2009 Civic Internship Grant Recipients
the clough center for the study of constitutional democracy
Civic Internships: May 2009
Larissa Belcic ‘10
Community Arts Advocates, Inc., Jamaica Plain, MA
Larissa Belcic will serve as an intern at Community Arts Advocates, Inc. in
in Jamaica Plain, MA. She will be working on several projects with the organization, including those involving the creation, preservation, and restoration of an arts program for Jamaica Pond. She will also be researching the relationship between public art and community for her upcoming undergraduate thesis.
Benjamin Dionne ‘10
Investigative Internship Program, Georgetown Law Center
Benjamin Dionne will serve as one of eight Investigative Interns at the Georgetown Law Center. He will be a part of a team that works alongside attorneys to offer public defense to those who are accused of crimes but are unable to afford an attorney. His role will involve researching and investigating cases and helping attorneys prepare those cases for trial.
Nicole Gallo ‘10
Foreseeable Risk Analysis Center, New York, NY
Nicole Gallo will serve as an intern at the Foreseeable Risk Analysis Center. The Center conducts research involving the safety and security of Americans and provides training for public and private sector officials on how best to prevent and respond to natural and man-made disasters. The Center currently does consulting work for, and provides training programs free of charge to, such diverse organizations as the Crime Prevention Section of the New York City Police Department, and the Hunts Point Produce Market, the country’s largest outdoor produce market (distributing fresh produce to one sixth of the U.S population). This year, the Center is embarking on an ambitious program designed to provide extensive certificated training to public sector workers in South Bronx. Gallo will be working with educators to identify in advance potential sites of school violence and to formulate appropriate responses, to provide informational articles on the Foreseeable Risk Analysis Center’s website on issues such as travel safety, the use of force in law enforcement, and the prevention of workplace violence. She will also help to plan and schedule the Center’s activities.
John Glynn ‘11
District Attorney’s Office, Worcester, MA
John Glynn will be working as an assistant in the District Attorney’s office for Worcester County, Massachusetts. In this capacity, Glynn will be working with prosecutors in organizing cases and conducting meetings with victims and witnesses. By working at this DA’S office, Glynn hopes to make a contribution to the criminal justice system, and to an office dedicated to ensuring the safety and protection of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Joseph Gravellese ‘10Offices of Alice Wolf, Massachusetts State House of RepresentativesJoseph Gravellese will serve as an intern in the State House offices of Massachusetts State Representative Alice Wolf. Wolf represents Cambridge, and is chair of the House Elder Affairs Committee. Gravellese’s work will include the management of constituent and media relations, and research on pending legislation.
Grayson Heenan ‘10
Acton Institute, Grand Rapids, MI
Grayson Heenan will serve as an intern at The Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Acton Institute is a non-profit organization that focuses on the study of religion and liberty and their importance within the economic and political framework of the United States. It seeks to educate the public on the principles and the operation of a free market economy, while upholding the ever-important dignity of the person. As an intern at the Acton Institute, Heenan will assist the scholars and the staff in various projects, publications, charities, and research studies pertaining to their goals and mission.
Rachel Lamorte ‘10
Offices of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Daniel Martinez ‘12
Offices of California State Assemblywoman Fiona Ma
Daniel Martinez will serve as an intern for California State Assembly woman Fiona Ma. Ma is the Majority Whip and Chair of that Assembly Select Committee on Domestic Violence. She is also a member of the several committees, including the committees on Higher Education, Housing and Community Development, Labor and Employment, and Agriculture. Martinez’s duties will include constituent casework and conducting research on pending legislation.
Kristoffer Munden ‘11
Offices of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Kelsey Muraoka ‘11
Constituent Services Office of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
Glen Persson ‘10
Offices of Cynthia Creem, Massachusetts State Senate
Glen Persson will serve as an intern for Massachusetts State Senator Cynthia Creem. Creem represents the Massachusetts Districts of First Middlesex and Norfolk, and serves as Chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, and on the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, and the Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities, and Energy. His work will involve drafting reports and briefs for Senator Creem as well as attending and reporting on meetings in her absence.
Matthew Reardon ‘10
U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Embassy, Copenhagen, Denmark
Matthew Reardon will serve as an intern for the U.S. foreign commercial service at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark. In this position, Reardon will initiate and participate in tasks such as market analyses, event coordination, project management, outreach to Danish agents, and assistance with U.S. trade missions and congressional delegations. He will also participate in seminars and business events specifically designed to advance U.S. – Danish commercial relations during the current economic crisis.
Michael Reer ‘10
Offices of Archbishop Broglio, Washington, D.C.
Michael Reer will serve as an intern for Archbishop Broglio of Washington, DC. The Archbishop is responsible for all Catholic chaplains within the United States military. Broglio’s office assigns staff, trains clergy for their duties, advises them on their First Amendment duties and privileges, and coordinates related lobbying efforts on the Vatican’s behalf. Reer will assist the Archbishop with his work in this capacity as he prepares for the upcoming military de-escalation in Iraq. Reer will support the Archbishop in his interactions with the U.S. State Department and Pentagon, and in his efforts to secure better working conditions for U.S. Catholic chaplains serving abroad.
Michael Stork ‘10
Regulatory Studies Program, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
Michael Stork will serve as an intern at the Regulatory Studies Program at the Mercatus Center, a non-profit think tank located on the campus of George Mason University, which has, as one of its central aims, helping to inform government through access to academic research. Stork will assist the Center’s senior staff with their research on a variety of topics, including financial, environmental, and health regulation. His responsibilities will include researching past regulations, tracking current legislation, and attending Congressional hearings. As a Mercatus Center intern, Stork will also have the opportunity to complete his own research projects for possible future publication by the Center.
Erin Thurston ‘10
Offices of Massachusetts State Representative Ted Speliotis
Erin Thurston will work with Massachusetts State Representative Ted Speliotis, (D), who representing Danvers, Topsfield and Peabody, MA, in the State House in Boston. Speliotis was recently appointed Chair of the Joint Committee of Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. Thurston will assist Mr. Speliotis with any projects he is working on for both the legislature and the Consumer Protection Committee.