It’s no secret: the majority of Americans are hurting right now. The COVID-19 pandemic has sounded one alarm after another, demanding that we finally acknowledge inequities in healthcare, education, housing, childcare, and employment, to name a few. While we’ve made great efforts to combat the effects of the pandemic, there are too many people in this country being left behind.
The pandemic has brought out a lot of inequities,” says Pay Our Interns co-founder Carlos Mark Vera. “Some are hurting more, and we want to help.
As the world grapples with ongoing police brutality and the call for dismantling systemic racism, demands have escalated for Congress to provide antiracist policy solutions that reverse decades of unequal treatment that has rewarded whites and punished non-whites. However, one element of congressional policymaking that is consistently overlooked is how Congress manages its own workforce. Personnel decisions about who to hire and how to manage a political workplace are all matters of policy that provide a glimpse into how Congress is itself a racialized institution.
By Cynthia Silva “Their careers and how they do over the long term will have financial and economic implications for the country,” says Pew Research’s Mark Hugo Lopez. Alexis Aviles, 22, had it all planned out. The recent University of Richmond graduate was going to move to Chicago and pursue a job with a nonprofit. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Quarantined with her family in her native New Orleans, Aviles, a first-generation college
Students hoping to beef up their resumes must decide whether to take unpaid internships that offer college credit or recommendations instead of compensation.
Join us Nov. 20th for our #InternsforChange Rally. We are excited to be joined by Leah Greenberg, Co-Executive Director of Indivisible.
We are organizing young people in DC and around the nation to walk out in order to protest the inaccessibility of internships across America and promote the idea that interns deserve compensation for their work.
Earlier this week POI announced the first-ever Trailblazer Award that will be given to one (1) intern who is nominated by their employer for demonstrating exemplary work ethic. POI has the distinguished privilege of announcing that the award will be named in honor of Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), who began her career as an unpaid intern for the Congressional district she now represents.
Statement on Pay Our Interns’ 3 Year Anniversary