Completing a summer internship is an important step for young people seeking a career working in politics or government. Unfortunately, as detailed in recent pieces published by the Washington Post and The Hill, the unpaid nature of many internships, coupled with the high cost of living in Washington, DC, often results in the exclusion of individuals from low- to moderate-income families.

As the now infamous “intern selfie” photo taken by Speaker Paul Ryan graphically demonstrates, this disparity in opportunity results in a monochromatic internship corps that clearly does not reflect America’s diversity.

 Liberty and Access is committed to remedying this imbalance. Our Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) provides individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities an opportunity to intern in Washington, DC, and gain the leadership skills, job experience, and professional connections necessary to begin a career in government or related organizations after they graduate college. Students who have demonstrated financial need are provided a stipend to assist with their living expenses.

Please help Liberty and Access create internship opportunities for students from underrepresented groups by donating to the YLA program or by becoming an organizational partner. Together, we can ensure the diversity of our country is reflected  in its future leaders.

 

 

Washington Post article link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/memo-to-jason-chaffetz-these-are-the-congressional-workers-who-actually-need-a-stipend/2017/07/07/2093c776-619b-11e7-8adc-fea80e32bf47_story.html?utm_term=.036ded8a3c05

 Hill article page: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/education/243121-interning-on-capitol-hill-great-opportunity-for-americas