Who We Are
Pay Our Interns is bipartisan, non-profit organization that advocates for an increase in the amount of paid internships within our government, for-profit, and nonprofit sector. POI serves as a research platform, advocacy guide, and internship database for students across the country. Paid internships should be available to all students in every sector, whether private or public. A student’s socioeconomic status should not be a barrier to getting real-world work experience.
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Carlos Mark Vera, Founder
Guillermo Creamer, Chief of Staff
Trevor Smith, Outreach Director
Trevor Smith is an Associate at M+R, a public relations and digital communications agency that works with non-profits and foundations.
Originally from Maryland, he lived in New Delhi, India and Seoul, South Korea for much of his life. A graduate of American University, where he received a B.A. in Journalism, he has held various unpaid internships mainly focusing on affordable housing advocacy. He realizes that unpaid internships isolate a certain type of student that can afford to work for free, and only perpetuate the stark economic inequality throughout the country today.
Christina Isnardi, Policy Director
Christina Isnardi currently works as a litigation assistant for Virginia & Ambinder, LLP, a workers’ rights law firm that has represented unpaid interns in over 70 wage violation cases, and that has achieved the largest unpaid internship settlement to date at $7.2 million. She also lobbied legislators to extend civil rights protections against sexual harassment and discrimination to unpaid interns, including a New York City bill that was signed into law in April 2014, and a federal bill that was passed unanimously by the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2016. She has spoken publicly on the issue, including through panels and talks hosted by the New York City Bar Association, TEDxNYU, The Huffington Post, and other organizations.
Evan Martinez, Communication Coordinator
Evan Martinez is the Communications Associate at the American Iron and Steel Institute, a top tier trade association based in Washington, D.C. Prior to this, Evan attended American University where he held internships at EMILY’s List, United World Colleges International, C.Fox Communications and WilmerHale. He served as the Vice President of Publicity for American University’s PRSSA chapter and is now a member of PRSA’s News Professional’s chapter. He has been published in PRNews Pro, PRSA.org and featured a guest columnist on American University’s PRSSA blog. Evan will be attending Georgetown University’s Public Relations and Corporate Communications Master’s program in the Fall.