We are fortunate to have worked with incredible interns in recent years, who have given their time, their energy, and their passion to the campaign. Meet some of our program alumni and hear their stories about how Evolve's internship program helped them develop as change-makers and organizers.
"What I value most about the organization as a whole is the fact that it really involves building from the ground up. There are a lot of social and economic issues that communities across the country face, but if we are not actively engaging community members or spreading awareness about the issue, then we cannot expect change.
I felt like my time here allowed me to learn the ins and outs of working for a grassroots organization and the tactics that are crucial in order to create a movement around a socioeconomic issue. Specifically, I felt that I was able to improve my speaking skills with the help from Evolve staff.
In college, I struggled with presentations and speaking about issues in a concise way, but Evolve helped me with that. The constructive criticism that I received not only helped me put on a great presentation on Prop. 13 reform, but it gave me the confidence to go up in front of a large audience to do it."
Spring 2016 Intern
"Before Evolve, the only type of civic action I had participated in was student protests at my school when our ethnic studies program was threatened by budget cuts. Now, I am a part of a bigger action which is to reform Prop. 13 and increase funding for education. Evolve has taught me how to network with those who would help my cause and how to campaign in an efficient way.
Out of everything I gained from this experience, what I value most is the feeling of my work being important and creating a change. Now, I feel like it's my responsibility to get what I know on Prop. 13 out there to others because I have become involved and passionate about it.
Being involved in grassroots organizing showed me the true power we have as citizens and what changes we can make. I truly value the organization as a whole for making it all about its members and Californians in general its top priority and making sure they get the education and funds they deserve."
Fall 2016 Intern
"It was valuable to come in and see things from the advocacy and organizing side of the issue. I got to see how organizations similar to Evolve work, what they do, and how they create change. The most important skills I developed were those crucial to being an organizer, skills revolving around interactions with normal people and donors.
I appreciated Evolve’s commitment to developing skills and experience in their interns. Not only was this very helpful to me personally, but I think it reflects that Evolve’s central purpose isn’t really just Prop. 13 reform. Rather, it seems to me that Evolve had a broader commitment to liberal ideals and the advancement of good policy."
Fall 2016 Intern
"I have had the most wonderful time at Evolve. Not only have I learned skills that can be applied to organizing, but also in a large range of jobs. My options for the work force seemed to have opened up after attending the numerous workshops that I do not believe I would have experienced anywhere else.
What I value most about Evolve is how passionate and knowledgeable everyone is. I also greatly valued the time that Evolve took to make sure that every cause they stood for was in some way relatable to me. It puts a lot of things into perspective when you realize that this is not just a one-off cause that affects certain people in California or San Francisco.
The advice I would give to any incoming interns is to make time to be as involved in Evolve as possible and really take the time to learn and apply everything that they have learned. It is easy to just sit in an office, take notes from a PowerPoint, and forget about it in the next week. It is another thing entirely to think about it afterwards and find that the skills that you have learned actually apply to more than just organizing or political action."
2016 Fall Intern