For rising senior Harper Fox, working towards ending global poverty and hunger has always been a passion. As a summer intern with the Borgen Project, a non-profit organization based out of Seattle, Harper will take a more direct approach to these issues.
Throughout her 12-week remote internship, Harper will be contacting senators from both California and Alabama, as well as specific district members from Tuscaloosa and South Pasadena — her hometown. She’ll ask representatives for their support on issues relevant to the Borgen Project’s mission, including protecting the International Affairs Budget, passing the COVID-19 Relief bill, supporting the Global Health Security Act, and supporting the Girls LEAD Act, to name a few. Another factor of her internship is a fundraising campaign, with a goal to raise $1,500 for addressing global poverty.
The internship requires Harper to familiarize herself with the lobbying process in the United States, and she has learned the importance of advocacy. “While working with my fellow interns on ways to grow our voice, I have learned that it is better to say something and not reach everyone you attempt to, than to do nothing at all. Advocacy is something that we all should strive to learn, and through this internship I feel like I will be able to achieve that,” Harper explained.
Harper’s interest in global aid and policy reform prompted her decision to major in international studies with a focus in Western Europe. After she graduates in Spring 2022, Harper plans to attend grad school, with a focus in business administration or marketing. She hopes to work for an internationally influential company that can help people in all different parts of the world. “Each and everyone of us can make a difference, find what we’re passionate about and create positive change. Whether it’s at work, at home, or in and around our communities – look for issues that matter to you – jump in head first and make an impact.”
Harper’s advice for students searching for internships: “Apply until your fingers can’t type anymore! There are so many internships available in the US, whether they are in-person or remote, that cover all majors and interests. You must start somewhere and sometime, so start now!”
Find more internship resources on the Experiential Learning website.