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Annie's List Spring 2017 Interns!
February 1, 2017
Annie’s List is excited to introduce the newest group of young public interest leaders interning with us this spring! Interns work in one of four areas: political, communications, development, or training. Through the process of helping Annie’s List promote progressive candidates in Texas, they get hands-on experience with the ins and outs of the political process. Annie’s List interns have gone on to attend Campaign School, work on the campaigns of our endorsed candidates around the state, join the Annie’s List staff, and work in key positions in the Capitol.
Meet the four interns working with us for Spring 2017.
Alejandra Gonzales, Political Intern
Alejandra Gonzalez is a first- generation American born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She
is currently a junior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in government with a minor in sustainability. Alejandra has a strong passion for bettering our environment, immigration reform, and women’s issues; she plans on pursuing her interests in public/international policy and law to help make an impact on the issues to create an improved society and community through the nation. Since beginning college, Alejandra has worked at the Dean of Students Office at the University of North Texas, the Middle Eastern Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin, Senator Menendez’s office, and plans to continue gaining experience through various political internships.
Ariana Azimi, Communications Intern
Ariana Azimi studies Government and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She previously interned for Girl Scouts of Central Texas where she gained great experience in the nonprofit world. Ariana is passionate about civic engagement and enjoyed being a Volunteer Deputy Registrar in Travis County last year. She has a passion for UT where she serves as a Undergraduate Studies student ambassador and First Year Interest Group Mentor. Ariana is passionate about international relations, languages, and women’s rights. As a first generation American, she enjoys traveling and visiting family across the U.S. and around the world. Ariana is looking forward to a great semester with Annie’s List.
Jacob Kalbfleisch, Development Intern
Jacob Kalbfleisch was a part of Annie’s List in Fall 2016 as a Communications Intern and is excited to return for the Spring 2017 semester as a Development Intern! He is entering his final semester at the University of Texas, majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and minoring in Biology. Also pursuing the LGBTQ Studies Certificate, his academic interests lie in studying media representation in feminist and queer contexts. Jacob is also enthusiastic to work with Annie’s List again to help change the face of power in Texas politics, especially in the recent political climate. In his free time, he likes to run, keep up with pop culture, and brunch with friends.
Sonia Woiton, Training Intern
Sonia Woiton is a senior Government major at the University of Texas at Austin. She began her political career interning in the Austin office of Congressman Lloyd Doggett, where she learned about the internal functioning of Congress. During her year with Rep. Doggett, she worked on several projects that increased her knowledge of local Austin and San Antonio politics. She also spent a summer as an intern in Rep. Doggett’s Washington, D.C. office, where she observed the Congressional process, attending several committee hearings and House floor votes. Her favorite part of the summer was giving Capitol tours to the constituents that came to Washington, D.C. on vacation. Sonia has also worked on several local Travis County campaigns, as well as staffing Rep. Doggett’s recent reelection campaign. She also acted as President of UT Students for Hillary. Her time organizing students played a part in UT’s record voter turn out. She is excited to join the Annie’s List team to train more women to run for office in Texas, and learn more about statewide politics. In her spare time, Sonia is searching for the perfect Austin coffee shop, tracking her Fitbit steps, and watching C-SPAN.