The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Class of 2020

Senior Honors Thesis Grant Recipient: Samantha Hussey '20

Samantha Hussey, a member of the Class of 2020, is a Sociology major and Government and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies double minor from Kāneʻohe, Hawaiʻi, who is interested in the interplay of race, gender, and socioeconomic status within social interactions and identities.

Through her thesis, she will use a mixed methods approach to investigate Dartmouth’s social scene and its effects on students’ social identities in order to answer: What factors create and influence Dartmouth’s social hierarchy and labels; how do social hierarchies and labels influence students' social identities; and how are such hierarchical rankings and labels reinforced by members of the Dartmouth community?

On campus, Hussey is involved with The Dartmouth, School House Executive Board, Kappa Delta Epsilon Sorority, Movement Against Violence, Native Americans at Dartmouth, and Hokupaʻa.

After graduating from Dartmouth, Hussey plans to attend law school with hopes of pursuing a career in employment or labor law. Advisor: Janice McCabe

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: SOHAM BASU '20

Soham Basu '20 interned at the Pakistan Desk at the U.S. State Department (SCA/P) during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This winter, I worked on the Pakistan Desk at the U.S. State Department (SCA/P). The Pakistan Desk is housed in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs and has four main teams: Political, Economic, Congressional Assistance, and Political-Military. My supervisor was on the political-military team and his portfolio covered counterterrorism. I worked closely with my supervisor but also with the congressional assistance, economic, and political team. It was an interesting time to be on the Pakistan desk, as the U.S. national security strategy was shifting past policy orientations away from Pakistan and towards India while at the same time negotiating a U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Senior Honors Thesis Grant Recipient: Alyssa Gao '20

The Rockefeller Center Senior Honors Thesis Grants program provides funding of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences.

Alyssa Gao, a member of the Class of 2020, is from Chicago, Illinois, pursuing a major in Environmental Studies and minors in Public Policy and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.

Gao was inspired to write a thesis during her internship at the Brookings Institution, where she conducted research on transparency, accountability, and participation efforts in the natural resource sector. Her thesis will examine the diversity policies and practices of leading environmental advocacy organizations in Washington, D.C.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: SARAH PEARL '20

Sarah Pearl '20 interned at the Climate Institute in Washington, D.C. as a Research Intern during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the winter of 2019, I worked at the Climate Institute in Washington, D.C. as a Research Intern. Founded in 1986 by a Dartmouth alumnus, this organization promotes awareness, policymaking, and scientific advancement for solutions to climate change. The Climate Institute’s primary projects include researching the potential for a North American Supergrid, a high-voltage direct current transmission system powered by renewable energy; solar geoengineering, the idea of offsetting the greenhouse effect by reflecting solar radiation back into space; and climate education through computer games. These projects involve work on both the policy and science side of climate issues, and the organization’s diverse staff and board of directors reflect the need for multi-faceted and interdisciplinary solutions to environmental problems.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: MAYA FROST-BELANSKY '20

Maya Frost-Belansky '20 interned at the Boulder Regional Office during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During my internship this winter at the Boulder Regional Office, I assisted attorneys with a variety of legal and administrative tasks to further this mission. The Colorado State Public Defender represents clients accused of criminal offenses who are either being held in custody or who are unable to afford private counsel. The Public Defender’s mission is to ensure that high quality legal representation is available to all persons. My responsibilities included drafting and filing basic motions including requests for medical furloughs, preparing paperwork for the daily bond court session, reviewing discovery with clients, and summarizing vast quantities of evidence.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: LOUISA AUERBACH '20

Louisa Auerbach '20 interned as a Judicial Intern in the chambers of the Honorable Lynn Leibovitz of the D.C. Superior Court during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: ZACHARY BERKOW '20

Zachary Berkow '20 interned at American Rivers as a Government Relations intern during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This winter I was a Government Relations Intern at American Rivers. American River’s mission is to protect wild rivers, restore damaged rivers, and conserve clean water for people and nature through a combination of fieldwork in key river basins and national advocacy (americanrivers.org). Within American Rivers, I reviewed Congressional hearings, tracked and analyzed legislation, and researched legislative and policy positions to advise American Rivers’ Government Relations staff. For example, I delivered memos on the Recovering America’s Wilderness Bills, the Little River Wilderness Management Area, and the related environmental positions of incoming Congress members. I also wrote a final report investigating Massachusetts’ relation with Hydro-Quebec and wrote summaries of Congress legislative hearings on topics such as infrastructure, global sea level rise, and the energy water-nexus.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: SHANIQUA HARRIGAN '20

Shaniqua Harrigan '20 interned at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO SDNY) during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This winter, I had the honor of working at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO SDNY). I gained first-hand experience, expanded my legal knowledge, and honed my skills by helping Assistant United States Attorneys and working alongside paralegal specialists within the Department of Justice.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: COLTON FRENCH '19

Colton French '19 interned at the Office of Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster '87 during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This past Winter term I had the opportunity to intern in Washington, DC at the Office of Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster ’87. Each morning I was responsible for searching online news outlets for clips mentioning Rep. Annie Kuster, Rep. Chris Pappas, and New Hampshire’s senators. I then summarized each news article and compiled my findings into a document that was sent out daily to our DC staffers, district offices, and the Congresswoman. Additionally, I was responsible for communicating directly with constituents and logging their concerns into a database which allowed Rep. Kuster and her staff to respond effectively. In the event that our office did not have an adequate response to a constituent’s concern, I drafted form letters by researching Rep. Kuster’s past voting records and positions on specific policy areas.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: GABRIELLE HUNTER '20

Gabrielle Hunter '20 interned at the CDC Center for Global Health during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

As a Global Health Policy Intern for CDC Center for Global Health this winter, I worked with the Strategy and Planning Team on projects aiming to strengthen policy capacity for CDC’s global staff in over 60 countries across the world and develop partnership opportunities to advance strategic priorities for the Center for Global Health. I supported the CDC Foundation public private partnership development for the 7 Priority Country initiative, including development of a donor engagement strategy for Nigeria. I participated in preparation for key multilateral engagements such as the National Institute of Health of Colombia, World Health Assembly, WHO Executive Board meetings, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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