My name is Hannah, and I've been the Nebraska Competes Intern for the last five months. If you're a current or prospective member, most of the letters, emails, and updates you've been getting are from me. My internship is wrapping up, and I wanted to leave a reflection on my time here and the work I've been doing.
A little about me: I'm finishing up my second year at UNL majoring in Political Science and Spanish, and through UNL Honors, I was able to get an internship with the Intern Foundry Program. The IF Program matches students to nonprofits working at the Foundry Community, and I was lucky enough to be matched with OutNebraska to work on Nebraska Competes. I'm originally from Minnesota, but I love studying and living in Nebraska, and the opportunity to get engaged with the state legislature and grassroots organizations here in Lincoln was amazing.
Over the past few months, I've been working behind the scenes and through direct outreach to find new coalition members and support current ones. Through over a hundred letters and emails, lots of promotion and networking, and the support of our amazing members, I'm proud to say our coalition has grown from 86 members to 106 - doubling my original goal!
I want to say a big thank you to all the businesses who've joined or supported the coalition during my time here, the senators who've introduced nondiscrimination legislation and have taken the time to meet with members of our coalition, and most of all, my team at OutNebraska. My favorite TV show is The West Wing, and a quote that has always resonated with me is "never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world." I now know that's true, because I've had the pleasure of working with OutNebraska.
All the best,