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Notes from the Field: Rachel Favors '18

Rachel Favors '18 interned with the U.S. Department of State Office of West African Affairs for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I interned at the U.S. Department of State Office of West African Affairs. The U.S. Department of State advances U.S. foreign policy priorities and represents the interests of the American people by working to shape a more peaceful, stable, and democratic world. As an intern on the Nigeria desk in the Office of West African Affairs, I supported U.S. engagement with the Nigerian government and people to strengthen democracy and good governance in Nigeria, to support the country’s economic growth, to advance peace and security in the areas besieged by Boko Haram and ISIS West-Africa, and to promote widespread opportunity and development in Nigerian society.

Notes from the Field: Rebecca Brownell '18

Rebecca Brownell '18 interned with the Washington, D.C. Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to intern in the Washington, D.C. Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from New York. I gained experience working in legislation, constituent affairs, the daily operations of a senatorial office, as well as developing relationships with Hill staffers and Dartmouth alumni in the capitol.

Becoming well-informed in American politics and working on behalf of the senator was certainly a satisfying way of putting my academic work as a Government major into practice. The past few months with a new administration’s legislative agenda also created a controversial and chaotic D.C. environment, which ultimately provided me a particularly exciting and busy office atmosphere in which to work.

Notes from the Field: Lynette Long '20

Lynette Long '20 interned with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I interned at the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. The Fair Labor Division of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General (AGO) operates under the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau. Civil investigators team up with assistant attorney generals to enforce state wage and hour laws, prosecute exploitative businesses, and uphold workers’ rights. Enforcement efforts are aimed to ensure compliance with certain workplace requirements which include timely payment of wages, overtime compensation, minimum wage law, and earned sick leave policy. The Division also hosts wage theft clinics and community engagement programs to share free legal resources with Massachusetts residents and spread awareness of workplace rights.

Notes from the Field: Megan Mounts '18 

Megan Mounts '18 interned with the U.S. Embassy at Bridgetown, Barbados​ for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

My summer internship experience was facilitated through the United States Department of State Intern Program. I served in the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy at Bridgetown, Barbados. The Section is part of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. The Embassy mission is to promote U.S.-Eastern Caribbean relations in sustainable economic growth, good governance, and support of a vibrant civil society. The Embassy is unique in that it also serves six other island nations. The Public Affairs Section promotes mutual understandings through education and cultural programs. U.S. professionals and artists are invited to the region to engage with local communities. There is strong support for science, technology, and leadership with young learners. U.S. higher institutions are promoted to college-aged students. The Section controls all Embassy social media outlets, and monitors media releases from local sources to interpret political and economic perceptions of U.S. policies in the region.

Notes from the Field: Carolyne Musyoka '20

Carolyne Musyoka '20 interned at the World Justice Project for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I interned at the World Justice Project, a global, multi-disciplinary NGO that promotes the rule of law around the world. The organization advances this mission by being a resource for lawyers in addition to researching daily affairs like security, freedom and governance.

Through the work of the World Justice Project, the rule of law has been advanced in more than 113 countries with a goal of one day reaching all of the 193 countries around the world. Rule of law advancement directly addresses the menace of corruption and extrajudicial killings as well as the lack of access to justice systems, healthcare, and freedom of the press. It also addresses independence and the impartiality of the judiciary.

Notes from the Field: Caroline Berens '18

Caroline Berens '18 interned with the New York State Division of Human Rights for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I interned at the New York State Division of Human Rights in its regional office in Brooklyn. The Division’s primary role is investigating complaints of discrimination that New York citizens file regarding either employment or housing. The Brooklyn office only dealt with employment discrimination, which meant that I investigated complaints of people who said they had been discriminated against when applying for a job, while working at a job, or after being terminated from a job. The discrimination clause of the New York Human Rights Law covers various protected classes, such as gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, etc.

Notes from the Field: Ben Goodman '18

Ben Goodman '18 interned in the Washington, D.C. office of Senator Sherrod Brown for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

Notes from the Field: Barbara Olachea '19

Barbara Olachea '19 interned with the Brave New Films Foundation for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the summer of 2017, I completed an internship with the Brave New Films Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to capturing the stories of individuals negatively affected by public policy, turning their narratives into thought-provoking films, and seeking to make local community members and national audiences agents of change in their communities. As a “shorts” production intern, I had the opportunity to work directly with a team of producers on the different stages of development of these short and informational films that Brave New Films has become famous for on YouTube and other channels of information. The Foundation is cognizant of the importance of utilizing media as a medium through which to educate viewers who may not have considerable knowledge or background about current issues that are plaguing our society, such as mass incarceration and our immigration system.

Notes from the Field: Aaron Cheese '18

 Aaron Cheese '18 interned at the Manchester office of US Senator Maggie Hassan during the 2017 Summer Term with support from the Perkins Bass '34 Fund. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

Exploring Social Justice with the CHANGE Initiative

I had the opportunity to attend a training program for new CHANGE Leaders that took place between July 22 and July 27 in Quincy, Massachusetts. The CHANGE Initiative is a program run by Oxfam America, an international, non-profit organization that fights to end social injustices around the world using a rights-based approach. This initiative empowers college students from all around the country to be leaders on their respective campuses and promote Oxfam's mission in a variety of ways. The 2017 cohort of CHANGE Leaders comprised of 36 students from 36 different universities in the U.S. and a variety of backgrounds and experiences. 

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