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Internships

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.

Notes From the Field: Brittany Cleary ’21

Brittany Cleary ’21 interned at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) during the 2018 Summer Term. The following if an excerpt from her internship report.

 

This summer, I interned at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE), an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), is a nonprofit organization that provides vital reproductive health services to women (and men) regardless of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, and background. Beyond providing healthcare to thousands of patients, PPSNE boasts the second most robust clinical research program among the PPFA affiliates. When companies pioneer new technology to improve medical diagnosis and treatment, they will commission PPSNE to recruit patients and collect samples for clinical research studies to prove to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) that their new innovations are valid and reliable.

 

Notes From the Field: Angela Potier '21

Angela Potier '21 interned at the New Hampshire Supreme Court during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I interned at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. The court is composed of the Chief Justice and four associate justices. The Supreme Court is responsible for correcting errors in trial court proceedings, interpreting case law and statutes and the state and federal constitutions, and administering the courts.

During my internship, I completed three bench memos (two expository and one persuasive memo that included my own legal analysis), a twelve-page research memo concerning criminal responsibility and constitutional interpretation for a question of first impression in New Hampshire, a sample client letter, and a budgeting memo. In order to complete my assignments, I had to learn how to conduct legal research using Westlaw and state and federal statutes. Legal writing is very different from academic writing with regard to style, but the legal reasoning process will be useful to employ in academic work.

Notes From the Field: Dania Torres '20

Dania Torres '20 interned with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics during the 2018 Spring Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Housed in the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C., President George H.W. Bush first established the Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics through an executive order signed in 1990. The office supports the federal government’s commitment to addressing disparities faced by the Hispanic community, particularly within educational opportunities. It also aims to recognize the many contributions of Hispanics towards national prosperity. I began my work at a time of transition with the new executive director, Aimee Viana. In this capacity, I closely served to inform her strategic plan under the current administration, which involves charter renewal, commission selection, and stakeholder engagement to advance Hispanic innovation, investment, and excellence.

Notes from the Field: Anabel Moreno-Mendez '19

Anabel Moreno-Mendez '19 interned for the Office of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley in Washington, D.C. during the 2018 Spring Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

I chose to complete my Senate internship with Senator Merkley because of his character, integrity, and dedication to my home state of Oregon. He was also a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and as a government major focusing in international relations, I knew that I wanted to get an inside look to how foreign policy was created on the domestic level.  As a part of my internship, I was assigned to various policy teams including the foreign relations, banking, judiciary, telecommunications, and press teams. I also assisted with constituent correspondence, front desk duty, tours, and a variety of tasks as requested.

Notes from the Field: Allyssa Dobkins '19

Allyssa Dobkins '19 interned at the New York City Council for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

The New York City Council is comprised of 51 members, each representing neighborhoods within their districts in boroughs across the city. Together, the City Council works to improve the lives of not only the constituents within their districts, but also for all city dwellers by proposing legislation and actively participating in community-wide efforts that range from fundraisers to delegations. 

Notes from the Field: Debora Han '20

Debora Han '20 interned with Senator Gillibrand’s Legislative Office in Washington, DC for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

I was motivated to seek this internship after I spent two consecutive terms studying abroad in China and Scotland, where, for the first time, I was able to view the U.S. from the outside. It struck me that the biggest difference between American society and other societies is its emphasis on citizen involvement: i.e., the “democratic process.” I found myself wondering about the authenticity of this process and the depth of our citizen involvement and wanted to witness both for myself. 

As a legislative intern, I had four main duties: answering constituent phone calls, sorting through and categorizing constituent mail (which is sent to DC from each of the eight regional offices), electronically assigning response letters to constituent mail, and giving Capitol tours to constituents and VIPs. These duties allowed me to interact directly with the electorate, as well as gave me insight to how politicians interact with their constituency.

Notes from the Field: Sadie Red Eagle '19

Sadie Red Eagle '19 worked as a legislative intern in the office of U.S. Representative Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA 50th District) during the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Representative Hunter currently serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, House Armed Services Committee, Education and the Workforce Committee, and serves as the chairman on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation subcommittee. In his office, I was able to work on projects with the nine legislative assistants, the Deputy Legislative Director, and the Chief of Staff. 

Notes from the Field: Matthew Brown '19

Matthew Brown '19 interned at the Brookings Institution for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This winter I interned at the Brookings Institution, an American research group in Washington D.C. The organization broadly conducts research and education in the social sciences with the mission of improving the welfare of all Americans, strengthening American democracy, and building a more prosperous and cooperative international system.

At Brookings, I was a research intern in the Center for Technology Innovation, an initiative founded by the Institution’s Governance Studies department. While there, I conducted statistical analyses on the state of the “digital divide” in America, assisted in researching and writing white papers surrounding algorithmic bias and black-box algorithms, and conducted in-depth policy research and analysis on the telecommunications and technology sectors of the economy.

Notes from the Field: Olivia Bewley '19

Olivia Bewley '19 interned at the United States Embassy in Rabat, Morocco in the Economics Section for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

The Department of State uses embassies to further its own foreign policy goals abroad, but also to observe activities that other foreign missions are conducting. In addition, embassies house other agencies who work closely with those in the Foreign Service and have interests in the host nation. 

The work that I completed ranged from researching bilateral relationships between nations ahead of important meetings to attending conferences as a representative of the U.S. Mission to Morocco. I also wrote summaries of economic news from Morocco used to update our colleagues outside of the country, assisted a colleague with research for a report, and drafted a white paper given to the African Development Bank. My culminating experience in the office was writing a cable, which is the term used for an informative report sent to other embassies around the world, and to headquarters in Washington D.C. 

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