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.
Nebraska Appleseed intern Conner Kozisek, already had a good idea about his future plans from the time he was in Kindergarten.
“When I was in kindergarten, I decided that I wanted to be a lawyer,” Conner said. “During high school, I kept waiting for a moment when I would think, ‘No. That’s not right. You should do something else.’ But, that moment never came.”
Currently a sophomore at UNL majoring in communication studies and political science, Conner found the mission of Nebraska Appleseed and his personal drive matched perfectly. He is interning with the Immigrants and Communities team but is also working with the Economic Justice team to circulate petitions for a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in Nebraska.
“I first learned about Appleseed last semester while talking with one of my professors. After visiting their website, I knew that I wanted to get involved with Appleseed in some way.” Conner said. “I am very purpose driven and need to have meaning behind what I do, so Appleseed was a perfect fit for me due to their efforts to ensure economic and social justice in the state of Nebraska. I love that the people who work at Appleseed are here because they want to be working here. It has been an incredible opportunity to work with a group of people who are truly passionate about what they are doing.”
As far as his plans to achieve his Kindergarten dream, patience is the key.
“I’m about to start my sophomore year, and at this point I have no idea what law school I’d like to attend. I’m really trying to keep an open mind and see where my passions and interests lead me.”
Name: Conner Kozisek
Hometown: Ainsworth, NE
About me: I’m a student at UNL majoring in Communication Studies, and I’m planning on double majoring with Political Science and minoring in Spanish and Leadership & Communication.
Why Appleseed?: I am very purpose driven and need to have meaning behind what I do, so Appleseed was a perfect fit for me due to their efforts to ensure economic and social justice in the state of Nebraska. I’m excited to learn more about the wide variety of issues currently facing our state, as well as expand my knowledge of Nebraska as a whole.
Future plans: After graduating, I’m planning on attending law school. As for the area of law I would like to study, I’m still unsure.