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Notes from the Field

NOTES FROM THE FIELD MELODY FU '23

Melody Fu '23 interned at the Office of Councilwoman Carlina Rivera at the New York City Council during the 2020 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: ISABELLA DUNBAR '23

Isabella Dunbar '23 interned at the Brookings Institution during the 2020 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This fall, I interned with the Brookings Institution. Brookings is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank located in Washington D.C. with the mission of conducting “in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.” Their robust research is known for providing valuable input in the policy sphere while remaining integrally independent and solution focused. Much like an academic institution, Brookings is organized into different programs and centers that each focus on different policy areas; namely, the program areas are Economic Studies, Governance Studies, Metropolitan Policy, Foreign Policy, and Global Economy and Development. Within these programs there are300+ leading experts who have ahigh level of independence to conduct research, but frequently collaborate. For my internship, I worked solely in the Economic Studies program (ES), within the Center on Regulation and Markets.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: ISABEL VELASCO '21

Isabel Velasco '21 interned at Instiligio during the 2020 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During my internship this past fall at Instiligo, I was able to have a unique work experience at the intersection of the private, public, and social sectors. Instiglio is non-profit developmental consulting organization whose goal is to ensure that every cent spent to alleviate poverty has the greatest possible impact on the lives of the 2.4 billion men, women, and children afflicted by it. At Instiglio, this is done through result-based financing. While interning at this non-profit consulting firm, I was able to experience first-hand fundamentals of a growing global business and contribute to the momentum of the results movement in international development. Similarly, I got the opportunity to further my knowledge of result-based financing (RBF) and social financial instruments, like social impact bonds, and how they can be leveraged by governments and organizations to improve a project’s outcome and, thus, people’s lives and conditions.  

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: ROBERT CASTLE '20

Robert Castle '20 interned in the chambers of Judge Richard M. Berman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York during the 2020 winter term.

I spent my winter 2020 off-term interning in the chambers of Judge Richard M. Berman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The Southern District is often regarded as one of the most influential district courts in the country given its jurisdiction over Manhattan. 

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: FLORIDA HUFF '21

Florida Huff '21 interned at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation during the 2020 summer term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I worked at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, which aims to foster development in emerging markets, promote U.S. national security priorities in key regions, and generate returns for U.S. taxpayers. My internship was specifically within the Office of External Affairs at DFC, which includes the public affairs, legislative affairs, and business development teams, although my work was mostly in public affairs. My responsibilities this summer included drafting press releases, memos, and fact sheets covering DFC’s initiatives, investment portfolio, and specific projects across the world. Another key responsibility of this internship was creating social media content, including drafting Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn posts and producing promotional videos. 

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: ANNIE FARRELL '21

Annie Farrell '21 interned for Americans for Immigrant Justice in Miami, Florida during the 2020 summer term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report. 

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: VALERIE TRUONG '21

Valerie Truong '21 interned at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) during the 2020 spring term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: MICHAEL NACHMAN '21

Michael Nachman '21 interned at the State Department during the 2020 spring term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to intern at the State Department this spring. I did the majority of the work remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but had a great experience nonetheless building experience and knowledge that directly relates to my academic and professional interests. One of the most positive parts of my experience was the opportunity to engage with several specific policy topics within the office’s mandate in ways that helped me develop a degree of expertise in narrow policy areas. Rather than work on issues and policy questions that are very broad, my projects allowed me to look closely at problems I would never have had the opportunity to study in a classroom setting. For example, I now know more about Sudan’s gold supply chains than I ever thought I would.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: MATTHEW FRATES '22

Matthew Frates '22 interned at Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) during the 2020 summer term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report. 

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: SARAH ALPERT '21

Sarah Alpert '21 interned at The Borgen Project during the 2020 summer term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report. 

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