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Internships

Notes from the Field: Noah Goldstein '18

Noah Goldstein '18 interned at the U.S. Department of Commerce during the 2016 Fall Term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report

During the fall of 2016 I worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce – Trade Administration & Commercial Services in the U.S. Embassy at London as an international trade assistant. The organization is the trade branch of the government and, as this one was based in the UK, was responsible for encouraging U.S. exports to the UK. Through the Obama administration’s SelectUSA policy, the organization also has the added responsibility of encouraging FDI, or foreign direct investment, from the UK going into the US. Thus, any UK companies looking to set up an office in the U.S. can go to Commercial Services to receive support. Commercial Services acts as a middle man between interested US companies and actors in the markets in the UK, often coordinating meetings between the two. For example, firms trying to sell a product in the UK are often able to get in a room of around 30 potential clients/distributors and pitch their product, thanks to the efforts of my office.

Internship Tip Series: Internship Housing

Housing Tip Sheet

This tip sheet was compiled from the feedback of previous interns. Scroll to the bottom for links that have been helpful to students in the past.

Tips:

1. Start Early: Affordable internship housing gets competitive (especially for the summer term), so start as early as possible. Start looking even before you have secured an internship, and put down a deposit as soon as your internship is confirmed.  Since rates often increase with time, we encourage you to not rely on or wait for funding decisions from the Rockefeller Center or other Dartmouth funding sources – make a commitment and make a plan-B both for housing and funding.

Notes from the Field: Lauren Bishop '19

Lauren Bishop interned at the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence during the 2016 Fall Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the fall of 2016 I had the distinct privilege of interning in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence under President Barack Obama. As an intern in the Hard Mail division of the Mail Analysis team, I read and responded to hundreds of letters a day on behalf of the President in order to address the concerns of the American people. I was also able to give voice to compelling writers by flagging their letters for staff members who would review and then place them in the President’s nightly briefing book. Ten letters a day were chosen, encompassing a range of topics penned by writers throughout America in order to inform the President of the public’s opinion. Furthermore, I coordinated with staff to compose an internal compilation of letters for relevant policy offices and recorded the opinions of the American people during shifts on the White House comment line.

Notes from the Field: Yoga Acharya '19

Yoga Acharya '19 interned with Senator Casey's Foreign Policy and National Security Team during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

Notes from the Field: Victoria Chi '17

Victoria Chi '17 interned at the policy office of the Center for Global Health at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Over the summer of 2016, I interned at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the government agency that works to protect the health of Americans and of populations worldwide. Within CDC, I was in the policy office of the Center for Global Health (CGH), the center responsible for reducing the global burden of disease, strengthening the health capacity of developing countries, and preventing, detecting, and responding to disease threats across the globe. 

Notes from the Field: Steven Jiang '19

Steven Jiang '19 interned at the Cabinet Relations department of the Massachusetts State House during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

During the summer of 2016, I interned in the Cabinet Relations department of the Massachusetts State House. The goal of the Cabinet Relations department is to work with the secretariats to research best-practices in government and develop policy to promote the agenda of the Governor and Lt. Governor. During my time there, I was assigned to two projects: 1) researching prison hospice programs in other states and determining the feasibility of having one in Massachusetts and 2) researching modular construction and how the state can promote manufacturers to build a modular building factory in Western Massachusetts.

Notes from the Field: Kathryn Gardner '17

Kathryn Gardner '17 interned at the Office of Environmental Policy (OEPC) during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Notes from the Field: Hannah Solomon '17

Hannah Solomon interned at the Office of Congresswoman Watson Coleman during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the summer of 2016, I had the opportunity to intern in the office of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman who is a first-term congresswoman representing New Jersey’s 12th district. She sits on the Committee on Homeland Security, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Select Committee on Women’s Health, as well as being a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and a founding member of the Caucus on Black Women and Girls. The Congresswoman is also deeply involved in the fight for common sense gun legislation and participated in the 26-hour-long sit in on the House floor on June 23rd.

Notes from the Field: Gabrielle Bozarth '17

Gabrielle Bozarth interned at the Center for American Progress during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the summer of 2016, I was an intern for the Progress 2050 team at the Center for American Progress. This team focused on the changing demographics of the United States, and how that impacted public policy. As a newer team at CAP, Progress 2050 had three staff dedicated to the department, and two interns – myself included. Working with such a small team in a progressive institution that employs hundreds of staff and has over 70 interns gave me the opportunity to do critical and important work that was ultimately published by CAP. As the intern who had more advanced research skills on my team, this was an aspect of my job that I was called to do quite frequently – I wrote over 10 memos and issue briefs on various policies and events throughout the nation, but specifically on policing, police unions, and hate crimes.

Notes from the Field: Lauren Gruffi '17

Lauren Gruffi interned at New America during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

New America is a think tank and civic enterprise devoted to renewing American politics, prosperity, and progress in the digital age. It seeks to distinguish itself from other think tanks in its bottom-up approach that engages local communities across the country.

While New America houses an array of different programs, including the Better Life Lab, Open Markets, and Open Technology Institute, the focus of my internship was with the Health Policy Program.

As a Health Policy Intern, my responsibilities included: coauthoring articles on timely public health issues for The Huffington Post; writing blog posts for the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, website; managing social media for SNAP; attending congressional hearings and events hosted by other think tanks across the city; conducting research on emerging public and global health crises, such as Zika; and planning and coordinating events hosted at New America by the Health Policy program.

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