When I received my acceptance letter for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Incorporated’s (CBCF) Communications Internship Program, I knew I was about to embark on a life-changing journey.
As a first-generation college student who started her educational career at a community college, I doubted my ability to thrive professionally despite doing well in school. For years, I avoided applying for competitive programs, convinced that my credentials were not “impressive” enough. After two months in the CBCF Internship Program, the mentors, friends and experiences I’ve gained have taught me that the only thing that was stopping me was myself.
At my internship with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (Initiative), the work I do supports advancing educational outcomes for African American students of all ages. I’ve had the opportunity to create fact sheets and presentations for the Initiative, live tweet events, write talking points, and draft official correspondence for various audiences. My supervisors are brilliant and welcome questions whenever I need support on an assignment. Each day, I am inspired by the work that goes into advancing equity for education and supporting students at all levels.
The CBCF internship has empowered me to continue to pursue the ways communications can impact society in powerful, positive ways. Being surrounded by the talented emerging leaders in my cohort has pushed me to achieve more than I ever thought was possible. To witness excellence and drive, all I have to do is look around me. That is the gift the CBCF experience has given me, and for it, I am forever thankful.
That’s why I’m asking you to #GiveUsA5 this holiday season. Your thoughtful donation will support future CBCF emerging leaders like me to champion the halls of Capitol Hill. Visit www.cbcfinc.org/GiveUsA5 to donate today!