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Meet our Summer 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. Get to know our Summer interns--Asha, Paul, Leticia, Neva, Celestina and Catherine below!
AL Intern
July 22, 2019

Asha Beacham, Executive Intern

Legal Studies major at Paul Quinn College, Class of 2021

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

One of my toughest professors forwarded me an email on behalf of Ana. In this email, she was looking for talented young women who were potentially interested in politics. As a legal studies major, I thought this opportunity was right up my alley and could be a great experience.

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

I hope to build meaningful connections with all the interns and staff members here. These are amazing people who I would love to work or partner with in the future.

Who inspires you?

The women in my family are so strong and have overcome many obstacles and pitfalls in their lives. This influences me to keep pushing forward with my head held high regardless of where I am in life or what situations have been plaguing me. Some things feel like the end of the world while other small stressors slowly pinch at my peace of mind and patience. The women around me have always told me to have faith in God and trust that He will do his part as long as I am doing mine.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

In the next five years, I see myself finishing up law school and with a political YouTube series where we discuss the issues of the day from the perspective of WOC. It is my belief that Black women have been influenced by different socioeconomic factors in this country, and I can clearly see what is dividing us. This division is done through misunderstanding and dehumanizing of each other. We call each other criminals, devils, illegal, and a threat to the fabric of society. I hope to spark political change that can hopefully bring us back together.

More about Asha:

I have a series called “Tough Topics” where young people of color share their perspectives on issues that are most affecting us. To watch, search #AshaTalks on YouTube.

Paul Iskra, Communications Intern

Journalism and American Studies double major and Philosophy of Law minor at The University of Texas at Austin, Class of 2020

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

With the 2020 elections right around the corner, now is the time to continue the process of training, organizing, and advocating that helps get progressive women elected to office. This is a historic moment where we have a chance to help bring Texas more into the 21st century, and I wanted to get involved as a supporter in the process.

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

I want to get better at communicating with voters and potential voters as well as learn how to implement effective communication strategies in a variety of media. Furthermore, I wish to get to know and learn from the fierce activists in the Annie’s List office, as someday I hope to be one.

Who inspires you?

The strong and passionate women in office at local, state, and national levels all inspire me. Their drive to implement political and social change has motivated me to take action and work towards the creation of a more just society that more accurately reflects the needs and diversity of its constituents.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I hope to graduate from law school, or work here at Annie’s List, or be a part of another activist organization.

More about Paul:

I’m the kind of person who is likely to win the “Friendliest” superlative at award ceremonies. When in school, I work as a student speech consultant and I also volunteer for the Oxfam university chapter at UT. Reading books, listening to choral music (think ave marias, ave generosas, any other aves), and hosting dinners with friends are all passions of mine!

Leticia Ortega, Development Intern

Sociology Major at Bryn Mawr College, Class of 2020

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

By empowering women to lead their communities and create a representative democracy, Annie’s List narrows the opportunity gap experienced by marginalized groups. The work Annie’s List does to promote upward mobility by ensuring that trailblazing women of color are elected, allows underserved communities to grow. I resonated with Harris County Judge Hidalgo’s background and experience through her work to improve transparency and allow community members to influence public policy. Judge Hidalgo’s historic win further energizes me to return to my community and inspire girls of color in Southeast Houston to represent their values, needs, and experiences.

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

I would like to uplift underserved communities and contribute my program management experience to promote equity. Despite the educational inequities and citizenship barriers we face, we must be resilient because the communities who experience the most pain are the ones who develop transformative policies.

Who inspires you?

I am inspired by my mother and other strong women of color who are the children of immigrants, or immigrants themselves, like Judge Lina Hidalgo and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I admire all three for their devotion and selflessness when it comes to their communities, and for their resiliency to make this world, which was not meant for them, a better place for everyone.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I can see myself working as an immigration attorney and giving back to my community as much as possible. Running for office is not out of the question.

More about Leticia:

Leticia is a proud First-Generation, Mexican-American. Outside of her internship with AL, she is also the Content intern at RiseFirst, an organization dedicated to First-Generation Low-Income (FGLI) students. When she is in her hometown of Houston, she likes to spend her time mentoring FGLI students in her community and working closely with organizations who advocate for migrant rights and immigration reform.

Neva Shinder, Political Intern

International Relations major at Mount Holyoke College, Class of 2019 (Fall)

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

Over the last few years, more and more women have run for office, held office, and have been increasingly vocal about having equal representation. With the recent push to pass laws restricting the rights of women around the country, it is more important now than ever to get involved with organizations like Annie’s List.

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

I hope to achieve a better understanding of how women get elected in Texas. By working with the political department at Annie’s List I have already learned so much about the inner workings of women’s organizations, and I look forward to continuing this journey.

Who inspires you?

My mom and the resilient women in my community that have been integral to my understanding of the world and to my development as a person.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I see myself having just finished law school, working to improve women’s representation in the field of national security, and living with my dog.

More about Neva:

I was born in Texas but spent six years growing up in Vermont and currently attend college in Massachusetts. When not found studying or working, I spend my time reading, volunteering, and hanging out with my dog.

Celestina Sunny, Development Intern

Government major and Philosophy of Law minor at The University of Texas at Austin, Class of 2020

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

I must admit that I did not initially understand the extensive and incredible work Annie’s List has done for the women of this state who have been historically under-represented in local and state government. After discovering this organization through the Texas Politics Project internship page,  I was overwhelmed with the change that Annie’s List was able to create in such a short span of time since 2003. I realized that if given the opportunity to be a part of this team, it would not only be an incredible experience, but a chance to serve the amazing women that will one day serve and represent the people of Texas.

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

I hope that I am able to serve the hard-working individuals around me to the best of my ability and learn all that I can about how to empower women to step into more positions in government. I want to strengthen my skills in political communications and create a meaningful network of mentors that I can turn to for guidance.

Who inspires you?

I am inspired by my grandmother who raised seven children and worked at a university, even while she was from a traditional society that vehemently placed women in very specific, often limiting, roles. I carry her legacy in my middle name and in my belief that women are more than well-equipped to be extraordinary and excel by overcoming personal or societal obstacles, thereby setting the stage for future generations.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I see myself graduating from law school and working towards a successful career in public service. I also hope to maintain the friendships and connections that I make at Annie’s List, and maybe even return to the team one day.

More about Celestina:

I am a first-generation Indian-American from Sunnyvale, TX. As a peer educator and student associate at UT, I have been heavily involved in helping First-Year students transition from high school to the college environment. I am also involved in OneWay, a South-Asian Christian organization. I enjoy spending my time writing, trying new restaurants, and exploring the ever-changing city of Austin with my friends.

Catherine Wicker, Programs Intern

Political Science and Public Administration double major at Texas State University, Class of 2020

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

I love the mission of Annie’s list and the training that it provides for women to get the chance to serve in leadership positions of power. I am constantly inspired by the women in the Annie’s List office who want to better the community. I want every woman to feel empowered to be involved in politics at any capacity. It is important that women get the opportunity to use their voices in a space that has been dominated by men for way too long.

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

I hope to learn more about combining programming and politics together and how Annie’s List works to empower women to join a campaign or run for office.

Who inspires you?

I am inspired by many people in my different walks of life. My mom, grandma, and sister have always been huge inspirations to me. They are strong women who are changing the world. I am also inspired by all of the young kids living with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. I am constantly inspired by every woman who steps up to be politically engaged.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I see myself working in consulting and teaching as an adjunct professor at a community college. I want to focus on encouraging women and underprivileged communities to be politically engaged.

More about Catherine:

I currently serve as the president of Texas College Democrats.  In my free time you will find me running, painting, traveling or spending time with my friends and boyfriend.

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.

Annie’s List is now accepting applications for paid Fall 2019 internships based in Austin from September 9th – December 6th.

To apply, please email a one page resume and cover letter in PDF format explaining your interest in Annie’s List and your preferred department to Ana Harris at

The deadline to apply is Monday, August 12th by 11:59 PM CST.
Please note: We are specifically interested in Juniors and Seniors, but encourage all years to apply. Interns are required to work at least 10 hours/week.

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