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Social Science Scholar Earns Valuable Internship

Saleshia Ellis, a member of the 2018 Social Science Scholars cohort, has been named by the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) as the 2018 recipient of its Stephanie Tubbs Jones (STJ) Internship.

Ellis majors in interdisciplinary social science with concentrations in urban and regional planning and social entrepreneurship. She joins other students from across the country selected to participate in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) summer internship program.

DREF established the STJ internship program to honor the trailblazing achievements of the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) and is administered by the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Institute for Social Justice housed within DREF’s Center for Research on African American Women. The seven-year collaboration between DREF and the CBCF offers participating college students a first-hand view of the nation’s legislative process. During the intensive nine-week program, interns are placed in congressional offices and learn about public policy, the legislative process, and leadership careers in policy making. Ellis has been assigned to intern in the office of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).

“DREF takes pride in honoring the legacy of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority member Stephanie Tubbs Jones. We believe it important to provide young women with opportunities that can positively shape their lives, their continued educational pursuits, and the futures of countless other young Black women,” said Carolyn E. Lewis, DREF’s president.

When asked about the STJ internship Ellis remarked, “The entire experience has provided me with the invaluable opportunities to further develop my skills as a change-maker. The support system is vital to me as a first generation [college student] and rising senior…I am surrounded by so much love and support from women who look like me and understand my experiences in life.”

The selection process for the STJ Internship Program is highly competitive. Ellis expects to graduate in 2019 and pursue a career path that places her in a position “to help underprivileged communities grow and thrive.” Her plans may include attending law school, but she adds that interning in Congresswoman Water’s office “has maximized my self-potential, realizing my desire to pursue a career that will positively affect the lives of others.”

The STJ/CBCF internship was established in 2012 with major contributions from The Clinton Family Foundation and the Hagans Family and other supporters. For more information about DREF and its programs, visit: