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Notes from the Field

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: JENNA GALLAGHER '21

Jenna Gallagher ’21 interned at the National Women’s Law Center during the 2020 winter term. Here is an excerpt from her internship report.

This winter term, I began my internship at the National Women’s Law Center, working for their child care and early learning team.  After my official winter end date, I was offered to continue my internship remotely during spring term, and I am now working part time for the law center while also taking remote classes. My work with the law center has mostly consisted of research, writing, and what we would describe as “coalition wrangling”, i.e. working with my team to manage the national child care and early learning coalition.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: CINDY SHEN '21

Cindy Shen '21 interned at the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) during the 2019 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

I interned at the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), an agency within the Executive Office of the President that offers the President objective economic advice for use in domestic and international policymaking. At the CEA, I primarily conducted research on topics related to healthcare and trade policy. My larger projects included studying the effects of the Affordable Care Act on un-insurance rates among people with pre-existing conditions, examining the consequences of the European Union’s proposed digital services tax, and coding in Python to aid future CEA macroeconomic research. I also had the opportunity to contribute to the Economic Report of the President, an annual report written by the CEA that delineates U.S. economic performance and the Administration’s upcoming economic priorities. 

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: PAUL JEON '21

Paul Jeon '21 interned at the Office of Administration in the Executive Office of the President during the 2019 fall term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report. 

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: JULIANN LI '21

Juliann Li '21 interned at Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution during the 2019 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: ODALIS HERNANDEZ MEDRANO '21

Odalis Hernandez Medrano '21 interned at the Southeast office of LatinoJustice in Orlando, Florida during the 2019 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This past fall, I interned at the Southeast office of LatinoJustice in Orlando, Florida. While there, my work revolved around providing administrative and research support to the legal team. I conducted policy and litigation research that attorneys used to develop litigation strategies and implement advocacy campaigns to protect the civil rights of Latinx communities in Florida. This research extended into social justice issues like workplace and language discrimination, voting rights suppression, criminal justice reform, the juvenile justice system, and immigration reform. Additionally, I synthesized this research into educational materials like Florida voting rights’ guides and census confidentiality reports for lawyers and community-based organizations to share with clients and other individuals. Moreover, I drafted an article related to criminal justice reform and the school-to-prison pipeline to be published in an online journal.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: JUAN QUINONEZ ZEPEDA '22

Juan Quinonez Zepeda '22 interned at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics during the 2019 summer term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This past summer I interned at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. During my time at the Initiative, I had many small-scale tasks such as a 2 page blog post about my personal experience as a freshman in college, brainstorming and finalizing critical questions for one of our White House Summits, and I even served as a note-taker and photographer for a Summit. However, my large-scale tasks included contributing to, editing, and condensing a 32 page First-Year Guide for Hispanic students to 22 pages, serving as a correspondent between the White House and the Initiative to problem solve last minute mistakes that could have prevented over 10 Senior Advisors from other agencies from attending our first summit, designing a bulletin board design on Hispanics in Stem that will be presented on September during Hispanic Heritage Month, and serving as a panel monitor for a $24,000,00 grant designated for Hispanic Serving Institutions.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: ZHIHAO WANG '22

Zhihao Wang '22 interned at the New York State Office of the Attorney General during the 2019 summer term. 

During the summer of 2019, I interned for the New York State Office of the Attorney General. The New York Attorney General functions as both the state’s highest law enforcement officer and the state’s chief legal counsel. The office is an elected position; the current Attorney General is Letitia James. With over 600 attorneys and 1700 employees, the Attorney General’s office covers a broad range of litigation in areas ranging from welfare fraud to cybersecurity. The New York Attorney General can also cooperate with the Attorney Generals of other states. The New York Attorney General has led multistate lawsuits in issues concerning the opioids epidemic, the citizenship question on the US Census, and the Equifax cyber breach.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: SUNNY DRESCHER '20

Sunny Drescher '20 interned at the Office of the New York State Attorney General during the 2019 summer term.

During the summer of 2019, I served as an intern at the Office of the New York State Attorney General (AG’s office) in the Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau (CEFCB). This office is led by Attorney General Letitia James, who was elected in the fall of 2018. The Attorney General protects the legal rights of New York citizens, and she also acts as the state’s chief legal counsel. I interned in the New York Office in lower Manhattan, which is one of two Executive Offices that the Attorney General oversees; the other Executive Office is in Albany, and there are also a number of regional offices under the Attorney General’s domain as well across the state. The CEFCB investigates and prosecutes complex financial crimes throughout the state and primarily focuses on cases that involve securities and investment schemes, tax crimes, and insurance fraud. 

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: SANA NADKARNI '22

Sana Nadkarni '22 interned at the American Enterprise Institute during the 2019 summer term. 

The summer after my first year at Dartmouth I had the incredible opportunity to intern at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington DC’s leading think tank whose mission advances free markets, human potential, and a competition of ideas. My important and fulfilling work in the Development Department gave me valuable insights into how a think tank is run. I researched several top and prospective donors through Salesforce, assembled strategic documents for various receptions to be presented in advance to the department and President of AEI, and wrote summaries of AEI public events for our exclusive Enterprise Club. The hours I spent in the Rauner Special Collections Library for Professor Dobson’s Writing 5 class helped me when I had to analyze archival sources to compile and endowment history for a foundation report on the Burns Chair in Law and Financial Policy.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: GRACE ANDERSON '20

Grace Anderson '20 interned at the Critical Threats Project (CTP) during the 2019 summer term. 

This summer, I worked at the Critical Threats Project (CTP) at the American Enterprise Institute as a research intern. The Critical Threats Project focuses on open-source intelligence research and analysis of national security issues, with particular focus on Iran and al Qaeda. At CTP, I worked on the al Qaeda team and focused on al Shabaab in the Horn of Africa. My daily tasks consisted of open-source research and analysis terrorism and political activity in the Horn. I also published a daily security brief, conducted research for a publication on how al Shabaab develops popular support, and performed human network analysis of al Shabaab’s leadership.

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