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Rosenwald Funded Intern

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: Bill Kosmidis '19 

Bill Kosmidis '19 interned with the City of Chicago Treasurer’s Office for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

The City of Chicago Treasurer’s Office is the custodian and manager of all cash and investments for the City of Chicago, the four City employee pension funds, and the Chicago Teacher’s Pension Fund. Additionally, the Treasurer’s Office manages a number of programs that promote financial education and small business growth in Chicago’s neighborhoods. The Treasurer is one of three city-wide elected officials in the City of Chicago, with the Mayor and the Clerk being the others.  

Notes from the Field: Randy Huang ’19

Randy Huang ’19 comes from Wisconsin and attended Arrowhead High School. In high school, he pursued his interest in public policy by serving as president of his school’s Junior Statesmen of America club and winning multiple regional speaking awards. He is currently pursuing a Government major and an International Studies minor at Dartmouth. Randy quickly embraced his interest in international relations by working as an editor at World Outlook, Dartmouth’s international affairs journal. He also pursued his interest in public service by working as an intern at a Hanover-based veterans’ support organization. Furthermore, he has served as a research assistant for the Government department and is currently a Presidential Scholar. He traveled to England in the Spring of 2017 as an exchange student to Keble College, Oxford. After graduation, Randy plans on attending graduate school and pursuing a career in the State Department’s civil service.

Randy Huang ’19 was funded by the Rockefeller Center for a Fall 2017 internship, with generous support from the Mr. E. John Rosenwald Jr. ’52 Public Affairs Internship Fund.

Notes from the Field: Abhilasha Gokulan '18

Abhilasha Gokulan '18 interned with the Public Defenders Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) during the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I worked at the Public Defenders Service for the District of Columbia (PDS). Established in the 1960s, PDS is federally funded and provides legal representation to indigent adults and juveniles facing incarceration in the District of Columbia. Although PDS has several divisions, I mainly worked in the Parole Division and the Trial Division. In the Parole Division, I worked with clients who violated a term of their Parole conditions and were usually incarcerated while awaiting a Final Revocation Hearing before the Parole Commission. In the Trial Division, PDS tends to represent those adults facing Felony 1 cases or the most serious types of case.

Notes from the Field: Marcus Thompson '19

Marcus Thompson ’19 interned with the Naval History and Heritage Command for the Spring 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This past spring, I had the opportunity to intern at the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) which is an Echelon II command of the US Navy dedicated to supporting the Navy’s mission through public affairs, historical analysis, and direct mission support. While interning at NHHC, I was able to contribute to all aspects of this mission. Working out of the Naval library and archives at the Washington Naval Yard, I accessed exclusive primary sources and official histories otherwise unavailable to the public. During my internship, I worked with Dr. John Sherwood, an expert in Naval operations in the Vietnam War and in Libya. He has been an invaluable teacher and mentor. I am confident my research, historical writing, and grasp of military history have improved immensely due to this internship.

Notes from the Field: Daniel Shlien '18

Daniel Shlien '18 interned at the Office of Economic Policy in the U.S. Treasury Department​ for the 2017 winter term with the support of Mr. E. John Rosenwald Jr. '52 Public Affairs Fund. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This winter I had the opportunity to intern within the Office of Economic Policy in the U.S. Treasury Department, which is an office consisting of about twenty-five PhD economists and a handful of other staff who perform research a wide range of economic issues and advise the Secretary of the Treasury on those issues. During my internship, I was one of four interns who assisted economists in their research by cleaning up datasets, performing analyses, creating models, producing graphs and other visuals, and writing memos on our findings. One of the best parts about working in the Economic Policy office is its size –there are no research assistants and each economist is usually the only expert in their field in the office. Therefore, I worked directly with leading economists, people whose opinions on a subject, whether it be housing or healthcare, move the needle in the world of policy.

Notes from the Field: Lauren Bishop '19

Lauren Bishop interned at the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence during the 2016 Fall Term with support from Mr. E. John Rosenwald Jr. '52 Public Affairs Fund. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the fall of 2016 I had the distinct privilege of interning in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence under President Barack Obama. As an intern in the Hard Mail division of the Mail Analysis team, I read and responded to hundreds of letters a day on behalf of the President in order to address the concerns of the American people. I was also able to give voice to compelling writers by flagging their letters for staff members who would review and then place them in the President’s nightly briefing book. Ten letters a day were chosen, encompassing a range of topics penned by writers throughout America in order to inform the President of the public’s opinion. Furthermore, I coordinated with staff to compose an internal compilation of letters for relevant policy offices and recorded the opinions of the American people during shifts on the White House comment line.

Notes from the Field: Nicole Castillo '17

Nicole Castillo interned at the Washington Office on Latin America during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is a brief recap of her experience in her own words.

As a research and advocacy organization advancing human rights in the Americas, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) partners with regional organizations and individuals, researches and analyzes current issues, and advocates for Latin America in a U.S. context.

As a foreign policy intern with the Mexico team this summer, I was constantly translating commentaries and press releases, writing memos, attending events related to the focus of my team, tracking press hits, and supporting in daily administrative tasks. Throughout my internship, I was exposed to the leading experts and institutions on Latin American issues.

Notes from the Field: Jacob Greenberg ’17

Jacob Greenberg '17 interned at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia during the 2015 fall term with the support from the Mr. E. John Rosenwald Jr. '52 Public Affairs Fund.

"One method for the U.S. Department of State to globally implement American foreign policy is by establishing a representative mission to a country with whom we wish to have diplomatic relations, usually via an embassy that is led by an Ambassador," Jacob says.

Going into his internship, Jacob hoped to achieve a more comprehensive “understanding of how the US implements foreign policy through embassies and members of the Foreign Service.”

As an intern in the political and economic sections of the American Embassy in Zagreb, Jacob’s responsibilities included monitoring the treatment and numbers of Syrian refugees, forecasting the impact of multiple outcome scenarios for the parliamentary national election, drafting talking points in support of the TPP, and creating educational presentations on American culture and life for Embassy members to present to the public at large.

Notes from the Field: Robert Muttilainen '16

Student Intern: Robert Muttilainen '16

Internship Organization: 
American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch?
The ACLU of New Hampshire fights to protect civil liberties guaranteed in the United States and New Hampshire Constitutions. Through civil rights advocacy, education, lobbying, and litigation, the ACLU-NH works to protect freedom and equality for all residents of New Hampshire. The ACLU-NH is a non-profit, non-partisan affiliate organization of the National ACLU, which is comprised of over 500,000 members.

What are your specific responsibilities in the organization?


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