2017 PFIG Recipient Maliha Jahangiri

Malija Jahangiri – April 7th, 2017

Maliha Jahangiri

2017 PFIG Winner
Maliha Jahangiri
Major: Public Policy
UVA 2019

Internship: Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Washington, DC

Read about my internship

Journal Entry #1

This summer, I have the amazing opportunity to intern at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in Washington D.C.  Founded by prominent leaders of the Civil Rights Movement in 1950, The Leadership Conference is the largest coaltion of civil rights interest groups engaged in legislative advocacy. I will be interning here from May 21st to August 4th, for 30-35 hours a week. This past week has been incredible. I've gotten to learn more about the history of the organization, as well the policy and field work we're currently involved in.

On my first day, I was greeted by our communications assistant, Alicia, who is a recent UVA graduate, and given a tour of the building where I'd be working. Our brand new office on 16th and L Street is beautiful and is providing - alongwith the very personable staff - a stimulating work environment. This is just one of several new developments at The Leadership Conference, as our previous executive team - including prominent civil rights lawyer President Wade Henderson - will be retiring in two weeks. I was also inroduced to incoming president Vanita Gupta, who effectively headed the Civil Rights Division of the Deparment of Justice under President Obama, though I was too starstruck to say much.

I have also started exploring the different issue areas that I would like to work on. In fact, I have already started working on substantive projects centered around criminal justice reform alongside one of our policy fellows, including drafting talking points and bill summaries for coalition members and allies in Congress. I have also already had the opportunity to attend Senate briefings and other events, including a panel at the Rayburn House Office Building on mandatory minimums and sentencing reform. Over the course of this summer, I hope to learn more about advocacy strategies for enacting policy chages, more about specific concerns within other issue areas, such as the 2020 Census and judicial nominations, and cultivate relationships with other staff members - as many of them are law school graduates with incredible experiences and knowledge to impart.  I am currently one of the first summer interns to arrive, so I can't wait to meet the others as well (apparently there is another student from UVA!).

Journal Entry #2

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Journal Entry #3

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