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National Intern Spotlight: Avantika Krishna

2012 July 16



Where are you from and what school do you attend?
I am from Houston, Texas and will be a sophomore at Trinity University in San Antonio this fall.

What do you study?
I am a Human Communication and Business Administration double major.

What made you want to intern at Project Vote Smart?
Interning at PVS seemed like a wonderful opportunity to not only contribute to the political discussion in this country, but to also immerse myself in the great outdoors. I really appreciate this dedication to providing non-partisan facts in a time where party politics and political rhetoric dominate the airwaves. I wanted to work for an organization that tried to equip all individuals with the truth instead of contributing to the political vitriol that has made this country so divisive. Moreover, the location of the Great Divide Ranch was a definite appeal. I've lived in cities and suburbs for my entire life and wanted to experience a different side of America.

What is your typical day like?
Working in the Legislative Research (Key Votes) Department, I usually start my day off by entering or checking key votes. These are votes on legislation we selected in bi-weekly meetings that are controversial, generate a good amount of press, and demonstrate clear issue positions. Next, I track major legislation through the press in Delaware, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Vermont, bringing up bills and votes at our selection meetings. I also write and check bill summaries, which summarize each piece of legislation selected by the department. We ...

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July Common Ground E-Newsletter

2012 July 13

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Is the News Getting the Best of You?

2012 July 11

The first Friday of every month is more than just an excuse for the monthly office pizza party - it's when the Bureau of Labor Statistics puts out their unemployment report, an event that is sure to grow in intensity with every passing month as November approaches. 

National Intern Spotlight: Megan Riley

2012 July 09

We threw the spotlight on one of our interns, Megan, and asked her a few questions about her time, so far, here at the Great Divide Ranch...

236 Years Later - Get the Facts you Deserve!

2012 July 05

We celebrate the 4th of July with parades, barbecues and fireworks and sometimes forget about the 14th of January, “Ratification Day”, which commemorates the ratification of the Treaty of Paris in 1784; 8 hard fought years after the Declaration of Independence was signed. And it wasn't just 8 years of suffering and sacrifice that secured the promise laid down in that original document. In many ways we're still fighting for it today. 

National Intern Spotlight: John Hogan

2012 July 03

We threw the spotlight on one of our returning interns, John, and asked him a few questions about his time, so far, here at the Great Divide Ranch...

Comments on The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590)

2012 June 27

The Supreme Court are expected to announce their decision on the constitutionality of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 this week. Read some recent comments on this issue here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Janet Paduhovich

2012 June 26

Are you a member of Project Vote Smart? Are you interested in contributing your time to volunteering? Member Janet Paduhovich tells us about her experience volunteering for 2-weeks at the Great Divide Ranch.
For more information on our Member Volunteer Program, click here

National Intern Spotlight: Sean Pedigo

2012 June 25

We threw the spotlight on one of our new interns, Sean, and asked him a few questions about his time, so far, here at the Great Divide Ranch... 
For more information on our National Internship Program, click here

June Common Ground E-Newsletter

2012 June 12

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