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Notes from the Field

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: SABRINA LI SHEN '21

Sabrina Li Shen '21 interned with the Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: MAYA FROST-BELANSKY '20

Maya Frost-Belansky '20 interned at the Boulder Regional Office during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During my internship this winter at the Boulder Regional Office, I assisted attorneys with a variety of legal and administrative tasks to further this mission. The Colorado State Public Defender represents clients accused of criminal offenses who are either being held in custody or who are unable to afford private counsel. The Public Defender’s mission is to ensure that high quality legal representation is available to all persons. My responsibilities included drafting and filing basic motions including requests for medical furloughs, preparing paperwork for the daily bond court session, reviewing discovery with clients, and summarizing vast quantities of evidence.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: LOUISA AUERBACH '20

Louisa Auerbach '20 interned as a Judicial Intern in the chambers of the Honorable Lynn Leibovitz of the D.C. Superior Court during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: ZACHARY BERKOW '20

Zachary Berkow '20 interned at American Rivers as a Government Relations intern during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This winter I was a Government Relations Intern at American Rivers. American River’s mission is to protect wild rivers, restore damaged rivers, and conserve clean water for people and nature through a combination of fieldwork in key river basins and national advocacy (americanrivers.org). Within American Rivers, I reviewed Congressional hearings, tracked and analyzed legislation, and researched legislative and policy positions to advise American Rivers’ Government Relations staff. For example, I delivered memos on the Recovering America’s Wilderness Bills, the Little River Wilderness Management Area, and the related environmental positions of incoming Congress members. I also wrote a final report investigating Massachusetts’ relation with Hydro-Quebec and wrote summaries of Congress legislative hearings on topics such as infrastructure, global sea level rise, and the energy water-nexus.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: LINFORD ZIRANGWA '19

Linford Zirangwa '19 interned at the Pratham Education Foundation during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: SHANIQUA HARRIGAN '20

Shaniqua Harrigan '20 interned at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO SDNY) during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This winter, I had the honor of working at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO SDNY). I gained first-hand experience, expanded my legal knowledge, and honed my skills by helping Assistant United States Attorneys and working alongside paralegal specialists within the Department of Justice.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: COLTON FRENCH '19

Colton French '19 interned at the Office of Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster '87 during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This past Winter term I had the opportunity to intern in Washington, DC at the Office of Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster ’87. Each morning I was responsible for searching online news outlets for clips mentioning Rep. Annie Kuster, Rep. Chris Pappas, and New Hampshire’s senators. I then summarized each news article and compiled my findings into a document that was sent out daily to our DC staffers, district offices, and the Congresswoman. Additionally, I was responsible for communicating directly with constituents and logging their concerns into a database which allowed Rep. Kuster and her staff to respond effectively. In the event that our office did not have an adequate response to a constituent’s concern, I drafted form letters by researching Rep. Kuster’s past voting records and positions on specific policy areas.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: GABRIELLE HUNTER '20

Gabrielle Hunter '20 interned at the CDC Center for Global Health during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

As a Global Health Policy Intern for CDC Center for Global Health this winter, I worked with the Strategy and Planning Team on projects aiming to strengthen policy capacity for CDC’s global staff in over 60 countries across the world and develop partnership opportunities to advance strategic priorities for the Center for Global Health. I supported the CDC Foundation public private partnership development for the 7 Priority Country initiative, including development of a donor engagement strategy for Nigeria. I participated in preparation for key multilateral engagements such as the National Institute of Health of Colombia, World Health Assembly, WHO Executive Board meetings, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: JESUS FRANCO '20

Jesus Franco '20 interned at Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

During my winter term I had the great opportunity to intern at Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) as an Adult Community Organizing Intern. CBE follows a triad model of connecting, organizing, research, and legal strategies in order to achieve environmental justice in underserved communities that have historically faced environmental injustices due to poor urban planning that has made residents neighbors to industry, freeways, and other toxic pollutants. As an intern, I mainly worked with the adult organizing program that worked to build community power among adult residents in Southeast Los Angeles, which consisted of about 35 residents.

Notes From the Field: Nikhita Hingorani '21

Nikhita Hingorani '21 interned for Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to intern for Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Representative of the 7th Congressional District of my home state of Alabama, in both her Washington, DC office and Montgomery district office.

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