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Internships

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.

Notes from the Field: Nicole Castillo '17

Nicole Castillo interned at the Washington Office on Latin America during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is a brief recap of her experience in her own words.

As a research and advocacy organization advancing human rights in the Americas, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) partners with regional organizations and individuals, researches and analyzes current issues, and advocates for Latin America in a U.S. context.

As a foreign policy intern with the Mexico team this summer, I was constantly translating commentaries and press releases, writing memos, attending events related to the focus of my team, tracking press hits, and supporting in daily administrative tasks. Throughout my internship, I was exposed to the leading experts and institutions on Latin American issues.

Notes from the Field: Bethany Malzman '19

Bethany Malzman ’19 interned in the Washington, DC office of Representative Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23) during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the 2016 summer term, I had the opportunity to serve as one of three student legislative interns in the Washington D.C. office of Rep. Wasserman Schultz of Florida’s 23rd district. This office primarily manages legislation in Congress that relate to various committees the congresswoman holds positions in, such as the House Appropriations Committee, and bills that members propose and vote on during each congressional session.

Notes from the Field: Faith Rotich ’18

Faith Rotich interned at the World Justice Project during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is a brief recap of her experience in her own words.

I think my internship at the World Justice Project this past summer was an excellent opportunity not only for my professional advancement, but also for my personal growth.  My role was centered around establishing the relationship between the rule of law and socio-economic development around the world. As a student interested in a career in economic development, I learned about the different ways in which lack of, or limited access to the rule of law impedes the improvement of standards of living and economic development in general.

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