While most seniors spent winter break preparing for their final semester, Amani Moore ’19 was busy packing for Washington D.C.
The International Studies major graduated last semester and landed a coveted spot with freshman Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan as part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) Emerging Leaders internship program.
From Birmingham, Moore first learned of the opportunity during her summer 2017 internship with Alabama Congresswoman Terri Sewell.
According to their website, CBCF’s emerging leader program prepares college students and young professionals to become principled leaders, skilled policy analysts, and informed advocates by exposing them to the processes that develop national policies and implement them—from Capitol Hill to federal field offices.
Moore says that the highly-competitive Emerging Leaders application process included an intensive application with multiple essays and recommendations required. All Emerging Leaders receive a $4,000 stipend and housing through the duration of the internship.
In her role, Moore will be attending hearings and briefings, as well as researching issues, working with other legislative staffers, leading Capitol tours and drafting constituent letters.
She is using this internship to gain insight into the next steps in her career.
“One goal I have is to attend law school and become a lawyer, and hopefully my internship can also help me build connections,” explained Moore. “I am not entirely sure which direction I want to go, but I am sure this experience will provide me with many opportunities for growth and networking.”