Meet the Fall 2017 Interns!

By Shelby Baumgartner
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The Feminist Majority Foundation offers internships year-round, both in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, California, for students interested in political science and policy with a focus on gender, human rights, and development. Interns work closely with staff members to gain hands-on experience, doing anything and everything from researching and monitoring Congressional activity to attending rallies and writing social media and web content. This fall, we are so excited to have a new group of interns with us here in the Washington, D.C. office!

Yara Almeida

College/University: Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Major: Communication major focusing on Media Studies, minoring in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

FMF Project Areas: Political Action Committee Research & Education Equity

What feminist issues are you most passionate about? Immigrant rights, women’s health & reproductive rights, sexual assault prevention and combatting rape culture, intersectionality

What are you most excited about living in DC? Participating in (and hopefully assisting in organizing) protests

What is your guilty pleasure TV show? Broad City

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am an incoming junior communication major in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) focusing on media studies and minoring in feminist, gender, & sexuality studies. As a sophomore, I was President of SASSY (Students Against the Sexual Solicitation of Youth) at Cornell, a student program of the Public Service Center dedicated to raising awareness of CSEC (commercial sexual exploitation of children). After I graduates, I plan to work at a non-profit dedicated to women’s issues and pursue a career in service and community organizing. In order to de-stress, I like to go Latin dancing, eat chocolate ice cream, and watch/read political satire.

Shelby Baumgartner

College/University: Biola University

Major: Political Science major with an International Relations minor

FMF Project Areas: Policy & Research, Feminist Campus

What feminist issues are you most passionate about? Violence against women, racial justice, political representation

What are you most excited about living in DC? I’ve never been to the East Coast before this semester, so I am excited to experience the history and culture of this place for the first time. I really love being able to explore a place through living there, and I’m having fun getting to know D.C. in that way.

What is your guilty pleasure TV show? The West Wing

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am a senior majoring in Political Science and minoring in International Relations at Biola University in Southern California. I am originally from a small town (Winona) in Southeastern Minnesota. Most recently, I worked with a team of women on my campus to write, design, print, and distribute a magazine focused on amplifying the voices of women on campus. I love dogs, Stevie Nicks, and dancing around in flow-y pants. I am not sure where I want to head after graduation (if you have any advice for me, please send it my way), but I know I will follow my passion of fighting for and protecting women always.

Emily Garrett

College/University: George Washington University

Major: Women’s Studies and Political Science double major

FMF Project Areas: Policy & Research, Feminist Campus

What feminist issues are you most passionate about? Women’s health and equal education opportunities

What are you most excited about living in DC? I’m excited to be living in D.C. because of the opportunities to participate in rallies, protests, and resistance gatherings. I spent a lot of time my first year of living here by doing so. It allowed for me to not only be a part of the political resistance, but to also meet like-minded people and create new relationships.

What is your guilty pleasure TV show? The Office

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am a sophomore at the George Washington University, double majoring in Women’s Studies and Political Science. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and became a part of GLI in 10th grade through my high school’s chapter. I spent the past summer working for GLI at the Feminist Majority Foundation in Los Angeles, where I helped expand the program through the online guidebook and several different projects. I recently became the Community Development Coordinator for the GW chapter of Your Story International, an organization that provides free healthcare and medical clinics to local communities in Haiti. This past summer I traveled to Haiti to help create the women’s health protocol that is being created and will do so again in the winter. I became a part of the National Collegiate Honors Society and the Dean’s List after my first year of college.

Monica Iskander

College/University: George Washington University

Major: Political Science major

FMF Project Areas: Policy & Research, Political Action Committee Research

What feminist issues are you most passionate about? Paid family leave, equal pay, and misrepresentation/media bias towards women

What are you most excited about living in DC? I love the fact that it’s a fast paced, yet clean and calm city. I come from a very suburban town in New Jersey, so being able to walk everywhere or take the metro is exciting.

What is your guilty pleasure TV show? How I Met Your Mother

Tell us a bit more about yourself: I am a sophomore at GW studying Political Science, with a hopeful minor in Criminal Justice. I am originally from South Jersey, and am very proud of it; I love my hometown and Wawa. Last semester I interned at the Tahrir Institute of Middle East Policy (TIMEP) where I conducted research on gender inequality in the Middle East. I am 100% Egyptian and fluent in Arabic, so working at TIMEP was a great way to focus in on my passion (women’s rights) while also being close to my culture. Besides politics, I love to write, try new foods, and re-watch my favorite TV shows. Lastly, my career goal is to one day become an influential international human rights attorney.

Jess Ostrowski-Wright

College/University: George Mason University

Major: M.A. Global Affairs with a specialization in Culture and Society

FMF Project Areas: Afghan Women/Global & Communications

What feminist issues are you most passionate about? A few of the areas I am most interested in include improving women’s representation in politics, equal access to education, and access to healthcare. I am also very passionate about LGBTQ+ rights and women’s empowerment across cultures!

What are you most excited about living in DC? Being so close to such a diverse and vibrant city! Meeting new people and learning about organizations that are working towards positive change.

What is your guilty pleasure TV show? Gilmore Girls

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I’m originally from Richmond, VA. I graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Sociology and Studio Art. I have worked with a number of nonprofit organizations in Richmond, and I am very passionate about educating others about inclusion and prejudice! Aside from that, I love photography, travelling, and befriending cats! I’m so excited to be working with the Feminist Majority Foundation this fall.

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