Past Interns



The Alliance for a Just Society internship program allows students to gain skills in public policy, communications, and/or community organizing, and to work on real-world projects like policy reports and advocacy campaigns.

Read what past interns have to say about their experience at the Alliance:


2015 Andrea



“Working at the Alliance – alongside amazing, passionate individuals (you don’t do this type of work unless it means something to you) – has taught me a lot. It has been inspiring spending my summer really engaging with the people around me, the prevalent issues of my time, and the society I live in. I am thankful for my experience and firmly believe this was not only a growing professional experience, but also a personal one.” – Andrea Rocha, Summer 2015

2015 Kristofer



“Working at the Alliance for a Just Society is a journey. Here you can expect hard work to be rewarded with increasingly more exciting opportunity and responsibility. The public policy internship is a policy advocacy job wherein you can expect a highly independent work environment that absolutely requires flexibility and resiliency, but that offers you a chance to have your voice heard while working on projects related to your progressive political interests.” – Kristofer Bitney, Summer 2015




“When I first began working for AJS, I had some obvious concerns: I was living on the other side of the country, I did not have very much experience working with data, and my summer schedule was already packed. Fortunately, with the help of my supervisor, all of those concerns went away and I was able to finish all of my work in a time frame that was both convenient for me and efficient for the organization. I whole-heartedly believe in the mission of AJS. It is so rewarding to know that the work I did in four short months could have a positive, lasting impact on the lives of others. I truly enjoyed working with such a dedicated and socially responsible group of people, and I am so thankful for this experience.” – Tina Sadowski, Summer 2015

2015 Mekal



“I knew the moment I interviewed with Alliance for a Just Society that I wanted to be a part of their organization. The work that they do is pivotal to campaigns that support equity and inclusion across the United States. My experience as an intern helped me further develop skills and allowed me to see how a complex calculation is broken down piecemeal for ease in collaboration and accuracy. I had a great time working with the staff at AJS and look forward to following their work in the future.” – Mekal Banyasz, Summer 2015

2015 Katarina 3



“I think the most helpful part of my internship was participating in meetings on all of the issues that the Alliance works on. This allowed me to see the inner workings of a non-profit and the issues that exist today not only in Washington, but nationally. Overall, it was a positive experience that allowed me to become interconnected within the community and more aware of the societal issues that persist today.” – Katarina Avendano, Summer 2015

Jesse Meade



“My internship with the Alliance provided me with work that I would not have had anywhere else. Being able to contribute my own skills to seek justice for those who are not served by our current political system was a tremendous experience, and made me feel like my efforts contributed to a meaningful cause. You won’t be able to find a better group of people to work with, nor a more fulfilling area to lend your own research, writing, and interviewing skills.” – Jesse Meade, Summer 2014

Lisa Mikesell



“My internship with the Alliance has allowed me to be involved with a wide variety of social justice issues. I loved seeing the process of movement-building from the inside. What I enjoyed the most was their efforts to include interns in every step of a project. Being able to participate in the process of building a policy report from start to finish was a fantastic experience. It was an opportunity to put the skills I’ve been learning in the classroom into practice in a way that will have real-world impact.”  – Lisa Mikesell, Summer 2014

“My internship empowered me to increase my civic participation and think of ways to apply these strategies in my community. Being surrounded by people making strategy decisions and by policy advocates for a summer helped me become more in-tune to the reasons that the organization’s racial and economic justice work is so needed. Along with deepening empathy, the work that I did for the Alliance helped motivate me to seek deeper participation in systemic change, grassroots power, and ways to implement change locally.  The Alliance helped me remember that people have power and that we make history and we make change.” – Carly Brook, Summer 2014

“My experience with the Alliance for a Just Society has been invaluable. AJS provides a very welcoming environment that stays very true to its core values and its community. Even as an intern I felt as much a part of the organization as the regular staff. I have made many valuable connections with both the AJS staff and with the staff at affiliated organizations. I received formal training on how to be an organizer, and most importantly, I’ve learned how to be a more conscious and responsible citizen.”  – Leo Banos, Summer 2014

“I learned so much from interning at the Alliance.  I had the opportunity to really immerse myself in a number of important social justice issues, and gain hands-on experience working on a variety of projects that really matter.  The Alliance community is not only passionate about the work they do, but was also supportive of the interests I had and goals I wanted to reach.  I left the experience as a much more knowledgeable and confident advocate.” – Breanne Schuster, Summer 2013

“At the Alliance I was able to apply what I learned in school to real-world issues. Everyone at the Alliance is passionate about the work they do; being in this environment was inspiring, and I came away feeling like I had a grasp of the different aspects of creating policy change, and a direct connection to many current policy issues.” – Haylee Morse-Miller, Summer 2012