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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.

Deeds Not Words: Taking Action to Make Change

On Friday, January 25, 2019, Wendy Davis spoke with students in an afternoon session “Deeds Not Words: Taking Action to Make Change.” Wendy Davis is the founding director of Deeds Not Words, a non-profit that seeks to empower and activate the voices of young women in public and political discourse. She is a former Texas State Senator, 2014 Texas Democratic Gubernatorial nominee, frequent public speaker and author. Davis gained national prominence in 2013 when she strapped on a pair of pink sneakers and held a 13-hour filibuster to protect women’s reproductive freedoms in Texas. Her fight ultimately led to a successful and landmark decision in the U.S. Supreme Court, strengthening the landscape for abortion rights throughout the country.

Notes From the Field: Makena Kauhane '19

Makena Kauhane'19 interned on Capitol Hill for the office of Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I had the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill for the office of Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI). This internship allowed me to apply the knowledge I’ve developed through course work at Dartmouth to a number of legislative areas I had the opportunity to research. As a government major with a concentration in political theory, this internship was especially valuable as it offered me deeper insight into the inner workings of government structure and congressional procedure.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Michael Morck

As a First-Year Fellow, Michael Morck ’21 interned at the Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand under the mentorship of Kirsten Gillibrand ’88. The following is an excerpt from his final report.

This summer, I interned at the Office of Senator Gillibrand whose goal is to communicate the concerns and wants of the constituents of New York State to the rest of Congress. As she drafts legislation and considers bills both in committee and on the floor, she reviews the possible effects of the bill on New York residents. Despite the focus Senator Gillibrand maintains on serving her constituents, she still has her own agenda focused on women’s issues, gun reform, and veteran’s issues. She constantly pushes for solutions and reforms regarding these problems—while also bringing light the often overlooked issues such as the large number of Americans who lack access to simple banking services.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Maddie Sach

As a First-Year Fellow, Maddie Sach ’21 interned at the Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand under the mentorship of Kirsten Gillibrand ’88. The following in an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I interned in the Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand who represents the constituents of New York State through constituent services, casework, and legislation. Essentially, the Senator works to translate the views of her constituents into policy by sitting on committees and helping to draft bills that she hopes will become law. She also works with other senators in a bipartisan approach to tackle problems that face the nation as a whole.

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.

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

Dartmouth College Public Service Legacy: Samuel Everett Pingree, Class of 1857

This article is part of a series recognizing Dartmouth Alumni who have served in public office and demonstrated their commitment to the ideals of public service, leadership, and civic engagement.

Samuel Everett Pingree, Dartmouth class of 1857, was known in all areas of his life for his dedication: he was awarded the Medal of the Legion of Honor for his service in the civil war, he held the record for the longest service rendered to his community of Hartford, Vermont, and he was heavily involved with the alumni of the college, leading the procession of alumni at graduation for many years because he was always the oldest alumni present. As governor of Vermont, he earned the title of Vermont’s “grand old man,” a fitting summation of all that he did for the northeast.

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.

Dartmouth College Public Service Legacy: Rufus Choate, Class of 1819

This article is part of a series recognizing Dartmouth Alumni who have served in public office and demonstrated their commitment to the ideals of public service, leadership, and civic engagement.


Rufus Choate, Dartmouth Class of 1819, was a lawyer, orator, and politician who devoted himself to whatever task was before him. Best known for his career as a lawyer, he is said to have never lost a case, always performing the most eloquent speeches in defense of his clients. As a politician, his career was marked by the multitude of passionate speeches he gave, his dedication to his constituents, and the morals he stood for. He also lived his life as a continual scholar, never abandoning the learning that marked his time at Dartmouth. One of his biographers, Reverend Adams, noted that he was defined by “one of his prominent characteristics, the seizing upon every means to fit himself for every task with which he consented to grapple. It was in the genius, the nature of the man, to master every subject appertaining to his calling.”

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