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August 13th, 2013
06:20 PM ET

Would you help pay for a student to intern on Capitol Hill?

Washington, D.C., ain't cheap, especially when you are an unpaid intern on the hill. But one enterprising young woman is crowdsourcing her way to the Capitol.

When Jessica Padron was offered an unpaid internship with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that she could not afford, she did not go to a bank to get the cash she needed to make ends meet, she went instead to the internet.

So far Padron has raised about half of her goal, roughly $6,400, to survive four months in Washington D.C.

CNN's Erin McPike reports.

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