Starting Monday, FIRE’s Philadelphia office will vastly increase in size as we welcome seven undergraduate summer interns to our team. The Internship Program is FIRE’s longest-running outreach program, bringing talented students from across the country to the City of Brotherly Love for a hands-on, ten-week training program each year. While at FIRE, the interns get an inside look into our day-to-day operations; hear from some of the most brilliant minds in the field of civil liberties, including our very own founders Alan Charles Kors and Harvey Silverglate; and design reform campaigns to be implemented when they return to their campuses in the fall. Since FIRE first opened its doors, our supporters have provided us with the resources to host this program, and for that I am truly grateful.
In 2005, I had the opportunity to intern at FIRE because of donors like you. That summer, I left FIRE feeling empowered to make a difference on my campus and with the new goal of making a career out of defending our most cherished freedoms. My short time at FIRE truly changed my life in the best of ways. Your donations led me to my current position as the Director of FIRE’s Campus Freedom Network—a fulfilling job I greatly enjoy—and to my soon-to-be wife, whom I met while working at FIRE! Thank you for giving me these opportunities simply by supporting FIRE’s work. I hope you will consider supporting the 2010 interns with a donation today. Even a few dollars can make a big difference, as my story surely reflects.
If there is one thing I love about overseeing the Internship Program, it’s the lasting relationships it creates. Our interns stay deeply involved in and dedicated to our mission. Just recently, John Cetta, a 2009 summer intern, volunteered to write a letter to our supporters because he so strongly believes in the program’s importance and ability to have lasting effects on hundreds of campuses and tens of thousands of students. If you have not already received his letter and have a few minutes, I encourage you to check out John’s note here so you can see what your support has made possible.
Again, thank you so much for your past support of FIRE interns like John and me, and I hope you will decide to support this vital program once again today.