Working at Jubilee USA Network as the Advocacy and Policy Intern has been an exciting new learning experience. During my time here, I have been able to learn how a nonprofit functions, the significance of bipartisan advocacy and the importance of connecting with grassroots organizations. I also had the pleasure of working with a fun and enthusiastic team!
I recently graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where I focused my studies on humanitarian operations and human rights issues. Interning at Jubilee USA was my first taste of working in a field where I was able to utilize my degree. I only knew the basics about the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and debt-related issues but during my internship, I have been able to learn new aspects of international relations especially in regards to the relationship between economics and human rights. This has shaped the way I now view the world.
As an intern at Jubilee USA, I have had the pleasure of attending very informative and interesting meetings. I was able to experience what it means to be part of a collective movement with other nonprofits and what it takes to make a difference in policies and laws that benefit the world’s most vulnerable. I was able to attend meetings from a large spectrum of topics, including a climate change meeting and an IMF conference on the world economy. I also attended different coalition meetings; I found these meetings the most intriguing because I saw how different organizations with varying areas of focus join together to achieve a specific goal. By interning at Jubilee USA, a network of over 75 organizations, 250 faith communities and 50 Jubilee global partners, I learned a valuable lesson that it is never one group or person that causes change - it’s the dedication and hard work of a collective whole. Jubilee USA exposed me to these different groups and joining them was an amazing experience.
Interning at Jubilee USA has been a rewarding opportunity and learning experience. It has opened my eyes, not only to the beautiful city of Washington, DC, but also about the intersections of economics and human rights. I was able to have firsthand exposure to what it is like to work in a nonprofit, I got to see what it is like to work on Capitol Hill and how much hard work goes into every detail of everything Jubilee USA does. My time as an intern at Jubilee USA was an amazing experience and I am very grateful for the lessons I learned and people I met.