Civic Internship Grant Recipients: 2017
the clough center for the study of constitutional democracy
Ameet Kallarackal is from Atlanta, GA and is studying computer science and philosophy at Boston College as a member of the CSOM Class of 2018. He is the co-president of The Philosophical Society as well as a member of the BC Men’s Club Soccer team, and he helped found a startup called Campus Insights that offers user testing to firms that target college students. This summer, Ameet will be working as a product manager intern for non-profit organization Caravan Studios, which builds applications for social change. Caravan Studios recently won a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant to fund the production of three specific applications in Brazil. His role as a Product Manager intern will be to ideate, design, and build one of these apps, based on a specific concept called ByBus. In the rural outskirts of Brazilian city Porto Alegre, citizens use a number of bus routes to get to work each day without any means of knowing where the buses are at a given time or when they will be arriving at the bus stop. Ameet’s job will be to create an app that will cater to over 1 million lower income Brazilians while using minimal data. He will be the co-lead on the project, working directly with the project manager as well as a team of developers and librarians located in Porto Alegre. The model he intends to build for the community in Brazil, if successful, can likely be scaled to dozens of other highly populated, lower-income communities around the world.
After graduation, he hopes to utilize the skills I have learned as a product manager and entrepreneur, and from working towards solving global problems. He spent the majority of last year in Latin America, and he fully intends to return. He wants to help build organizations that are technically grounded and which ultimately serve the common good, and he hopes to continue being an activist in his community.
Amy Feldman is a rising junior in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. She is double-majoring in Political Science and Economics. At BC, she have served as a Big Sister in the BC Bigs program, an Op-ed columnist for The Heights, a dancer on the Boston College Pom Squad, and a member of the Executive Board for the Dance Organization of Boston College.
Amy is from Needham, MA and graduated from the Noble and Greenough School with academic high distinction. At Nobles, she was a coxswain for the varsity crew team, a peer tutor, a tour guide and a choreographer for the school’s dance program. She was also involved with the debate team and the school’s literary magazine. For the past four years, she has volunteered at the Charles River Center in Needham, MA— a facility for adults and children with developmental disabilities. Her work at the center inspired her to create a research project that received an Advanced Study Grant from BC for the summer of 2017. Amy plans to study the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services’ decision to close sheltered workshops and the affect of this decision on the disabled individuals and their employers. Her experiences at the Charles River Center have instilled in her a desire to achieve civil rights and social justice for all. After graduating from BC, she hopes to attend law school.
Last summer, Amy interned for Denise C. Garlick, a Massachusetts State Representative and Chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery. While at the State House, she learned about MassChallenge— a non-profit organization that provides office space, resources, and mentorship to startups. This summer she is working at MassChallenge in Boston, MA as a Marketing Intern. In this role she will be helping the Director of Marketing plan and execute a series of events. These events include speaker series, fundraisers, and competitions where startups pitch their new product or service ideas to potential investors and representatives from the private sector and government. MassChallenge aligns with the mission of the Clough Center as it helps to promote innovation, openness, and economic equality.
She is honored to serve as a Clough Center Junior Fellow, and excited to meet the other members of the program and learn about their internship experiences.
Audrey is a rising junior from Chevy Chase, Maryland, majoring in International Studies and Biology with a concentration in global health. At Boston College, she is a trip leader for the Outdoor Adventures Program, which runs a variety of outdoor excursions for members of the BC community, including rock climbing, backpacking, and kayaking. In addition, Audrey is a council member for BC’s PULSE Program for Service Learning. As such, she serves as a liaison between the PULSE office, students, and our community service partners. She is also a fellow in the McGillycuddy-Logue Fellows Program, which strives to help students to become global citizens. For Audrey, that means critically reflection on how she can effectively serve the global health mission. Her membership in BC’s GlobeMed chapter has most directly served this objective, supplementing my coursework with real world applications and thoughtful discussions of public health issues.
This summer, Audrey will be working as an intern at CORD (Chinmaya Organization for Rehabilitation and Development) Siruvani, a grassroots community health non-profit in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. CORD Siruvani works to address and tackle the myriad of issues present in the surrounding rural communities – everything from open defecation to lack of opportunities for women. She will be traveling to Coimbatore on July 13th to participate in a three week intensive internship working directly with CORD staff to support their community-based health and sanitation programs. She will also be working to identify and refine projects that address different sectors of community health. In doing so, she hopes to gain knowledge, skills, and guidance that will enhance my ability to advocate for public health and the right of all people to receive quality health care.
Her time at BC has fostered a strong interest in global health – a field that unites my passions for science, international affairs, and social justice. Her coursework has provided the foundational knowledge and tools to contextualize issues of health inequity, to recognize impediments to quality healthcare access, and to begin formulating potential solutions. However, implementing practical solutions through effective partnerships requires skills that cannot come solely from the classroom lectures or club meetings. This internship with CORD Siruvani offers a chance to acquire and practice practical global health skills while learning about how civil society supports these efforts in an international context. It will also provide a unique opportunity to examine potential disconnects between policy makers and members of society that rely on social services, allowing her to explore ways to bridge that divide within local, state, national, and international spheres. Furthermore, working as a CORD intern will give Audrey first hand experience implementing a successful partnership model, demonstrating how dialogue and mutual understanding can serve as a catalyst for remarkable change. She hopes to return from India with new insight on how international development works in resource-poor regions, armed with the knowledge and insight to convey the complex and nuanced obstacles that impede access to quality healthcare to the BC community and beyond.
Austin is a rising senior in the Gabelli Presidential Presidential Scholars Program majoring in Islamic Civilization and Societies and minoring in Arabic Studies. He has published his research on the Arab and Muslim worlds in Motherboard , The Daily Beast , USA Today , Vox , Wired , and Yahoo News .
This summer, Austin will intern at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) as part of the Iraq Team, compiling information on the Iraqi Civil War. This opportunity will help him improve his understanding of conflict in the Middle East, allowing him to become an expert on a country where Americans have spent thousands of lives and billions of dollars. His work will include drawing maps of and writing reports on battles and other current events in the country. The experience that he will gain from ISW will expand what he learned about Iraq while traveling there as a journalist in summer 2016.
After graduating, Austin hopes to find a job in the Intelligence Community, in the news media, or at a think tank. Careers at the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Security Agency; The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal , and The Washington Post ; and the American Enterprise Institute, the Brookings Institution, and Washington Institute for Near East Policy interest me. ISW will help prepare me for them all.
Austin looks forward to applying what he has learned from the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at ISW, which studies how democracies in the Middle East can better their security and stability. The Clough Center has introduced him to aspects of liberal democracy that will prove critical to his study of Iraq and the rest of the Arab and Muslim worlds. "Thanks to the Clough Center, I can become a scholar on representative democracy in the Middle East."
Brogan Feeley is a rising junior double majoring in history and theology and minoring in ancient civilizations at the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California where he graduated from Loyola High School. Brogan enjoyed playing drums in the school’s pep band and volunteering at St. Francis Center, an outreach center for impoverished families and the homeless. At Loyola he developed a passion for writing and argumentation as he participated in Lincoln Douglas debate tournaments as well as wrote for and edited the opinion section of Loyola’s student newspaper, The Loyalist. This interest in communication drew him to teaching and, as an avid traveler with a passion for European culture, he taught English to Italian children in rural Italy at an American style camp for three summers. While he was abroad, he encountered and interacted with diverse peoples, such as rural farmers and North African immigrants, which led to him growing interest in international law and politics.
Currently at Boston College, Brogan is primarily involved with the Screaming Eagles Marching Band as a drummer, Liturgical Arts Group as an executive board member for the bell choir, St. Joseph’s Project, which provides food and clothing to the Boston homeless, and the Appalachian Volunteers. Previously, he served as a staff writer for the online publication The Gavel. His international experience and interest in communication led to him working for the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums at their central office in Vatican City for summer 2016. The Vatican Patrons is the principle development office for the Vatican Museums. While at the Vatican he wrote and edited several articles and blurbs for the organization’s monthly and annual publications, revised and refined English articles drafted by non-native English speakers, and assisted tours of the Vatican Museums. This experience further exposed him to international and church politics. Moreover, while living in continental Europe during the Brexit vote, he interacted with people directly connected to the British political process and indeed involved in the Brexit strategy itself.
For Summer 2017, Brogan will be interning for the Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) in London, England, which is a British-based think tank founded in the early 2000s that produces several weekly and monthly articles, reports, and analyses related to governmental spending and efficiency. The primary goals of TPA include reforming tax policy, encouraging responsible spending, and empowering taxpayers. Part of his internship role this summer will be writing and editing official publications as well as working with TPA’s various social media platforms to broaden the group’s message. Recently, TPA has published several analyses of Brexit. Prominent policy makers and newspapers have cited TPA research into Brexit policy. Working with some of the leading policy voices behind Brexit strategy will provide him with valuable insight into the inner workings of international law and policy. He plans to utilize this experience with TPA to potentially work for a policy institute, foreign business, or international law firm.
Camille Ford is an International Studies and Islamic Civilizations and Societies double major in the Morrissey College of Arts and Science class of 2018. She was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, and now live in Summit, NJ. She recently returned from a semester abroad at the University of Granada, in Granada, Spain, where she was able to pursue her interest in the Spanish language. Her Sophomore year at BC, she enrolled in Professor Salameh’s States and Minorities in the Middle East course, and has been fascinated with the interaction of Islam, the Middle East and the Western world ever since. At Boston College, Camille was involved with Generation Citizen, a non-profit which works to bring civic education to low-income and minority students in the Boston Public Schools. She is also a member of Boston College Democrats, and a circulation desk worker at Bapst Library. Last summer and fall, she dedicated her extracurricular time to working as a Finance Intern for the Hillary for America campaign, which allowed her to discover new interests in government-oriented work.
In line with her interest in Islamic civilizations, this coming summer 2017, she will be working at the Maghreb Center, based in Washington D.C. The Maghreb Center is a non-profit organization which provides research and education surrounding the North African region. The organization focuses on the political, social, economic and cultural facets of the region in hopes of creating an expanded knowledge base of the five countries which comprise the Maghreb: Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia. The center also includes Egypt and the Sudan-Sahel region in its research endeavors. In order to help the Maghreb Center achieve its research and outreach objectives, she will be working alongside the founder and president of the organization, Nejib Ayachi, as a general intern. The main responsibilities associated with my role will include research on North Africa-related issues, both on the domestic and international front. Camille will also be taking part in weekly seminars and discussions focusing on current obstacles and issues in North Africa. In her spare time, she will be undertaking research and interviews for my upcoming thesis.
Upon graduation, she aims to find work at the intersection of government and international non-profit work by pursuing a career in the field of foreign policy, with a focus upon Muslim countries. she hopes to work abroad for a few years in order to hone her language skills, and then return to the U.S. seeking to pursue a Master’s degree in International Relations.
Carly Sullivan is a rising sophomore from South Boston in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Political Science. She is a member of the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program. At Boston College she is involved in Model United Nations (EagleMUNC and the Eagle Global Leadership Initiative), the First Year Service Program (Carroll Center for the Blind), and Relay for Life. Her interests stem from a commitment to the individual within society and the protection of human dignity.
This summer Carly will be interning at the New England Innocence Project. The Innocence Project serves to exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals and to reform the flaws of the criminal justice system in order to prevent future injustice. A network of innocence organizations exists throughout the United States to combat these issues, and extend the influence of this work. The New England Innocence Project is a non-profit that promotes the mission of the Innocence Project throughout New England. As the only independent organization in New England with a focus on innocence work, the NEIP addresses a fundamental need to rectify wrongs in the criminal justice system—70 individuals have been exonerated due to the efforts of this organization. She will work as a development/outreach intern, which will provide the opportunity to integrate the tactical work of seeking justice for individuals with the ability to develop a lens through which to view the criminal justice system, informing future work toward reform.
After college she is interested in joining the Peace Corps prior to attending law school. She plans to enter the field of international human rights law, working to protect the rights of vulnerable individuals and promoting the reform of institutions that rob people of their humanity. Carly hopes that her career will integrate a passion for the law, a concern for the individual, and an interest in international relations.
Cecilia Milano is a political science major in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program class of 2018. She grew up in Wellesley, MA and just returned from a wonderful semester abroad in Florence, Italy! At Boston College, Cecilia is involved in multiple policy and service organizations. She is a co-founder and the career director of the Boston College Policy Council, which aims to be a catalyst for students to develop their interest in and involvement with the public sector. She is the co-president of Americans for Informed Democracy, a non-partisan organization that fosters open discussion about current events. Cecilia is also a volunteer at Samaritans Crisis Hotline with 4Boston, an Americorps alumni having taught in a Boston preschool classroom with Jumpstart, and a tour guide with the Student Admissions Program.
This summer, Cecilia will be interning in Washington D.C. as a part of a larger summer program titled “Leadership and the American Presidency” with The Fund for the American Studies in conjunction with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. She will be interning with the Junior Statesmen Foundation, the non-profit educational corporation that supports the Junior State of America. JSA remains the largest student run organization in the United States, and seeks to strengthen civic education in high school students. Today, the Junior Statesman Foundation conducts college-level summer programs on three college campuses in the U.S. and one abroad, offering a rigorous curriculum and a robust speaker’s program. This speaker program allows students to engage with public administrators, members of the media, business leaders, and elected officials about the public policy issues that face our nation.
As an intern with the Junior Statesman Foundation, Cecilia’s primary role will be to organize and carry out the speaker series for the summer program at Georgetown University. This will include collaborating with many think tanks, military experts, journalists, policy analysts, and the offices of elected officials to put together a speaker series that represents both the many challenges our nation faces and the diverse points of view that are held. On top of managing the speaker series, Cecilia will be working on the curriculum and goals for the upcoming year’s civic education.
Cecilia has always been interested in government and public service. Teaching in an underserved preschool classroom with Jumpstart stoked a fire in her heart to work towards closing the educational opportunity gap. She intends to go into the field of education policy in the future. After graduation, Cecilia will be serving with Teach for America in Greater New Orleans. She is very excited for the opportunity to work with students and to gain an insight into the challenges teachers, students, and school districts face every day. Following her two-year term of service, she plans to pursue joint degrees of J.D. and M.Ed. Policy. Cecilia believes that TFA’s mission to create both leaders in the classroom and leaders of institutional change combined with the cross-disciplinary approach in graduate school will prepare her to be a strong leader in the field of education law and policy-making.
Clint is a rising junior from Madison, Wisconsin and studies Political Science and Economics. He is particularly interested in American government, the effects of extreme political spending and partisan media on American democracy, and the widening wealth gap and subsequent loss of social mobility in the United States. This summer, he will be working as a legislative intern for the Massachusetts Senate President, Senator Stan Rosenberg. In this position he will study and summarize current proposed legislation, respond to the concerns of Senator Rosenberg’s constituents, and research possible future legislation. This position will provide insight into the actual process of policymaking and help illuminate its limits and difficulties.
In the future, he hopes to continue to work in politics and possibly attend law school. Whether or not he works in government, he plans to advance progressive causes, particularly universal healthcare and campaign finance reform. As he continues his studies at Boston College, he will explore the myriad ways to affect political change and find the path where he believes that he can create the most significant impact. Possible dream jobs include working for the Department of Justice, the Brookings Institution, the American Civil Liberties Union, or running for public office.
Outside of school, you can find Clint at the Plex playing pick-up basketball several times a week, or in Hardey-Cushing on Newton Campus where he will be an RA this fall. His other interests include racquetball, squash, watching the NBA and NFL, as well as chess, cards, and board games. He is his family’s Blokus champion, and welcomes all challengers.
Deven Bhattacharya is a student in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences majoring in International Studies with a concentration in political science, originally from Freehold, New Jersey. He came to Boston College because he knew he would have great opportunities to study theoretical concepts in a stimulating classroom environment and apply these concepts to the real world in the city of Boston. At BC, he is the Secretary of the Bellarmine Law Society, which is the largest undergraduate pre-law society that we have. In addition, he is the Chief of Staff of EagleMUNC, a non-profit that hosts over five hundred high school students from the United States and around the world to debate a great variety of topics in a UN forum. Deven is passionate about political theory and studying the nexus between philosophy and political movements.
During the summer of 2017, Deven will serve as an intern in the Middlesex District Attorney’s office. He is working on the homicide unit, a specialized division within the DA’s office that is responsible for representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in homicide trials. He will work alongside paralegals, victim witness advocates, assistant district attorneys, and support staff to prepare and execute prosecutions of homicide cases at the Superior Court level. He will liaison between several different parties including State Police, medical examiners, and third party entities related to our investigations in order to support the prosecution throughout the trial process. Deven is looking forward to working alongside state employees who embody professionalism, ethics, and a respect for the law, as he feels it is an honor to contribute to the mission of the Constitution to preserve justice for all and it is a privilege to make this contribution in the District Attorney’s office.
Deven hopes to research the intersection of social movements and government regulations across different countries to build an international perspective of law and order abroad. He intends to stay engaged in public service either at the District Attorney office or at a federal level in the years to come. He would also like to continue his academic career after graduating from Boston College at a masters program. He is particularly interested in programs dedicated to either public policy for Foreign Service. He hopes to join the United States Department of State as a Foreign Service officer so that he can help deliver U.S. foreign policy to different states. These academic and career ambitions revolve around the importance of constitutional democracy at home and abroad, and he intends to dedicate himself to the pursuit of these studies for years to come.
Hannah Munro is a young politico and aspiring lawyer, with a heart and passion for serving others. She was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and enjoys heading up to Lake Tahoe for skiing in the winter and hitting the warm beaches in the summer. She is a proud member of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a major in political science on the pre-law track here at Boston College. She transferred to Boston College from the University of Nevada, Reno after her freshman year of college. Although she has been at Boston College for less than a year, she has immersed herself in numerous different activities on campus. She is a member of the Boston College Pom Squad, and has gotten heavily involved in the Bellarmine Pre-Law Society and the Boston College Dance Marathon. After college, she aspires to serve in the Peace Corps in Latin America before attending law school. After law school, she aspires to enjoy a career in public service, preferably in her home state of Nevada working in areas of domestic policy concerning poverty and education.
Hannah previously worked as a finance intern for newly elected senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s (D-NV) campaign. She is grateful to be working as an intern this summer in her Northern Nevada office. Catherine serves on six different U.S. Senate Committees that allow her to address grievances Nevadans are dealing with across our state, especially issues regarding veterans, senior citizens, and the Native American population in Nevada. Her job as an intern will be focused around constituent services, which allows staff members to help constituents with casework and dealing with current state policy issues. Her job during the summer will also require duties such as answering incoming calls from constituents, organizing files, researching and drafting memos, helping with various projects, attending different events, and interacting with all levels or Senator Masto’s staff. She is looking forward to interning for Senator Cortez Masto this summer to make a positive impact in her home state of Nevada.
Jacob Ciafone is German and linguistics major in the Morrrissey College of Arts and Sciences, class of 2018. Originally from Colorado, he developed an early interest in languages and culture. His main focus has been on Germany, where internships at the Hessian Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration, and at the Friedrich Ebert Memorial and Archive exposed him to German history and politics. He spent a semester at the University of Heidelberg, and hopes to return to the country for graduate studies. Next to German, Jacob has more recently begun learning Chinese. A summer at an intensive language school in Beijing proved a major step towards establishing working proficiency. He is excited to explore the potential of using Chinese professionally. After graduation, Jacob wants to find a way to integrate these two passions. While a link between the two may not be immediately obvious, Germany's leadership in the European Union and China's undeniable presence on the world stage create a need for Americans who can navigate the intricacies of both countries.
Jacob will spend this summer as a research intern at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, D.C. He will be involved with several projects, including research in to the role of reconciliation in foreign policy, security, immigration, and the transatlantic dialogue on China. He will also have the opportunity to pursue his own research interests by contributing to the think tank's blog. Additionally, he will take a Chinese language course to deepen his ability to utilize Chinese sources. This summer will provide an excellent opportunity to find mentorship and network with professional analysts. Work in a wide range of topics will provide exposure to different facets of U.S.-German relations, and help him more closely define his own interests. Jacob is confident his work at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies will be a stepping stone towards graduate studies, and ultimately becoming an analyst at a research institute or within the government. He is grateful for the Clough Center's generous support.
Jacqueline Arnold is a rising senior majoring in International Studies. She is also taking courses in Spanish and French in order to continue to improve her language and communication skills. Her time at BC has given her the opportunity to engage in the BC and Boston community by serving as a tutor at Jackson Mann and the Edison school, as well as being a literacy buddy at the Campus School. She is an avid runner, reader, and traveler—She has been passionate about traveling ever since her family spent a few years living overseas, and she hopes to live and work internationally and utilize her language skills after graduation. She hopes that writing will be an integral aspect of her future career, and she would love to pursue a career in the journalism, non-profit, or political sector, and eventually go back to graduate school to further her education.
Jacqueline is originally from a small town outside Baltimore, Maryland, and she spent last July-December studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During her time there, she was able to learn more about Latin-American politics not only in the courses she took, but also by conversing directly with the local Argentines, namely her host family, who have lived through tumultuous political chapters and power transitions in their nation’s history.
This summer, she will be living and working in NYC as a full-time intern for World Youth Alliance, an international non-profit whose mission is “to promote the dignity of the person by building a global coalition of young people able to articulate, defend and live the dignity of the person in their lives and influence the communities and world in which they live.” WYA aims to accomplish this mission through advocacy, education, and cultural programs. WYA’s advocacy, educational, and cultural programs are concrete and active ways in which the organization achieves and lives out its mission. With regards to its advocacy pillar, WYA works at the United Nations, the European Union, the Organization of American States, and other international institutions to defend human dignity via political and social advocacy. With respect to its education-oriented initiatives, the World Youth Alliance offers educational programs, seminars, conferences, and summer camps to promote its mission via education. Lastly, WYA promotes the wholesome development of the human person through cultural programs involving art, music, film, and literature among its global coalition of young persons.
Jacqueline is thrilled and honored to be part of the WYA team this summer, and will be working in all three of its program areas—She will plan and coordinate certain international conferences, be a camp counselor for its international high school summer camp, and also will be able to attend UN meetings with the intern team.
Joseph Kim is a rising junior from Irvine, California. He is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Sociology within the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. A native of Southern California, Joseph has enjoyed the transition and new experiences he’s made both in Boston and the greater New England area. He is interested in public policy and government and has numerous involvements in political campaign work and press internships. He is particularly passionate about social justice causes, specifically socioeconomic empowerment.
At Boston College, Joseph’s involved himself with several exciting groups including the College Democrats of Boston College (CDBC), Climate Justice at Boston College (CJBC), and the Student Organization Funding Committee (SOFC), a body dedicated to overseeing the budgeting process of over 200 on-campus student organizations. Joseph currently serves as a voting member and the secretary of the SOFC.
This summer, Joseph will be interning with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren in her Washington D.C. office. As the senior senator of Massachusetts, Senator Warren does extraordinary work in public service, particularly in the fields of civic and economic empowerment. During the Congressional 2017-18 session, and for Joseph’s internship term, Senator Warren will sit on several significant committees in the U.S. Senate. One of these is the Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs Committee. As a member, Senator Warren helps create legislation regarding financial services, institutions, and policies. Notably, these issues relate to public and private housing, urban development affairs, as well as economic systems. The committee also takes part in overseeing federal regulatory agencies, which play significant roles in our national economy.
Another committee that Senator Warren sits on is the Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee (HELP). Within this committee, the Senator works on legislation relating to significant issues that directly affect millions of people throughout both Massachusetts and the United States. Health care and services, education policy and student loans, labor rights and protections—all are included under the important work the committee, and Senator Warren, does. Other committees that the Senator sits on are the Committee on Armed Services and the Special Committee on Aging.
Joseph’s duties will include a variety of responsibilities such as conducting research for the legislative staff, drafting and writing letters to constituents, and assisting with the overall administrative operations within the office. As a senatorial intern, Joseph will also be assisting with Capitol tours for constituents, engaging with them both in-person and via various media. Additionally, he will be attending legislative hearing and press briefings to aid the office staff. He will have the opportunity to meet and work with a variety of people, including distinguished guests, business men/women, public office figures, Capitol Hill staff, and other congressional interns.
Joseph hopes to pursue a career in public service and, as a Clough Center Fellow, he is excited for what’s to come.
Julianna Marandola, a native of Cranston, Rhode Island, is a Junior in the Carroll School of Management Honors Program. She is pursuing a dual concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship and a major in History. Outside of the classroom, Julianna is a Resident Assistant in the First Year Honors House, a member of the Boston College Splash Executive Board, and a trombonist in the Boston College Pep Band. She is also the Co- Chair of the Carroll School of Management Honors Program Executive Board’s Special Projects Committee, a branch of the program that works to create interdisciplinary academic and business-based experiences for all Boston College students.
Julianna is very passionate about her involvement in Boston College’s research community, particularly with respect to the exploration of the intersection of business and public policy. She is an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Department of Management and Organization and a research intern at the Boston College Center for Work and Family. Julianna also serves as the Chief Research Officer for the Boston College chapter of Smart Woman Securities, a national organization committed to promoting financial literacy among collegiate women. In addition to her internship this summer, Julianna was selected by the University Fellowships Committee for a 2017 Advanced Study Grant. As a Grant recipient, she is pursuing independent research on the impact of Right to Work labor union regulations on construction industry performance metrics on a state-by-state basis.
Julianna is very grateful to have been appointed a Junior Clough Fellow again this year. In the summer of 2016, Julianna interned in the Office of Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Daniel J. McKee, where she supported his office’s communications, policy research, and “Advance RI” initiatives. This summer, Julianna is interning in the Office of Congressman James Langevin of Rhode Island’s Second District. As an intern, Julianna will be working with both Congressman Langevin’s constituent relations and legislative research teams. Julianna is excited to have the opportunity to support Congressman Langevin’s policy objectives, especially his commitment to building a stronger national cybersecurity infrastructure, empowering working women with improved family policies, and strengthening the Rhode Island economy through small business support and job training, She is confident that her internship experience will provide her with a stronger research skill set and a deeper appreciation for the intricacies involved in developing sound policy that encompasses the needs of both the private and public sectors.
Kyla MacLennan is a rising senior at Boston College, with a double major in Economics and Communication. She grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey and went to Ridgewood High School, where she sang a cappella, contributed to my high school’s student-run newspaper, and participated in youth ministry at her local parish, in addition to sailing for the Canadian Youth National Development Team. At Boston College, she is a member of the Varsity Sailing Team. Within athletics, she is a member and sailing team representative for Boston College’s Student Athlete Advisory Council where she helps organize and participate in various community service opportunities and team building events. Kyla also works for Athletic Operations and Facilities on campus. Additionally, she is able to honor our country and those who fight for its freedom by singing the National Anthem for Boston College sporting events; having sung the anthem everywhere from Conte Forum to Fenway Park.
As a dual Canadian-American citizen, Kyla wanted to extend her academic and travel pursuits outside of North America, and last summer, spent a month studying theology through a BC abroad program in Rome, Italy. There, her group had the opportunity to tour the US Embassy to the Holy See and meet with then-Ambassador and Boston College alum, Kenneth Hackett. After their visit to the Embassy, she thought of no better organization that catered so well to her interests and my desire to serve both her country and marginalized populations while assisting in truly enacting change.
This summer Kyla will be working for the US State Department as a Public Affairs Intern at the US Embassy to the Holy See. Currently, the United States and the Holy See consult and work together on international issues of mutual interest, including human rights, promoting peace and preventing conflict, eradicating poverty, protecting the environment, and inter-religious understanding. As pontiff, Pope Francis has acted as a global advocate for human dignity and justice, specifically in his emphasis on the moral imperative of ending human trafficking and demonstrating compassion for the poor and marginalized. As an intern, she will be drafting the Embassy’s primary news product that is distributed to policymakers in Washington, managing the Embassy’s social media pages, assisting in correspondence with journalists covering the Vatican, and planning diplomatic functions and conferences. Kyla is thrilled to serve her country and echo Pope Francis’s message of peace, freedom, and justice, and is looking forward to sharing what she learns from her internship at the US Embassy to the Holy See with the Clough Center. Someday, she hopes to pursue a career in public service or policymaking, and is prepared use the experience she gain this summer to help guide her towards the right path.
Lara Lasic is a rising senior from Pelham, NY in the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences, pursuing a major in Islamic Civilizations and Society (concentrating in Political Science) with a minor in Managing for Social Impact (concentrating in Economic Development, Equality and Enterpise). This summer, she is combining her interests in the Islamic world and social enterprise in an internship at the Middle East Institute (MEI). At MEI, the oldest Washington-based institution focused on nonpartisan research of the Middle East, she is working as the Staff Assitant/Development Intern. She will be serving as a Staff Assistant to Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tamara Kalandiya, as well as Development Assistant Hayley Smart, working approximately half-time for the Development department and half-time for the Finance department. In the Development Department, she will support fundraising initiatives, create and execute marketing and communications strategy, as well as conduct major donor, foundation, and corporate prospect research. In the Finance Department, she will manage grants and contracts, take inventory and calculate depreciation for the think tank’s assets, as well as aid in managing a $15 million renovation budget. Post graduation, Lara hopes to complete a research Fulbright in Jordan and later attend business school. She aspires to one day work in international development in the MENA region or run her own social enterprise.
Maddie Nation is a rising junior majoring in Political Science with an interdisciplinary minor in Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good. She has an interest in American government, specifically social assistance programs on a federal and local level. Next year, she will be a member of PULSE Council, a team of 18 students dedicated to assisting in the work of Boston College’s learning-service program, and the Editor-in-Chief of Colloquium, the political science journal on campus. In her remaining two years on campus, she hopes to continue to engage with service-related organizations on campus and take classes that focus on government as a means to address social ills.
She is originally from Milwaukee and returning this summer to intern with Community Advocates’ Public Policy Institute. Community Advocates, Inc. is a community-based organization that helps individuals meet their basic needs. The largest human needs advocacy agency in Wisconsin, Community Advocates focuses in housing, utilities, and healthcare both in addressing the immediate needs of the community and looking to prevent need in the future. Through their Public Policy Institute, Community Advocates has created long term change for struggling families in Wisconsin and beyond. Notably, the Institute was instrumental in writing The Stronger Way Act, recently proposed by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, which focuses on large-scale subsidized employment across the country and the expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Her internship will be primarily focused on the development side of the Public Policy Institute, but Maddie will also be helping with research surrounding poverty in Milwaukee and preventative measures. This summer she hopes to transition to more policy-focused work as a way of synthesizing her passion for community service and change-making through government. She has been fortunate enough to intern on many campaigns and as an intern at U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Milwaukee office in the past. She looks forward to continuing her career in civic service this summer and beyond. After college, she hopes to obtain her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Miriam George is originally from Singapore, but has lived in Shrewsbury, MA for most of her life. She is a rising senior at Boston College, studying Political Science and Hispanic Studies. Miriam is particularly passionate about protecting the civil rights and liberties of minority and immigrant individuals. She has worked to end discrimination against these groups through her work at the MA Commission Against Discrimination and the Civil Rights Division of the MA Attorney General's Office. At BC, Miriam is Chapter Executive Director of Generation Citizen, a non-profit organization which works to bring an action civics education to low-income and minority students in the Boston Public Schools. In addition, Miriam is a member of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College, and a Chair at BC's annual EagleMUNC Model UN conference, which is attended by hundreds of high school students from around the world every year. She is a Resident Assistant and a member of the BC Flute Ensemble as well.
Miriam is especially interested in protecting the employment rights of marginalized individuals. For this reason, she is interning at the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. this summer. She will be working within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP), which provides advice to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Department on matters of policy development, program evaluation, regulations, budget and legislation that will improve the lives of workers, retirees and their families. OASP is the policy innovation arm of the Department of Labor, and as such, it invests in research and analysis of current and emerging labor issues, including the growing wage gap for working families, ensuring protections and opportunity for all workers, policies that promote work and family balance, and labor standards for the rapidly changing 21st century economy. As an intern with OASP, Miriam will conduct research on existing and prospective DOL policies to determine their efficacy and impact on American workers. Miriam will also aid staff members in drafting legislation and conducting inter-departmental initiatives that further the DOL’s labor policy goals.
In the future, Miriam hopes to attend law school, and eventually, to work as a lawyer or public official in the field of civil rights and anti-discrimination law, with a special focus on the interests of minority and immigrant individuals.
Originally from White Plains, NY, Omeed Alidadi is a rising senior in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences studying Political Science and Islamic Civilization and Societies. He recently returned from a semester abroad in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, where he took classes in intensive Persian (Farsi). In addition to his coursework abroad, Omeed served as an active volunteer at the American Corner, Dushanbe––a community center sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in in Tajikistan––leading a biweekly English language club, as well as workshops in TOEFL iBT preparation. Omeed has a strong interest in studying the quality of education systems across the Islamic world, particularly in the MENA region and throughout the former Soviet Republics. Before living in Tajikistan, he received a Mizna Fellowship to serve as volunteer teacher in Morocco and speak to representatives from the U.S. Embassy about the state of U.S. government-funded English teaching programs in the region. Omeed also received an Advanced Study Grant and a Summer Research Grant from BC’s Center for Human Rights and International Justice to travel to Kuwait and participate in Professor Kathleen Bailey’s “Oil & Politics in the Gulf” summer course.
On campus, Omeed serves as an undergraduate research assistant at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, and participates in the McGillycuddy-Logue Fellows Program. He is also the co-founder of the Eagle Writers Program, which provides free English learning resources to international graduate students in the university community.
This summer Omeed will intern in the Communications Department of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a multinational think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. As a Communications Intern, Omeed will handle Carnegie’s social media platforms and provide day-of event assistance. He will also support the work of the Communications team by completing tasks related to public affairs, publications, and web communications. Moreover, Omeed is interested in assisting the Endowment with its mission to advance cooperation among nations and promote active international engagement by the United States. He hopes that his work at Carnegie will help educate other Americans about their nation’s foreign policy agenda.
Looking ahead, Omeed plans to pursue a master’s degree in international education policy and work as an education specialist at a multilateral development organization after he graduates from Boston College. His three years at the Heights have afforded him with the cross-cultural knowledge and diplomatic skills needed for a career in public service. This will serve him well as he seeks to address the multifaceted development challenges facing the world today.
Rebecca Horton is a rising junior at Boston College. She is currently pursuing a major in International Studies with a focus in Political Science, as well as a minor in English. She was born and raised in the small town of Natick, Massachusetts. She attended Natick High School, where she was passionate about academics, sports, music, and volunteering. Her senior year of high school, she discovered her love of traveling when she took part in an exchange program in Switzerland for several weeks. Ever since, she has jumped at every chance to travel and continue learning about the world! Next spring, she will be studying abroad in Geneva, Switzerland and taking part in an International Relations internship program.
At Boston College, Rebecca is employed as a Student Worker at the Career Center. This past year, she served as Co-Chair on the Model United Nations committee of the Red Cross, where she was able to learn a great deal about current affairs and help lead important debates about global issues. She is also the Secretary of a volunteer and mentorship club, Learning to Serve, as well as a member of Boston College’s Appalachia Volunteers Program. As she has discovered her interests in travel, writing, and service, she has begun to work toward a future career in international non-profit work. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to focus upon either law or international journalism.
This summer, she will travel to Dublin, Ireland to work with a Senator within the Irish Parliament. Senator Jerry Buttimer serves as Leader of Ireland’s Fine Gael political party, one of the largest political factions in Ireland and the party currently holding the majority within Parliament. As an intern for the Senator, she will attend many hearings and briefings on current legislative issues in addition to conducting research on bills and completing daily administrative tasks. This internship opportunity will help her to gain valuable work experience related to my major in International Studies and Political Science. Furthermore, she will be able to explore my interest in international governmental affairs while participating in public service. Rebecca is very much looking forward to serving the Senator and the Irish public and is grateful for the Clough Center’s help in pursuing this opportunity.
Samantha Schneider is a rising senior from New York majoring in Psychology and minoring in American Studies with a concentration in Law, Politics, and Culture. At Boston College she is the Vice President for the school’s chapter of charity: water, a non-profit that works to raise money to solve the water crisis and provide people around the world with access to clean water. She volunteers at St. Stephen’s Youth Programs, an afterschool program in Boston that helps to provide inner-city children with academic as well as emotional support during their elementary and middle school years. She was also able to participate in the Appalachian Volunteers (APPA) last March and spent spring break volunteering in Hurley, Virginia. During the school semesters She works in the Vice President of Student Affairs Office, and am a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society.
She recently returned to Boston College after studying abroad for a semester in Venice, Italy. This was a very formative time for her, as she was able to interact with the world in a whole new way through my conversations with international classmates and professors as well as with locals and refugees through my coursework. Her classes abroad opened her eyes to the nuances of countries and cultures around the world, and challenged her to question norms that she had previously taken for granted. She was able to embrace these thoughts through the open mindset that Boston College had already created- the mindset that everyone has a story that is worth hearing, and that a good life is one in which we are men and women for others. These experiences as well as those at Boston College and volunteering helped her to understand the impact that the legal system can have on people’s lives, and how there are countless new ways by which you can approach a problem.
This summer Samantha will be interning at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office in New York, working in the Domestic Violence Bureau. She will be working on the level of a Paralegal and assisting in legal preparations as well as observing the court proceedings. The bureau takes pride in its community outreach as well as personal interactions, and she looks forward to ensuring the community’s freedom, dignity, and equality under law. The program also provides presentations on each bureau within the office, allowing the interns to briefly engage in each field. This internship will be extremely helpful in assisting her pursuit of helping her community and in providing a voice to the voiceless. It will also help her to determine which field of law she wishes to enter after law school, which she hopes to attend after her last year at Boston College.
Sara Valdez is from Elgin, Illinois. She is a rising senior double majoring in Political Science and Philosophy, and minoring in Latin American Studies. Through her ability to learn more about her Hispanic roots in the classroom, she has become more and more fervid in her search for opportunities to experience these phenomenon abroad. Particular points of interest for her are the marginalized groups that exist within these Latin American societies, and how their relationship to the society ultimately effects their political progression. Recently, she has been working on a photo project, shot on 35mm film, about Bolivian women and their role and importance within the country’s society. This project highlights the strength and responsibility that these women carry and their ability for self-sustenance, while also portraying the obstacles that they must overcome in order to achieve their autonomy. Last summer she initiated a strong interest in Afro-Latino studies and have found studying their position within society and the prejudices that are put against these communities has effected their societal integration, and political progression.
This summer Sara will be working in Cochabamba, Bolivia with Diabla Cine, which is a media production company whose mission is to create multimedia productions that aim to promote and conserve the Latin American culture and history, primarily in Bolivia and Chile. Her role in Diabla Cine will be to develop research for a documentary project that will revolve around the issues of political, societal, and cultural integration of the Afro-Bolivian community and will aim to explore this question: Why has the Afro-Bolivian community not been able to consolidate a political sphere? The political, social, and cultural idiosyncrasies of this distinct community have gone without much notice, recognition, or interest. Although they have subsisted since the arrival of European conquistadors there presides a strong tendency within Latino America, especially in those countries with particular pride in the indigenous and mestizo population, to isolate, or even ignore these black communities. This project will use a critical lens to analyze the Bolivian state’s efforts in political inclusion, and the irony that exists in the Bolivian society. With this project, she aims at analyzing the relationship between the Afro-Bolivians and the Bolivian society, and how this affects their ability to create a political sphere.
As for her career plans, Sara wants to take a year or two off after gradation in order to teach English abroad, and then returning to the States to attend graduate school. She wants to continue doing research on marginalized groups in Latin America and she wants to teach what her findings uncover. This desire has made her strongly consider the possibilities of pursuing a career in education. She is grateful for the opportunity that the Clough Center Junior Fellowship is allowing her to partake in and is looking forward to the upcoming year.
This is Alexander's first year as a Clough Junior Fellow and his fourth and final year at Boston College. His plan after graduation is to work on Capitol Hill or for the state department and eventually attend law school. He is from Weston, Massachusetts and studies Philosophy.
This summer, he used the Clough Grant to work an internship in London with the Centre for Theology and Community. CTC uses the model of community organizing in various institutions of faith such as churches and mosques as a means of building political power in underrepresented populations. CTC is based out of East London, a borough with a strong history as being home to working-class families and first-generation immigrants. It is importantly part of an alliance called The East London CITIZENS Organization (TELCO), which is a secular community organizing association. CTC synthesizes core community organizing techniques such as coalition building and negotiation with theological reflection on the call Christians face to fight for justice and charity.
All interns were placed at religious institutions in different neighborhoods of East London. Alexander worked through the Church of St. Stephan’s in Manor Park. St. Stephan’s is one of the oldest members of the CTC alliance and was the first Catholic church to join. St. Stephan’s was very instrumental in the CTC living wage campaign before the London Summer Olympics.
While in Manor Park, his main focus was on anti-islamophobia and affordable housing. Manor Park is incredibly diverse and home to a large population of practicing Muslims. After the vote for Great Britain to leave the European Union, hate crime targeting Muslim Londoners saw an uptick. Hostilities, on many accounts, were noticeably higher. Many of my projects involved strengthening relationships between St. Stephan’s and the surrounding mosques.
Secondly, East London, like many cities in the United States, faces a problem with lack of affordable housing and displacement. St. Stephan’s years ago started an affordable housing campaign in the hopes of doing casework for community members facing eviction, providing legislative advocacy for the cause of affordable housing, and negotiating with real estate developers to adhere to laws requiring base percentages of development be allocated to housing that community members could realistically manage to pay for.
Alexander is so grateful for the opportunity to learn about community organizing with the support of the Clough Center. Working in this environment has given him the hope he needs to go into government professionally. The passion, knowledge, and dedication to change that he saw in the people of East London was something he may never have experienced without his Clough grant and he wishes to thank the Center for giving him that chance.
Anne Bigler is from West Chester, Pennsylvania, and is a rising senior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Management and Leadership. In addition to being a student in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, Anne was also selected for the Political Science Departmental Honors Program, the MCAS Dean’s Scholars, and for The Phi Beta Kappa Society as a junior. Her work has been featured in the most recent issue of Kaleidoscope, Boston College’s international studies journal. On campus, Anne is involved in 4Boston, volunteering weekly at Women’s Lunch Place, a homeless shelter for women in downtown Boston. Anne also is actively involved in research on campus. She has been assisting Professor Kay Schlozman with her new book for more than a year, editing manuscripts and making maps and graphs for the upcoming book. Likewise, she previously has been an Undergraduate Research Fellow with Professor David Deese, researching comparative international environmental policy, as well as a researcher for Professor Peter Krause’s Project on National Movements team, collecting and analyzing data on insurgencies throughout history. In past summers, Anne has done on-campus research, as well as interned at Environment Massachusetts, an environmental non-profit campaign in downtown Boston.
During the summer of 2017, Anne will be interning at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the state’s foremost law enforcement authority. Here, she will be working in the Consumer Advocacy and Response Division. This division covers issues spanning form defective products and identity theft to debt collection and mortgage servicing. It provides information, referrals, and assistance to consumers through a written consumer complaint system, as well as a hotline. As an intern, she will primarily be doing case work for such consumer complaints as part of an industry-specific team. Anne will also work on administrative projects and tasks, like operating the switchboard for callers interested in voicing complaints.
After she completes her undergraduate education, Anne hopes to go to law school, and is looking to specialize in constitutional law.