Carlos Mark Vera

Carlos Mark Vera

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Pay Our Interns

Chicago, IL USA

It’s the small habits that lead to the big results. It’s not about intensity; it’s about consistency.


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Carlos Mark Vera


My road in life has been direct.
I started my career in Congress as an unpaid intern—I was interning 30 hours a week, working 20 hours a week, and taking five to six classes a week.
While working for Congress, I noticed that no one looked like me besides the janitor, yet these are the people making major decisions for the country.
I continued to gain experience and build my career in politics and government.
I realized that no one was fighting to expand paid opportunities for interns, so I quit my job and started Pay Our Interns in October of 2016.
While getting Pay Our Interns off the ground, I worked full-time as a server to pay the bills.
Now Pay Our Interns is the leading organization fighting to ensure that everyone has equitable access to careers paths through paid internships.
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High School
Political Science
American University


Co-Founder & Executive Director

I lead an organization fighting to ensure everyone has equitable access to career paths through paid internships.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

My typical day consists of meetings with CEOs, elected officials, or chiefs of staff. I also spend time doing media interviews, reviewing policy, attending events, and writing opinion pieces.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I actually don't think there's one right path to get to where I'm at. For me, internships were most important in my career trajectory rather than what I majored in.


The Noise I Shed

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Challenges I Overcame


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