We are proud to announce and introduce the congressional placements of our four interns for the Spring 2022 Victory Congressional Internship cohort!
The Victory Congressional Internship (VCI) is developing the next generation of out public leaders. This spring’s ten-week program will include a rigorous in-person and virtual weekly leadership development series and mentorship component. Victory Institute is proud of our continued and growing partnership with the LGBT Equality Caucus, its members, and other LGBTQ-friendly members of Congress.
Evynn Bronson (she/her)
Hometown: Idaho Falls, ID
School: Brigham Young University
Placement: Rep. Adam Schiff
Evynn Bronson is studying political science with an emphasis on diplomacy and international relations at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She plans to graduate in Fall 2023 and pursue a career in foreign service where she can live her dream of working abroad while making a significant impact for her home country. She has experience working in social media marketing and as an event director running events ranging from small community fairs to medical award galas. Although she has many hobbies and talents, her biggest passion lies in giving the underrepresented a voice and advocating for the underdogs.
Unique McFerguson (she/her)
Hometown: Fontana, CA
School: Howard University
Placement: Rep. Mondaire Jones
Unique McFerguson is from sunny Southern California. She has a younger brother and a close relationship with her family. Growing up, she loved to play the violin, and then the cello, and also enjoyed playing volleyball. She also knew that she wanted to help others, but growing up she could never decide exactly which career was best for her. At different points, she wanted to be a teacher, then a judge, then a doctor. However, after excelling in AP Government in high school, she set her sights on going into politics—it would satisfy that itch to help others on a worldly scale. Now, she travels to Washington DC to complete her studies at Howard University and is preparing to graduate in May of 2022 with a B.A. in Political Science, minoring in Spanish and Afro-American studies.
Angel Strong (she/they)
Hometown: Lincoln, NE
School: Drake University
Placement: Rep. Chris Pappas
A first year student at Drake University, Angel is majoring in International Relations and Environmental Science. She wants to pursue a career in the US State Department and hopes to one day become the Secretary of State. She speaks French and is currently learning Arabic. Angel is a self-described lifelong academic and as such, she loves preparing for Model European Union, reading through environmental case studies, and editing debate cases for her friends.
Daria Nastasia (she/her)
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
School: George Washington University
Placement: Rep. Jamaal Bowman
Daria Nastasia was born in Romania and raised in the Midwest of the United States. She is a sophomore at the George Washington University, with a double major in Political Science and Journalism & Mass Communication, a minor in Film Studies, and involvement in the Global Bachelor’s program. As a new immigrant and LGBTQ youth, Daria is passionate about social justice causes. During high school in Saint Louis, Missouri, she was the President of the Gay-Straight Alliance, a summer intern for Civitas, and an apprentice for the Teens Make History program of the Missouri Historical Society. In college, she has sought a similar level of engagement. During freshman year, she was a representative on the Dean’s Advisory Council, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair for the Roosevelt Institute, and a writer for the Justice Journal. During her sophomore year, she serves on the University Hearing Panel and the Financial Aid Student Advisory Council, as Senate Community Liaison of the Student Association, and as Director of Outreach and Development of the Women’s Caucus. Daria plans to spend her undergraduate and graduate education refining her capabilities to make a difference through a professional career in politics, government, or diplomacy.