Student uses Internet to fund internship with Harry Reid

"IF I DON'T REACH MY GOAL.... I will be forced to relinquish this opportunity and miss out on this once in a lifetime chance to take advantage of this crucial career move," she writes.

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She had raised $2,775 before her Aug. 25 deadline as of Monday afternoon. The Washington City Paper first reported her fundraising efforts.

Padron is seeking the funds to pay for housing, transportation and food during her time in D.C.