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Civic Internship Grant Recipients: 2013

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Civic Internships: May 2013

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Diane Bernabei ‘14
Political Science and Islamic Civilizations and Societies

This summer, Diane will pursue an internship in New York State Senator, Kristen E. Gillibrand’s Manhattan office. During her internship she will be working with the office’s Outreach Director focusing on topics such as Women in Business, Immigration, and Latino Issues. Diane is currently conducting research on tribalism in Afghanistan to complete her senior thesis on the topic. She is excited to work in Senator Gillibrand’s office because of the opportunities the experience will pose in regards to researching bills Senator Gillibrand has introduced on the matter of women’s right in Afghanistan. Previously, Diane spent two terms in office as a Youth Commissioner on the Youth Board of Commissioners for the City of New Rochelle. Her responsibilities in office included appropriating state funds, eradicating gang violence and acting as the representative for the youth of New Rochelle to state and city policy makers.

Sarah Bertin ‘15
Political Science and Islamic Civilizations and Societies

This summer, Sarah will be interning for the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C. The Policy Council focuses on stimulating foreign policy research and discussion in America, bringing nonpartisan, detailed research to influential American policymakers. Their mission is to promote democracy and increase stability in market economies around the world. Congress, the Executive Branch and the policymaking community work closely with members of AFPC. As an intern, Sarah is in charge of special events planning, such as arranging discussion between American statesmen and their counter parts in other nations and providing logistical support for foreign delegations by ensuring a smooth transition from their home country to their short visit abroad. In addition, she will provide editorial assistance in publications and have the opportunity to write editorial pieces and co-author a wide range of articles dealing with foreign policy. Sarah is especially excited to research U.S. foreign policy in Southeastern Asia and the Middle East.


Elizabeth Blesson ‘15
Human Development, LSOE

This summer, Elizabeth will have the opportunity to serve as an associate for the Urban Education Leadership Internship Program (UELIP), which is a pioneering force in education reform for the District of Colombia Public Schools. Along with advisors from DCPS, she will be working with interns from the nation’s top universities on a number of education reform projects to contribute to key initiatives in human capital, special education, and curriculum and instruction, amongst others. Her participation in UELIP will be the perfect stepping stone to enter the world of education reform for she will have the chance to experience the creation of meaningful change from the front lines.


Daniel Ryan Cosgrove ‘16
Mathematics and Economics

Ryan will do an internship under District Court Judge Robert C. Roth. By sitting in on hearings, he will learn about the rules and processes of the legal system and, through interactions with attorneys, gain first-hand perspective into the lawyering profession. He will further assist in administrative duties to keep the Court running efficiently, perform judicial research, and facilitate the processing of paperwork. Already meeting several lawyers through Judge Roth, his work will not be limited solely to the courtroom.


Elizabeth Gavin ‘14
English and Political Science

Elizabeth will be working at the Office of Civil Rights within the State Department. This internship will allow her to get firsthand experience working to effect change and make a tangible difference. Elizabeth recognizes that there is an interconnectedness of nations and organizations and has adapted this concept in her life, utilizing it to make decisions, to overcome challenges and setbacks. Last summer, after an honors seminar in Paris, she returned to Boston to intern for her congressman, problem-solving, drafting constituent and corporate responses, and assisting the staff with the concerns of the district. Because of this experience and her unbreakable idealism, Elizabeth looks forward to running for congresswoman in her district one day.


Christopher Grimaldi ‘15
Political Science with a minor in Management & Leadership

Christopher will be interning for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s Office of Communication and Press at the State House in Trenton. Working alongside the Governor’s Press Secretary and Deputy Press Secretaries for a second consecutive year, his efforts will be dedicated to serving as a medium between the Christie Administration and the media. Christopher will play a role in constructing press releases and taking part in preparations for press conferences from the Governor’s Office by researching policies, past addresses by Governor Christie, and socio-political events. Other research projects will focus on the media, both on the state and national level. In addition to his duties working in the office, Christopher will have an opportunity to occasionally accompany the Governor’s Press Secretary and Deputies to press conferences and public Town Hall events across the state.


Andrew Ireland ‘14
Biology with a minor in International Studies

Andrew will be interning in the Office of Conservation and Water, part of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at the US Department of State in Washington, D.C. He will be involved in planning events, composing written materials, and publicizing initiatives relating to sustainable forestry, biodiversity preservation, and water conservation. His main focus during his time at the Bureau will be on wildlife trafficking and conservation issues in Southeast Asia. This internship will provide valuable experience for Andrew's future career plans, which are to enter the field of conservation science and policy.


Rebecca Kim ‘15
Applied Psychology and Human Development with a double-minor in International Studies and Hispanic Studies

This summer, Rebecca is interning at The Supply Education Group, a nonprofit organization based in New York. Through this experience, she hopes to learn more about nonprofits. She will be their Chapters & Research Support intern. Half of her responsibilities will involve a great deal of working with high school and college chapters. Specifically, she will be recruiting chapters and connecting with universities, assisting and planning for the Chapters Summer Conference, and strategizing for events and chapter growth. The other half of her responsibilities will involve program and slum research. These include assisting in program curriculum design, providing feedback and responses for research programs, researching other organizations that do international programs work, and arranging meetings with program coordinators/managers.


Samantha Koss ‘14
International Studies with a minor in Economics. 

During the summer of 2013, Samantha will serve as a research intern for the Bureau of Politics and Economics of the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, the Netherlands, for ten weeks. Her duties will include attending international conferences and symposia on behalf of the State Department, as well as writing weekly reports on research projects that explore topics of political and economic interest to the State Department and the United States. Samantha hopes to join the Foreign Service with the State Department after she finishes her BA at Boston College, with the ultimate goal of obtaining a master’s degree in international policy and security and working on a policy planning and analysis team with the State Department in Washington, D.C.


Lucas Levine ‘15
International Studies with a minor in Management and Leadership

Lucas will be interning in the San Francisco office of Senator Dianne Feinstein. Senator Feinstein has served California for over twenty years and has recently been the leading voice in the campaign for gun control. His work with the Senator will include administrative and clerical duties such as answering phones and processing constituent correspondence, but he will also be responsible for researching policy issues, drafting letters and attending meetings with the Senator and community leaders. This internship is an amazing opportunity and will give him a survey of the major hot-button issues in politics, such as immigration reform, Social Security, and the battle over same-sex marriage.


Narintohn Luangrath ‘14
International Studies

Narintohn will further her interest in forced migration issues by interning at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM). Narintohn will be working on ISIM’s Crisis Migration Project examining different kinds of forced migration scenarios; her research will focus on migrants currently unprotected under the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention. Narintohn will produce background papers on forced migration due to crises in the following five countries: Libya, after the 2011 Arab Spring; Japan, after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami; Thailand, after the 2011 floods; and the United States, after Hurricane Sandy. Papers produced or edited will feed into high-level dialogue at the UN General Assembly in Fall 2013 regarding new protection initiatives for forced migrants who do not fall under the international refugee protection framework.


Francesca Malvarosa ‘16
Carroll School of Management, Finance and Italian

Francesca will be working at the Massachusetts State House in Boston as a legislative intern for Representative James Dwyer. Representative Dwyer serves on several committees: the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, the Joint Committee on Financial Services, and the House Committee on Steering, Policy, and Scheduling. As part of her responsibilities Francesca will also be processing constituent inquiries, as well as handling clerical and administrative duties.  She will draft press releases and research potential legislation, and will also attend weekly intern seminars hosted by speakers such as former governors, representatives, and senators. The focus of these seminars is to learn about the experiences of past legislative employees who have made a difference in the commonwealth of Massachusetts, and to be able to ask questions and speak with these individuals. She will be taking a more in-depth look at the law-making process by shadowing Representative Dwyer, and will be given the opportunity to see exactly how he is able to help the citizens he represents. This will be her fourth summer working for Representative Dwyer. 


Bridget Manning ‘15
Sociology with minors in Ethics and International Social Justice

Last summer, Bridget was fortunate to intern for United Planet in Romania. She was a volunteer coordinator in Romania, at one of the many international destinations for United Planet volunteers. She experienced firsthand the life of a volunteer developing a very unique perspective. A perspective that will help her this summer when communicating with the potential and enrolled volunteers, and making their experience as rewarding as possible. This summer, as a Program Advisor in the Boston office of United Planet, Bridget will be communicating with potential volunteers, conducting pre-departure trainings, and maintaining volunteer records. She looks forward to not only using all the knowledge and skills learned in Romania, but also looks forward to building on these skills. As a gateway to her future career, Bridget wants to learn and understand the inner-workings of a non-profit organization, and hopes to make a career out of non-profit work


Damian Mencini ‘14
Political Science and History

Damian will intern full-time for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. to further pursue his interest in international security. CSIS is an internationally recognized bipartisan nonprofit institution, which serves to conduct research and analysis to help policymakers anticipate and adapt to the mercurial global order. Damian will be interning for the Transnational Threat Project (TNT), a group in CSIS’s International Security program, which assesses the impact of terrorism and organized crime around the globe. The TNT staff brief and advise ranking intelligence, law enforcement, military, and government officials, as well as academic and nongovernmental organizational leaders from around the world. Damian will analyze and research the organizational structure and motives of Islamic militant groups in the Middle East. In addition, Damian will examine the political impact of terrorist organizations in Southeast Asia and trace their global strategic goals. 


Alexandra Moscovitz ‘15
Sociology and Environmental Studies

Alex will be working for CSI as a Project Manager and Mentor to the students that come through the institute’s programs. She will spend a majority of the time in two villages, Munoz and Ascension, working with community members to create a local briquette producing business, exploring new areas for the project, distributing stoves, educating families on their usage, collecting feedback, and writing a research paper on the results. She will also supervise a few other sites and do the planning and groundwork necessary to make them successful. Away from the sites she will be teaching students in the programs and holding discussions to talk about what they are learning and their experience.


Andrea Pessolano ‘14
Political Science and Faith, Peace, and Justice

Andrea Pessolano will serve as an intern in the office of Senator Tom Harkin in Washington, D.C. Harkin is the junior Democratic Senator from Iowa and has been a member of Congress since 1975. He currently is chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He also serves on the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee and the Appropriations Committee, where he chairs the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee. As an intern, Andrea will join a policy team working with legislative correspondents researching education, healthcare, and other important issues pertaining to Senator Harkin’s various committees. She will also be attending Senate hearings and briefings to observe government at work. Additionally, she will be assisting with constituent requests. Andrea is excited to learn from Senator Harkin and his many years of expertise in the federal government. Through this internship, she hopes to gain firsthand insight into the inner-workings of government and politics on the Hill.


Elizabeth Powers ‘14
International Studies and English

Elizabeth is excited to work with the Department of State as an intern with the Office of the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs. The Office serves as a connection between U.S. state and local leaders and their counterparts abroad. Leaders have the opportunity to collaborate on international issues such as global health, energy, and economic development. This summer, Elizabeth will conduct research, prepare briefing materials and briefing books for events, attend meetings with the Special Representative, and assist with correspondence and meetings. In the future, Elizabeth plans to pursue a career in international relations, specifically in an area where she can utilize her interest in communication and education. This summer will help to specifically solidify post-graduation plans, and she is excited for her internship because it involves research on many topics she is passionate about.


Kelly Riddle ‘14
Political Science and Communications with a minor in Women and Gender Studies

Kelly will serve as a full time intern in the Office of Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) in Washington, D.C. Elizabeth Esty is the U.S. Representative for the 5th Congressional District of Connecticut, which includes Kelly’s hometown of Cheshire. Congresswoman Esty serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. She is co-sponsoring sixty bills, including the Violence Against Women Act, Fix Gun Checks Act, and dozens of other acts involving gun control and violence prevention. As an intern Kelly will be responsible for a variety of tasks, including researching legislation, corresponding with constituents, and compiling information for Congressional hearings. She will learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office as a result of this internship.


Michael Sarabia ‘14

Michael will have the opportunity to intern in the Congressional Office of Joaquin Castro (D-TX) in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities for the summer will vary depending on upcoming legislation but will primarily consist of background policy research with written and oral presentations, attending legislative hearings and reporting testimony given, corresponding with the media and constituents, tracking the progress of bills and associated voting records, and providing assistance during special events. The legislative topics that Congressmen Castro will be particularly invested in are comprehensive immigration reform, long-term debt reduction, ensuring sequestration does not jeopardize support for military families, veterans and national security and increasing college affordability. This summer Michael will be exposed to domestic, foreign, social, and fiscal policy and the accompanying legislative process that will enact tangible change from Texas to the Middle East.


Madeline Walsh ‘14
International Studies and Economics

Madeline had the privilege to serve at the State Department in 2012 under the direction of Ambassador Melanne Verveer. As a returning intern, Madeline is excited to see some of these projects through to completion and to help wherever needed, continuing the important work this office does for women. This office works incredibly hard to promote women’s economic empowerment and advance women’s roles in peace and security. During her time there, she became directly involved in planning several events for organizations dedicated to economic development for women. She also helped draft the State Department’s implementation guide in response to an executive order aimed at promoting women’s participation in international efforts to restore peace in conflict-affected environments. Madeline’s work at the U.S. State Department has also sparked her interest in continuing to work for the State Department or another agency, which promotes economic empowerment of women.