Victory Institute Names Nowmee Shehab as Victory Congressional Intern

WASHINGTON – The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute named Nowmee Shehab to the summer class of Victory Congressional Interns. This competitive program places LGBTQ college students in a semester long internship with an LGBTQ or LGBTQ friendly member of congress in their Washington, D.C. office.  Shehab was one of eight individuals selected, from an applicant pool of 89.  During the internship Shehab will be interning in Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline’s office as part of the 2014 class of Victory Congressional Interns.
“Victory congratulates this year’s class of exceptional young LGBTQ leaders,” said Torey Carter, Managing Director of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute. “The Victory Congressional Internship is a crucial part of the Victory Institute’s mission – to build and support a network of LGBTQ leaders. I am optimistic that these eight young people will help shape a bright future for LGBTQ representation.”
Shehab is from Snellville, Ga. and will be a junior this fall at Emory University in Georgia – where she studies Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She works at the Center for Women as a programming assistant, serves as the Vice President for Emory Pride, and is a member of the editorials team at the Emory Wheel, a student-run, independent newspaper. Shehab is also involved in the Respect Program, a group that engages the Emory community to prevent and respond to sexual assault and relationship violence.
Each semester, the Victory Congressional Internship serves the purpose of developing the next generation of out public leaders by bringing outstanding LGBTQ college students to the nation’s capital to participate in an intensive leadership program which includes firsthand experience working for a member of U.S. Congress, an educational and leadership development program, as well as a community service project. In December, the students will attend the Victory Institute’s annual international conference Washington, D.C.