We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without our amazing team of interns. We are so lucky to have such talented, qualified, and passionate individuals intern with us. Their role is crucial in the growth and impact of our organization.
Meet Kyla, one of the most happy, energetic, and positive interns that has ever worked with us!
What is your name and age?
My Name is Kyla Hoggard. Age is much more than just a number to me. As any proper lady would, I kindly decline mentioning my age.
Where are you from?
I am from Tacoma, WA. Even though it is hated upon by many I am proud to be from the 253.
Where do you go to school?
I graduated from Seattle University located in the heart of Seattle.
What did you study and why?
I majored in French Studies and Political Science with grand ambitions to do international ambassadorial work one day in West Africa.
What is the most interesting fact about you?
I love to learn other languages and teach my international friends the joy of American slang, aka Ebonics. Holla!
Why did you decide to intern with us?
I decided to intern at LiNK after touring twice as a Nomad. For me it was really no choice at all. After meeting a little girl who was from North Korea while teaching English in South Korea, I wanted to learn more. The more that I learned the more I was compelled. After my first tour with LiNK I was in too deep to just move on to something else. I am still here because North Korea ought to be free. I am willing to give up my time to see this nation transformed.
What is your job title?
What are your specific responsibilities at LiNK? Why are they important?
My role is to help locate various individuals that feel compelled to organize and host film screenings in their area. I call high schools, colleges, and churches in order to find interested individuals that are willing to let Nomads come and visit their communities and learn about North Korea. My job is important because exposing this issue to the rest of the world is incredibly necessary if we want to see change. As more and more people hear the first hand accounts of those that have lived and escaped North Korea they will be compelled to join us in empowering the North Korean people. Hosting a screening is a great place to start in order to see this happen.
If you had five minutes with Kim Jong-un, what would you talk about?
If I could talk to Kim Jong-un I would ask about which countries he likes. What are the pros and cons of other nations and does he think North Korea could become the kind of place others admire. I would want to tell him that he has a real opportunity to transform a nation and go down in history as a remarkable and courageous leader even through small changes. And random, I would ask him what his favorite American movie is, since it’s well known that his father enjoyed the film industry.