Name: Isabel Canning
Year of Participation: Summer 2020 intern
What was the most valuable thing you learned or accomplished in the program?
During my time as an ACLU of Maine intern, I was able to sit in on meetings and participate in strategy sessions with dedicated team members. Here I gained an appreciation for the energy and level of commitment that effective advocacy requires. These strategy sessions were incredibly impactful as the team provided a supportive environment where I was encouraged to contribute and share my ideas.
What have you done since being involved in the ACLU program?
Since my time as an intern at the ACLU of Maine, I have returned to Haverford College to finish my senior year, where I will graduate with a major in political science and a minor in Spanish. I am currently conducting research for my thesis on the DREAMer movement and the formation of DACA. My experience at the ACLU has significantly impacted my research with migration from a legal perspective and my role on campus as an ally and leader.
What are your plans for the future?
My plan for the near future is to gain a broader experience in law with an eye towards attending law school. No matter the path I take, I hope to apply the lessons learned at the ACLU, as well as my experience and education, to be an effective advocate.