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Martin Martinez, our Former Development Intern, Looks Back on His Time at Annie’s List

Gracie
April 11, 2019
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"My colleagues at Annie's List were spectacular and really showed me that being a leader starts by empowering others to be their own champions."

Our interns are an integral part of our team at Annie’s List. When the semester is over and they move on to finish school or start full-time jobs, we ask that they keep in touch, remain ambitious and eager to learn, and keep fighting for progressive change in whatever they do next.

Martin served as a development intern this time last year, and is the friendliest person you will ever meet. His passion towards our mission radiated throughout the office everyday that he spent with us! Read on for more about what Martin’s been up to and what his time at Annie’s List meant to him.

A Little About Martin

Interned with Annie’s List: Spring 2018, Development Department

Internship and leadership experience prior to Annie’s List:

  • Intern at the Law Offices of Melissa Saldaña
  • Legislative intern for Senator Judith Zaffirini during the 85th Legislative Session
  • Texas Civic Ambassador with the Anette Strauss Institute for Civic Life
  • Class Representative for both his Junior and Senior years in Student Government at Southwestern University

What he’s been up to since Annie’s List and where he’s headed next:

Right now he is working as a Content Analyst at Accenture Flex while saving up money for graduate school. He recently got accepted into the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin (Hook ’em!) where he will be pursuing a Masters in Public Affairs. During his time at LBJ, he plans on applying for the Economic and Social Policy Specialization–which focuses on the intersection of those two areas to create meaningful public policy.

His advice to prospective interns:

“Working at Annie’s List (AL) is interesting because most days are pretty calm office days, but when events pick up, boy, do things pick up fast. Therefore, I recommend you take in every experience one day at a time and appreciate all the tasks you’re assigned to do during your shift. No assignment is meaningless no matter how small it may seem. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions about why AL does things the way they do! Internships are actually learning opportunities, so don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn something new from this amazing organization.”

“Say yes to as many opportunities as you can while working with AL! They really are an organization that is committed to helping you grow both personally and professionally so try to be as active as possible during your time there!”

Q&A

Were there skills you gained or strengthened at AL?

“I definitely saw the biggest improvement with my communication skills. I had always considered myself to be well spoken, however, working on political campaigns requires a higher level of skills that AL helped me cultivate. Whether it was phone banking for various candidates or collaborating on projects with different teams/campaigns–my time at AL taught me the skills to navigate all of these environments with confidence.”

Was there something you did or learned at AL that you hadn’t been exposed to at previous internships or jobs?

“Learning how to use operating systems like NGP/VAN was something that no other previous internship had ever exposed me to. This kind of experience not only gave me practical skills to use in the future but I know it will also set me apart from other applicants if I were to ever set my eyes on working with a political campaign.”

How did AL change your outlook on being in professional, political, progressive, etc. spaces?

“Although political campaigns seem to reside in a unique space that can be intimidating from the outside, my time at AL taught me that they are actually much more intimate than most people realize. Working at an organization like AL shows you how everyone there is working for a better future by advocating for leaders who will fight for every Texan. It’s a hard experience to describe in words but AL has forever changed my outlook on what it means to work in these dynamic spaces.”

Biggest takeaway from your time at AL:

“My time at AL taught me a lot about myself both personally and professionally. The most meaningful takeaway was the embodiment of what leadership is all about. My colleagues at AL were spectacular and really showed me that being a leader starts by empowering others to be their own champions.”

What did you enjoy most about working at AL?

“Of course besides learning from all the brilliant mentors at AL, I loved being able to help create a legislature that reflected not just me but the people I cared for as well. It’s an amazing feeling knowing that you are giving back to not just the people in your community but to others across the state that haven’t been given the opportunity to have their voices heard.”

More about the Annie’s List Intern Program

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. Find an overview of what each internship entails by department here. For general questions about the application process, call us at 512-481-8100.

Applications for the 2019 Summer Internship Program, based in Austin from June 3 – August 9, close Friday, April 12 at 5pm. Our Fall Internship 2019 application window will open mid-July.

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