WASHINGTON – The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute named Jasper Katz to the summer class of Victory Congressional Interns. This competitive program places LGBTQ college students in a semester long internship with an LGBTQ or LGBTQ friendly member of Congress in their Washington, D.C. office. Katz was one of eight individuals selected, from a pool of over 100 applicants. During the internship Katz will be working for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs in Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s office as part of the 2015 class of Victory Congressional Interns.
“Victory congratulates this year’s class of exceptional young LGBTQ leaders,” said Aisha Moodie-Mills, president and CEO of the Victory Fund and Institute. “The Victory Congressional Internship is a crucial part of the Victory Institute’s mission – to build and support a network of LGBTQ leaders. I look forward to the role that these eight young people will play in expanding LGBTQ representation.”
Katz is a senior at Bard College, where they study Politics. On campus, they are a Peer Counselor, a member of Bard’s Multicultural Diversity Committee and Peer Review Board, and co-head of the Queer Student Association. Katz has also worked as field organizer on the YES Chattanooga Campaign and with Mainers United, and as a political intern for Progressive Majority Washington.
Each semester, the Victory Congressional Internship develops the next generation of out public leaders by bringing outstanding LGBTQ college students to the nation’s capital to participate in an intensive program which includes firsthand experience working for a member of U.S. Congress, educational and leadership skills trainings, and a mentorship program. In November, the students will attend the Victory Institute’s annual international conference in Las Vegas.