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Class of 2021

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: 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: JIMMY NGUYEN '21

Jimmy Nguyen '21 interned in the National Economic Council during the 2018 fall term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

For 13 incredible weeks this Fall, I had the honor of interning in the National Economic Council through the White House Internship Program. The National Economic Council has four objectives: move policy forward by coordinating the creation of economic policy, offer economic policy advice to the President, oversee the employment of said policy, and maintain consistency in action with the President’s goals. Interning for the National Economic Council has allowed me the privilege to see these goals advance firsthand during a flourishing economy.

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.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Valerie Truong

As a First-Year Fellow, Valerie Truong ’21 interned at the Smithsonian Institution under the mentorship of Edward Rynne ’77. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I interned at the Smithsonian Organization and Audience Research (SOAR), a central office at the Smithsonian Institution that works with its clients to conduct organization and audience research and analysis. SOAR promotes organizational effectiveness within the Smithsonian and works to improve visitor experiences through relevant social science research approaches.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Stevie Karol

As a First-Year Fellow, Stevie Karol ’21 interned at the World Resources Institute under the mentorship of Sofia Faruqi ’07. The following is an excerpt from his final report.

This summer, I interned at the the World Resources Institute (WRI). WRI is a research organization that empowers governments, private and public companies, and small businesses to incorporate sustainability practices in their business models. Through various initiatives and programs, WRI focuses on its core sectors of climate, energy, food, forests, water, cities, and ocean to further its global mission.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Sarah Solomon

As a First-Year Fellow, Sarah Solomon ’21 interned at the Congressional Research Service under the mentorship of Elizabeth Rybicki ’96. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I interned at the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Often called “Congress’s think tank,” the CRS provides nonpartisan public policy research to Members of Congress and congressional committees. The CRS may be described as an extension of congressional staff, providing advice, data ,and knowledge to facilitate an efficient and informed legislative process. The CRS employs more than 400 policy analysts, attorneys, and research professionals to assist Congress at all stages of legislating and across all policy areas. The CRS answers Members’ specific questions on a confidential basis and publishes general reports for all of Congress to use. The CRS also provides educational courses and training to congressional Members and staffers.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Rik Abels

As a First-Year Fellow, Rik Abels ’21 interned at the American Petroleum Institute under the mentorship of Rick Ranger ’74. The following is an excerpt from his final report.

This summer, I interned at the American Petroleum Institute (API). API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry. API aims to promote the interests of its membership, consisting of over 600 companies both large and small, by promoting safety across the industry and by influencing public policy in support of a strong and safe oil and natural gas industry. API is the industry leader in providing widely-respected safety standards, regulations, and recommended practices that ensure the safety and reliability of the U.S. energy market.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Olivia Brody-Bizar

As a First-Year Fellow, Olivia Brody-Bizar ’21 interned at the National Science Foundation under the mentorship of Lisa-Joy Zgorski. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I interned at the National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency that funds basic research to advance national security, national health, and scientific progress. The agency is split into directorates that manage funding for different areas of science, including biology, geoscience, computer science, mathematical and physical science among others. Additionally, the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA) works to communicate the mission of the NSF via social media, interactions, events, and conferences to various stakeholders ranging from Congress all the way to the regular United States citizen. By representing the NSF to citizens outside the scientific community, OLPA helps emphasize the importance of continuing to fund basic research to drive innovation.

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