SKIBBEREEN local weather activist and campaigner Alicia O’Sullivan goes to Washington after being accepted for an internship on Capitol Hill.
The founding father of Security Over Stigma is at present in her third yr as a legislation pupil at College Faculty Cork.
As a part of her Bachelor of Civil Legislation (Medical) diploma, Alicia added an additional yr to do a piece placement.
Her first semester was with authorized affairs at Cork Metropolis Council, whereas for her second she’s going to work at Senator Edward J Markey’s workplace in Washington DC.
Ed Markey is an American lawyer, politician, and former military reservist who has served because the junior United States senator since 2013.
Throughout his profession he has centered on local weather change and power coverage and was chair of the Home Choose Committee on Vitality Independence and World Warming from 2007 to 2011.
Markey’s progressive insurance policies have led to widespread help amongst younger voters and The Hill has known as him ‘an icon to Gen Z activists.’
Though Alicia has taken a step again from activism to concentrate on her research, she regards her placement as extraordinarily essential.
‘I’m nonetheless engaged on the Security Over Stigma marketing campaign, which I co-founded in 2021,’ Alicia stated concerning the marketing campaign which focuses on ending on-line abuse and harassment.
In the meantime, fellow UCC legislation pupil, Bailey Lane, and Alicia not too long ago delivered an interactive presentation on anti-bullying to fourth yr college students and it was properly acquired.
It was in July that Alicia acquired phrase of her internship on Capitol Hill. ‘
I had reached out to my buddy the US local weather envoy John Kerry to see if there was potential for an internship within the Division of State,’ she informed The Southern Star.
‘Sadly, there wasn’t something out there there, however he directed me to use to an internship programme with Senator Markey.’
This concerned an utility and an internet interview along with his workplace.
Alicia confirmed she will likely be working in DC from January seventeenth till Could 18th.
She’s going to return in June and full her remaining yr at UCC.
Alicia says she is wanting ahead to the problem.
‘Capitol Hill, being the central of US politics – between the White Home, the Capitol Constructing and the Supreme Courtroom – that is the place all of the motion is occurring,’ she stated, ‘not solely home issues but in addition worldwide affairs, which makes it one of the attention-grabbing locations for anybody inquisitive about legislation and politics to work in, particularly a teen inquisitive about a profession on this space.’