Appleseed Law Clerks and Interns – Meet Emily Johnson

Note: Each year, Nebraska Appleseed is fortunate to work with a number of bright, talented law clerks and interns. This is one of a series of posts that feature Appleseed’s clerks and interns discussing their backgrounds and experiences.

Emily Johnson is a Hastings College student originally from Victorville, CA.

Emily Johnson is a Hastings College student originally from Victorville, CA.

Name: Emily Johnson

Hometown: Victorville, California

Position: Economic Justice Intern

About Me: “I go school at Hastings College, I’m a senior this year. I major in political science and sociology, and I minor in women’s and gender studies and Christian ministries. I came to Nebraska for college because I really wanted a different experience than I could have gotten in California. I like to travel a lot. I just came back from a semester in Kenya in the fall, and I’m planning a trip to Guatemala right now with my best friend.  I’m an intern at the Maryland Living Center in Hastings, which just opened last week. It houses 16 youth who are currently homeless, as well as helping with job training, money management and a mentor program, which I’m in charge of – things that are important to being a fully functioning adult.”

Why Appleseed: “Well I knew I wanted to get involved with some sort of non-profit this summer, and I’ve done a bit of work with Appleseed doing other internships during the year, working with foster kids. I interviewed with them and was placed with the Economic Justice program, which is really cool. I’m working on food security issues – SNAP is one of them, as well as a school breakfast program. It’s been a really good experience. I hope to gain a better understanding of the issues that are currently facing Nebraska working here. It’s been a really great experience to just see how a nonprofit like Appleseed runs. I’ve been able to overhear the law meetings they have and go through legislation and policy stuff which is just really interesting, and I think its a good experience that a lot of people don’t get to have.”

Future Plans: “I hopefully will travel more. I want to do the Peace Corps or some sort of find-yourself program for two years and then come back and work for a couple nonprofits before law school. Maybe figuring out my life would be helpful. I kind of want to go to law school on the east coast, but (the University of California) Berkeley has a good program too. I’m looking to study public interest law or international human rights law. It’s a big decision.”

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