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Notes from the Field

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: EMORY HOLZER '22

Emory Holzer '22 interned with the White House Internship Porgram during the 2019 summer term. 

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: TYLER WORK '20

Tyler Work '20 interned at the Smithsonian Organization and Audience Research (SOAR) during the 2019 summer term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This past summer, I interned at The Smithsonian Organization and Audience Research (SOAR) of the Smithsonian Institution. Their work focuses on helping Smithsonian units operate more effectively and engage with their audiences to the best of their ability. The organization balances research, data-driven analysis, and strategic thinking to help the Smithsonian achieve its goals. At SOAR, I worked on a diverse range of projects with a variety of Smithsonian units, including but not limited to the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), and the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA). Through these projects I was able to engage with every step of the analysis process: initial data collection through surveys or interviews, qualitative analysis with Excel or SPSS, quantitative analysis of interview transcripts and written open responses, and report writing.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: NICOLE BECKMAN '20

Nicole Beckman '20 interned at the Community League of the Heights (CLOTH), during the 2019 summer term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This past summer I interned with the housing team at Community League of the Heights (CLOTH). About 1500 of the units CLOTH has developed are housing development fund corporations (HDFCs) that are now owned by individual tenant associations. Another 670 are affordable rental units currently owned by CLOTH. Many of the projects I worked on had to do with that latter group, including applying for and overseeing the implementation of green energy subsidy programs to improve energy efficiency in our portfolio and assisting with applications for low-income housing tax credits. CLOTH also has 357 units in its development pipeline.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: ALEXANDRA SASSE '20

Alexandra Sasse '20 interned at the U.S. Agency for International Development during the 2019 summer term.

This past summer, I interned on the Legislative Affairs team at the U.S. Agency for International Development. I supported Congressional Liaison Officers as they conveyed information between USAID and lawmakers on the Hill. I tracked legislation moving through the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, researched the political positions of lawmakers regarding their support of foreign aid, and communicated summaries of relevant congressional hearings and briefings to the Legislative and Public Affairs office. I also helped fill administrative need by assisting with scheduling, escorting foreign guests into the building, and setting up events. 

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: NATALIA MCLAREN '20

Natalia McLaren '20 interned at United States Embassy London during the 2019 summer term.

This past summer I interned at United States Embassy London. Here, I learned a great deal about my life, my country, and the world we all share. At the embassy, I attended meetings and created summaries, read cables regarding the U.S./UK relationship with a number of different countries, and wrote briefings, talking points, and backgrounders for the Ambassador. Working and interacting with diplomats taught me how to be polite but persuasive in my speech, flexible when appropriate yet headstrong when necessary. 

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: MARK PARRINO '22

Mark Parrino '22 interned at the Climate Institute in Washington D.C. during the 2019 summer term.

This summer, I spent 10 weeks working at the Climate Institute in downtown Washington D.C. Founded by John Topping (Dartmouth ’64) in 1986, the Climate Institute is the country’s first organization focused solely on climate change. The Institute works on mitigating the effects of climate change by raising international awareness and advancing and sharing research. My primary work at the Climate Institute involved writing a research paper about the current state of climate change in the Arctic regions and what techniques are being researched to combat that change. My paper is organized into three sections: 1) The current status of the Arctic with regard to climate change. 2) The local and global impacts of Arctic change. 3) Out-of-the-box solutions to mitigating climate change in the Arctic. The paper will soon be published on the Climate Institute website.  

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: ANTONETTE DAVIDS '20

Antonette Davids '20 interned at the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) during the 2019 spring term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: OLIVIA AUDSLEY '21

Olivia Audsley '21 interned at the Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand during the 2019 spring term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During Spring 2019, I interned at the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Washington, D.C. Senator Gillibrand is the junior senator from New York, serving since 2009. Gillibrand is a progressive democrat that focuses on family issues such as paid leave, and women’s issues such as sexual assault in the military.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: SOHAM BASU '20

Soham Basu '20 interned at the Pakistan Desk at the U.S. State Department (SCA/P) during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This winter, I worked on the Pakistan Desk at the U.S. State Department (SCA/P). The Pakistan Desk is housed in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs and has four main teams: Political, Economic, Congressional Assistance, and Political-Military. My supervisor was on the political-military team and his portfolio covered counterterrorism. I worked closely with my supervisor but also with the congressional assistance, economic, and political team. It was an interesting time to be on the Pakistan desk, as the U.S. national security strategy was shifting past policy orientations away from Pakistan and towards India while at the same time negotiating a U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: SARAH PEARL '20

Sarah Pearl '20 interned at the Climate Institute in Washington, D.C. as a Research Intern during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the winter of 2019, I worked at the Climate Institute in Washington, D.C. as a Research Intern. Founded in 1986 by a Dartmouth alumnus, this organization promotes awareness, policymaking, and scientific advancement for solutions to climate change. The Climate Institute’s primary projects include researching the potential for a North American Supergrid, a high-voltage direct current transmission system powered by renewable energy; solar geoengineering, the idea of offsetting the greenhouse effect by reflecting solar radiation back into space; and climate education through computer games. These projects involve work on both the policy and science side of climate issues, and the organization’s diverse staff and board of directors reflect the need for multi-faceted and interdisciplinary solutions to environmental problems.

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