, many of the social justice organizations that I worked with feel the same way.

This summer I learned about being a more effective problem solver. My best take away was realizing the importance of having grassroots advocacy organizations. I think that I have never realized the true importance of these organizations but after this internship I realize that to be an effective problem solver I need to be able to effectively mobilize people who support a similar cause.

Well that is all for this summer!! It’s really been an incredible time. If anyone has any questions about my work or interest in the internship, feel free to reach out!

Kiera Solomon

Wrap-Up: Internship with New Orleans Abortion Fund (NOAF)

 

This summer, I’d say I’ve completed a thorough introductory education not only in reproductive justice, but also in community organizing. I started with conducting personal research, shifted to attending community events, and ended with organizing NOAF’s first-ever community canvass. In organizing this canvass, I learned how much of a team effort organizing should be.

Developing our canvassing script, for instance, was a five person project. Hannah Cohen, another NOAF intern, brought her professional canvassing experience to the table and helped me create the canvassing script’s initial draft. Another NOAF third intern, Paloma Pinto, brought her communications background to the table and proposed some effective edits. Ben Zucker from Step Up Louisiana contributed perspective from his organization’s membership-based grassroots strategy and his background as a union organizer to ideate before the script’s drafting phase and to streamline the script later on. NOAF board member Maria Wickstrom contributed her extensive labor organizing experience with some final edits. This extensive drafting process allowed me to grow not only in my teamwork abilities, but in my understanding of the importance of strategic messaging to culture change and community engagement.

The soft launch of our canvassing campaign was terribly successful, largely due to our well-thought out messaging strategy. Instead of canvassing with a specifically pro-abortion message, we focused on the issue of the loud, obnoxious anti-choice protesters who camp out outside the Women’s Health Care Center to harass patients and neighbors each morning. In this way, we were able to identify and connect with NOAF supporters in the neighborhood. However, we were also able to call in neighbors who were pro-life or undecided but agreed that the protesters were disturbing their community to the detriment of clinic patients, patients of the 20 nearby health care providers, their families, and their neighbors.

Though not everyone has the ability to canvass, the time to clinic escort, or the money to donate to the Fund, one thing everyone can do is to begin conversations about abortion. Everyone can start to normalize the word “abortion” and experiences surrounding abortion among your families, friends, and peers. Abortion is not nearly as rare as one might expect. One in three US women will obtain an abortion at some point in her life. You can even take it one step further and host a house party through NOAF’s OutLoud Story Sharing program. I’ve learned this summer that these conversations are an essential component to changing hearts, and it’s nearly impossible to change minds without changing hearts first.

Last week

It is almost the end of my internship with Girls Who Code! I have definitely progressed on my learning goals over the last 7 weeks. I was able to teach several lessons on the programming language Python. We created side scroller games, Django websites, and a social network! There is such a great community of young women in our classroom. The girls have really built a sisterhood, and as a teacher, it is amazing to see it flourish.

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But of course managing a classroom of 40 girls is no easy task. There are always problems that arise, but our teaching staff has communicated and worked through these problems efficiently and succinctly. Every week, our site lead comes in to check on us and to give us critical feedback. This has been extremely helpful in monitoring my growth as a teacher. Right now, we are working on our final projects. Each team is building something they are passionate about and can have a social impact. One of the teams is building an Arduino robot that detects incoming motion for blind people. Another group is building a game that brings awareness to depression.

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Working with Girls Who Code has developed me into a female leader and a woman who is breaking gender standards. Every day I am a mentor to 40 girls who look up to me as a woman in tech. I constantly have to show the girls that it is possible to be a successful woman in this industry and that they have the intelligence and confidence to debug the gender gap.

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Through this, I have learned how to be a mentor and a leader. I have developed better public speaking and large group management skills. As I go forth through this internship, I will be able to apply these skills to the organizations I work with. I am the president of Women in Tech at Tulane, and I need to be able to once again lead women in technology. Even in my future career, I will need these skills to become a successful woman in this gender bias industry.

Although my internship is about to end, I know I have made a great impact on my students. They have definitely changed the person I am today. I am so grateful for this internship opportunity. I will carry these skills and memories with me for the rest of my life.

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Reflecting on my experiences as a Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau Intern

Hello, it is Julianna Pasquarello, and this summer I am Interning at the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau of the New York District Attorney’s Office. As my internship is reaching its midpoint, I am making great progress to accomplish multiple learning objectives I have set for myself. These include:

  1. Experience in legal research and writing, trial preparation, and evidence control and organization
  2. Experience in women’s advocacy work by listening to the cases of victims of domestic and sexual violence
  3. How to prepare, compile, and analyze legal and nonlegal documents and data
  4. Observe trials and gain insight into trial preparation and judicial processes
  5. Communication skills, by observing witness interviews and public speaking by the Assistant District Attorney I am assigned to

 

By working in and out of the courtroom to organize, analyze, and prepare legal documents such as Orders of Protection, medical legal evidence, and case files, I have come to gain a greater understanding of legal writing and how it fits into the workings of the greater judicial process. In addition, by observing witness testimonies by those either related to someone affected by Domestic Violence and victims themselves, I have come to gain a greater understanding of the deep implications of Domestic Violence and the damaging effects it has on its victims. By speaking to judges, court room officers, and Assistant District Attorneys every day, I have learned much legal vocabulary which I have intergrated into my everyday communications skills. I am monitoring what I am learning my setting small goals for myself everyday, asking questions, and requesting helpful criticism from my supervisors to confirm my improvement and new knowledge.

 

Currently, I am working on a project in which I am redacting medical information from a Domestic Violence Case. During jury trials, juries oftentimes receive hundreds of papers involving important medical work, details of witnesses, crime scene evidence, and other information. In order to make sure that the jury’s’ opinion is not swayed by irrelevant information regarding a victim’s prior medical history, it is important to redact this information. Learning to redact important medical files has taught me the importance of understanding what is considering important legal evidence in trial. In addition, it has reminded me how important it is to be attentive to every detail when crafting arguments and advocating on behalf of Domestic Violence Victims.

 

My internship at the Child Abuse and Domestic Bureau is helping me develop as a female leader by giving me the opportunity to interact with many women leaders in the legal field. In addition to working closely with female Assistant District Attorneys, I have the opportunity to sit in on courts being administered by female judges from many different backgrounds. Although women are stereotyped to have little influence in the legal field, my internship has proven otherwise: in fact, more than half of the Assistant District Attorneys in my office and judges are women. Watching these powerful female figures work every day to afford justice to those affected by Domestic Violence has demonstrated to me that every human has the potential to enact change, no matter who you are or where you come from.

 

Throughout my internship, I have been building many skills which will prove to be valuable to my career goal of becoming a practicing attorney. For instance, writing legal documents and shifting through legal evidence has allowed me to master the analytical skills imperative to any legal setting. Whether it be advocating for a defendant or crafting an argument, analytical thinking is useful in building connections between similar concepts and finding creative solutions. Also, by speaking to Assistant District Attorneys and judges in front of large audiences, I become a better public speaker and less nervous in front of large groups overall. This has proven extremely beneficial to me because how can you advocate for what you believe in if you do not have the skills to speak for yourself? The analytical and verbal skills I have gained throughout my internship have made me a better thinker and will probe useful throughout my journey as a professional and female leader.

In conclusion, over the past few weeks at The New York District Attorney’s Office in Suffolk County, New York, I have experienced substantial judicial phenomenon which, as a result, has made me a better thinker, writer, speaker, and overall advocate for women.

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Going by so quickly….

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My friend Lee and I worked an event and we were in charge of selling t-shirts for EL.

At this point I only have a couple weeks left of work and it is starting to stress me out. This summer feels like it’s going by so quickly but at the same time I’m starting to see how much I’ve grown and changed.

Being at EMILY’s List (EL) for this long has made me a lot more comfortable in DC and with the work I’m doing. I’m happy this internship is 10 weeks long. 10 weeks felt excessively long to me when I first heard that but that amount of time has allowed me to learn everything and now I am so comfortable with the work I’m doing on a day-to-day basis. I feel like I’m a productive member of the Major Gifts team at EMILY’s List, and the work I get asked to do is necessary to my team and it helps EMILY’s List as a whole.

Most often at work, I am asked to create and export call sheets. Call sheets involve a lot of work and they can be a bit tedious. Coming into my internship I didn’t even know what a call sheet was. In case you’re like me and didn’t know, a call sheet is a summary of a donor or perspective donor’s giving history, wealth information and a summary of who they are. At EMILY’s List we work to create these call sheets for our President Stephanie Schriock. Stephanie then uses these call sheets to guide her conversations with the donors and potential donors when she has “call time.” Call time a time set aside for Stephanie to make calls to donors in order to ask for contributions.

I recently learned that call time is a huge part of fundraising in the political realm. For example, in most campaigns call time by the candidates constitutes for about 70% of the money raised by campaigns. And that money plays a huge part in running a successful campaign.

Despite the importance, creating call sheets is not that fun. It’s a tedious process that involves many steps. I’ll be honest, the process of doing all this research on people you do not know at all can get a little creepy. It’s incredible what you can find on the internet about people. I’ll walk you through my daily process of creating a call sheet!

So my day will usually start with an email from my supervisor listing the names of 3-5 current EMILY’s List donors or people that EMILY’s List thinks would be interested in donating (such as people who have contributed lots of money to the Clinton campaign or Democratic PAC’s). So, let’s say the first person I look up is named “Joe Miller” If Joe has already donated to EMILY’s List I will pull him up in our database called “Raisor’s Edge” or “RE” for short, and provide a summary of his EL giving based off the information that has been logged in the database. Next, I will go to look up his outside political giving on a website called politicalmoneyline.com. Outside political giving is everything that a person gives to political organizations and campaigns that are not EMILY’s List. So, I’ll write something along the lines of “In the 2016 cycle, Joe’s outside giving totals $20,400. His gifts included $7,000 to the DNC; $5,400 each to Clinton and Duckworth; $3,000 to Priorities USA…”

Learning the importance of call time, and therefor call sheets, has made me feel important at EL. The work I do goes directly to our president and helps earn EL money that is necessary to helping get Pro-Choice Democratic Woman in office! The overall goal of EMILY’s List.

As for my learning goals, I can absolutely see progression. My last learning objective, “develop genuine relationships with the staff members at EMILY’s List in order to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible,” particularly stands out to me because I have managed to form so many incredible relationships with staff members at EL. Throughout this internship I’ve been stepping beyond my comfort zone and asking people at the office out to coffee’s and lunch. At the beginning, I was afraid that people would turn me down or think it was odd that I was asking them but as I quickly learned, everyone who I asked to take some time to meet and talk with me was more than happy to help.

I’m so happy I took the time to meet with so many incredible people because through all those coffee’s and lunches I gained so much knowledge from them and now I have meaningful connections all around D.C. The staff members I spoke to made it clear to reach out to them in the future when I’m looking for another job and told me they would be happy to help me with my career prospects, whether it be in terms of advice or reaching out to their friend for me at a company I may be interested in.

Simply stepping beyond my comfort zone in way’s like this throughout this summer has helped me grow as person and as a young professional. I am much more confident in my professional life and am finally figuring out how the world of politics works.

Although, I am learning so much about myself and how I can be a successful in my future careers I have also learned so much about politics and the political realm while being here. D.C. is the most politically fueled city in the United States, talk of politics is everywhere. Just being here has taught me so much about how politics and legislature works and what everything is. At work, I am expected to be constantly following politics and it was confusing at first as I was not super knowledgeable but now I am proud to say I could hold my own in a conversation with an adult on the hill. In fact, I met Cory Booker’s chief of staff at a healthcare rally and we were able to chat about healthcare and current policy in a professional manner. After that conversation he told me he was impressed by my knowledge of healthcare. So impressed, that he took me and some of my fellow interns to talk to Booker after the rally. Needless to say, I was very proud of myself about that conversation and it resulted in a great new D.C. contact (his chief of staff)!

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Meeting with Cory Booker!

Usually my summer’s consist of losing knowledge. I come back to school and I feel as though I’ve regressed. But this summer it is the complete opposite. I honestly think I’ve learned more this summer than I did this last year at school. I was thrown into this internship with high expectations for me and I had to learn how to manage all those tasks quickly. I put so much effort into making sure I was doing everything correctly I quickly learned a lot of valuable skills in the process.

I think the most important and transferable skill I gained that I will use forever is my expert knowledge of excel. I know all of the tricks to making accurate and representative excel documents and I know how to make pivot tables and organize data like a pro! This is a skill that I think will be necessary for so many jobs in the future. I have also learned to work with a variety of databases like Raisors Edge, Research Point and Political Money line. These are skills I am proud to now put on my resume.

EMILY’s List does a great job equipping their interns with skills they can take into their futures. At EL resume review’s, brown bag sessions and networking events are organized for the interns. EL makes a point to send their interns out of this internship with professional readiness which I really appreciate. I’m going to come out of this internship with a stronger resume and a variety of incredible professional contacts as well as a plethora of good advice.

The skills I’m building go beyond tangible database and computer skills. I’m learning how to plan my future and how to properly work towards my career goals. Since I’ve talked to so many professionals in D.C. I have learned from their failures and successes and this has shaped how I plan to go about my future. I am also constantly surrounded by likeminded and

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successful interns at all times. They all inspire me every day to reach for so much more.

If anything has come out of this internship and this summer so far is that I feel like I can achieve so much more than I used to think I could. My life plans are now bigger and better than I ever imagined, and unlike before I feel like they are actually achievable. Those future plans no longer feel like such a stretch, which is an amazing feeling.

 

 

What if I fail?

Last week I hosted my first NOAF OutLoud Abortion Story Sharing party. During the final hours leading to the event I was in complete panic. Even after having personally messaged every person I’d invited with a reminder about the event and still upon receiving text confirmation from a number of friends, I had convinced myself that no one would show up and that the event would be a dud. Then, when people actually did show up, my doubts quickly transformed into new fears. My mind flooded with question; “What if I represent NOAF poorly?” and “what if people respond negatively to the stories?” and “do I even know enough about this to lead this conversation?” and even worse “what if I fail?”

By the time we kicked off the event, my nerves had subsided. People were listening, engaging and interested in learning more. After all was done I felt relief because of how well it went. Not to say the event did not have it’s flaws. It was pointed out by one of our peers that even though we’d tried to address all the identities that intersect along the topic of abortion, our conversations were washed with a glaze of hetero-normalcy. At first I felt embarrassed and ashamed, honestly, for failing to see beyond my own lens. I reviewed our material and recalibrated my approach to talking about abortions paying closer attention to the way I was using gender pronouns. In calling attention to the degree of heteronormativity that characterized our initial conversation, we were able to build and create more intersectional content.

These kinds of mistakes make us more successful ultimately. At a different time in my life I may have dwelled on that comment for days, maybe even weeks, in an unproductive way. However, working with NOAF I have learned the skill of finding the silver lining in all my mistakes. Had no one come to the party I would’ve had to go back to the drawing board, come up with new strategies, and grow. Now, with a more tangible understanding that failures are a necessary part of success, I have a new-found confidence that has already driven me to take on new project. I plan to continue working with NOAF in the future, specifically with their Intake cold line which provides financial assistance to women seeking to get an abortion in Louisiana.

Last day with NOAF, Tip of the Iceberg with Reproductive Rights and Justice

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Wow. I can’t believe my internship with the New Orleans Abortion Fund is coming to a close. This summer has gone by so fast, probably because of all that was packed into it. From the first public OutLoud event, to intimate story sharing house parties, to NOAF’s first canvass, I’ve learned so much and gained experience I couldn’t have gotten any other way.

In my role as OutLoud coordinator for NOAF OutLoud story sharing events, I’ve gained skills in event planning, logistical organization, and facilitation. By guiding discussions and presenting the stories of people with abortion experiences in an open and accessible way, I’ve gained leadership skills while learning from their stories myself. My internship has also given me invaluable experience working with a non-profit, something I plan to do in my future career. I’ve gained so much learning from Amy and the other NOAF members, planning and attending events, and escorting at the Women’s Health Clinic. While reproductive rights and justice have always been passions of mine, this experience has opened my eyes to all I can actually do to make a difference. I’ve expanded my knowledge to include so much more about policy, the important players in Louisiana, how NOAF operates and the experiences of women who everyday fight to receive the healthcare access they need.

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I plan to continue attending NOAF events and escorting at the clinic as much as I can. I hope to be involved in Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice work in some capacity in the future, whether its working in non-profits like NOAF or simply continuing to learn, share and fight for those rights. Having the right to abortion care is useless if you don’t have access due to intersecting oppressions of race, class, and gender. I would encourage anyone who wants to get involved in this work to move past thinking about it, and get out there! Join clubs at Tulane like Students United for Reproductive Justice, and reach out to organization you’d like to work with. NOAF is looking for people to host OutLoud story sharing parties with their peers, a great way to contribute to a movement of sharing, accepting and advocating for reproductive rights.

Four Weeks Down and Countless Lessons Learned

I cannot believe four weeks have gone by since I arrived in Shanghai and started my internship in this amazing city. Time has flown by, but I have kept the goal to make every moment count, to take every opportunity to learn, explore, and expand my horizons, both at my job site and as I go about my days and weekends.

Since I arrived here, I have made significant progress towards my goals. Being in China, a big one was to improve my Chinese skills, which I have done through the classes I am taking six hours per week and by pushing myself to speak Chinese every opportunity I get. It has been very rewarding to go to a store and be able to communicate using only Chinese with both parties understanding everything!

I am excited to see the Pinterst profile of the company starting to bloom. We still don’t have the traffic we hope to achieve, but Pinterest is a social media platform that takes time to yield results. I have been in charge of all of the posts in the platform, and I have worked on improving every detail, from the graphics to the descriptions. I have listened to multiple podcasts, read blogs, and looked at successful profiles to incorporate improvements in every area I can, and Ihope that in the next few months the steps that I have taken will start to yield results.

Thinking about the growth I am achieving in my internship makes me happy and gives me motivation to keep pushing myself. Since I am marketing clothing that does not particularly fit my style, coming up with ideas that will be effective for the business and suit our audience has been a challenge. One of my goals was to become more confident discussing my work with my boss, which was a challenge coming in, and in my case it comes with the added difficulty that I’m doing something way outside my comfort zone. Yet I have pushed myself to pay attention to what performs well and what does not, what it is that our audience likes and what it is that my boss likes. With feedback, I have become increasingly critical and thus confident in my work, and I can now present it and discuss about it with more confidence and pride. In so doing, I have also applied many useful skills that I learned in my marketing class at Tulane last semester (another goal!), and in so doing I have started thinking about the concepts I learned in a broader way. I know that when I go back to school I will be able to think about the ideas we discuss in a wider sense, and thus whatever I am involved in in class and on campus will be even more meaningful.

One of the things that I have enjoyed the most about my internship has been working under Evelina’s wing. She is young, driven, and fearless, and she works hard towards reaching her goals. During my time with her, she has told me about the path she took to get to where she is today. It’s a path that required her to let go of security for various periods and acquire skills she never saw herself needing. She often asks me what my own goals are and what my strategies are to reach them. She won’t accept an “I’ll figure it out as I go” as an answer: every small effort counts. And along the way, she’s told me, there comes a moment where you have to let go of security and face your fears, because only then will you give everything you can to reach your goal, because failure is not an option. As I narrow down my goals, I will for sure consider her advice while I uncover my own path. I know one of my goals is to continually advance towards my goals and help other people do the same along the way. Just like I look up to Evelina, I will work to be someone other people look up to, so that I can share what I hope will be valuable advice to others and we all continue working towards betterment and achievement.