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Posted: 5:47 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2012
By Erica Bryant
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
In a little more than two months, Charlotte will host the Democratic National Convention. Some of the people working for the convention are using it to build a foundation for a career.
There are currently more than two dozen people interning with the DNC Committee, but one woman hopes the experience will connect her to her dream job.
“I probably cried most of the day. I was pregnant with my second daughter,” said Kelly Johnson, who described the emotions she experienced as she watched President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Now, four years later, she is thrilled to be an intern for the DNC.
“I felt like a teenager again, jumping up and down in the kitchen. I felt there is no way I’m going to let this opportunity pass,” she said.
She is one of 50 selected for the summer internship program leading up to the convention.
Johnson, who is a third-year law student at Charlotte Law and a wife and mother, said she’s getting hands-on experience in the DNC Committee’s legal department.
“The three attorneys that I work with give us so much responsibility. We work with (requests for proposals) and drafting contracts for vendors, goods and services and stuff like that,” she said.
DNCC Chief of Staff Travis Dredd said his career began with an internship. He added that at least seven interns this year have already been hired full time.
“I’ve worked on three conventions now, and much of our full-time staff now started as interns at previous conventions,” he said.
Johnson will try to transfer the experience and the contacts she’s made into a career.
The summer intern program is closed, but DNCC officials said they will find ways for everyone who wants to work on the convention to have an opportunity to get involved.
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