ONE’s summer interns at ONE’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., offered interns around the Distict the chance to get involved in the fight against extreme poverty last night. “What’s Goin’ On? A Seriously Rockin’ Intern Happy Hour,” held at Capitol Hill restaurant Top of the Hill, brought more than 200 young professionals together to learn more about ONE and enjoy each other’s company.
The only word to describe the happy hour? Success. With a line out the door, an awesome raffle for ONE gear and some sweet tunes from agit8, our recent protest songs project, Top of the Hill was rocking last night. This year’s event was so poppin’ that the bar reached max capacity!
ONE’s US Executive Director Tom Hart talked to the crowd about what ONE is doing to bring reliable electricity access to Africa, eliminate AIDS, push for better agricultural policies, and make sure that the US keeps at least 1 percent of its foreign budget devoted to international assistance. He also talked about how our agit8 project harnessed the power of top artists, from Ed Sheeran and Mumford & Sons to Usher and U2, and our collective voice to build pressure for action against extreme poverty.
ONE Campus intern and Clark University ONE Campus Challenge (OCC) leader Maddie Friga introduced the college program to the audience and told them how students can help the world’s poorest.
ONE’s DC summer interns were also joined by this year’s OCC winners from schools across the US. It was awesome to have these students join us in representing ONE at the event and help encourage attendants to get involved in their ONE Campus chapters — as well as demonstrate some of the perks of joining the club.
Throughout the event, ONE interns and attendants alike were posting to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #ONEHappyHour to show their friends what a great time they were having. One of the coolest parts of the event was watching all of the posts show up in real-time on one of the huge screens in the bar.
ONE interns posing for a photo at the happy hour. Photo credit: Mariah Byrne/ONE
At the end of the night, attendants left the event with a new understanding of the work that ONE does and how they can get involved. From joining their campus chapters or volunteering at ONE events to writing letters to their members of Congress, every student can help in the fight to end poverty in our lifetimes.
Didn’t make it to the event? Learn more about joining the ONE Campus chapter at your school here.
Thanks so much to Top of the Hill, the ONE staffer members who came and all of the DC interns who helped make the event so incredible!