I am completing my junior year at Harvard University and will graduate with a B.A. in Psychology in May, 2013. Through my experiences in business management and campus leadership positions, I have gained valuable skills that will help me succeed and, in addition to my aptitude, will make me a valuable addition to the Human Rights Campaign team in Washington, DC this summer. I have already accepted an unpaid internship with their Diversity Division this summer and am now looking for funding to help me spend the summer in DC.
I cant wait to intern at the HRC because I believe in the fundamental mission of the organization. Everyday I strive to do my part to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and create a world with fairness and equality for all. To work for the HRC will be an honor because I will be joining an organization that inspires me to be a better person. I would also like to work for the HRC because I know it is a place where everyone is accepted and welcomed regardless of any of their personal characteristics. I want to join the HRC in their movement towards creating a more accepting society and I want to
become an activist. The HRC has given me the opportunity to work with such a strong and successful movement and all I need is the financial stability to live in Washington, DC for the summer.
Aside from general work experience, I hope to gain an even deeper understanding of the core values of tolerance and equality in addition to becoming a better activist for
the LGBT community. I also hope to become more comfortable in my own skin as an out homosexual in any kind of setting, especially in a work setting as large and as important
as the HRC. In simple terms, I want to become a better person that can view the world through the lens of acceptance and equality for all. I hope to learn the kind of skills that
would make me a valuable asset in any group setting and, most importantly, in providing a world of equality and justice for all.
In order for me to be able to go to Washington, DC this summer and work with the HRC I need help financially. My father left my family when I was in elementary school and, unfortunately, my Mom passed away my senior year of high school. I have very little family in the United States besides two sisters, a younger and an older one. We all struggle to keep up with the financial demands of our lives and it is very difficult for them to help make my summer a possibility when we're having such a hard time at home. Due to the fact that the HRC internship is unpaid and there is no housing provided, I need to find the funds to help pay for my stay in DC and my travel there. Unfortunately, I applied and received the internship well past grants deadlines and have found no funds, though I am still looking tirelessly. Unfortunately, time is running out. I am supposed to begin working in 2 weeks and still don't know if I'll be able to make it there. This is where YOU come in and when YOU can help. Below is the budget of what I am asking people for help from:
Housing: I have found housing with 4 other Harvard students and an Intern at the HRC. In order to find the cheapest housing, we looked in the smaller areas of DC and found a place in a "Latino center" of DC with low rent. We will be double-rooming to lower our own rent. The total amount will be $800 a month per three months, in addition to an initial $800 as a deposit, and $30 cleaning fee, totaling $3230 for housing.
If I can secure $3230 for housing, I am intent on going to Washington, DC and finding a part-time job or some other way to find living expenses, but it would be great if I could get some help here too.
Travel: In order to lower costs, I decided I will take a train from Boston to Washington, DC instead of flying. A ten hour train ride shouldn't be that bad! $100 for each trip covers the costs.
Living Expenses: Such as toiletries, food, subway/train/bus to and from work, laundry, etc for three months I figured about $1000. I've never lived on my own where I have to pay for my own housing, food produce, etc so I'm not really sure. I also hope to find a part-time job besides my internship at the HRC to cover more costs.