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Rosenwald Funded Intern

Notes from the Field: Daniel Shlien '18

Daniel Shlien '18 interned at the Office of Economic Policy in the U.S. Treasury Department​ for the 2017 winter term with the support of Mr. E. John Rosenwald Jr. '52 Public Affairs Fund. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This winter I had the opportunity to intern within the Office of Economic Policy in the U.S. Treasury Department, which is an office consisting of about twenty-five PhD economists and a handful of other staff who perform research a wide range of economic issues and advise the Secretary of the Treasury on those issues. During my internship, I was one of four interns who assisted economists in their research by cleaning up datasets, performing analyses, creating models, producing graphs and other visuals, and writing memos on our findings. One of the best parts about working in the Economic Policy office is its size –there are no research assistants and each economist is usually the only expert in their field in the office. Therefore, I worked directly with leading economists, people whose opinions on a subject, whether it be housing or healthcare, move the needle in the world of policy.

Notes from the Field: Lauren Bishop '19

Lauren Bishop interned at the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence during the 2016 Fall Term with support from Mr. E. John Rosenwald Jr. '52 Public Affairs Fund. 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: Jacob Greenberg ’17

Jacob Greenberg '17 interned at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia during the 2015 fall term with the support from the Mr. E. John Rosenwald Jr. '52 Public Affairs Fund.

"One method for the U.S. Department of State to globally implement American foreign policy is by establishing a representative mission to a country with whom we wish to have diplomatic relations, usually via an embassy that is led by an Ambassador," Jacob says.

Going into his internship, Jacob hoped to achieve a more comprehensive “understanding of how the US implements foreign policy through embassies and members of the Foreign Service.”

As an intern in the political and economic sections of the American Embassy in Zagreb, Jacob’s responsibilities included monitoring the treatment and numbers of Syrian refugees, forecasting the impact of multiple outcome scenarios for the parliamentary national election, drafting talking points in support of the TPP, and creating educational presentations on American culture and life for Embassy members to present to the public at large.

Notes from the Field: Robert Muttilainen '16

Student Intern: Robert Muttilainen '16

Internship Organization: 
American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch?
The ACLU of New Hampshire fights to protect civil liberties guaranteed in the United States and New Hampshire Constitutions. Through civil rights advocacy, education, lobbying, and litigation, the ACLU-NH works to protect freedom and equality for all residents of New Hampshire. The ACLU-NH is a non-profit, non-partisan affiliate organization of the National ACLU, which is comprised of over 500,000 members.

What are your specific responsibilities in the organization?

Notes from the Field: Evelyn Weinstein '16

Student Intern: Evelyn Weinstein '16

Internship Organization: 
American Civil Liberties Union: Nassau County, NY

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch?
The American Civil Liberties Union fights to protect the rights of all people within American borders through litigation, legislation, and movement advocacy. I work at the Nassau County chapter of the ACLU's New York branch. We handle region-specific problems so that we can work more effectively at the ground level.

What are your specific responsibilities in the organization?

Notes from the Field: Rebecca Rowland '16

Student Intern: Rebecca Rowland '16


Internship Organization:
United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, Press Office

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch?
The US Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York is the office of the federal prosecutor representing the US government for New York, Bronx, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, and Westchester Counties. I work in the Press Office for current US Attorney Preet Bharara. The Press Office handles the press releases, press conferences, and press inquiries concerning the activities of federal prosecutions within the Southern District of New York.

What are your specific responsibilities in the organization?

Notes from the Field: Emma Lape '16

Student Intern: Emma Lape '16


Internship Organization:
New America Foundation

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch?
New America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new ideas to address challenges facing the United States and world. The Health Policy Program, led by Dr. Susan Blumenthal, seeks to improve health by advancing research, service delivery, and education programs through public policy. Current areas of interest include the implementation of healthcare reform, women’s health, issues with scientific discovery, the impact of globalization with the threat of bioterrorism, and emerging concerns such as obesity, pandemic flu and Ebola.

What are your specific responsibilities in the organization?

Notes from the Field: Logan Brog '15

Student Intern: Logan Brog '15

Internship Organization:
Institute for the Study of War (ISW) – Washington, DC

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch?
The Institute for the Study of War is a think tank that researches and analyzes security in regions critical to American defense policy. ISW provides actionable information on kinetic activity, potential threats, and transnational militant networks in its portfolios including Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. All research is open source. ISW research is widely consumed in the defense community, the diplomatic community, and those who study Central Asia and the Middle East.

What are your specific responsibilities in the organization?

Notes from the Field: Amanda Toporek ‘16


Rockefeller Center-funded interns reflect on their experiences as part of our "Notes from the Field" series. Click here to read more about the Rockefeller Center's Internships program. To read the entire series, click here.

Student Intern: Amanda Toporek '16

Internship Organization: United States Senator Charles Schumer – Washington, DC

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch?
Congress really is the pulse of our government and our nation. All current events are relevant in a day's work on the Hill. Each day, we work to fully understand and solve the wide array of issues our nation and constituency face. Our office, and the Hill more generally, is full of bright and eager minds always looking to problem solve.

What are your specific responsibilities in the organization?

Notes from the Field: Grace Sollender '15


Rockefeller Center-funded interns reflect on their experiences as part of our "Notes from the Field" series. Click here to read more about the Rockefeller Center's Internships program. To read the entire series, click here.

Student Intern: Grace Sollender '15 

Internship Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) - Atlanta, GA 

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch? 
The CDC is a federal governmental agency charged with protecting public health and safety by controlling and preventing disease, injury, and disability. The NCIRD is specifically responsible for preventing disease, disability, and death through immunization and by control of respiratory and related diseases. 

What are your specific responsibilities in the organization? 

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