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Internships

Notes from the Field: Bethany Malzman '19

Bethany Malzman ’19 interned in the Washington, DC office of Representative Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23) during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the 2016 summer term, I had the opportunity to serve as one of three student legislative interns in the Washington D.C. office of Rep. Wasserman Schultz of Florida’s 23rd district. This office primarily manages legislation in Congress that relate to various committees the congresswoman holds positions in, such as the House Appropriations Committee, and bills that members propose and vote on during each congressional session.

Notes from the Field: Faith Rotich ’18

Faith Rotich interned at the World Justice Project during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is a brief recap of her experience in her own words.

I think my internship at the World Justice Project this past summer was an excellent opportunity not only for my professional advancement, but also for my personal growth.  My role was centered around establishing the relationship between the rule of law and socio-economic development around the world. As a student interested in a career in economic development, I learned about the different ways in which lack of, or limited access to the rule of law impedes the improvement of standards of living and economic development in general.

Notes from the Field: Eliza Rockefeller ’17

Eliza Rockefeller interned at Environment Oregon during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Environment Oregon is a non-profit, statewide, citizen-based advocacy organization that lobbies for environmental policy on local, state and national levels. It is a member of Environment America, a national federation, and works together with the federation, other state chapters, and the Oregon Conservation Network to achieve victories in environmental conservation.

At Environment Oregon I worked on two campaigns, “Go Solar, Oregon,” promoting solar power in Oregon and “No Bees, No Food,” protecting bees and other key pollinators from toxic pesticides. I had two central assignments: researching and writing a report on solar power in Oregon’s 40 largest cities, and coordinating, publicizing and running an event for members to educate and engage them on the bees campaign.

Notes from the Field: Alex Leibowitz ’19

Alex Leibowitz interned with the House Foreign Affairs Committee-Democratic Staff during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is a brief recap of his experience in his own words.

This summer I had the opportunity to intern for the House Foreign Affairs Committee-Democratic Staff. The Foreign Affairs Committee-Democratic staff is under the supervision of the ranking member, Congressman Elliot Engel. The Committee considers legislation relating to a variety of topics including foreign assistance, trade, and treaties. Members on the Foreign Affairs Committee markup bills before they go to the floor of the House of Representatives for votes before all members of Congress. Finally, the Committee holds hearings where members hear from and question expert witnesses.

Notes from the Field: Alex Frye ’17

Alex Frye interned at the Office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman '78 in Washington D.C. during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is a brief recap of his experience in his own words.

Several constituent services that I helped with included giving tours of the Capitol building, answering phone calls, sorting mail, and assisting with casework. I also helped set up and assist with our weekly constituent coffees where constituents could come into the office for breakfast and to talk with Senator Portman in person. In helping the communications staff, I composed news article summaries that were sent out to the office first thing each morning. I also researched different quotes and statistics regarding the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA, which Senator Portman has been supporting for years and was finally passed in the summer. In addition, I transcribed speeches from the Senator. To assist other staffers, I drafted letters to be sent to constituents and wrote memos on hearings.

Notes from the Field: Adaeze Nduaguba ’17

Adaeze Nduaguba ’17 interned at the White House during the 2016 summer term. The following is a brief recap of her experience as told in her internship report.

As a White House intern, I was assigned to the Policy Office of the Office of the First Lady, in which I was responsible for furthering the First Lady’s Let Girls Learn initiative. Let Girls Learn is the President’s and First Lady’s initiative aimed at helping adolescent girls attain a quality education that empowers them to reach their full potential.

My day-to-day responsibilities of drafting daily briefings and policy memos for the First Lady, conducting research, and assisting in the planning of Let Girls Learn national and international events were all aimed at supporting the broader initiative in an extremely fast-paced environment. The fast-paced nature of my internship taught me the importance of paying attention to detail and accuracy, as well as delivering quality work.

Notes from the Field: Jeeihn Lee '17

Jeeihn Lee '17 interned at Lambda Legal during the 2015 fall term. The following is adapted from her internship report.

Lambda Legal is the nation's oldest and largest legal advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve the full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those living with HIV primarily through impact litigation. The organization also engages in public education and advocacy to support the work of its legal department.

Going into the internship, Jeeihn hoped to learn more about the work of impact litigation advocacy groups and issues affecting the LGBT community in general.

Notes from the Field: Elizabeth Klein ’17

Human trafficking remains an obscure but rampant atrocity in the US with most victims averaging around 12-13 years of age. 

Elizabeth Klein ’17 spent her winter term interning at the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office in the Human Trafficking Division, working to raise awareness, promote community outreach, and conduct public policy research in contribution to the fight against this crime.

Elizabeth’s internship coincided with Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and as a result, she had the opportunity to help write speeches and prepare presentations for different events centered on human trafficking. Through this experience, Elizabeth was able to learn a lot about the nuances of the issue. She explains, “By writing these remarks and brainstorming with my supervisor, I learned so much not just about human trafficking itself but about the many issues surrounding it - our society's perception of mental health and sexual violence, the role of trauma in court proceedings, and so on.”

Notes from the Field: Jacob Greenberg ’17

Jacob Greenberg '17 interned at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia during the 2015 fall term with the support from the Mr. E. John Rosenwald Jr. '52 Public Affairs Fund.

"One method for the U.S. Department of State to globally implement American foreign policy is by establishing a representative mission to a country with whom we wish to have diplomatic relations, usually via an embassy that is led by an Ambassador," Jacob says.

Going into his internship, Jacob hoped to achieve a more comprehensive “understanding of how the US implements foreign policy through embassies and members of the Foreign Service.”

As an intern in the political and economic sections of the American Embassy in Zagreb, Jacob’s responsibilities included monitoring the treatment and numbers of Syrian refugees, forecasting the impact of multiple outcome scenarios for the parliamentary national election, drafting talking points in support of the TPP, and creating educational presentations on American culture and life for Embassy members to present to the public at large.

Notes from the Field: Sam Libby ’17

Sam Libby ’17 interned at the National Economic Council during 2015 Fall Term. The following is adapted from his internship report.

The National Economic Council (NEC) is part of the Executive Office of the President and is the primary advisory body to the President on U.S. and global economic policy. The NEC also coordinates with state, local, and federal agencies on domestic and international economic issues along with spearheading many of the President’s economic initiatives.

As an intern, Sam worked with the skills policy group within the NEC, which handles workforce data sharing, licensing reform, the TechHire initiative, and other proposals that aim to help millions of Americans return to work. His days were filled with an array of meetings, research and analysis, and other office tasks.

More specifically, his team helped to provide disadvantaged youth, the long-term unemployed, veterans, and minorities with the necessary skills to succeed in the modern workplace.

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