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Where Are They Now?

Featuring former Annie's List Intern, Jovahana Avila.
March 28, 2019
“It is a great opportunity to meet some of the women you look up to and, in a small way, helped elect. Hopefully one day I’ll be one of them.”

Our interns, past and present, serve as constant inspiration to us. Once their time with us comes to an end, our hope is that in whatever they do next, they remain the eager and driven young women and men that they were while at Annie’s List. Jovahana was a standout intern and it is no surprise to us that she is doing big things! She’s fierce, friendly and a true joy to be around—read on for more about Jovahana.

A Little About Jovahana

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

Experience prior to Annie’s List:

  • Legislative aide in State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez’s office
  • Communications intern at the League of Women Voters
  • Diversity and Inclusion intern at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Intern for Office of Mayor Steve Adler 

What she’s been up to since Annie’s List:

Last summer, Jovahana held a full-time communications internship with the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP), a think tank and driver of progressive policy in Texas, and contributed regularly to the organization’s blog. In the fall, she moved to D.C. for the semester to serve as a congressional intern with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in former U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s (IL-4) office.

Currently, she is a communications intern with CPPP and spends a lot of her time at the Capitol providing information to offices, and ensuring that staff is aware of the organization’s efforts to provide accurate data in public policy. She has also enjoyed providing support to the communications team while having the 86th Legislative session as a backdrop for her projects. “It makes the work that much more significant and meaningful,” Avila says. 

As she finishes up her senior year at St. Ed’s, she has two theses to write. One of which covers the disparities between campaigns of white women and women of color who ran for the Texas House in 2018–she’ll analyze everything from campaign costs to their fundraising success to the platforms they ran on.

After graduation, she’ll start her new job as a Global Compliance Analyst with Goldman Sachs. She’ll be based in her hometown of Dallas and will also serve on the CHCI Alumni Board.

Her advice to prospective interns:

  • Set goals at the beginning of internship
  • Refer to your Intern Handbook before asking questions, the answer is probably in there!
  • Respect others and their time
  • Midway through, do a self-evaluation and ask for time to talk about it with your supervisor


What’s something unique about working at AL?

“Being in a female-dominated space and knowing you’re somewhere that you can make mistakes and learn from them.”

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

“Annie’s List has such a reach that I didn’t truly grasp the size of until I was an intern. The connections you make while an intern will follow you throughout your career. It is a great opportunity to meet some of the women you look up to and, in a small way, helped elect. Hopefully one day I’ll be one of them.”

Biggest takeaway from her time at AL:

AL helped informed her next steps, made her feel empowered to speak up and own the room vs. just being in the room.

Skills you gained or strengthened at AL?

  • Event planning
  • NGP/VAN & voter outreach
  • Not being afraid of sending emails to a wide audience!

What did you enjoy most about your time at AL?

“The cohort I interned with. We are bonded for life and make a conscious effort to maintain our friendship. Another thing I enjoyed was working in the Program department and making meaningful work connections with the staff. They are committed to each intern, and my internship at Annie’s List felt very tailored to my needs and goals. Also, obviously, meeting Senator Elizabeth Warren was incredible.”

Interested in an Annie’s List internship?

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 Summer 2019 internships based in Austin from June 3 – August 9. 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 ana@annieslist.comThe deadline to apply is Friday, April 12th by 5:00 PM CST. 

Note: We are specifically interested in Juniors and Seniors, but encourage all years to apply. Additionally, interns are required to work at least 10 hours/week. For general questions about the application process, call us at 512-481-8100. Find an overview of what each internship entails by department here.

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