When family and friends learned I would be interning at the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University this summer, I was met with confused looks and questions. I’m not Latino, the purposes of an ‘institute’ seemed especially ambiguous, and others wondered why a carefree smart mouth like myself was being allowed anywhere near public policy.
Honestly, I was a bit confused, too. Being the first intern LPI has had, my duties were still undefined when I entered the LPI office in Providence for the first time. My supervisor Anna Cano-Morales could coach me on the LPI “elevator speech” concerning its mission statement, but really, what would I be doing?