By Giselle Simental
My name is Giselle Simental. At this point, I have become a former GALEO intern.
2020 was a very challenging year for everyone but I feel that it was harder on students. Many had internships lined up and ready to go but had to be dismissed because of COVID-19. Everything went virtual and with that so did internships.
My internship with GALEO was virtual. It was very different process and involvement than my previous internships. The work I was doing was mostly behind the scenes. Nonetheless, my internship with GALEO was such an experience. From late nights working on graphics, to helping get the word out to vote, to even phone banking. This experience was one for the books. I had an amazing team. They all wanted nothing but the best for the organization and I believe that’s what allowed this whole virtual experience to be successful. We all had one goal in common and that was to spread accurate information and increase civic engagement in the Latinx Community during the general election and the senate runoff election in Georgia.
If you are having any doubts in applying to this internship, do yourself a favor and apply! It’s such a great opportunity to help your community become stronger. You will be the one making a difference. You might feel like you are not but trust me, GALEO will allow you to take on so much knowledge. Knowledge that you will use on a day-to-day basis. You will spread information that will help those that are not familiar with the political process. Little by little, without even realizing it, you’ll be making a difference in people’s lives too.
NOTE: The opinions expressed in this blog are the opinions of the author only. It is not to be assumed that the opinions are those of GALEO or the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund. For the official position on any issue for GALEO, please contact Jerry Gonzalez, CEO of GALEO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTA: Las opiniones expresadas en este blog son sólo las opiniones del autor. No es de suponer que las opiniones sean de GALEO o el GALEO Latino Community Development Fund. Para la posición oficial sobre cualquier tema de GALEO, por favor contacte a Jerry González, CEO de GALEO en email@example.com.