Name: Jamie McCarthy
Location: Waukesha, WI
Position: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500 – $1,200

How did you get interested in global issues?
When I started school, I wanted to be an attorney for those who had been discriminated against in the workplace. After I figured out that those I wanted to help could not afford an attorney, I decided to look into lobbying. When searching for an internship to help me advance my skills in this field, I stumbled upon The Borgen Project. The more I read their articles and saw the progress they have made, I realized I could make a bigger impact, while still pursuing the lobbying that I was originally passionate about.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I am in a privileged situation where I can volunteer my time to help those who need it, while still gaining the experience I need to pursue a professional career in politics. I am gaining skills that will bring me opportunities as well as bring opportunities that were not once available, to those in developing countries.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I recently visited Japan and was amazed at the cleanliness and security in each of the cities I explored. Knowing that the U.S. was heavily influential in the creation of their legislation, I am excited to help the U.S. influence other countries as well. A fun fact about me; I have a 9-year-old cat named Cory and a 10-year-old dog named Maggie. I study at Winona State University and will graduate in May of 2020.

My compassion/humility list:
I will do the following for any friends or family who donates in my honor…

  1. For $50, I will come to you and cook dinner.
  2. For $100, I will clean two areas of your home.
  3. For $200, I will pay for yours and a guest’s meal at my place of employment, Ella’s Public House, in Wales, Wisconsin.


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