Meet the DNCC 2016 Interns

With the Convention just over 40 days away, the Democratic National Convention Committee welcomed the 2016 class of interns to Philadelphia on Wednesday. Flooding in from colleges and universities across the country, this year’s class is equipped and eager to join the Convention team. Representing their home states, interns joined the DNCC team from states including: Hawai’i, Idaho, New York, and of course, Pennsylvania. The impressive team houses radio hosts, staff writers, managing editors, presidents of College Democrats, legislative research interns, local public relations directors, and previous congressional interns.


Each of the interns bring an eclectic compilation of backgrounds including Troi Williams who is an ordained minister and has also scaled Mt. Fiji; Jerry Yan who attended an international middle and high school in Beijing, China; Anthony Valerio who is a Division 1 men’s ice hockey player; Allen Chen who is a rock climbing instructor and Alex Walker who (very appropriate to her line of work) was born on the Fourth of July.

Allen Chen; Jerry Yan and Sonia Sotomayor; Troi Williams

We asked why out of all the summer job and internship opportunities they chose the Democratic National Convention, we’ll let them tell you themselves:

Victoria Pleasant from Flint, Michigan: “As a young Democrat, being a part of the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee is an experience that cannot be duplicated because of its historical significance. Also, being surrounded by the very best staff and fellow interns will shape me into an even more enthusiastic change agent.”

Mairead Cahill from Boston, Massachusetts: “I’m looking to make lasting connections within the office, be proud of the work I contribute to the convention, and I’m here to experience and be a part of a political event like no other. Being a member of the convention team gives me the opportunity to know the ins-and-outs of the Wells Fargo Center and how each space is utilized.”

Bradford Taylor from Princeton, New Jersey: “From this internship I hope to gain more knowledge about how a political organization is run, especially from a legal standpoint. I choose the DNCC over other internships, because I believe that this convention is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I would love to experience it from behind the scenes.”

Lara Hughes from Ka‘ū, Hawai’i: “The election is perhaps one of the most historically important for our party, and I feel it is my duty as a young democrat to step up and do my part. Growing up in an isolated area on the Big Island of Hawai‘i there were limited opportunities and role models available. This experience is providing all of those things, and more. Working with the Democratic National Convention Committee will be something that I will be able to look back on with great pride.”