Take a Bow Summer Interns!

Interviewed By: Olivia Alpert

This summer we had an incredible class of 11 interns that jumped right into the Calvert Street team and got straight to work running campaigns and organizing their own grassroots strategy. Each was a valuable asset to our work this season, and we are proud of everything they learned and accomplished.

Introducing our summer interns…

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Name: Faith Davenport 
School: Wellesley College

What have you gained from interning here and working on campaigns?: 
“I feel like I’ve gained a lot of practical knowledge about what it actually takes to run a campaign. I’ve learned how to use voter file software, HubDialer, and other practical elements of campaigns that you don’t typically get to see as a campaign intern. You’re kind of forced to use practical skills. I’ve also been able to take things from people in the office because they have a lot of knowledge to offer.”

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Name: Josie Weck
School: Vanderbilt University 

What have you gained from interning here and working on campaigns?: 
“I think I’ve  learned a lot about the importance of grassroots mobilization in any campaign and how it can be applied to nontraditional campaigns for companies and organizations.”


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Name: Joe Lovinger
School: Vanderbilt University

What have you gained from interning here and working on campaigns?: 
“Coming in with very little campaign experience, I’ve been able to learn all of the fundamental aspects of running a campaign. That’s given me an introduction to the field and comfort knowing that in the future I’ll be able to scale these skills up to do more things.”



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Name: Ray Xie
School: Vanderbilt University

What have you gained from interning here and working on campaigns?: 
“I think it’s interesting how many moving parts it takes to get everything done. It’s cool to get an inside look at the planning commissions and other procedural stuff that is done to complete a project or expand what they’re doing.”

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Name: Henry Rieniets
School: George Mason University

What have you gained from interning here and working on campaigns?:
“So much more than I’ve learned at college. The two summers that I’ve spent here have given me more experience and insight into what I want to do. Personally, I love campaigning. It’s super hard work but really fun. I think this internship has given me the opportunity to gain professional skills. I definitely think I’ve gained the skills necessary to run a campaign and I think being thrown into certain situations has really benefited me because I’m a quick learner.”

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Name: Lee Sherwood
School: Graduate of Sewanee: The University Of The South

What have you gained from interning here and working on campaigns?:
“I’ve never done real campaign work before this, so I’ve learned how to use things like HubDialer, phone banking, direct mailing, the process of canvassing, and working on multiple things at one time. I’ve also learned how to use photoshop and work with my teammates!”



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Name: Brady Cannon
School: University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

What have you gained from interning here and working on campaigns?: 
“I think I’ve definitely learned more about campaigns and the election process, particularly dealing with local elections, from getting hands on experience.”




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Name: Danielle Jurkovich
School: University of Tennessee, Knoxville

What have you gained from interning here and working on campaigns?: 
“I’ve learned how to use HubDialer and other applications in campaigning. This internship offers a great learning environment and I’ve learned a lot from those who work here. The other staff members seem genuinely interested in our learning process and experience here.”

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Name: Olivia Alpert
School: University of North Carolina, Asheville 

What have you gained from interning here and working with campaigns?: 
“I was initially very nervous to start interning here at Calvert Street, but I came to learn that everyone who works here genuinely enjoys helping one another, whether it is for their client, or helping us interns. One thing I have particularly enjoyed witnessing while working on a campaign is the passion that some voters have and hearing how much they appreciate what the campaign is trying to do for their community.”

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Name: Niles Ellis
School: Vanderbilt University

What have you gained from interning here and working on campaigns?: 
“I’ve learned to expect the unexpected and that organization and teamwork can take you a long way.”


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Name: Ruthie Perlman 
School: Vanderbilt University

What have you gained from interning here and working on campaigns?:
“So much… I’ve gained knowledge of all the moving parts involved in running a successful campaign, and I feel like if someone asked me to, I could put together a whole plan myself. That’s something I could never have done before.”

Darden Copeland