My Internship at the Fair Elections Legal Network and Campus Vote Project

by Shelby Kestler, Intern When it came to applying for internships this summer I knew I wanted something different than the typical Capitol Hill or PAC internships often found in Washington, DC.  As a rising senior at the Catholic University of America and a three-year resident of the District, I have experienced the rush of summer interns from across the country filling the metro on the way to the Hill, sporting their ID badges. This summer, I was looking for something different. I have considered attending law school and am passionate about people’s right to vote so the position at the Fair Elections Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project immediately intrigued me.  FELN’s staff includes a team of lawyers working to fight restrictions that make it harder for people to register and cast a ballot. The small collaborative staff offered me the opportunity to work closely with my supervisors and take on more responsibility than your typical summer intern. Throughout my internship I worked closely with Mike Burns the Director for Campus Vote Project. One of the major projects I was assigned early on in my internship was to find out which colleges in Indiana, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire distribute student IDs that are compliant with the respective state’s voter ID laws.  It was a time consuming project that required me to reach out to a large number of campuses.  Once I had determined which universities did not distribute voter ID compliant student IDs, I helped draft a letter that was sent to these universities urging them to change their student IDs so their students could use them as voter...