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Notes From the Field: Catherine Rocchi '19

Catherine Rocchi '19 interned at the Crag Law Center, a public interest environmental law firm based in Portland, Oregon, during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Crag lawyers provide clients—usually other nonprofits—with free or low-cost legal services in line with the organization’s mission to protect and sustain the Pacific Northwest’s natural legacy. In addition, Crag may supplement these legal services with assistance on campaign strategies, communications, community organizing and media relations.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Bruna Decerega

As a First-Year Fellow, Bruna Decerega ’21 interned at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) under the mentorship of Jeff Kelley ’69. Here is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I interned at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). USCRI is a non-profit institution committed to serving refugees, immigrants, unaccompanied minors, and survivors of human trafficking who fled their home country by force or by choice. The organization continuously advocates for these courageous individuals who left it all behind in search of a new, safer home in the United States.

At USCRI, I worked directly with the Development team in completing the following tasks: creating and completing a needs assessment report of seven USCRI field offices; writing blog posts to update supporters and followers on the work the organization is doing; analyzing social media data and suggesting ways to improve; analyzing and updating a list of previous donors and determining whether or not their current funding priorities align with USCRI’s mission.

Notes From the Field: Casey Hunter '19

Casey Hunter '19 interned with the Military and Veterans Affairs Department for the New York City Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Bill Cui

As a First-Year Fellow, Bill Cui ’21 interned at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) under the mentorship of Jay Matson ’91. Here is an excerpt from his final report.

This summer, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is an independent regulatory agency under the Department of Energy. It is one of the key agencies that regulate natural gas, oil, and electricity industries. Its responsibilities include monitoring wholesale market transactions, approving interstate pipelines, and regulating energy generation facilities, etc. FERC has headquarters in Washington DC and various regional offices across the country. Due to the complex nature of its work, FERC needs to balance different priorities in its daily operations. For example, it aims to promote fair and justifiable energy charges for public benefits; at the same time, it works to protect energy market participants from being cheated by other players.

Notes From the Field: Brittany Cleary ’21

Brittany Cleary ’21 interned at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) during the 2018 Summer Term. The following if an excerpt from her internship report.

 

This summer, I interned at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE), an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), is a nonprofit organization that provides vital reproductive health services to women (and men) regardless of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, and background. Beyond providing healthcare to thousands of patients, PPSNE boasts the second most robust clinical research program among the PPFA affiliates. When companies pioneer new technology to improve medical diagnosis and treatment, they will commission PPSNE to recruit patients and collect samples for clinical research studies to prove to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) that their new innovations are valid and reliable.

 

Emmanuel Berrelleza '21 attends Adelante Conference 2018

Mini-Grant recipient, Emmanuel Berrelleza '21, shares his experience attending Adelante Conference 2018, a Latino professional conference hosted by the Latino Student Organization at Harvard Business School.

I had the privilege of attending the 2018 Adelante Conference hosted by the Latino Student Organization at Harvard Business School. The conference was jam packed with Harvard Business School Latino alumni speakers, panelists, and workshops. While I was able to gain valuable insight on Harvard Business School’s admissions requirements, I most enjoyed the opportunities I had to interact with many of the other conference attendees as well as the invited speakers. The Latino Student Organization hosted this event partially in response to the need of more minority representation at institutions of higher education. It was refreshing to see so many people from a similar cultural background as mine invested in the success of one another. I left the conference with a renewed sense of empowerment and higher purpose for the things I am involved with at Dartmouth.

Notes From the Field: Angela Potier '21

Angela Potier '21 interned at the New Hampshire Supreme Court during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I interned at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. The court is composed of the Chief Justice and four associate justices. The Supreme Court is responsible for correcting errors in trial court proceedings, interpreting case law and statutes and the state and federal constitutions, and administering the courts.

During my internship, I completed three bench memos (two expository and one persuasive memo that included my own legal analysis), a twelve-page research memo concerning criminal responsibility and constitutional interpretation for a question of first impression in New Hampshire, a sample client letter, and a budgeting memo. In order to complete my assignments, I had to learn how to conduct legal research using Westlaw and state and federal statutes. Legal writing is very different from academic writing with regard to style, but the legal reasoning process will be useful to employ in academic work.

Grace Thompson '19 attends the International Systems Dynamics Conference

Mini-Grant recipient, Grace Thompson ’19, shares her experience attending the International Systems Dynamics Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland during the summer term.

The International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC) invites system dynamists of all levels from all corners of the world to share their work and learn from other contributors to the field. Practitioners hail from a breadth of occupations including teaching, consulting, research and policy making. The conference runs over the course of a week and is composed of sessions intended to demonstrate how system dynamics can unveil key insights in all fields.

At the conference, I attended multiple sessions where a speaker would deliberate the application system dynamics to society. Jorgen Randers delivered a particularly insightful presentation on the subsequent lessons learned from system dynamics failures. Each lesson captured the notion that solutions are not always embraced, no matter how clear their benefits may be. This is a big reason why problem-solving strategies, such as system dynamics, can help to find other alternative solutions to problems.

Julia Huebner '20 attends the International Systems Dynamics Conference

Mini-Grant recipient, Julia Huebner ’20, shares her experience attending the International Systems Dynamics Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland during the summer term.

This August, I attended the International Systems Dynamics Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, as one of a group of six female Dartmouth College presenters. The ISDC provides a formal space to discuss the current landscape of the system dynamics field and opportunities for experts to apply the System Dynamics method to the greatest social challenges facing our society. The method of System Dynamics thinking includes the consideration of a condition’s quantitative change over time, positive and negative feedback loops, and accumulated stocks.

Jesus Franco​ '20 attends the Critical Ethnic Studies Conference

Mini-Grant recipient, Jesus Franco​ '20, shares his experience attending the Critical Ethnic Studies Conference at the University of British Columbia during the summer term. 

Attending the Critical Ethnic Studies Conference at the University of British Columbia was life-changing. This year’s conference theme was “Critical Insurrections: Decolonizing Difficulties, Activist Imaginaries, and Collective Possibilities.” My academic interests revolve around Latin American studies, geography, Latinx studies, Chicanx studies, and queer studies. The conference sessions pushed me deeper into the field and introduced me to academics who are producing groundbreaking research within interdisciplinary research.

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