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First Year Fellow

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.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Michael Nachman

As a First-Year Fellow, Michael Nachman’21 interned at the District of Columbia Superior Court under the mentorship of Jennifer Chandler ’82. The following is an excerpt from his final report.

This summer, I worked as a judicial intern at the District of Colombia Superior Court in the Chambers of the Honorable Judge Berk. Judge Berk was assigned to the felony calendar at the this summer. This job encompasses not only overseeing trials, but also administering arraignments, guilty pleas and preliminary hearings, ruling on motions, deciding pretrial release conditions, and sentencing the convicted.

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: Max Mickenberg

As a First-Year Fellow, Max Mickenberg ’21 interned at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget under the mentorship of Cathy Solomon ’81. The following is an excerpt from his final report.

This summer, I interned at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB). CRFB is a nonpartisan and non-profit organization that focuses on educating and communicating with the public and Congress about fiscal policy. The CRFB’s mission is to analyze economic policy to better inform the public as well as promote fiscal responsibility in Congress. To do so, the CRFB regularly publishes blogs, papers, and communicates through social media about recent legislation, decisions in Congress, and updates about major fiscal news. For Congress, the CRFB often analyzes and assesses the economic effects of legislation to encourage responsible voting. For the public, the CRFB breaks down important budgetary and legislative developments as well as offers many interactive tools to explore, create solutions, and learn about the budget, the debt, and more.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow Maggie Flaherty

As a First-Year Fellow, Maggie Flaherty ’21 interned at the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) under the mentorship of Tiernan Sittenfield ’96. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I interned at the League of Conservation Voters (LCV). LCV is an environmental advocacy group that works to elect pro-environment candidates to office and hold all elected officials accountable for their votes and actions. They advocate for sound environmental laws and policies and strive to protect our bedrock federal environmental laws (such as the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act) by working with and/or lobbying members of Congress. LCV recognizes that environmental issues disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color; they therefore work to ensure that their environmental advocacy stems from an understanding of racial, social, and environmental justice. Their mission is to ensure that environmental values are reflected within laws and policies at all levels of government.

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: Levi Roseman

As a First-Year Fellow, Levi Roseman ’21 interned at the U.S. Department of Education under the mentorship of Lauren Kennedy ’02. The following in an excerpt from his final report.

This summer, I worked in the U.S. Department of Education. In broad terms, the Department of Education is responsible for implementing all executive education policy on a national level. More specifically, I worked in the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), and, even more specifically, I worked in the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Higher Education Programs (HEP). HEP is responsible for implementing all the programs (mostly grants) pertaining to higher education that congress authorizes the Department to run. These programs include many heavily funded grants like the TRIO programs, GEAR-UP, Upward-Bound, etc.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Jessica McDermott

As a First-Year Fellow, Jessica McDermott ’21 interned at the Congressional Research Service under the mentorship of Mary Beth Nikitin ’96. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

I interned at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), Congress’s “think tank.” I worked in the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division (FDT). CRS was created in 1914 to provide authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan information to committees and Members of both the U.S. House and Senate. These four pillars inform all CRS reporting. Members make requests to learn about specific issues, and this informs the day-to-day work of CRS analysts. CRS publishes reports as well as shorter insights and memoranda to educate Members of Congress on certain issues of interest. CRS publications are highly-regarded by Members of Congress and people within the given policy field.

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