Washington, D.C. Our nation’s capital. After living here as a student for three and a half years, I can’t believe all the opportunities I hadn’t experienced until I started interning at CCAO. This city has so much to offer and so many opportunities to make a difference in advocating for social justice issues.
After only a month with CCAO, I’ve already been able to delve right in. Attending a Center for American Progress event, a Senate hearing, and hand delivering a petition to the Mexican Embassy…these are opportunities that you just do not have anywhere else.
I will never forget at the CAP event overhearing someone say, “The press is here.” I couldn’t help but ask myself, “Is this real life?” It reminded me that I’m a part of something important and something bigger than myself.
I have also been doing some English-Spanish translation for the office. Last week, I translated a petition asking the President of Mexico to interfere in a violent land dispute. Two other interns and I then delivered the letter to the Mexican Embassy. It is so humbling to assist in bridging communication gaps, reaching out to our brothers and sisters in Spanish-speaking Columban mission countries and beyond.
I feel so blessed to be working for CCAO. It is great to feel like I’m really making an impact on important issues. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store next for me and the whole CCAO office.