My summer in DC has been one that I will never forget, and working at Becky’s Fund has been a huge part of that experience. Before I came to D.C., I was extremely interested in women’s issues both nationally and globally. When I learned that I was going to be interning at a nonprofit that works to end domestic violence, I was very excited and knew that I was in for a very educational experience.
During my time at Becky’s Fund, I got to develop many skills that will help me in my future professional career. One thing that I particularly enjoyed working on was the Health and Human Services grant that we submitted at the beginning of the summer for our Men of Code program. It was extremely beneficial for me to get hands-on experience with writing and editing the grant, and I was very grateful to be able to be involved in the process. I also learned useful skills such as updating social media sites, working with platforms such as Constant Contact and WordPress, and researching in-depth the different aspects and components of domestic violence.
One of the biggest things that I learned this summer was how large of an issue domestic and sexual violence really is. One of my biggest tasks this summer was to research domestic violence statistics as well as sexual assault policies on college campuses. It shocked me to learn that one in four women in the U.S. are survivors of some kind of abuse and that most college campuses do not have an enforced sexual assault policy. I also learned about how big of an issue that violence against women is in the NFL. Domestic and sexual violence are still huge issues in the United States, and I was honored to be able to work with Becky’s Fund in order to join the movement to end it.
My favorite part about the summer was meeting my fellow interns. I was extremely blessed to have been able to meet three extremely incredible and hard-working women. Each of them had a unique story behind why they wanted to work in a domestic violence nonprofit, and they all inspired me to keep working in the movement to end domestic violence. I feel lucky to have worked along side of my peers as well as Becky, who is a great asset to this city and inspires me to work hard at making a difference. The things I have done, places I’ve been, and most notably, the the people I have met this summer, are all things that will not only help me in my future career, but will be memories that I will admire and appreciate the rest of my life.