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Notes from the Field

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: KARLA ROSAS '20

Karla Rosas '20 interned at the United States Supreme Court in the Office of the Clerk during the 2018 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This fall, I interned at the United States Supreme Court in the Office of the Clerk. The United States Supreme Court processes about 10,000 petitions per year, yet only one percent of these petitions are granted and heard before the nine Justices.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: AMELIA ALI '19

Amelia Ali '19 interned at the European Parliament during the 2018 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This fall, I completed my internship at the European Parliament, the European Union's only directly-elected institution, where its 751 Members of Parliament (MEPs) represent each 28 European member countries. As a Robert Schuman Trainee, I assisted William Legge, who is the Earl of Dartmouth representing the South West England region and Gibraltar as an Independent MEP. He is a member of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group (EFDD), and he serves as the EFDD Group Coordinator for the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Committee on International Trade.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: EZEKIELLA CARLOS '19

Ezekiella Carlos '19 interned at the United Nations during the summer 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I interned in the Department of Field Support (DFS) at the United Nations, which falls within the UN Secretariat at Headquarters. The Secretariat, one of the six major organs of the UN, includes the Secretary-General and all of the international staff who carry out the civil service function of the UN as mandated by the other organs such as the General Assembly or the Security Council. DFS works very closely with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations to ensure that the mandated peacekeeping and other operations run as smoothly and as effectively as possible. The specific role of DFS is to provide support – for example, in the form of air and ground transportation, accommodations and food for peacekeepers, or medical evacuations – to peace operations, including peacekeeping, special political, and other field missions.

Notes From the Field: Isaiah Miller '21

Isaiah Miller '21 interned on the Close the Workhouse campaign during the 2018 summer term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

The Close the Workhouse campaign's goals are threefold: close the St. Louis city jail colloquially known as the "Workhouse," reduce St. Louis city’s incarcerated population by 33%, and invest in programs and services that support communities instead of jails.

Notes From the Field: Eliza Dekker '19

Eliza Dekker '19 interned at Union Kitchen during the 2018 summer term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Union Kitchen is what is known as a Food Accelerator based in Washington, D.C. Their business model is unique, combining a shared kitchen, a distribution company, a grocery store chain, and a food business accelerator. Each arm of the Kitchen has built upon the last, each aiming to create an ecosystem for local food businesses to succeed. While 80% of startup food businesses fail within their first few years, the Accelerator has turned this number on its head with an 80% success rate.

Notes From the Field: Christina Reagan '19

Christina Reagan '19 interned at JustLeadershipUSA, a non-profit advocacy organization fighting for criminal justice reform, during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I was a policy and advocacy intern at JustLeadershipUSA in New York City. JustLeadershipUSA is a non-profit advocacy organization fighting for criminal justice reform on a local, state, and national level. They are comprised of three different pillars—Membership, with the goal of enrolling all incarcerated people in the US as members; Leadership, with the goal of training formerly incarcerated people and lifting up their voices as leaders in the fight against mass incarceration; and lastly, Advocacy, which is made up of campaigns to change the policies that affect communities impacted by mass incarceration.

Notes From the Field: Catherine Rocchi '19

Catherine Rocchi '19 interned at the Crag Law Center, a public interest environmental law firm based in Portland, Oregon, during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Crag lawyers provide clients—usually other nonprofits—with free or low-cost legal services in line with the organization’s mission to protect and sustain the Pacific Northwest’s natural legacy. In addition, Crag may supplement these legal services with assistance on campaign strategies, communications, community organizing and media relations.

Notes From the Field: Casey Hunter '19

Casey Hunter '19 interned with the Military and Veterans Affairs Department for the New York City Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Notes From the Field: Brittany Cleary ’21

Brittany Cleary ’21 interned at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) during the 2018 Summer Term. The following if an excerpt from her internship report.

 

This summer, I interned at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE), an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), is a nonprofit organization that provides vital reproductive health services to women (and men) regardless of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, and background. Beyond providing healthcare to thousands of patients, PPSNE boasts the second most robust clinical research program among the PPFA affiliates. When companies pioneer new technology to improve medical diagnosis and treatment, they will commission PPSNE to recruit patients and collect samples for clinical research studies to prove to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) that their new innovations are valid and reliable.

 

Notes From the Field: Angela Potier '21

Angela Potier '21 interned at the New Hampshire Supreme Court during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I interned at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. The court is composed of the Chief Justice and four associate justices. The Supreme Court is responsible for correcting errors in trial court proceedings, interpreting case law and statutes and the state and federal constitutions, and administering the courts.

During my internship, I completed three bench memos (two expository and one persuasive memo that included my own legal analysis), a twelve-page research memo concerning criminal responsibility and constitutional interpretation for a question of first impression in New Hampshire, a sample client letter, and a budgeting memo. In order to complete my assignments, I had to learn how to conduct legal research using Westlaw and state and federal statutes. Legal writing is very different from academic writing with regard to style, but the legal reasoning process will be useful to employ in academic work.

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