Fabian Venegas-Ramos

Intern name: Fabian Venegas-Ramos

Major(s)/Minor(s): Sociology and Gender Studies double major 

Title/place of internship/fellowship, etc.: Intern with Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement

How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.? I was searching for an internship that centered Latinx folk and the LGBT+ community and found a national trans coalition. From the coalition’s website, I found Familia: TQLM listed with various other organizations as resources for queer undocumented Latinx folk. When I did further research on Familia: TQLM, I knew it was the nonprofit I wanted to intern for.

What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.?  I worked with the Digital Organizer on the Familia team to identify relevant and appropriate content to post on Familia’s social media pages.
 A core responsibility was supporting and collaborating with the Campaign and Organizing director to successfully carry out the Pride in Abolition celebration and the Membership Proposal Project. The latter involved reaching out to other organizations and interviewing their staff members to ask questions about their membership structures to deepen Familia’s insight in designing and implementing one.
 Additionally, I assisted with zoom and FB live technical support.

What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience? The most beneficial aspect of this internship experience was working with queer grassroots Latinx organizers and developing a deeper insight on collective liberation. It has helped me develop authentic leadership and elaborate/explore my identities in a safe space.

What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.? The amount of time devoted to nonprofit work and the flexibility needed to adapt to current events in a local and national context was very surprising.

How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future? This internship experience will shape my career and decisions for grad school to ultimately advance social justice and collective liberation.

What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience? Challenge yourself to explore different opportunities, discover more about yourself, and take risks.