Springfield College sociology major and Springfield, Mass. native Nydia Hernandez is gaining a valuable engaged education experience interning at Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office this summer.
A dean’s list student during the spring 2018 semester at Springfield College, Hernandez has developed a passion for assisting and learning about policies in the areas of social justice. She has been an active member of the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition, a local non-profit group focused on helping Springfield implement a coordinated climate action plan that sets clear goals for emissions reductions over a period of time, which will reduce pollution and toxicity in our communities.
“I have a 3-year-old daughter, and since I have become a mother, I certainly have become more aware of social justice topics and wanted to become more involved,” said Hernandez. “This opportunity at Senator Warren’s office is very exciting because it will give me an opportunity to learn about the policy making process and receive experience in a real-world setting.”
Since her orientation in early June, Hernandez has been able to work with staff in Senator Warren’s office to address constituents concerns on policies and pending policies, as well as casework on a variety of topics.
“I've been learning about Massachusetts as a whole, and it's been a great experience so far,” said Hernandez. “I am excited about what I will be able to learn in the upcoming weeks, this is such a valuable internship, and it will help me not only as a student, but also a person as well.”