20 Questions with Intern Xander Tabloff
By Christopher Edwards on 08/01/2012 @ 06:55 PM
Each season Immigration Equality offices welcome interns, legal fellows, and volunteers. We will introduce you to some of them with 20 questions. Want to work with us? Find out more here.
Name: Xander Tabloff
School/Major/Year: Yale Law School, 2015
Position: Public Policy Intern
Office: Washington, DC Office
In one sentence, what do you do all day?
I work with the Public Policy and the Business Coalition to target prospective cosponsors for the Uniting American Families Act
How is that going?
It's intense, but extremely rewarding.
What are you hoping to accomplish while here?
I hope to gain an awareness of how legislation moves through Congress and what external factors outside of a politician's ideology go in to their decision making processes.
Where are you from?
I'm grew up in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida ... though I moved directly to DC after having graduated from Brown in Providence, RI.
Summertime outdoors is ...
I'll stay inside where the A/C is thankyouverymuch.
Are you in school this semester?
What's your one tip for striking balance?
I think it's extremely important to maintain a social life. Being solely immersed in work can be overwhelming and it's always good to clear one's mind through fun outside of the office.
Is mixing school and an internship worth it?
I'm in the middle of transitioning from undergrad to law school, so I'm not currently taking classes ... though I do think that when I've mixed the two in the past it's been a rewarding experience.
What do you do in your free time?
I play DC Kickball every Wednesday and find myself exploring DC constantly. I also find myself reading political blogs far too often ...
What are you currently reading?
Considering all of the reading I'll have to take up in the fall, I've taken a bit of a hiatus from reading. That said, I have a book by one of my favorite professors called Damascus After the Muslim Conquest that's currently sitting on my desk. I'm sure I'll get to it soon.
Favorite TV show?
American Horror Story, Modern Family, and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (love me some trashy television)
If you had one superpower what would it be?
It'd be cool to be able to shapeshift.
What's the most surprising part of your internship?
The expectations for interns at Immigration Equality are rather high and the work is quite substantive. A lot of places don't put as much trust in their interns, and I am certainly appreciative of the experience we're all getting.
What's the hardest part?
The frustration that occurs when a member of Congress won't budge on their position because of allegiance to party lines, even when they personally hold a different opinion.
What's your interest in immigration rights?
The idea that a family could be torn apart because of current flaws in our immigration system should not be accepted. I find myself drawn to this issue so that those who are currently disenfranchised by US immigration law can find solace in knowing that others are desperately fighting for them.
How did you learn about Immigration Equality?
Through a friend working with ORAM in San Francisco
Are you at immigration Equality just for the summer?
To whom would you recommend an Immigration Equality internship?
I don't think a prospective intern necessarily needs to have a strong background in immigration or LGBT related work. Rather, a person with the ability to think critically, strategically tackle problems, and work hard would be the best person to have on Immigration Equality's team.
What are you planning next after your time with us?
I'll be heading up North to start law school.