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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: 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. 

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: Hannah Petrone '17

Hannah Petrone '17 interned at the Clinton Global Initiative during 2015 Fall Term as a John French Memorial Fund intern.

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) was started 11 years ago as a means of assisting underprivileged areas around the world and holding global leaders accountable for promises made about their planned contributions to address the problems affecting these areas. To be a member of the organization depends on the development of a "Commitment to Action", which is an original, specific, and measurable charity plan. The staff at CGI organize events year-round to bring together these members, as well as other leaders from all sectors, including NGOs, nonprofits, and government, to both review the status of ongoing Commitments to Action as well as to discuss the most pressing challenges around the world and the most innovative ways to solve them.

Notes from the Field: Nicholas Bernold '16

Student Intern: Nicholas Bernold ‘16

Victoria Nevel was funded by the Rockefeller Center for a Summer 2015 internship, with generous support from the Perkins Bass ’34 Public Affairs Internship Fund.

Nicholas Bernold '16 was funded by the Rockefeller Center for a Summer 2015 internship, with generous support from the John French Memorial Fund.

Notes from the Field: Austin Boral '16

Student Intern: Austin Boral '16

Internship Organization:
The Clinton Foundation

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch?
The mission of the Clinton Foundation is to strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. The Foundations focuses on five primary issue areas within the civic sphere: climate change, economic development, global health, health and wellness, and women and girls. With an emphasis on collaboration, the Foundation strives to convene businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to craft and implement effective solutions to these global problems.

What are your specific responsibilities in the organization?

Notes from the Field: Autumn Brunelle '15

Rockefeller Center-funded interns reflect on their experiences as part of our "Notes from the Field" series. Click here to read more about the Rockefeller Center's Internships program. To read the entire series, click here.

Student Intern: Autumn Brunelle '15

Internship Organization: Center for Environmental Leadership Training (CELT) – Hanover, NH

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch? 

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