Spotlight: Spring 2022 Learning Life Interns
Learning Life’s interns do vital work responsible for the vibrance and growth of our organization. This spring, their work includes outreach to thousands of people on Facebook and Linkedin to help grow the Family Diplomacy Initiative (FDI) worldwide, and the Democracy Learning Community in metro Washington DC; research in diplomacy, democracy, education and fundraising; social media communications, and more. Learning Life is very grateful for their dedicated work. You can learn a little about each of them below.
Year, major, and school: I recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics at George Mason University.
Hobbies: My hobbies mainly consist of different sports. On the weekends I like to swim, or play football with my friends. Also, when I have the time, I like to read to prepare for my upcoming master’s.
Career aspirations: Inequality is a significant issue for me, and hence that’s sort of the main problem I’ve always been interested in addressing. The career that I found most apt for this aim is in social policy, specifically working on designing social safety nets in developing countries to enable social mobility. Accordingly, I am starting a Masters’s in Social Policy in the Fall, and then hope to begin working with an international development organization.
Why Learning Life? I find appealing Learning Life’s ability to transcend class barriers by leveraging the internet to provide mentoring and intercultural exchange. I think the internet can be a great tool to address inequities in education, and this is exactly what Learning Life attempts to do, so why not be a part of such an effort.
Year, major, and school: I am finishing my last undergraduate semester at American University in Washington D.C. I am majoring in International Relations with a specialization in Development and Inequality in Latin America. To help my understanding of this wide topic, I have minors in Spanish Language and Economics. I am also currently spending my last semester abroad in Ecuador with the Pachaysana Institute working towards my Spanish fluency.
Hobbies: I enjoy reading, traveling, and learning about new cultures. My experience in Ecuador is inspiring me to seek out traveling and living in Latin American countries in the future. I also love to dance and find that it is a great way to connect with different communities and cultures.
Career aspirations: I am interested in environmental advocacy and working with community garden programming. I would love to combine my interests in environmental activism and working with children. Ideally, I want to feel that I am making an impact on the world. I am also interested in exploring the world of sustainable investment and the conscious economy. I hope to be able to continue using my Spanish Language skills and perhaps live and work in other Latin American countries.
Why Learning Life? Learning Life’s remote internship is a great opportunity to continue my professional development while abroad. I enjoy engaging with a variety of cultures and peoples every time I am working. Learning Life’s dialogues and activism on democracy in metro Washington DC and family diplomacy internationally strongly resonate with me.
Hobbies: In My free time I like to go for walks around my neighborhood. I also like going out with friends and trying new restaurants and food from different countries. I especially like Mexican and Italian food.
Career aspirations: I was born and raised in El Salvador until age 12, then came to the United States with my mother and sister. I took ESL (English as a Second Language) courses in high school in California to learn English. I noticed in these classes that Latin American students who didn’t speak English fluently were treated differently. Since college counselors assumed we wouldn’t go to college, they kept us out of college preparation events. As a result, I am committed to assisting immigrants like myself. After college and for my career, I aspire to work as an academic counselor where I can assist immigrant students in achieving success in high school and college.
Why Learning Life? I’ve always believed that education is critical to the development of a more peaceful and compassionate society. Learning Life caught my attention because of its emphasis on education outside school walls. I’ve also always been interested in learning about diverse communities and cultures, and Learning Life’s international reach has provided me with that opportunity.
Year, major, and school: I am a senior at Marymount University majoring in Liberal Studies with two concentrations: Business and International Studies.
Hobbies: I spend most of my free time listening to music. My favorite genres are Rhythm and Blues, Afrobeat and Caribbean music. I am also passionate about African art, and love baking. I am a chocolate lover, so I like to bake chocolate cakes and cupcakes, chocolate chip muffins and cookies, brownies, marble pound cake, as well as apple pie and crêpes.
Career aspirations: In the future I aspire to a career in international development to help reduce poverty in developing countries. I am particularly interested in education, democracy, sustainability and health.
Why Learning Life? I chose to intern with Learning Life because it aims to help people become better citizens and to shape a better society to live in. Nelson Mandela once said that “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”, and I firmly believe that this is what Learning Life is perpetuating through its commitment to education, democracy and diplomacy.
Year, major and school: I am a senior honors student graduating in May of 2022 from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. I have a double major in Philosophy and English, with a concentration in writing.
Hobbies: In my spare time, I love to read as much as I can about whatever I can, especially ecological critical theory fiction classics and true crime. I also love to hike and camp, or really just get outdoors!
Career aspirations: After I graduate from college, I hope to join the U.S. Peace Corps. I am then hoping to either take the LSAT and attend law school for environmental or humanitarian law, or to pursue a Master’s Degree in sociology. More than anything, I want to be able to help people and to have a positive impact on how people treat the environment and each other. I also want to one day write a book about my research on the climate crisis.
Why Learning Life? Learning Life is a really wonderful organization that has offered me an opportunity to connect with different people. During a time where we are all so online-focused, Learning Life has really made me feel connected to a group of like-minded individuals all passionate about learning throughout life. I think that education is the key to creating a more compassionate worldview.