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Annie’s List Spring 2018 Interns!

Annie's List
January 30, 2018

Annie’s List is excited to introduce its newest group of interns dedicated to promoting progressive women candidates in Texas! Interns work and learn in four areas including Communications, Development, Political, and Programs receiving 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 Annie’s List staff, and work in key positions in the Capitol!

If you are interested in interning with Annie’s List and changing the face of power, click here for more information!

Meet the five interns working Spring 2018:

Adrienne Epstein, Communications

Adrienne Epstein is a junior at The University of Texas at Austin pursuing a degree in government, women’s and gender studies, and sociology. She is currently writing her honors thesis on race, gender, and the death penalty. Adrienne is passionate about public service, criminal justice reform, and women’s rights. Before joining Team Annie, Adrienne interned with Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33) in the Los Angeles district office. Additionally, Adrienne is an Undergraduate Research Fellow and the administrative director of the University of Texas Senate of College Councils. She is involved in numerous on-campus organizations such as Liberal Arts College Council, and the Ethics and Leadership Flag Committee. Adrienne hopes to work in the public policy field or attend law school!

Ari Azimi, Programs

Ariana Azimi was a part of Annie’s List in Spring 2017 as a Communications Intern and is excited to return for the Spring 2018 semester as a Programs Intern! She is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin studying government and women’s gender studies. She is the president of her women’s spirit group and serves as a research intern at the Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand studies. Right now Ariana is also researching female congressional candidates and their effect on party platforms as a JJ Pickle scholar. As a first-generation American, she enjoys traveling and visiting family across the U.S. and around the world. She is passionate about civic engagement, people, and Zumba. Ariana has accepted an offer with Teach for America to teach middle school students in San Antonio in the fall!

Martin Martinez, Development

Martin is a senior studying psychology and political science at Southwestern University. He hopes to channel his passion for politics and public service. He previously interned at the Texas State Capitol with Senator Judith Zaffirini during the 85th legislative session. During his time at the Capitol, Martin was able to deepen his understanding of the Texas political system while helping Sen. Zaffirini pass legislation that benefited his community. He also interned at the Law Offices of Melissa Saldaña Martin. Martin is a senior class representative in student government, is on the college swim team, and is a Texas Civic Ambassador with the Annette Strauss Institute. He hopes to attend law school and advocate for progressive voices in the state of Texas!

Alex Vermooten, Political

Alex is a senior at UT Austin studying government with minors in both history and international security. Alex previously interned with Annie’s List Champion Senator Sylvia Garcia in the Houston District Office. While attending Lone Star College, she founded a community college civic education club called Leaders in Liberty and served as the engagement director for the UT Austin chapter of IGNITE,  a political empowerment network for young women. Alex uses her knowledge of French and Arabic to volunteer as a tutor and translator for refugee students in local elementary schools around Austin. Alex previously interned for the U.S. Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff and the Bureau for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance. This past summer, she was selected as the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellow for Washington, D.C. Currently, she is an undergraduate fellow at the Clements Center for National Security!

Jovahana Avila, Programs

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Jovahana is currently a junior at St. Edward’s University where she is majoring in political science and English writing and rhetoric. As a first generation Mexican-American, she developed a deep passion for social justice, public policy, and community development. She discovered her interest in public service after working at the office of State Representative Eddie Rodriguez as a legislative aide during the 85th Legislative Session. She previously interned in the Office of Environmental Information at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and at The League of Women Voters of Texas, where she worked on social media outreach and strategic communications in both English and Spanish. Jovahana’s involvement on-campus includes serving as a resident assistant, president of Latino Student Leaders Organization, and news writing for Hilltop Views. Upon graduation, she hopes to be the first in her family to attend law school!

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