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First Year Fellow

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: Harish Tekriwal

As a First-Year Fellow, Harish Tekriwal ’21 interned at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) under the mentorship of Nancy Bowler ’82. The following is an excerpt from his final report.

This summer, I interned at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) which regulates the transmission and wholesale of electricity, natural gas, and portions of the oil market. The Office of Enforcement (OE) is tasked with enforcing the regulations that FERC sets for market participants. Within the OE, I worked in the Division of Analytics and Surveillance (DAS), which uses data analytics to identify market manipulators.

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

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.

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