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Notes From the Field: Nikhita Hingorani '21

Nikhita Hingorani '21 interned for Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to intern for Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Representative of the 7th Congressional District of my home state of Alabama, in both her Washington, DC office and Montgomery district office.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Justin Kramer

As a First-Year Fellow, Justin Kramer ’21 interned at the National Disability Institute under the mentorship of Michael Morris P’08 & ’14. The following is an excerpt from his final report.

This summer, I got the opportunity to spend my summer working at the National Disability Institute (NDI). Despite its far-reaching name, NDI focuses on financial empowerment and wellness, economic self-sufficiency, and employment for people with disabilities in effort to mitigate the massive, crippling additional costs of having a disability. Having done more of the hands-on work with disability in the past at a disability baseball program, I was excited to look at disability through the lens of policy. My expectations were greatly exceeded.

Notes From the Field: John Kilcommons '19

John Kilcommons '19 interned at the Law Division within the Cook County Circuit Court during the 2018 summer term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

The Law Division within the Cook County Circuit Court is responsible for taking civil cases that claimed money damages exceeding $50,000 or more. Within my courtroom, my judge, the Honorable Lorna Propes, oversaw multiple trials and even more pre-trial settlement hearings. As an officer of the court, Judge Propes acted as a facilitator of justice according to the laws of Cook County. As a clerk within her court, I was responsible for the intake and production of legal documents spanning from pre-trial motions such as discovery, motions in limone, as well as post-trial motions such as appeals. I coordinated with many lawyers in redistributing many of these legal documents.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Jolie Kemp

As a First-Year Fellow, Jolie Kemp ’21 interned at the Truman National Security Project under the mentorship of Michael Breen ’02. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

I interned at the Truman National Security Project, a nationwide membership of policy experts, veterans, and academics committed to addressing the national security concerns of today. Truman connects over 1,700 members across the country with 16 different chapters, each of which facilitates conversations around and develops concrete solutions to pressing security issues. The organization also aids its members by offering specific messaging and soundbites regarding current political events, trainings on topics from the military to op-ed writing, and an annual conference in D.C. that connects the entire community. Truman is currently working hard to shape the future of issues such as family separation and the Muslim immigration ban.

Notes From the Field: Solomon Bang '19

Solomon Bang '19 interned at the Ajou Institute of Unification (AIU) during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

The Ajou Institute of Unification (AIU) is a think-tank based in Suwon, South Korea studying policies regarding North Korean development cooperation, Korean bilateral trade, and Korean reunification. As a member of the six institutions elected by the Ministry of Unification for DPRK education and research, AIU’s research specializes in closing the economic disparity between the two Koreas in order to prepare the peninsula for prospective unification.

Notes From the Field: Sam Gordon '19

Sam Gordon '19 interned at the New Hampshire Supreme Court with Justice James Bassett during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court is the highest court in the state and its sole appellate court. Located it Concord, New Hampshire, it is made up of the Chief Justice and four Associate Justices appointed by the governor and Executive Council to serve during “good behavior” until retirement or the age of seventy. The duties of the Supreme Court include correcting errors in trial court proceedings, interpreting case law and statutes and the state and federal constitutions, as well as administration of the lower courts.

Notes From the Field: Makena Kauhane '19

Makena Kauhane'19 interned on Capitol Hill for the office of Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I had the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill for the office of Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI). This internship allowed me to apply the knowledge I’ve developed through course work at Dartmouth to a number of legislative areas I had the opportunity to research. As a government major with a concentration in political theory, this internship was especially valuable as it offered me deeper insight into the inner workings of government structure and congressional procedure.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: EZEKIELLA CARLOS '19

Ezekiella Carlos '19 interned at the United Nations during the summer 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I interned in the Department of Field Support (DFS) at the United Nations, which falls within the UN Secretariat at Headquarters. The Secretariat, one of the six major organs of the UN, includes the Secretary-General and all of the international staff who carry out the civil service function of the UN as mandated by the other organs such as the General Assembly or the Security Council. DFS works very closely with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations to ensure that the mandated peacekeeping and other operations run as smoothly and as effectively as possible. The specific role of DFS is to provide support – for example, in the form of air and ground transportation, accommodations and food for peacekeepers, or medical evacuations – to peace operations, including peacekeeping, special political, and other field missions.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Zoe Schwartzman

As a First-Year Fellow, Zoe Schwartzman ’21 interned at the District of Columbia Superior Court under the mentorship of Judge John M. Mott ’81. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I worked as a judicial intern at the District of Columbia Superior Court in the Chambers of the Honorable Judge John M. Mott. The DC Superior Court is the trial court for the general jurisdiction of DC and houses many judicial divisions, such as the Civil, Criminal, Domestic Violence, Family Court, Probate, and Tax Divisions. Judge Mott is currently assigned to a Civil II Calendar, on which he handles a variety of civil actions including personal and property torts, vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and landlord tenant cases.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Wally Joe Cook

As a First-Year Fellow, Wally Joe Cook ’21 interned at Voice of America under the mentorship of John Lippman ’71. The following is an excerpt from his final report.

This summer, I interned at Voice of America (VOA). VOA provides unbiased news to developing nations with restricted media environments. The organization operates under the VOA Charter, which ensures its nonpartisan status as a “consistently reliable and authoritative source of news.” Voice of America is constantly expanding to reach new marginalized populations and currently broadcasts in 45 languages.

As an intern at Voice of America, I had three main responsibilities. First, I rewrote the fact sheets for the sixteen most strategically important language services.  The fact sheets offer a glimpse into the operations of different language services and are seen by members of Congress and the executive branch.  Additionally, my edits were specifically intended to introduce the next CEO of the Board of Broadcasting Governors to VOA’s language services.  It is expected that President Trump will appoint a new CEO in the near future.

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