The HEP CAMP Association would like to introduce the 2022 National HEP/CAMP Association Interns. All internships are made possible through the continued support of our annual conference.
Sacramento State University
Serving in The US Department of Agriculture
Daniel González’s Bio:
I was born in the small town of Ukiah, California, and I have two older siblings. My parents immigrated from Michoacán, Mexico in the late 1980’s. My father is a farmworker and my mother runs an immigration consulting business. They instilled in me the importance of working hard and getting a good education. I am a first-generation college student, and I firmly believe that through public service I can help create a better community.
I am a rising sophomore at Sacramento State University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics. As a CAMP participant, I received a great deal of support. When I started school, I had only a vague idea of what I wanted for a career, but with CAMP’s support system, I know that I would like to pursue a career as an immigration attorney, and assist immigrants as they seek new lives in the United States.
In my internship, I want to gain more insight in public policy, and I hope that this unique experience helps develop the values of public service in me. These values are so badly needed today.
Boise State University
Serving in The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute
Janet Gordillo’s Bio:
My name is Janet Gordillo and I was born in Ontario, Oregon. My mom and dad came to the U.S. from Culican, Sinaloa and Comitan de Dominguez, Chiapas, respectively. They have worked so hard under the scorching sun from a very young age and continue to do so to provide for my siblings and me.
I graduated from Fruitland High School and am now attending Boise State University in hopes to become a pediatrician. As a first-generation student, I am beyond thankful for CAMP because it helped me navigate through my first year of school. It helped me form long lasting friendships, and I have learned to network with others from my community. Because of CAMP, I have joined two additional organizations, Organization de Estudiantes Latino Americanos (O.E.L.A.), and now TRIO STEM. These organizations also help further my education with skills development, mentors, and tutors. I have been actively involved in promoting cultural awareness and creating opportunities for Latinx students seeking higher education.
As an older sister I want to help create a pathway for my younger siblings and all the Latinx children with big ambitions. As an intern, I am interested in gaining the necessary experience to make an impact in my community. When I return from the internship, I plan to educate my community about the resources that are specifically available to them. I am passionate about supporting people, and confident I will accomplish this with the help of The National HEP/CAMP Association Internship.
Anaelsin López López
Skagit Valley College
Serving in The Office of Migrant Education (OME)
Anaelsin López López’s Bio:
I was born in Phoenix, Arizona but was raised in Mount Vernon, Washington, where I began working in agriculture fields alongside my family. I am a first-generation college student at Skagit Valley College where I am completing my prerequisites and plan to transfer to the University of Washington. I am considering majoring in political science with a minor in communications. As a child, I witnessed the cultural and financial hardships that my family endured firsthand. I have always strived for a better life, which is why since I was a kid, I took the lead in most of my home responsibilities; often translating and guiding my younger siblings while at the same time focusing on breaking systemic barriers through my education.
I am currently involved in the Migrant Leaders Club, the Underground Writing program, and in the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). My passion to represent my community has allowed my work to be published in the anthologies, What No One Ever Tells You and When the Dust Rises. In the CAMP program, I am being supported through inequitable barriers as I take the next steps in my academic journey.
As a HEP/CAMP intern, working in the Office of Migrant Education, I hope to learn more about how to effectively be a leader. I also hope to network and learn from role models in a professional setting that will be influential in my journey towards achieving my goals.
Joanna Peña Rodríguez
University of Washington
Serving in The Office of Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
Joanna Peña Rodríguez’s Bio:
My name is Joanna Peña Rodriguez, and I was born and raised in Wenatchee, Washington. I am a proud daughter of immigrants from Jalisco, Mexico. My parents sacrificed everything they knew so that I could have a better life, endless opportunities, and the chance at an education.
I graduated from Wenatchee High School and currently attend the University of Washington. I am a first-generation student intending to double major in Law, Societies, and Justice and Political Science, as well as a double minor in Human Rights and Geography. After obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I plan to go to law school and become an immigration defense lawyer to represent undocumented immigrants. At the UW I am a member of the Latinx Student Union, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (M.E.C.h.A), CAMP, and recently I have been participating in a practicum working alongside the grassroots organization La Resistencia. Overall, I am passionate about advocating for marginalized communities.
I am extremely appreciative of the CAMP program. They have provided incredible support and assistance throughout my first year and I have been able to make long-lasting friendships with some of the members. The CAMP program always felt like a home away from home. Even though I will not be a CAMP student anymore I know that I can always turn to my CAMP staff when I need a mentor or friend.
Through the internship, I am looking forward to gaining first-hand experiences while representing my community.
West Hills College – Coalinga
Serving in The United Farm Workers (UFW)
Anissa Pérez’s Bio:
I was born in the agricultural town of Hollister, California. I later moved to Firebaugh in California’s central valley, where my parents, who migrated from Mexico at a young age, continued to partake in fieldwork. As a first-generation college student, I have always understood the importance of education which was instilled in me at a young age.
I am a rising sophomore at West Hills College Coalinga, Firebaugh Center, majoring in Business Administration. Ultimately, I want to attend California State University, Fresno, to obtain my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. At WHCCD I have worked as a tutor with both the HEP and CAMP programs. I am also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society. My career goal is to work in the international business industry. However, I am open to learning more about other career opportunities. Through my internship, I want to learn as much as I can about the United Farm Workers and use this knowledge and experience to improve the lives of farmworkers in my community.
California State University – Fresno
Serving in The Office of Rep. Raul Grijalva
Nadia Rojas’ Bio:
Hi, I’m Nadia! I am kind, persistent, and full of curiosity. I am also passionate about trying new things and having new experiences so that I can learn more and share my knowledge with others. I am enrolled at California State University, Fresno, where I am majoring in Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health Science. I want to work with underrepresented communities and help improve the overall quality of life in those communities. I can do so by implementing effective policies, educating the communities, educating the political and community leaders, and creating facilities that provide effective services to prevent and treat physical and mental illness caused by substandard environments.
The College Assistance Migrant Program has been my home away from home. I built many positive relationships with students and staff. I have learned from others and have been guided in the right direction. This support helped relieve some stress and made it easier for me to be away from my home. I was able to have fun, meet new people, and create new experiences while also getting an education. Without CAMP, it would have been much more difficult to have this positive first year experience and an opportunity like the D.C. Internship.