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NOTES FROM THE FIELD: TAHLIA MULLEN '22

Tahlia Mullen '22 interned at Contemporary German Studies during the 2021 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies is a foreign policy think-tank associated with Johns Hopkins University. They specialize in issues facing the German-American relationship by releasing articles, participating in speaking events and forums, and hosting a podcast focused on transatlantic politics. As a government major on the international relations track with a particular interest in Germany and the EU, my internship at AICGS provided the opportunity to dive deeply into issues of great personal intrigue. I had the opportunity to assist and participate in all manner of research projects. All the while, I was exposed to the expertise of AICGS staff who include college professors, retired foreign service officers, and German immigrants. 

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: SAM O'BRIEN '22

Sam O'Brien 22 interned at 1000 Days Fund during the 2021 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

In the winter of 2021, I interned with The 1000 Days Fund, a non-governmental organization (NGO) based out of Indonesia. The 1000 Days Fund promotes a variety of programs aimed at combatting the epidemic of stunting in children that live in Indonesia’s rural region. Stunting is defined by entities like the WHO as when a child’s height is more than two standard deviations below what it ought to be for their age. Children are most at risk during the first 1000 days from conception to birth (where The 1000 Days Fund gets its name). Although the most visible symptom may be small stature, there is also a wide range of physiological effects that make stunting much more detrimental to children afflicted by it. An average IQ deficit of around 10 points is chief among these, but frequent sickness due to a weakened immune system is not far behind. In rural Indonesia, stunting occurs as a result of nutritional deficits coupled with poor health and sanitation infrastructures.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: SYDNEY TOWLE '22

Sydney Towle '22 interned at the New Hampshire Supreme Court during the 2021 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the winter term of 2021, I had the honor of interning at the New Hampshire Supreme Court under Justice Hantz Marconi. Justice Hantz Marconi is currently the only female justice serving on the court, which really drew me to the internship and inspired me throughout my experience. Justice Hantz Marconi’s law clerks, Nicole and Erin, were also both female, so it was great to be a part of such a powerful and knowledgeable team of women. Throughout the internship, I completed a variety of tasks and assisted the law clerks with a range of cases, covering both criminal law and worker’s compensation. I also participated in weekly meetings with the law clerks and was given the opportunity to attend virtual oral arguments when they were held.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: SYLVIA HIPP '22

Sylvia Hipp '22 interned at the Kennedy Forum during the 2021 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This winter, I worked as a policy research assistant at the Kennedy Forum, which is a non-profit think tank that targets healthcare and insurance policy in order to increase access to mental healthcare services. The Kennedy Forum serves to unite health advocates, business leaders, and government agencies around a common set of principles in order to implement policies that protect patients’ rights to access mental healthcare services. Most notably, the Kennedy Forum works to implement the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which is a federal law that prevents group health plans and health insurers from imposing unequal coverage of mental health and substance use benefits as compared to medical/surgical benefits.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: JOSEPH HARDWICKE '22

Joseph Hardwicke '22 interned at the Association for Digital Asset Markets during the 2021 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: MEGAN NALAMACHU '22

Megan Nalamachu '22 interned at Save the Children during the 2021 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: SOPHIA SWANSON '23

Sophia Swanson '23 interned at Human Rights First (HRF) during the 2021 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: MIA SEYMOUR '23

Mia Seymour '23 interned at the Brookings Institution during the 2021 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This winter, I was a research intern in the Economic Studies Department in the Center on Regulation and Markets at the Brookings Institution. I worked under the supervision of Aaron Klein, a Dartmouth graduate and Senior Fellow. In my role, I was able to work closely with Aaron and his research assistants (RAs), collaborating both on research and the writing process. I assisted on a report on Covid-19’s impact on the Hispanic workforce, an op-ed on overdraft fees in small banks, and updating a book chapter on the Chinese digital payments system. Further, I was responsible for attending and covering events to provide succinct summaries and notes for Aaron and/or his colleagues. Finally, I helped with day-to-day tasks, such as organizing conferences, updating contact lists, and maintaining certain files and records. 

Disaster Capitalism: The Business of Disaster—Niki Franco

The Dartmouth Student Union and the Afro-American Society commemorated Earth Day by organizing a teach-in with community organizer and cultural worker Niki Franco. Niki talked to us about “disaster capitalism” or the business of disaster, defining it as the phenomenon of using a situation of crisis to pursue monetary gain by making large-scale changes that may be otherwise opposed. She traced the concept back to the colonization of the Americas and related it to Naomi Klein’s concept of the “shock doctrine,” explaining it through example case-studies of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and sea-level rise in Miami.

Hosting this teach-in on Zoom on Earth Day, the broadly defined category of disaster including environmental disasters, but also pandemics and wars, formed a very pertinent structure to orient discussion around. Through case-studies, Niki emphasized how cities were doing very little to protect their residents against disaster, investing instead in militarization and tax-breaks for the wealthy, while also standing ready to implement privatization and other unpopular “reforms” during a period of crisis. 

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