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The Voter’s Speakeasy featuring unbiased reporting and insight into life at Project Vote Smart from our staff, interns, and volunteers.

The Voice

2009 July 22 - Bonnie

"Hi! This is Tallie from Project Vote Smart. Is this still a good time to talk?" That is how I began nearly 200 conversations with perfect strangers. As the internship coordinator, I have the responsibility of sifting through the multitude of applications we get for the National Internship and choosing the best and the brightest to spend the summer saving democracy in beautiful Montana. The applicant has just their voice and a few brief minutes to demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to PVS, as well as their experience, knowledge and skills that should put them ahead of the other candidates. In those brief moments, it shocked and inspired me to learn about the richness of their experiences and the generosity in their hearts.

My favorite question is "what accomplishment are you most proud of?" This is when students tell me about starting a homeless shelter in their church, creating a safe place for at-risk youth to hang out, starting an NGO, working in an orphanage or reading to the blind in their spare time. I also hear about their personal accomplishments and triumphs like being a mentor to their siblings or being the first person in their family to go to college. I get to hear about the transformational moments in their lives--the moments they knew they were addicted to politics and would dedicate their lives to public service. Several of my applicants attended debates, caucuses, conventions or the inauguration and were forever changed. However, the most rewarding part of my job was meeting the ...

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