Super Cool & Rare Bipartisan Internship On Capitol Hill For North Carolina HBCU Students
Democrat Alma Adams has done so much for the HBCU community. Last year she started a super cool and rare bipartisan internship For North Carolina HBCU Students. This year, Twenty-year-old political science majors Dariana Reid, a rising senior at Johnson C. Smith University, and Nasya Blackwell, a rising junior at North Carolina A&T State University, are interning in both a Democratic and a Republican office on the Hill this summer.
“While we have philosophical differences in terms of partisan issues that we may have, we are still more alike than we are different,” Adams said. “We’re still working to not only enhance our communities but make things better for the citizens that we serve.”
The program spans eight weeks — four are spent in Adams’ office and four in Walker’s.
What The Students Had To Say
“I was a little nervous about going into the Republican office because I am not a Republican, so that would bring up some obvious reservations and nervousness, but my outlook has changed in me thinking that they don’t work together or it’s always a fight or some kind of disagreement,” Blackwell said. “Ultimately, I’ve found that in the end … we want the same things, and we go about it differently.”
“Initially, I was shocked because I never heard of an internship that’s bipartisan that does both parties but I was excited at the same time because [my friends] who have interned, they’ve only been on one side,” Reid said.
“Most of the HBCUs are now in Republican districts,” said Adams, an alumna of North Carolina A&T. “Many have been redrawn. So it’s not just about members who look like me. A lot of members who look like me don’t have HBCUs in their district. Many of them have attended HBCUs or many of them have family members who have attended.”
“Congressman Mark Walker from Greensboro and I … wanted to find a way to engage students from historically black colleges and universities in the work up here on the Hill, to get them interested,” Adams said. “Not only work that the Congress does but also give them an opportunity to maybe look toward their futures about what they could do.”
Another rare part about the program is it’s paid, which makes it that much more competitive.
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