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Summer Internships: Maddy Kessler '24

August 14, 2023

Name: Maddy Kessler
Class Year: 2024
Major: History and Education (4+1 with the University of Pennsylvania)
Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Internship Organization: Teaching for Change/Zinn Education Project
Job Title: Summer Intern
Location: Washington, D.C.

What's happening at your internship? We would love to hear what kind of work you are doing!

This summer, I helped plan the national #TeachTruth day of action and our #TeachTruth DC event. We are seeking to protect the freedom to learn.

Why did you apply for this internship?

I applied for this internship because I believe in their mission of elevating people's histories in classrooms across the country and advocating for educational justice at the systemic level.

Washington, DC Teach Truth Day of Action at the African American Civil War Memorial
Washington, DC Teach Truth Day of Action at the African American Civil War Memorial

Was there anything special about how you found this internship?

My roommate Kaia's mom knew the organization's founder and did education justice organizing with her, so I applied because I wanted to learn from such experienced educators.

What has been your favorite part of this internship?

I loved our day of action in DC. It was moving to be surrounded by intergenerational community members fighting for our collective future.

What is something you have learned from your internship that you didn't expect?

I had an earlier start date this summer than the other interns and a summer prior under my belt, so I ended up showing the new interns the ropes. I didn't expect this to occur, but it was special also being able to show them my hometown.

Two people holding signs.
Me and a community organizer from United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country

Can you give us three adjectives and three nouns that describe your internship experience?

Transformative, supportive, lovely. 

What is most rewarding about your internship?

Meeting people who have been a part of the civil rights movement and famous authors through our work has been insane. I am moved by the solidarity I felt in all aspects of the internship and the organization's community network. Meeting neighborhood superstars and legendary DC teachers has also been really inspiring, as I hope to continue with community organizing and teaching in my future.

Visit the Summer Internship Stories page to read more about student internship experiences.

History Education 4+1 with Penn GSE