National Congress of American Indians intern works two jobs in D.C.

Dominic Peacock at the White House. Photo from Facebook

Dominic Peacock of Acoma Pueblo is working 60 to 75 hours a week in the nation's capital and he wouldn't have it any other way.

Peacock is an intern for the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C. But since he isn't drawing a salary at the nation's largest inter-tribal organization, he works a second job at a restaurant at a hotel.

“This is the schedule that I want,” Peacock, a senior at the University of New Mexico, told The New York Times. “I’m going to finish this. I don’t care what it costs.”

Peacock, who previously served as an intern for Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico), plans to enter law school after he graduates from UNM. He hopes to develop a career in Indian issues.

“If you really work hard then you’re going to be victorious,” Peacock told the paper. “As long as I’m doing something that benefits the tribe, that’s O.K. with me.”

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