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Internships

Notes from the Field: Priya Sankar '19

Priya Sankar ’19 interned with the Brookings Institution for the Spring 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Notes from the Field: Elizabeth Akau '18

Elizabeth Akau ’18 interned at the office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

I interned at the office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz which is comprised of the staff that supports the work of Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) in crafting legislation, making informed decisions, and representing his Hawaii constituents in the Senate. As a Schatz intern, my primary responsibilities included managing incoming correspondence from constituents; working under a policy advisor attending briefings, writing memos, and researching relevant policies and programs; providing tours of the capitol and congressional office buildings to constituents; and completing basic administrative tasks to keep the office organized.

Notes from the Field: Jenna Shin ’18

Jenna Shin ’18 interned at the United States Department of State, Office of Foreign Missions Houston Regional Office for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the summer of 2017, I interned at The United States Department of State - Office of Foreign Missions Houston Regional Office. The U.S. Department of State Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) serves the interests of the American public, the American diplomatic community abroad, and the foreign diplomatic community residing in the U.S. ensuring that all diplomatic benefits, privileges, and immunities would be properly exercised in accordance with federal laws and international agreements.

As an advocate for reciprocal agreements, OFM presses for fair treatment of U.S. personnel abroad, while assuring that foreign diplomats based in the United States receive the same treatment that each respective government provides in return.

Notes from the Field: Elena Bird '18

Elena Bird ’18 interned with Representative Ann Kuster for the Summer of 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the Summer of 2017, I interned for Representative Ann Kuster in her Washington D.C. office. Representative Kuster has taken on many difficult issues affecting the state; she sits on the House Agriculture and Veteran’s Affairs Committees and is a founding member of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force and the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence.

Notes from the Field: Else Drooff ’18

Else Drooff ’18 interned at Voice of America (VOA)/Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency whose mission is to inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. VOA is one of five U.S. civilian broadcast networks that fall under the purview of the BBG.

Notes from the Field: Katherine Royce ’19

Katherine Royce ’19 interned with EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) for the Spring 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the spring of 2017, I completed a health and policy internship with EcoHealth Alliance (EHA), a nonprofit research organization which uses the principles of local conservation and scientific inquiry to protect global health from the emergence of disease. By researching the interfaces between human, wildlife, and environmental health, EHA develops science and policy methods to prevent pandemics. I was assigned to work with the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense to review the U.S. effort to strengthen national biodefense. In 2015, the Panel issued a set of recommendations to Congress, with the goal of improving U.S. capacity to prevent and respond to outbreaks of infectious disease, whether naturally occurring or intentionally introduced. During my internship, I assisted the Panel in researching how these recommendations had been implemented by federal and state governments and the agricultural industry, and my work will appear in its forthcoming report.

Notes from the Field: Alexandrea Adams ’18

Alexandrea Adams ’18 interned with New America, a non-partisan think tank in Washington, D.C., for the Spring 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Notes from the Field: Sydney Latimore '18

Sydney Latimore ’18 interned in the European Parliament branch in Brussels, Belgium for the 2017 Winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Over the course of the winter 2017 term, I had the opportunity to intern with the European Parliament branch in Brussels, Belgium. In the first week I was tossed into the melee of preparation for the monthly trip to Strasbourg, France where Members of Parliament (MEPs) travel to meet and vote on legislative proposals. I quickly learned how my work fit into the larger mission of Parliament and I was just as quickly introduced to the complexities of a governing body that is responsible for 28 unique countries.

Notes from the Field: Samuel Emmah ’18

Samuel Emmah ’18 interned in the Office of the Public Defender in Hartford, Connecticut for the 2017 Winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This past winter, I was able to intern in the Office of the Public Defender in Hartford, Connecticut which provides legal representation to indigent clients of the surrounding Hartford metropolitan area who are at risk of a prison sentence. As a leader in public defender work, the state of Connecticut directly funds the public defender’s office to utilize dedicated attorneys, investigators, and social workers to ensure the protection and enforcement of a defendant’s constitutional rights. In Connecticut, the superior courts are separated into a GA court, which handles misdemeanors and lower class felonies, and a JD court, which provides representation to clients facing higher-class felonies.

Notes from the Field: Reem Chamseddine ’17

Reem Chamseddine ’17 interned with the Institute for the Study of War for the 2017 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report. 

This past winter, I had the opportunity to intern with the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) which is a think tank that researches and analyzes developments in regions critical to American national security and American foreign policy. The mission of ISW is to provide real-time, independent, and open-source analysis of political processes, military operations, and insurgent activity in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Russia. Additionally, ISW attempts to bridge the military-civilian knowledge gap. ISW research is typically consumed in the defense community, the diplomatic community, and among policymakers.

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