My time with Equality Ohio taught me self-motivation and allowed a hands-on opportunity to work with an empowering community along with selfless and awe-inspiring supervisors. The LGBT Studies program at my university is incredible, and I’ve learned so much over the past two years. However, working on these issues in the real world and getting issues of inequality resolved is something that can’t be taught. I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve as Equality Ohio’s Communication and Field Intern.
Being an Equality Ohio intern gave me a chance to take part and get involved with the issues facing the LGBTQ community that I learned about in all of my classes. I worked alongside committees in different cities to put into place protections against discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations for LGBTQ people. I worked closely with Ohio Business Competes, a nonpartisan coalition of businesses committed to achieving nondiscrimination policies within their business. I was tasked with getting sign-ons from small and local business to ask them to be a part of this coalition. My proudest moment was getting Mitchell’s Ice Cream to join since I am such a fan of their work.
I also learned how to use NGP VAN, a tool used in political campaigns to track public engagement. If I decided to go on into a career in politics or campaigning, this skill would take me far.
I took away real life skills and experiences I can use in any situation, never being afraid to say you don’t know, being flexible, and learning to do things on your own in order to figure it out.
I believe that equality for all is not simply the right of citizens of the state of Ohio, but a human right. This internship helped improve my confidence working on the front lines in local communities with the overall goal of achieving equality for those in the LGBTQ community. I was able to find a large amount of fulfillment in my work. I believe anyone that interns with Equality Ohio will find the same level of fulfilment and inspiration that I did on a day to day basis.