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Meet our Spring 2019 Interns

Part of working to change the face of power and improving the future of Texas means investing in hardworking and passionate young leaders. We are excited to welcome our Spring intern class! Scroll down to meet Sophia, Alondra, Kadija and Sydney.
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February 28, 2019
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Sophia Espinosa, Political Intern

Third year Social Work and Political Science dual major at St. Edwards University

What brought you to Annie’s List? Why now?

I was really inspired this last election cycle by the quality and quantity of female candidates for office and I wanted to be a part of that momentum. I think we’ve entered a time in which women are fully coming into their power because they are women, not despite being women.

What do you hope to achieve during your time at Annie’s List?

I hope to grow into a stronger advocate for women in all aspects, but especially politically. No one knows the unique struggles women face better than women, and learning how to effectively advocate for that voice to be heard is really important to me.

Who inspires you?

I’m inspired by all of the strong women that I was raised by, all the incredible women that I am beyond proud to call my friends, and all of the powerhouse activists I have met since moving to Texas.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I hope to have completed graduate school and be working in an activist/advocate role!

More about Sophia:

She currently serves as President of the It’s On Us chapter at St. Edward’s, which strives to prevent sexual assault on campus and create a supportive environment for survivors.

Alondra Ortiz, Development Intern

Fourth year Political Communications major and Government minor at The University of Texas at Austin

What brought you to Annie’s List? Why now?

I would like to see more representation and in particular more women of color representing me. Although I don’t see myself running for office, I do see myself helping women represent me and my rights. I see so much power in our voices and consider it a huge honor to work for an organization that fights for that!

What do you hope to achieve during your time at Annie’s List?

Through my work as a development intern, I hope to better understand the process of endorsing progressive pro-choice women and leave with the necessary skills to help them in politics. I hope this will be a starting point in my career that gives me experience in the logistics and thought that is required to successfully fundraise for a candidate/campaign.

Who inspires you?

I’m inspired by my mother who immigrated from Mexico at a very young age and came to the US without understanding any English. She then went on to obtain her citizenship while raising 6 successful women and sacrificing her whole life to ensure that we lead lives we are proud of.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I see myself either in grad school or finishing grad school and living in DC fighting for comprehensive immigration reform.

More about Alondra:

At UT, she is involved with the Association of Latino Professionals For America as well as the Hispanic Business Student Association.  In her free time, she enjoys long distance running and has started learning how to swim!

Kadija Samura, Programs Intern

Second year Political Science and Global Studies major at St. Edwards University

What brought you to Annie’s List? Why now?

Women in power! After hearing about Annie’s List’s impact in our Texas legislature and in other offices all around Texas, I knew I wanted to be a part of the movement. The impact of women in office, especially women of color is tremendous and it reshapes our society for the better. I want to learn how to equip women with the same vigor that I see at Annie’s List.

What do you hope to achieve during your time at Annie’s List?

By working in the programs department, I hope to develop the skills required to build effective programs that will empower young women to recognize their ability to be a force for change. I believe that young women who are equipped with tools for self -advocacy will not only stand up in the face of injustice but right the wrongs.

Who inspires you?

I am inspired by my mother, the strong women who helped raise me and women around the world who wake up everyday to join the fight for change.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I see myself finishing my graduate degree and continuing my research on primary education policy.

More about Kadija:

Born and raised in the country of Sierra Leone, she migrated to California in 2008. She is passionate about education reform, and her dream is to live in a world where every child can receive a 21st century education with state of the art technology and opportunities for advancement at their fingertips. In her free time, she loves listening to music (especially Afro beats!) and spending time outdoors.

Sydney Tepper, Communications Intern

Fourth year Government and Sociology dual major at The University of Texas at Austin

What brought you to Annie’s List? Why now?

I have always known I wanted to help women. With my passion for and background in politics, I fell in love with Annie’s List’s mission and core values from the start. If I could help in any way to spread that message, I know it will have an impact.

What do you hope to achieve during your time at Annie’s List?

I hope to better my communications skills and present a dynamic and exciting presence of our champions. I am already learning so much from the communications team and hope to use the valuable skills they have taught me to help women further on in my career.

Who inspires you?

I am inspired by the community of women who have been my foundation and support system to get me where I am today. I am especially inspired by my mom who fought to get everything in life and has taught me to never give up on my dreams, even if people don’t understand them.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I see myself with a Masters living in DC and working for a women’s non-profit or consulting firm.

More about Sydney:

Outside of school and her internship, Sydney is the first smiling face you see while working the front desk at SoulCycle. She is involved in numerous on-campus organizations, such as Alpha Epsilon Phi, and is a Voter Deputy Registrar.

Interested in an Annie’s List internship?

Our interns gain valuable experience learning the ins and outs of campaigns, fundraising, communications and training. 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.

Applications for internship positions are opening soon! We will announce the application period for our Summer Internship Program here on our website and via social media. Follow @AnniesListTX on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for updates or email ana@annieslist.com with any internship questions. 

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