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Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Levi Roseman

As a First-Year Fellow, Levi Roseman ’21 interned at the U.S. Department of Education under the mentorship of Lauren Kennedy ’02. The following in an excerpt from his final report.

This summer, I worked in the U.S. Department of Education. In broad terms, the Department of Education is responsible for implementing all executive education policy on a national level. More specifically, I worked in the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), and, even more specifically, I worked in the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Higher Education Programs (HEP). HEP is responsible for implementing all the programs (mostly grants) pertaining to higher education that congress authorizes the Department to run. These programs include many heavily funded grants like the TRIO programs, GEAR-UP, Upward-Bound, etc.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Jessica McDermott

As a First-Year Fellow, Jessica McDermott ’21 interned at the Congressional Research Service under the mentorship of Mary Beth Nikitin ’96. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

I interned at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), Congress’s “think tank.” I worked in the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division (FDT). CRS was created in 1914 to provide authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan information to committees and Members of both the U.S. House and Senate. These four pillars inform all CRS reporting. Members make requests to learn about specific issues, and this informs the day-to-day work of CRS analysts. CRS publishes reports as well as shorter insights and memoranda to educate Members of Congress on certain issues of interest. CRS publications are highly-regarded by Members of Congress and people within the given policy field.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Jared Cape

As a First-Year Fellow, Jared Cape ’21 interned at the Office of U.S. Congresswoman Anne McLane Kuster under the mentorship of Ann McLane Kuster ’78. The following is an excerpt from his final report.

I interned at the Office of Congresswoman Kuster which represents and serves the New Hampshire District 2 constituents. This includes voicing constituents’ thoughtful concerns and opinions, taking legislative action in the best interest of the district, and assisting constituents through casework.

Every morning, I was tasked with assembling a daily news briefing of NH news for the Congresswoman, staff, and Democratic Whip’s Office. I, along with other interns, collected, relayed, and responded to constituent messages. We also engaged with constituents on Capital tours. Information gathering through research and briefings were additional tasks.

Notes From the Field: Isaiah Miller '21

Isaiah Miller '21 interned on the Close the Workhouse campaign during the 2018 summer term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

The Close the Workhouse campaign's goals are threefold: close the St. Louis city jail colloquially known as the "Workhouse," reduce St. Louis city’s incarcerated population by 33%, and invest in programs and services that support communities instead of jails.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Harish Tekriwal

As a First-Year Fellow, Harish Tekriwal ’21 interned at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) under the mentorship of Nancy Bowler ’82. The following is an excerpt from his final report.

This summer, I interned at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) which regulates the transmission and wholesale of electricity, natural gas, and portions of the oil market. The Office of Enforcement (OE) is tasked with enforcing the regulations that FERC sets for market participants. Within the OE, I worked in the Division of Analytics and Surveillance (DAS), which uses data analytics to identify market manipulators.

Notes From the Field: Eliza Dekker '19

Eliza Dekker '19 interned at Union Kitchen during the 2018 summer term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Union Kitchen is what is known as a Food Accelerator based in Washington, D.C. Their business model is unique, combining a shared kitchen, a distribution company, a grocery store chain, and a food business accelerator. Each arm of the Kitchen has built upon the last, each aiming to create an ecosystem for local food businesses to succeed. While 80% of startup food businesses fail within their first few years, the Accelerator has turned this number on its head with an 80% success rate.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Emily Minsky

As a First-Year Fellow, Emily Minsky ’21 interned at the Office of U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz under the mentorship of Christian Haines ’01. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I worked in a member office in the House of Representatives. Thus, the organizational mission was to pass effective legislation, interact with constituents, and enact change in our government that reflects the desires of the people we represent. On a daily basis this mission is accomplished through meetings with interest groups and constituents, bill markups and hearings, and even small acts like answering the phone and giving tours for our constituency

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Eileen Brady

As a First-Year Fellow, Eileen Brady ’21 interned at the American Wind Energy Association under the mentorship of Tom Kiernan ’81. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I worked for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the national trade association for the U.S. wind industry. AWEA represents the interests of roughly 1,000 member organizations including wind power project developers, parts manufacturers, utilities, and researchers. The association promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for American consumers through education and advocacy on the local, state, and federal levels. This includes public outreach, grassroots and grass tops organization, and lobbying efforts.

Notes From the Field: Christina Reagan '19

Christina Reagan '19 interned at JustLeadershipUSA, a non-profit advocacy organization fighting for criminal justice reform, during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I was a policy and advocacy intern at JustLeadershipUSA in New York City. JustLeadershipUSA is a non-profit advocacy organization fighting for criminal justice reform on a local, state, and national level. They are comprised of three different pillars—Membership, with the goal of enrolling all incarcerated people in the US as members; Leadership, with the goal of training formerly incarcerated people and lifting up their voices as leaders in the fight against mass incarceration; and lastly, Advocacy, which is made up of campaigns to change the policies that affect communities impacted by mass incarceration.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Caterina Hyneman

As a First-Year Fellow, Caterina Hyneman ’21 interned at the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) under the mentorship of Danielle Downing ’99. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I interned at the Project on Government Oversight (POGO). POGO is an independent, nonpartisan watchdog organization that champions government reforms to combat waste, fraud, and abuse. It not only conducts investigations into the federal government, but partners with government officials through projects such as the Congressional Oversight Training to help them perform oversight themselves. In addition, POGO publishes policy recommendations to suggest solutions and urge the government to act in bipartisan ways and in the best interest of the people they represent.

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