An Intern's Journey: Fighting for Choice in Chile

I am now more than halfway through my internship researching abortion at el Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias Sociales at la Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile. I have been working with Lidia Casas, an expert on abortion at the university's law faculty, and also with Alejandra Ramm, a professor and sociologist at the Observatorio de Desigualdades.

An Intern's Journey: Progress Over Partisanship

Perhaps it was looking down the rope line at the President, realizing his inevitable approach and the handshake that would follow. Perhaps it was when I stepped off the bus and walked the red carpet into San Francisco City Hall, decked to the nines to greet the nation’s mayors. Or perhaps it was on the bus back, when I texted my LA-native friend, the only person I knew who would be awake to hear my story...

An Intern's Journey: Victory for All

Back in May, speakers at the IOP Director’s Internship sendoff dinner gave us advice before we left for our postings. Many of them advised us to ask our supervisors out to coffee, to get to know them and learn more about their careers. It can’t hurt to ask, they assured us. Most of them will probably say yes. As it turns out, I didn’t have the chance.

An Intern's Journey: Strength Amid the Ruins

This summer alone, protests have rocked Sy­ntagma Square, the heart of the city, located across the street from the Hellenic Parliament, on an almost daily basis. As negotiations continue over the fate of the Greek debt crisis and whether the Grexit will come to fruition (if Greece should leave the Eurozone or the EU), it has been incredible to watch the resilience of Greeks as they shoulder the tensions of the world watching their government’s every move.

Q&A: Founder of Brigade, a Social App for Politics

Matt Mahan '05 attended Harvard College where he served as UC President and participated in Harvard Institute of Politics programming, graduating magna cum laude in Social Studies. Mahan, a native of Watsonville, Calif., is now CEO of Brigade, a San Francisco tech startup tackling the problem of declining citizen power and engagement in our democracy.

An Intern's Journey: The NAACP vs. the Confederate Flag

This has turned out to be a critical time to be at the NAACP and I feel so fortunate to be here. If I could point to one moment that sums it up so far, it was the office-wide meeting I just came back from. President Cornell Brooks was in the middle of commending the staff for remaining focused throughout the Rachel Dolezal controversy.


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