The Summer 2020 Remote KIPPternship Experience

After a very busy summer working for their organizations, our 2020 KIPPterns  wrapped up their internships on July 31st. The second year of the KIPPternship program was all virtual, but the experience was just as valuable for our KIPP alumni. A very special thank you to our donors for making the KIPPtern experience possible and to Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu, The Blue Lab, and Union Capital Boston for partnering with our KIPPterns to create an impactful virtual experience. Our KIPPterns share their reflections below, but please also  enjoy the video recap of the KIPPtern 2020 experience here.

Brian Leon, KALC Class of 2020, Centre College 2024

Internship: The Blue Lab


At first the experience, especially calling people, was unfamiliar and overwhelming. But, I asked questions and I grew throughout my time with The Blue Lab. I learned through this experience that I like politics, but I definitely want to be out in front not behind the scenes.”

Domini Guscott, KALC 2020, Boston University 2024

Internship: Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu

“The experience meant a lot to me, to work  with others who share the same passions and interests as me. It was great to be matched with someone who has so much experience and knowledge, I learned a lot from the people I worked with.”

Mercedes Matos, KALC 2019, Boston University 2023

Internship: The Blue Lab

“I really enjoyed the experience- I’m even staying on and working with the same candidates until the primaries. The candidates I was working with are really great and are open to new ideas. It was really great to get campaign experience early on in my career”

Gabriel Clark, KALC 2019, Dartmouth College 2023 

Internship: Union Capital Boston

“I really enjoyed seeing things at the base level, it’s really impactful to see people literally engaging in the community and the actual work of providing resources and creating more resources through social capital. I didn’t know a ton about the census before this event and I  feel way more informed in conversations about the census.”

Leia Payano, KALC 2020, UMass Amherst 2024

Internship: Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu

“I learned about how city counsel is not just one person, it’s a collective group who are making decisions together, which was really cool. I enjoyed helping my community and putting together resources.”

Ashley Giron, KALC 2020, Fitchburg State University 2024

Internship: The Blue Lab

“The KIPPternship was all about new experiences. I was able to connect with people who share similar passions around voting rights, putting the right people in office and supporting them.”