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.
"I learned so much during my time here. I learned about California politics, but more broadly just about how to work on a campaign for state and local policy changes. I also learned through writing letters to the editor that messaging outside of academia needs to be more concise and punchy, which is invaluable skill to hone. However, I think the most important skill I learned was how to work with massive amounts of data in Microsoft Excel and how to work efficiently with databases. Working on my Microsoft Excel skills was incredibly important because until now, I have not worked with Microsoft Excel in a formal work setting outside of academia.
I think I most valued how much everyone on the Evolve team wanted to help me learn. I really appreciated the information sessions on housing and charter schools, for example, as well as the help practicing the petition rap. I think the sense of community at Evolve is what I valued most about the organization because it made it such a fantastic learning environment, and I felt valued in that everyone was helping me learn."
Fall 2017 Intern
"I loved how involved and communicative with the interns the entire staff at Evolve was. Routinely I was asked how things were going and everyone seemed concerned with our wellbeing. I love the group lunches and openness of all the discussions, it seemed like everyone’s input was respected and welcomed. The staff here all seem to genuinely enjoy their work and that definitely rubbed off in my interactions with everyone. Overall a great work environment.
The insight into the strategy behind the campaign and the tactics used to attract different political perspectives to the issue were fascinating. The skills were developed out in the field where I could tell my interpersonal communication skills were improving with each conversation. The ability to walk up to a stranger on the street and get them to care about an issue so much that they’re willing to donate is something I think is translatable to a lot of career paths."
Fall 2017 Intern
"I felt like I learned so much with all the information that was given in the workshops, and I feel like it really kept me in the loop in terms of California politics. The thing I valued the most with this internship was how patient and welcoming everyone was. It was really great that everyone was willing to take the time and really sit down with me to explain how they wanted things done. Everyone was also so willing to answer any questions I had and make sure everything was clarified. It was really awesome that I was treated like a team member from day one.
The team here is so awesome, and they’re not only committing their time to the campaign, but to train you and bring you on board as well. Everyone is so excited about the work we are doing, and you will feed off that excitement the longer you are here.
What I value most about the campaign is the commitment to restoring revenue, especially to public education."
Summer 2017 Intern
"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