Be a Changemaker and Support KIPP’s 2019 Capitol Hill Fellowship
In today’s society, opportunity is not granted on merit alone. In addition to graduating from high school, working hard in college, and preparing for careers, prestigious—and sometimes unpaid—internships are also essential to build resumes.
But if a student lacks access to professional networks, as many first-generation college students do, they miss out on valuable connections. And if students need to earn money for school or to help family, moving to another city to take a low-paid, career-launching internship becomes a luxury they simply cannot afford.
The result impacts all of us: Too few students who look like and share the experiences of KIPPsters find their way into positions of influence and power where their voices are needed the most.
The KIPP Capitol Hill Fellowship, which provides college students access to Capitol Hill internships, room, board, transportation, and a modest stipend, is working to change this. This summer, eight promising students with policy aspirations will intern on the Hill.
Meet 2019's Cohort
Brandon AcevedoUniversity of Pennsylvania, Class of 2021
I believe this internship will arm me with the tools necessary to gain clarity on what my role may be in advocating for oppressed people.
KIPP NYC Alumnus
Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13)
Brandon Acevedo is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he is majoring in Political Science and concentrating his studies in International Relations. Brandon wishes to intern for a member of congress this summer because he wishes to represent the many marginalized communities he is part of. He wishes to pursue a career in government and continue his passion for human rights, international affairs, and fighting for social justice.
Jordan AdjepongJohnson & Wales University, Class of 2020
The problem I would want to solve in government would be that of communication and cooperation. I would try to find common interest between parties to come up with needed solutions to fund aid for countries abroad that need it. This internship will provide the much-needed experience and knowledge for my aspiration to become a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Services.
KIPP New Jersey Alumnus
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)
Jordan Adjepong is a junior at Johnson & Wales University where he is majoring in political science. Jordan is pursuing a career in diplomacy and international relations to become a diplomat where he hopes to represent America’s values and policy while abroad. While expecting to graduate with his bachelors in 2020, he is looking forward to attending graduate school studying international affairs. Jordan is from Newark, NJ, and runs track and field.
Elizabeth DadaDickinson College, Class of 2020
My passion for education and school choice fuels my drive for educational justice. I firmly believe that a person’s zip code should not determine their access to quality education. I believe that interning for a Member of Congress would not only be an honor but would enable me to learn about the administration aspect of education.
KIPP Massachusetts Alumna
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Elizabeth Dada is a junior at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She is an Educational Studies and Sociology double major and is passionate about education policy. She hopes to contribute her communication and leadership in supporting the development of a more equitable education system for all students, regardless of their socioeconomic status. Elizabeth interned as a teaching fellow for Breakthrough Greater Boston this summer. She said, “Our mission was to support students in underserved communities by providing resources and mentorship using our six-year college access model. The best aspect of my job as a teaching fellow was the ability to be a supportive mentor to students who come from a similar background as myself.”
Citlaly FierroColorado State University, Class of 2022
As a Capitol Hill intern, I would be able to create new experiences and gain knowledge about politics and government. Most importantly, I am excited to help and support my community by interning for a congressional office.
KIPP Colorado Alumna
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Citlaly Fierro is a first-year student at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. She is double majoring in Political Science and Economics. She is interested in interning for a congressional office whose work has helped make progress in departments like education and immigration. She has dedicated her time to helping the communities she grew up in. She has always had a great passion for helping people and dedicates her time to helping as much as she can.
Metztli GarciaUniversity of California, Los Angeles, Class of 2022
The people of my community gave me the gift of believing in myself, my goals, and recognizing our collective power. Interning would give me the experience that for one, is a luxury people of my community are not usually given, but also develop the necessary network, skills, and knowledge for a future career path, and open up new doors for future jobs.
KIPP LA Alumna
Metztli Garcia is a first-year college student at UCLA where she is majoring in Public Affairs and is planning to double minor in Civic Engagement and Chicanx studies. As a former foster youth, she has a passion for education policy and foster care reform. Her plan is to help provide more opportunities and access for low-income students in communities like her own.
Paul Chukwuma Odu
Paul Chukwuma OduUniversity of Missouri, Class of 2022
Interning in the nation’s capital is an opportunity to experience first-hand the inner-workings of the governmental institutions that affect the lives of millions every single day. The skills that I will gain from interning in D.C. will be indispensable as I prepare for a life of service to the public.
KIPP Kansas City Alumnus
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO)
Paul Odu is a freshman at the University of Missouri where he is majoring in Journalism and Political Science, and is pursuing a minor in American Constitutional Democracy. Over the years, he has worked diligently to polish and refine his leadership and communication skills inside and outside of the classroom. He has a strong interest in various issue areas, ranging from international law to criminal justice reform. Armed with these interests, he hopes to gain more experience in political governance and communication while interning in Washington D.C. this summer.
Santiago M. Rodriguez
Santiago M. RodriguezUniversity of Redlands, Class of 2021
I am most passionate about education reform, prison reform, climate change, and the minimum wage. These have all been issues that have been prominent as I have grown up and they are issues that I care deeply for.
KIPP LA Alumnus
Representative Lucille Royball Allard (D-CA-40)
Santiago M. Rodriguez is a first-generation college student studying Public Policy and Social Change at the University of Redlands. He is full of heart, ambition, and a desire to constantly improve himself. Throughout his time at college, he has taken part in numerous internships and volunteer opportunities. These different experiences have helped shape his interest in local and state politics as well as reinforce his desire to advocate for people whose voices are not normally heard.
Savine Esperanza Villatoro
Savine Esperanza VillatoroTexas A&M University, Class of 2020
I always knew I wanted to enter a career where I knew I was making a change… I want to help lower the opportunity gap for future generations because everyone deserves to have the opportunity to an education.
KIPP Texas Alumna
Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX-20)
Savine Villatoro is a junior at Texas A&M University where she is pursuing a BS in Sociology and a Master of Public Service and Administration with the Bush School of Government and Public Service. She wants to enter the non-profit sector and has a passion for education policy. She hopes to one day have her own non-profit organization.