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Ethan Bishop-Watt, Georgia Justice Project

I had the great fortune to work at the Georgia Justice Project (GJP) this summer in Atlanta, Georgia. An incredible organization with a strong commitment to social justice, GJP is very active in the Atlanta public interest community and has strong ties to the poor urban communities in which it works. Its primary mission is […]

Internship: Georgia Justice Project (GJP)

Anjelica Hendricks, Fredericksburg Public Defender’s Office

My work at the Fredericksburg Public Defender’s Office (FPDO) as a legal intern has truly been an enriching and hands-on experience. Unfortunately though, shortly after starting my work this summer I realized that Virginia, and many other states, have created a criminal institution in which it is a crime to be poor. During my internship, […]

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Cabell Willis, Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington Country, Inc.

This past summer, at Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington County, Inc. (OAR), a community-based, non-profit organization that facilitates the re-entry of former offenders to society, I discovered a broken American criminal justice system. Working with mostly African Americans and minorities labeled as offenders—or criminals—was a culture shock, but one that I embraced. Developing relationships […]

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Brianna Tarpey, Tapestri Inc.

“Take a deep breath,” I thought to myself as I struggled to stay calm as my client was on the other end of the line. “Please call 911,” I repeated over and over again knowing that my client didn’t understand much English. Finally I took matters into my own hands by hanging up the phone […]

Internship: Tapestri Inc.

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Devin Johns, N Street Village

This was my summer of names. As a summer intern at the Bethany Women’s Center (BWC) of N Street Village in northwest Washington, D.C., I introduced myself dozens of times. With each introduction I said, “My name is Devin.” Even though this seems pretty straightforward and simple, the women ended up calling me by a […]

Internship: N Street Village

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Sarah Rachel, PACT

“My mommy comes back, she always comes back, she never will forget me! Why? Because she loves me!” As we finish singing, the kids clap and cheer, while the parents smile appreciatively and hug their little ones closer. The older children wait in anticipation to hear one of the teachers read “Our Beautiful Children,” a […]

Internship: PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs

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Ellen Wiencek, Coopers Ferry Development Association

“In a dream I saw a city invincible.” The great American poet Walt Whitman once used these words to describe Camden, New Jersey, the city where he spent the last few years of his life. In the 1800s, when the poem was written, Camden was indeed a strong city. Home to the Campbell Soup Company […]

Internship: Coopers Ferry Partnership

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Jake Struebing, Federal Court System of Camden, NJ

I start most of my mornings with a run from Camden to Philadelphia on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and back again. The view overlooking Philadelphia and the Delaware River is astounding – an impressive skyline and a bustling financial district – it truly is the second largest city on the East Coast. But the view […]

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Joshua Jackson, Thrive

I threw on my shoes, grabbed my sandwich, and raced out to the car. This was me on a typical day, half awake and rushing out of the house to embark on the early-morning drive to West Helena. Every day is a twenty minute drive from residence in Marvell to our work sites in Helena-West […]

Internship: Thrive Center

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Corinne Hemmersbach, PAVE Academy

Rise and shine! 5:30 a.m. Trying not to wake my three roommates, I tiptoe around our tiny NYU dorm room, as I get ready to start my day. As I exit the NYU doors, I pass by Washington Square Park, one of my favorite places in New York City. I am always jealous of those […]

Internship: PAVE Academy

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