We're happy to have Jessica with us as our Shelter Intern this summer. Read on to learn more about her background and the great ways she plans to use this experience in the future.
What school and program are you in?
I am a rising senior at Elon University. I am studying Sociology and am also pursuing minors in Human Service Studies, Criminal Justice Studies, and Poverty and Social Justice Studies.
What interested you in interning at Sojourner?
Throughout my college experience, I have developed a strong passion for domestic violence awareness. Upon hearing about Sojourner, I admired the work they do and the variety of resources they provide to both the community and to survivors of domestic violence and intimate partner violence. I was raised in this area and am aware of the need for the resources that Sojourner provides. It was my goal to spend this summer as an intern for an organization that is working to make a difference in this community and I found that at Sojourner.
What background/experience do you bring to the role?
In the past three years I have spent time learning more about domestic violence, undergoing domestic violence training, and working closely with a local domestic violence shelter. This experience has primarily been helping behind the scenes by promoting awareness and fundraising. I look forward to working with Sojourner this summer in the shelter and being able to take on a more hands-on approach. In addition, I have served as the president of a female empowerment group at my university that aims to facilitate necessary conversations surrounding women’s issues while forming a group that empowers the voices and experiences of all women. I hope to continue uplifting women and providing a safe space for their voices and experiences to be heard during my time at Sojourner.
What have you enjoyed or learned so far at Sojourner?
I have enjoyed learning more about the functions of a domestic violence shelter and the resources that Sojourner provides. I have also loved getting to know all of the women I have worked with so far. Each woman I have worked with has inspired me and taught me more than I could have ever expected. Meal times at the shelter are my favorite times here. I enjoy getting to speak to everyone and see the bonds formed between residents as they overcome the hardships they have faced and plan for a more stable and safe future.
How do you hope to use this experience in the future?
This upcoming school year I will be beginning my role as the Student Coordinator for Elon University and Family Abuse Services of Alamance County. I look forward to bringing what I have learned at Sojourner into this position and continuing to learn along the way. In addition, this fall I will be applying to law school. I hope to continue working with and advocating for women who have experienced domestic violence and intimate partner violence throughout my time as a student and beyond.