High School: Mission College Preparatory
Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA
Major: Political Science
Activities: Co-President Parliamentary Debate, Impact (a micro-finance club), Teaching and Learning Initiative Student Consultant
Interests: Law, Tai Chi, learning, traveling, art, volunteering
Internship: Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of San Luis Obispo County (CASA)
Interning at the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) allowed me to assist a non-profit organization that works to improve the well being of children at risk of abuse. The organizations trains and supervises volunteers to advocate for the well being of a child or a sibling group in the juvenile dependency court. My Katherine Hepburn internship allowed me the opportunity to explore my interest in the legal profession. I was given the opportunity to observed the juvenile court sessions and attend a class tailored to CASA on juvenile probation. Working at CASA familiarized me with the concerns of non-profit organizations. My internship solidified my understanding that CASA, like other non-profit organizations, depends on the dedication of volunteers, the generosity of donors, and availability of grants to carry out its missions. Since the CASA location where I worked was intimately sized, I was able to work in many aspects of their office from writing case summaries to assisting with fundraising events. While I interned this summer, I learn about the juvenile legal system through working with CASA's juvenile court files, asking questions, and listening to CASA employees' and volunteers' stories and explanations. The Katherine Hepburn internship allowed me to explore legal issues while working for an organization making an indispensable contribution in quality of life for abused children in my community.