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Notes from the Field

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: FAVEN WOLDETATYOS '20

Faven Woldetatyos '20 interned at The Borgen Project during the 2020 summer term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: RAAM TAMBE '21

Raam Tambe '21 interned at Swing Left during the 2020 summer term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: MICHAEL CLEARY '21

Michael Cleary '21 interned at the International Literacy and Development during the 2020 summer term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

Over the summer, I was an intern with International Literacy and Development, a medium-sized Texas-based nonprofit focused on economic and literacy development in a range of low-income countries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. My path to that role began years ago, when I first began to take some classes at Dartmouth focused on languages and on economic development. For my final off-term as a Dartmouth student, I applied to ILAD, hoping to get some real-world experience within the field of economic development.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD KATIE GLANCE '23

 

NOTES FROM THE FIELD AVI DIXIT '23

This past summer, I interned at A Step Ahead Foundation which is a Memphis based nonprofit dedicated to helping women gain access to reliable birth control. Through working on public policy, the foundation hopes to provide long acting, reversible contraception to all Tennessee women. Many areas in Memphis and across the state of Tennessee are severely impoverished. Women too often have an unplanned pregnancy at an early age. Foundation education and funding enables women of all backgrounds to avoid these pregnancies. With no resources, they are left solely to care for a child and often must drop out of school to meet that need. A Step Ahead Foundation hopes to help end this cycle. Averting unplanned pregnancies allows for more career opportunities, lower infant mortality, and less financial burden.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: MAX MICKENBERG '21

This Summer I completed a remote internship with the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services under the supervision of Supervisory Assistant Public Defender David Warner. My position consisted of extensive legal research and analysis as I assisted my supervisor in creating a book on Connecticut caselaw to be used as a resource for state public defenders. Though the organization as a whole provides legal counsel and defense to a myriad local resident in various criminal cases, the remote nature of the job and pandemic-related limitations made my role to that of exclusively case law research and writing. More specifically, my job consisted of using legal data bases to search for and analyze various precedent-setting cases both statewide and federally. In such, I located important rulings, quotations, citations, and arguments in order to draft briefs of each case. The nature of this work gave me insights into different legal doctrines and standards, type of cases and challenges that public defenders face, and practice reading and briefing legal writings.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: MARIA SMITH LOPEZ '21

This summer I interned remotely for a gubernatorial campaign in New Hampshire. The organizational structure was fluid and grassroots, offering ample opportunities to try my hand at many different aspects of campaigning. Over the course of the internship, I contributed to the finance team, digital team, communications team, and policy team in varying levels. My work for the finance team was primarily donor research and I researched climate, voting rights, and marijuana policy for the policy team. My contributions to these teams were more limited and infrequent. The bulk of my responsibilities supported the digital and communication teams. For digital, I curated and posted content for the candidate’s social media platforms, helping manage his digital presence and filter through and analyze engagement. I also contributed to the strategy development to boost engagement and turn engagement into votes and dollars. In addition, I took the initiative to create and manage an account to emphasize the candidate’s support for youth issues in an effort to grow the candidate’s young voter base. For communications, I planned, drafted and sent press releases and emails.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: BRAD CARNEY '21

This past summer, I interned at The New Hampshire Adult Parole Board, which is an agency that presides over parole hearings. My task was to research the parole practices in other states and record them down. Over my internship, I combed through hundreds of state statues and parole handbooks to understand how parole is issued, broadly speaking, in the United States. Each state has different guidelines and requirements handed down from their respective legislature. Moreover, not every state is equal in their successful reduction of recidivism, therefore I had to consider multiple factors when considering which states are most applicable to New Hampshire and what factors are transferable.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: ASSANI BROWN '21

Assani Brown '21 interned at Law and Development Associates (LADA) during the 2020 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

I interned at Law And Development Associates, also known as LADA, a national Ghanaian law firm, in Ghana, Accra. The organization is a multi-disciplinary holding institution. It is composed of four subsidiaries, LADA Consult, Atuguba & Associates, LADA Institute, and LINNOVAC. During my internship, I worked closely with the LADA Consult and Atuguba & Associates. The former focused more on providing support and guidance with social, political, and financial decisions. The latter concentrated more on analyzing, critiquing, influencing, and shaping the law in whatever way it could. 

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: JENNIFER LEE '22

Jennifer Lee '22 interned at the Anglo-American Law & Policy Program at the University of California, Berkeley, School of law during the 2020 winter term. Here is an excerpt from her intenrship report.

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