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First Year Fellow

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Eileen Brady

As a First-Year Fellow, Eileen Brady ’21 interned at the American Wind Energy Association under the mentorship of Tom Kiernan ’81. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I worked for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the national trade association for the U.S. wind industry. AWEA represents the interests of roughly 1,000 member organizations including wind power project developers, parts manufacturers, utilities, and researchers. The association promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for American consumers through education and advocacy on the local, state, and federal levels. This includes public outreach, grassroots and grass tops organization, and lobbying efforts.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Caterina Hyneman

As a First-Year Fellow, Caterina Hyneman ’21 interned at the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) under the mentorship of Danielle Downing ’99. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I interned at the Project on Government Oversight (POGO). POGO is an independent, nonpartisan watchdog organization that champions government reforms to combat waste, fraud, and abuse. It not only conducts investigations into the federal government, but partners with government officials through projects such as the Congressional Oversight Training to help them perform oversight themselves. In addition, POGO publishes policy recommendations to suggest solutions and urge the government to act in bipartisan ways and in the best interest of the people they represent.

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.

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.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Amy Hu

As a First-Year Fellow, Amy Hu ’21 interned at the Brookings Institution under the mentorship of Aaron Klein ’98. Here is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I interned at The Brookings Institution, a non-partisan think tank that values open-minded inquiry and is devoted to independent, in-depth research to develop innovative, applicable solutions to policy issues. Over 300 scholars from both government and academia backgrounds come together to research and analyze policy issues in topics such as foreign policy, economics, development, governance and metropolitan policy providing diverse points-of-views and policy recommendations. Brookings seeks to combat the challenges facing the United States and the world through rigorous, innovative, evidence-based research that generate fresh thinking and innovative policy solutions as well as increase diversity in the scholarly community.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Alice Zhang '21

As a First-Year Fellow, Alice Zhang ’21 interned at the Department of Energy under the mentorship of Sarah Lennon ’90. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I interned at the Department of Energy. Specifically, I worked in NE-6, a sub-office within the Office of Nuclear Energy which deals with international nuclear energy policy and cooperation. This sub-office strives to ensure international nuclear security and commercial cooperation.

Throughout the course of the internship, I was in charge of updating internal databases and drafting memos and letters. I was also assigned three projects that I worked on throughout the course of my internship.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Eliza Jane Schaeffer ’20

Eliza Jane Schaeffer ’20 graduated from Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky as a National Merit Scholar, National AP Scholar, and Salutatorian. At Henry Clay, she was President and Founder of Young Republicans and Service Coordinator of Y-Club. She participated in YMCA mock government conferences, serving as Youth Governor in 2015.

In college, Eliza Jane continues her work to elevate the voices of Kentucky’s youth in education policy discussions as Strategy and Development Coordinator for the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team. Past efforts include drafting and promoting a Kentucky bill which would allow students to serve on superintendent screening committees and coordinating a successful campaign to increase funding for state-funded, need-based scholarships.

At Dartmouth, Eliza Jane is a copy-editor for The Dartmouth, member of College Republicans, Outdoor Leadership Experience leader, and volunteer on Kelly Ayotte’s 2016 reelection campaign. She intends to major in English and minor in Public Policy.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Sunny Drescher '20

Sarah (Sunny) Drescher hails from Hinesburg, Vermont. After graduating from Champlain Valley Union High School in 2015, Sunny took a gap year to pursue professional equestrian showjumping. Throughout middle and high school, she balanced academics with a demanding equestrian training and competition schedule.

At Dartmouth, Sunny is pursuing a double major in Government and Quantitative Social Science as well as a minor in Public Policy. Since coming to Dartmouth, she has enjoyed being involved in the Dartmouth Endurance Racing Team, the Dartmouth Club Alpine Ski Team, and Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Tim Holman '20

Tim Holman ‘20 hails from Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Hawken High School. At Hawken, Tim was the President of Student and Faculty Government, the captain of the Men’s Varsity Soccer team, and earned numerous Speech and Debate awards at the local, state, and national levels, culminating as a Semifinalist at the 2016 National Speech and Debate Tournament.

At Dartmouth, Tim is pursuing a major in Government with a minor in Public Policy. He has continued his passion for student governance as an elected member of Student Assembly and the West House Executive Board. Additionally, he is a Dartmouth Tour Guide and a member of the Hill Winds Society. This Winter term, he is travelling abroad to Spain on a Dartmouth Language Study Abroad program.

Introducing the Class of 2013 First-Year Fellows

The Rockefeller Center congratulates the following members of the Class on 2013 on their selection into the First-Year Fellow program, and acknowledges the First-Year Fellow mentors, whose dedication and support make this program possible. 


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