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Some unpaid interns have used the court system to challenge the legality of their nonexistent wages. Others have successfully pleaded their cases for pay in letters-to-the-editor pages.

But one young Hill intern coming to D.C. next week has a simpler approach: crowd-sourced funding.

Las Vegas native Jessica Padron, 20, launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign so she could accept her dream unpaid internship in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office.

Padron is hoping to raise $6,500 by Aug. 25 to cover her living expenses in the nation’s capital for four months, including housing, food, and miscellaneous expenses. She estimates that she’ll need $4,200 for “modest” intern housing. (Housing in D.C., she wrote, “has reached and surpassed levels of New York.”)

The campaign has raked in $2,775 so far, and patrons wishing to donate $100 or more will receive free admittance to Padron’s “Going Away Party Extravaganza,” which will be catered by a chef who has donated his expertise for the occasion. No one has claimed this perk yet.

Padron, a University of Nevada-Las Vegas student and the first person in her family to attend university, told City Desk she did not want to do any more media interviews, but previously spoke to the Las Vegas Sun about her political aspirations, saying she wants to “see more diversity in politics.”

Reid’s office has not yet returned a call for comment, but it’s safe to assume Padron’s new boss will rally behind her efforts: The Nevada Democrat as been a proponent of raising the minimum wage in the past.

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