Name: Brigita Kant
Year of Participation: Summer 2021
Why did you want to be an ACLU of Maine intern?
Before applying, I knew that the ACLU and ACLU of Maine had a history of involvement in subjects ranging from juvenile justice reform to immigrant rights, and beyond. I am passionate about the civil rights issues faced by Americans, and when I heard about the possibility to become an intern, I knew I wanted to apply. The ACLU of Maine has been active during the pandemic, and they have shown leadership through their drive and empathy to protect all peoples, especially those most vulnerable. I wanted to be a part of a mission driven organization that prioritizes compassion, humanity, and collaboration, and is actively working to create meaningful change in the state of Maine.
What are you excited to learn over during your internship?
I am looking forward to learning more about the work done by the ACLU of Maine, since there are a lot of different components within the organization. I am working closely with the Development Team. I plan to develop my research and communication skills as well as have an inside look at the important work they do to support the ACLU of Maine’s mission. I am also excited about the chance to work in a team environment and engage with various policy and legal perspectives.
Where are you now, and what are your plans for the future?
I am currently a rising senior at Bowdoin College double majoring in government and legal studies and German, and minoring in Asian studies. During my senior year, I am hoping to complete an honors project about the construction of race and gender identity during German colonization of Samoa from 1900 to 1920. At school, I am a co-leader of Bowdoin’s Criminal Justice Reform Club and the Multiracial Student Union. After graduation, I intend to get a job or fellowship that engages civil and human rights. After that, I intend to either attend law school or graduate school in political science.