Shivangi Bhatia was an Undergraduate Public Service Scholar in 2016, when was a Research intern for EMILY’s List, a political action committee that raises money for Democratic, Pro-Choice female candidates.

Where are you from?
Cleveland, Ohio. 

Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I graduated in December 2017 from Washington University in St. Louis where I majored in Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

What was the best part of your internship?
The thing I enjoyed most about my internship were the people I had the opportunity to work alongside and the overall office environment. Everyone I met was so motivated and dedicated to the cause of getting more female representation in Congress. The staff always made us feel welcome and gave us a lot of opportunities to attend political events around the DC area.

What lessons did you learn that you would like to pass on to future interns?
Do your best to network as much as you can during your internship. I made a point to network with the rest of the research team and other department heads at EMILY’s List. The people I did informal interviews with helped me greatly with current and future goals.

What are you doing now?
I graduated a semester early and have been interning at the St. Louis County Domestic Violence Court as a court appointed advocate. This has involved me supporting petitioners who come seeking orders of protection and providing them emotional support along with community resources. In August I will be attending law school!

What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
I hope to be a lawyer for individuals seeking orders of protection. I feel as if it is really important that women and people of color get adequate representation in the legal arena, especially when it comes to protecting themselves from domestic violence. In particular, I wish to work with immigrants seeking relief, many of whom need lawyers who will understand their unique needs.

What is your favorite book and what are you reading now?
I am currently reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. It is definitely a more controversial novel, but I got a lot of recommendations to check it out by my friends who read it in high school. If I had to choose a favorite book, I would say either The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls or 1984 by George Orwell.

Tell us a fun fact!
Although I am super passionate about women’s rights, I also have a hidden passion for entrepreneurship. My dream is that one day I can combine the two and create my own non-profit for women and girls in India!

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