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Notes from the Field

Notes from the Field: Rachel Favors '18

Rachel Favors '18 interned with the U.S. Department of State Office of West African Affairs for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I interned at the U.S. Department of State Office of West African Affairs. The U.S. Department of State advances U.S. foreign policy priorities and represents the interests of the American people by working to shape a more peaceful, stable, and democratic world. As an intern on the Nigeria desk in the Office of West African Affairs, I supported U.S. engagement with the Nigerian government and people to strengthen democracy and good governance in Nigeria, to support the country’s economic growth, to advance peace and security in the areas besieged by Boko Haram and ISIS West-Africa, and to promote widespread opportunity and development in Nigerian society.

Notes from the Field: Annabelle Bardenheier '19

Annabelle Bardenheier '19 interned at the Office of Economic Opportunity in the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles (MOEO) for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During this past winter term, I had the opportunity to intern at the Office of Economic Opportunity in the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles (MOEO) which takes action to help individuals overcome barriers to economic security and success. The Office’s foci include re-entry of formerly incarcerated persons, veterans, homelessness as well as workforce development, and affordable housing. The majority of my projects pertained to the Office’s primary concern: the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. Working on a newly formed and highly prioritized policy area in the Mayor’s Office allowed me to work on exciting projects and to witness the hopeful beginnings of many new initiatives to fight homelessness in the city.

Notes from the Field: Hailey Valerio '19

Hailey Valerio '19​ interned at the Committee of Seventy for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report. 

This winter, I interned at the Committee of Seventy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works as a “good government” group in Philadelphia. The Committee of Seventy is made up of a board of seventy business and civic leaders in Philadelphia who meet monthly to address the issues that face governance in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. The main issues that the Committee of Seventy addresses are voter registration, election ethics, redistricting, helping people navigate the process of running for office, and encouraging good government practices.

I served as a public policy intern that assists the board and helps carry out Seventy’s mission. My role as an intern was to complete tasks assigned by Patrick Christmas, the Policy Program Manager, and other staff members, including the Chief Advancement Officer, the Director of Operations, and the CEO/President.

Notes from the Field: Alisha Yan '19

Alisha Yan '19 interned at Safe Kids Worldwide for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This winter, I had the opportunity to intern at Safe Kids Worldwide, a non-profit public health/child safety group with coalitions across the United States and in several other countries. Safe Kids focuses on preventable childhood injuries and conducts research, awareness, advocacy, and education in risk areas such as pedestrian, home, pool, fire, and car safety.

Notes from the Field: Henry Goodwyn '19 

Henry Goodwyn '19 interned at the Communications Department of the House Republican Conference in Washington DC for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

Over the course of the winter 2018 term, I interned with the Communications Department of the House Republican Conference in Washington DC. The organization is the leading arm of the Republican Party in terms of messaging, coordination, and outreach with updates on legislation and events that are taking place. The role that I played as an intern allowed me to gain a clearer idea of the day to day life of a politician and allowed me to interact personally with over 75 different members of the House of Representatives.

Notes from the Field: Genna Liu '19

Genna Liu '19 interned at U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of East Asian Affairs, Office of Regional and Security Policy (EAP/RSP) for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This winter I interned at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of East Asian Affairs, Office of Regional and Security Policy (EAP/RSP). EAP/RSP is responsible for strategies in the Indo-Pacific region, including the new free and open Indo-Pacific strategy of the administration. Working in the public sector on foreign affairs, especially on Asia, has been a longstanding dream of mine. Participating in the development and implementation of foreign policies and strategies, representing one’s country on the international stage, and serving and protecting the public were some of the most humbling and honorable responsibilities I have ever had.

Notes from the Field: Rebecca Brownell '18

Rebecca Brownell '18 interned with the Washington, D.C. Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to intern in the Washington, D.C. Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from New York. I gained experience working in legislation, constituent affairs, the daily operations of a senatorial office, as well as developing relationships with Hill staffers and Dartmouth alumni in the capitol.

Becoming well-informed in American politics and working on behalf of the senator was certainly a satisfying way of putting my academic work as a Government major into practice. The past few months with a new administration’s legislative agenda also created a controversial and chaotic D.C. environment, which ultimately provided me a particularly exciting and busy office atmosphere in which to work.

Notes from the Field: Lynette Long '20

Lynette Long '20 interned with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I interned at the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. The Fair Labor Division of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General (AGO) operates under the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau. Civil investigators team up with assistant attorney generals to enforce state wage and hour laws, prosecute exploitative businesses, and uphold workers’ rights. Enforcement efforts are aimed to ensure compliance with certain workplace requirements which include timely payment of wages, overtime compensation, minimum wage law, and earned sick leave policy. The Division also hosts wage theft clinics and community engagement programs to share free legal resources with Massachusetts residents and spread awareness of workplace rights.

Notes from the Field: Megan Mounts '18 

Megan Mounts '18 interned with the U.S. Embassy at Bridgetown, Barbados​ for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

My summer internship experience was facilitated through the United States Department of State Intern Program. I served in the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy at Bridgetown, Barbados. The Section is part of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. The Embassy mission is to promote U.S.-Eastern Caribbean relations in sustainable economic growth, good governance, and support of a vibrant civil society. The Embassy is unique in that it also serves six other island nations. The Public Affairs Section promotes mutual understandings through education and cultural programs. U.S. professionals and artists are invited to the region to engage with local communities. There is strong support for science, technology, and leadership with young learners. U.S. higher institutions are promoted to college-aged students. The Section controls all Embassy social media outlets, and monitors media releases from local sources to interpret political and economic perceptions of U.S. policies in the region.

Notes from the Field: Carolyne Musyoka '20

Carolyne Musyoka '20 interned at the World Justice Project for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I interned at the World Justice Project, a global, multi-disciplinary NGO that promotes the rule of law around the world. The organization advances this mission by being a resource for lawyers in addition to researching daily affairs like security, freedom and governance.

Through the work of the World Justice Project, the rule of law has been advanced in more than 113 countries with a goal of one day reaching all of the 193 countries around the world. Rule of law advancement directly addresses the menace of corruption and extrajudicial killings as well as the lack of access to justice systems, healthcare, and freedom of the press. It also addresses independence and the impartiality of the judiciary.

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