Access the Vote Summer Internship
Our inaugural group of summer voting interns are the next generation of leaders and grassroots organizers. During this internship, they will learn about voting rights and the voting process, and they will develop a Get Out The Vote (GOTV) plan for their campus. The goal of their GOTV plans will be to increase student, faculty and community voting participation by 20% within a two mile radius of their undergraduate campus. All of our interns identify as a people with disabilities.
Meet our Access the Vote Summer Interns
Matthew Greene joined the DRNC team in June 2020 as a Voting Intern. He is currently pursuing an associate’s degree in Agribusiness Technology at Beaufort County Community College. A self-advocate, he is passionate about helping others with disabilities. In his free time, he enjoys playing with his dog and hanging out with his friends.
Tayla Jones is a native of Elizabeth City NC and a rising senior. She attends Elizabeth City State University, majoring in Special Education with a minor in business and entrepreneurship. This internship is extremely important to Ms. Jones, as she has a younger brother with autism spectrum disorder. She has a passion for helping others, and making sure that everyone’s voice is heard and that they are treated fairly.
Aaliyah King joined DRNC as a summer intern in June 2020. She is from Durham, North Carolina and currently attends Durham Technical Community College. Prior to joining DRNC, Ms. King spent over 10 years working in early childhood education. She also went to Bennett College for women to study early childhood education for 3 years. Throughout her childhood, Ms. King has personally experienced what it feels like to have a disability and not be able to let your voice to be heard. She strongly believes this internship is a great opportunity for her to use her gift of creativity and the arts to inspire others to form their own paths. In her free time, she loves to draw outside, listen to music, and spend quality time with her family.
Naomi Thombs is second year Psychology major at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She lives in Raleigh, NC and is an alumna of Saint Mary’s School. Naomi joined DRNC as a Voting Intern in June 2020. With this internship she hopes to create a safe space for students with disabilities on her campus to learn more about voting and their voting rights.
Thomas Warren joined DRNC in 2020 as a voting rights intern. He was born and raised in Salisbury, N.C. He is a recent alumnus of Winston-Salem State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Being diagnosed with a learning disability at a young age, he is excited to now have the opportunity to advocate for other individuals with disabilities.
Joshua White joined the Disability Rights NC team in 2020 as an intern for the Access the Vote initiative. He was diagnosed with autism on September 11, 2001 at the age of 21. He lives in Boone with his partner and their kids and cats. Joshua received his Associates degree from Nash Community College in Rocky Mount, and is a recent graduate of Appalachian state where he received his Bachelors of Social Work. When he’s not busy working or taking care of his kids, Joshua enjoys gardening, playing Minecraft, and shopping at the farmers market.