Grassroots experiences inspire political dreams

Leah Camp­bell, SSH’14, set high stan­dards for her first co-​​op expe­ri­ence at North­eastern. Her ideal posi­tion, she decided, would help her develop grass­roots orga­ni­za­tional skills and over­seas cam­paign expe­ri­ence while also fos­tering her per­sonal and edu­ca­tional growth.

That first co-​​op in Spring 2013 at Oxfam America—whose mis­sion is to create lasting solu­tions to poverty, hunger, and social injus­tice throughout the world—turned out to be the per­fect match.

Camp­bell, a third-​​year com­bined major in polit­ical sci­ence and inter­na­tional affairs, worked in the organization’s com­mu­nity engage­ment depart­ment, where she helped a team of four orga­nize the national vol­un­teer group, which is spread across 15 U.S. cities. Camp­bell assisted in choosing these vol­un­teer leaders, dis­sem­i­nated newslet­ters to help pub­li­cize its events, and pro­vided addi­tional daily support.

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