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Class of 2019 First-Year Fellow: Lexi Curnin

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Lexi interned at the Project on Government Oversight as a First-Year Fellow under the mentorship of Danni Downing ’99.

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Lexi Curnin ’19 is from Rye, New York and graduated from Rye Country Day School with the Founder’s Award Cum Laude for Community Service.

At Dartmouth, Lexi plans to major in Government and is currently a staff editor for Dartmouth’s undergraduate journal of foreign affairs, World Outlook.

This past summer, Lexi interned at the Project on Government Oversight as a Rockefeller Center First-Year Fellow under the mentorship of Danni Downing ’99. While at POGO, she gained insight into several aspects of oversight work, including whistleblower protections, federal contracting policies, and government transparency.

“The most significant thing I learned during my fellowship is the importance of forming strong relationships with those around you. Making friends with my fellow interns in the POGO office and earning the respect of the POGO staff was extremely rewarding,” recalls Lexi. “It meant that I looked forward to going to work to engage and exchange ideas with others in the office. This spirit of collaboration and community only exists if you are willing to invest the time and energy into creating new relationships.”

On campus, Lexi is also a War and Peace fellow with the John Sloan Dickey Center and hopes to continue learning about international cooperation. Additionally, Lexi is an intern with the State Department Virtual Student Foreign Service and has written an article for Voice of America Russia. After graduation, Lexi hopes to pursue a career in diplomacy.

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