Funded Internship Recipients

Davis Projects for Peace Fellowship – 2012 Recipient

KRIS KLEIN ’12
Summer Organization
Classrooms for Peace

Organization Location
Gulu, Uganda

Project Description
The goals of my project were to coordinate and assist in the building of a classroom structure for Youth Vision Uganda in Gulu, and revive the daily school lunch program. For many Ugandan children, things such as school buildings, furniture and lunch programs are irregular and rare. For many students, regular meals are a luxury and it is clear that malnutrition impacts concentration and learning. When I left Youth Vision in 2009, I knew I had to return to help construct classrooms and sponsor the lunch program.

Before arriving in Gulu, Pat Robert and I created an excel sheet of costs and businesses available to work on the construction of the classrooms. Communication was a huge factor for the construction project, as we needed to be in constant contact with the businesses we would hire. We were able to use the free Wi-Fi in the local radio station to maintain contact with the construction crews via email.

Classroom construction began a week before I arrived to ensure that I would be able to oversee the bulk of the assembly. The school’s food program was revived, with the construction of a grill used to support a large pot to cook porridge. Additionally, we were able to plant vegetables on school land. Now, the students have the opportunity to eat porridge and vegetables during lunchtime.

The students of Youth Vision lived through war and saw the tools used to perpetuate it. But peace is also a tool. It can equip any person with hope and provide them means and drive to enact change. The students at Youth Vision are no longer terrorized by a guerilla force and are now able to come to a classroom to live, learn and experience the world around them. Their fear has dissipated and is now replaced with newfound knowledge that they absorb in their new classrooms.


Davis Projects for Peace Fellowship – 2011 Recipient

MARIYA ILYAS ’13

Summer Organization
Words for Peace

Organization Location
Pakistan

Project Description
The goals of my project were to teach journalism to upper class (grades 8-12) students at Al-Imtiaz Academy (AIA) in Pakistan and allow them to practice it by producing their very first school newspaper. Through conversations with school principals, I learned that there was a strong desire for a student publication. This, paired with my own interest in journalism convinced me to return to AIA and start a sustainable journalism program and a student newspaper.

Before arriving to Pakistan in June, I prepared a full curriculum for a comprehensive journalism course. Lessons ranged from the basic definition of journalism to the role that a free press plays in a democratic society. They learned to write various types of articles, determine credibility of sources and verify facts.

In the second half of the program, students got the opportunity to report, interview and write articles about issues of interest to them and their community. The boys and girls had their own news staff which allowed more students to take on editorial roles. On August 10, students published The Imitiazian, AIA’s first student 16-page newspaper.

Journalism holds the power to influence with words. The ability to share and communicate ideas is an essential part of contributing to peace. By teaching students about journalism and the functioning of a free press and giving them an opportunity to create their own newspaper, I have conveyed to them the importance and power of words.


Davis Projects for Peace Fellowship – 2010 Recipient

MICHAEL BARISH ’11 & MARK OPPENHEIM ’11

Summer Organization
Prescriptions for Peace

Organization Location
Peru

Project Description
The goal of this project was to establish a source of affordable medication that could also be sustained and developed in an area where many individuals lack a practical access to basic healthcare. Our partner, Mario Diaz Ugarte, and his organization, Helping Hands Cusco, made significant contributions. Mr. Ugarte provided us with a building for our pharmacy as well as funds for the process of refurbishment. Recently partnering with the Omprakash foundation, our project is now in a prime position to receive tax-free donations and additional volunteers.

During our stay, we were able to provide medication and health products to well over fifty families. In order for the project to have a home, we remodeled a rundown building into a suitable workspace that eventually became our pharmacy.

Later, we worked with medical professionals in Peru, as well as in the United States, to purchase a significant supply of high quality medication at a reasonable price. Through our volunteer work in local clinics and hospitals, we were able to network with doctors and gain support in the local healthcare community. Near the end of our stay, one doctor from the Antonio Lorena Regional Hospital traveled out to our pharmacy in order to offer free medical consultations to local individuals. Our project now works with its patrons to provide our services at an affordable price 7 days a week. The Farmacia Amistad remains committed to providing low-cost medication and free medical consultations to the people of the San Sebastian district while raising general healthcare awareness.


Davis Projects for Peace Fellowship – 2009 Recipient

ANGEL CHENG ’12

Summer Organization
The Voice of Forgotten Mothers: Sex Education in a Matriarchal Society

Organization Location
Yunnan Province, China

Project Description
The goal of my project was to establish a sex education program, in the only existing Chinese matriarchal society, in order to promote proper sexual knowledge, to attract global attention and to reduce the illiteracy rate. I hoped the three-week course would not only establish an international collaboration in preserving the unique Mosuo culture but also help Mosuo women recognize their significance in maintaining Mosuo social stability.

According to our statistics, 382 Mosuo girls, 123 Mosuo women and 28 Mosuo men attended the entire three-week course, 30 hours in total. Our team of volunteers consisted of three native Mosuo college students who studied in Southern China, two Han college students from Northern China, a middle school student from Beijing, two high school students from Shenzhen and two college instructors from Henan. Our program introduced safe birth control, emphasized the significance of education, and focused on female health education. We enabled Mosuo women to understand their psychological and physical well-being plays a key role in preserving the Mosuo culture.


Nikuradse-Matthews Summer Public Interest Fellowship – 2012 Recipient

FAITH BIEGON ’14

Summer Organization
Expanding Opportunities

Organization Location
Nakuru, Kenya

Project Description
During my summer internship, I saw first hand the relationship between poverty and the spread of HIV/AIDs. I was very happy that during 9 weeks in the slums, I was able to accomplish some of my tasks while working with HIV/AIDs infected persons. I took food to some persons who were bedridden and had no means of getting food. I assisted in transporting and visiting a few persons to the hospital who did not have relatives to help them, or called a doctor to visit the sick persons in their homes. I also assisted in providing medicine to fight opportunistic diseases such as tuberculosis. I found houses for patients who had been thrown out of their own homes and were having difficulties finding places to live. Children who lost their parents or who have very weak parents often experience a lot of suffering. I am happy I was able to place some of these children into children’s homes.

Both the accomplishments and the challenges I experienced during my summer internship have contributed to my educational career as well as to my career plans.  I am really interested in going into the public field and this internship opened my eyes to the possibilities of a field that really needs policies that address key issues to improve the lives of people. After seeing first hand the suffering of the people in the slums, I know that I will be looking for a career that enables me to fight for the betterment of the lives of people.


Nikuradse-Matthews Summer Public Interest Fellowship – 2011 Recipient

EMILY BARR ’12

Summer Organization
Ubuntu Education Fund

Organization Location
New York, NY

Project Description
I was able to see how funds are raised for Ubuntu’s life-changing programs. I enjoyed helping write and edit grant proposals and reports. It was exciting to see the progress the organization was making, even in my short internship period from June to August. One of my biggest accomplishments was a proposal that I personally worked on from start to end. It was very satisfying to see it sent off to a potential donor after all the work that I put into it. Working on proposals and progress reports helped me develop the skills associated with these documents. In addition, they taught me about the importance of the work that Ubuntu does and how meaningful its success is for its clients.

Future Plans: Emily plans to continue her education and eventually work in the non-profit sector.


Nikuradse-Matthews Summer Public Interest Fellowship – 2010 Recipient

AWA DIAW ’11

Summer Organization
Harlem Children’s Zone, Early Childhood Programs

Organization Location
New York, NY

Project Description
During these 10 weeks with Harlem Gems and Baby College, I learned of the various ways that HCZ provides educational support to the Harlem community where these programs are located. Harlem Gems and Baby College provided both children and parents with a support group that strengthens community and creates strong and stable family bonds within the Black and Hispanic community. HCZ allowed me to get an insider’s view of a non-profit organization and how they meet the demands of not only the parents and children, but also of all their employees.

While working with Harlem Gems, I worked at four different sites each week. Each day I worked from 9am to 5pm and was active with students, teachers, parents and other employees of the program during which I taught children the French alphabet, numbers, shapes, basic words, greetings and songs.

Future Plans
Awa plans to attend graduate school and start her own non-profit organization.


Nikuradse-Matthews Summer Public Interest Fellowship – 2009 Recipient

ELLIOT MUNN ’11

Summer Organization
Seeds of Peace

Organization Location
Otisfield, ME

Project Description
Discouraged by the seemingly unending cycle of violence in the Middle East, Seeds of Peace was founded with a goal of empowering youth from conflict-torn regions with tools needed for achieving a more peaceful coexistence. Seeds of Peace welcomed 46 Palestinian, Israeli and Egyptian teenagers to its summer camp in Otisfield, ME for the first time in 1993. Together the campers or “Seeds” participates in camp activities such as swimming and group challenges and also in dialogue sessions. Since that first summer, the camp in Maine has touched the lives of nearly 4,000 Seeds from numerous major conflict zones worldwide.

I was able to merge my love of camp with my passion for social justice when Seeds of Peace hired me as a bunk counselor. During that time I witnessed firsthand, and helped facilitate, the transformational activities promoted by the camp.

Future Plans
Elliot plans to go into non-profit organizations that focus on social justice and serving the disadvantaged as it’s top priorities.


The Thomas Andrew McKinley ’06 Entrepreneur Grant Fund – 2012 Recipient

LINNA GAO ’13

Summer Organization
Children’s Hospital

Organization Location
Boston, MA

Project Description
I assisted the research lab at Children’s Hospital and Dr. Watnick in entrepreneurial pursuits including finding investors and doing market research to provide reports that summarize the field, create a competitive landscape for funding, and explain advantages over other therapies. I helped to develop presentations on past and current research to potential investors and venture capitalists to fund the lab’s research progress and the biotech company in developing a novel cancer therapy.

I was also a liaison with the Technology, Innovation and Development Office and Maude Tessier, who is the case manager for Dr. Watnick’s intellectual property at the hospital. I had the opportunity to work with both parties in conducting market research and utilized that information along with data from the Watnick lab for constructing presentations.

Above all, this experience has shown me how immensely rewarding it is to follow a pursuit that is beneficial to society and the human condition. Knowing that I took a part in the fight against cancer through furthering the development of a research discovery that could cure those in need has been indescribably meaningful to me.


The Thomas Andrew McKinley ’06 Entrepreneur Grant Fund – 2011 Recipient

HANNA FLATEN ’13

Summer Organization
HALO Foundation

Organization Location
Denver, CO

Project Description
I had the opportunity to work with the underprivileged youth in Colorado this past summer. At first, I watched the children during the day and simply proceeded with the already scheduled activities. As time progressed I was given a key to the location and began to attain more responsiblites such as arriving first to the camp and opening for the kids or being the last to leave once all the kids had been picked up. I drove counselors to the activities because there was not enough room in the campers’ bus. I helped support the staff through stressful days and above all was a stable and supportive figure to the campers.

My most rewarding role was the educator role that I played to the children. Teaching them of healthy eating, teaching them to swim or play tennis, or just encouraging them to explore a place they had never been. As the summer progressed I became increasingly involved in planning activities for the campers.

Future Plans
The summer has increased Hanna’s interest in sociology. She will pursue sociology classes concurrently with her biology and Spanish majors at Bowdoin.


The Thomas Andrew McKinley ’06 Entrepreneur Grant Fund – 2011 Recipient

SHANTHI PURUSHOTHAM ’12

Summer Organization
MoSoNex LLC

Organization Location
Bangalore, India

Project Description
I was able to accomplish many of my project’s major goals. First, I succeeded in educating select rural communities about the potential for MoSoNex social media technology and similar m-Health (mobile Health) technologies to improve their access to healthcare and health information by allowing them to send images of medical conditions via a phone to an urban hospital for diagnosis. I accomplished this by working with a local ayurvedic doctor to set up free medical camps that were held at three different rural villages in India.

At these camps free medicines and medical checkups were provided as an incentive for local participation and I was able to give my presentation on the MoSoNex technology. During these camps I taught the villagers how to use the technology and explained to them how it could potentially be used to seek medical care and health information from urban doctors and hospitals. I showed them how it would be possible for doctors to stream health videos onto their local TV as well.

During these medical camps I requested for feedback on the feasibility of using this technology given their cultural beliefs, daily lifestyles, literacy levels, and current healthcare needs. It was a great learning experience for the villagers since they not felt empowered by learning how to use a new technology, but they were enthusiastic to learn about the new emerging opportunities to seek healthcare.

Future Plans
Shanthi would like to ultimately pursue a MPH/MBA after Bowdoin.


The Thomas Andrew McKinley ’06 Entrepreneur Grant Fund – 2010 Recipient

SOPHIE CLEMSON ’11

Summer Organization
Island Connections

Organization Location
Bar Harbor, ME

Project Description
During my internship, I worked on networking with Mount Desert Island’s 120 different organizations, observing the day to day and long term planning that goes into making a non-profit successful, researching foundations all over Maine and creating a catalog for Island Connections showing donor histories as well as prospective organizations that seem like a good fit. I also applied for several grants and wrote their corresponding proposals.


The Thomas Andrew McKinley ’06 Entrepreneur Grant Fund – 2009 Recipient

MIKA MATSUUCHI ’11

Summer Organization
Expanding Opportunities: Joseph Waweru Home School

Organization Location
Nakuru, Kenya

Project Description
My time in Kenya was spent living in their orphanage, the Joseph Waweru Home School. This home takes in orphaned or abandoned boys from 3 yrs and older. While I was there, we had sixteen boys between the ages of 5-18 living in the home. The home provides food, shelter, and clothing for the boys and also provides funds for all necessary school fees and medical expenses. The organization also connected me with two local hospitals, where I volunteered during the day. The first was a private institution called Valley Hospital, located in Nakuru town, where I worked in out patient care and also observed several surgeries. The second was a government hospital, called Provincial General Hospital, where I worked in pediatrics.

Future Plans
Mika plans to attend medical school and continue to work with organizations supporting orphaned and abandoned children.


The Thomas Andrew McKinley ’06 Entrepreneur Grant Fund – 2009 Recipient

ROS WORCESTER ’11

Summer Organization
Omprakash Foundation

Organization Location
Kathmandu, Nepal

Project Description
My internship allowed me to be an Omprakash representative in Nepal, a volunteer in PA-Nepal’s children’s homes, and an office and communications worker for Raksha. While in Nepal I communicated with all of Omprakash’s Nepali partners, informed other volunteers, travelers, and non-profits about their mission and website, and was a go-to source of information for other volunteers interested in Omprakash’s Nepali partners. With PA-Nepal my work was entirely focused on children where I was both a teacher and a role-model. With Raksha, I was mostly in the office where I put my computer and language skills to work. I helped Menuka Thapa, the President, understand and respond to e-mails, edited the text on their website, helped communicate changes to their Omprakash partner page, and designed a brochure (which is still in its final stages). I then went on to help them finish the paperwork to become an Omprakash partner and seek some volunteers of their own.


Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internship Fund – 2012 Recipient

EMMA CHOW ’15

Summer Organization
Ecojot

Organization Location
Toronto, Canada

Project Description
Interning at Ecojot, I had the opportunity to explore virtually all aspects of the business, from accompanying the designer on print approvals and assembling product for shipment, to gathering content for the company Facebook page and creating retailer spreadsheets.

Apart from participating in daily business activities, I was assigned other larger tasks. After reviewing results from a previously-run focus group, I was able to organize and run my own focus group and present my results to the team during a design meeting for the Fall line of cover art. I worked closely with the marketing director during the two months leading up to the company’s first large social fundraiser even tin support of their GIVE Program.

As a result of my internship and what I have learned, I am now interested in green consulting and will begin to explore the career.  I am attracted to the idea of continuously working on new projects to create unique solutions for reducing companies’ negative environmental impact while simultaneously maintaining or increasing profits.


Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internship Fund – 2012 Recipient

MELODY HAHM ’13

Summer Organization
Russia Today

Organization Location
New Delhi, India

Project Description

My primary goal was to be able to witness and take part in the entire process of the production of a TV news story (or package) from start to finish.  I worked closely with each of the integral members of the news team and had the opportunity to pitch ideas; set up, conduct, transcribe, film and edit interviews; write stories; and edit on Final Cut Pro. Because one of my main tasks was to pitch story ideas, I became well versed with a lot of the current events in India and South Asia.

I was able to put all that I learned into practice during my last week in India. We covered a story about the creation of a hospital called “Humanity Hospital” in Calcutta, India, that was the brainchild of one woman who lost her husband to medical negligence. I also filmed my own stand-up segment. Upon our return to Delhi I helped Priya write the story and got to record the story myself and worked with the cameraman to create my own package that I can use for my resume tape. It is incredible that I have a tangible finished product from my summer.

I can say with confidence that this experience gave me the initial skillset and tools that I need in order to pursue a career in the broadcast journalism industry. I developed even more of an interest in reporting, interviewing writing and editing. I had the invaluable opportunity to work so closely with experts in the field and was able to acquire know-how that many are exposed to in their first year of grad school. I intend to work for a media conglomerate or network upon graduation and wish to get my masters in journalism within the next few years.


Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internship Fund – 2012 Recipient

HONGBEI LI ’14

Summer Organization
Bundpic

Organization Location
Shanghai, China

Project Description

Working at Bund Magazine, I did research mostly on the Internet, about what was going on in the arts world. I was given strict criteria that the news must have come out in less than three ago, preferably within 24 hours. As a weekly magazine, there was always a very high demand for anything fresh, and the section I was working for was as focused on visual contents as words, if the news could not produce interesting photographs, it was not going onto the page. Being involved in research really taught me where the content of a magazine came from and how the magazine chose to present itself, its target audiences and the time pressure within the industry.

I am proud to have published works on a nationally circulated magazine in China, during the course of my internship; I even managed to handpick my own topics and write page-long features on trends. I had not even dreamed of writing my own feature, at least not at this stage, so when the opportunity presented itself, I grabbed it without even realizing how much hard work it was going to be.

As for challenges, writing in a professional manner in Chinese was one of the hardest since I had not written in that language elaborately in five years. But as I read more over the summer, picking up the writing style of the magazine became easier. Another challenge I faced was developing an acute sense for worthy news, since it really comes with time. But through constant research, writing and revising, I had successfully done the job.



Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internship Fund – 2011 Recipient

BRANDEN ASEMAH ’12

Summer Organization
Russia Today (RT) – South Asia Bureau

Organization Location
New Delhi, India

Project Description
Although I was offered a position as an intern, I worked as a full fledge producer during my entire stay in New Delhi. By the end of the first week I was given the chance to solo direct an editing session. That may not sound like much, but editing a news package that could be broadcasted to more than 100 million around the world is a pretty important aspect of the news gathering process. And from there, the responsibilities only increased.

Before ending my fellowship, I was traveling to and conducting interviews without any assistance, except from the translator of course. I also completed more administrative tasks like ironing out the travel logistics for the correspondent’s business trips outside of New Delhi.

Future Plans
Branden plans to enroll in a journalism graduate program.


Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internship Fund – 2011 Recipient

ANTONIO WATSON ’12

Summer Organization
Renegade 83

Organization Location
Glendale, CA

Project Description
From day one, my boss Greg already assigned me many responsibilities, from surfing blogs, to watching news programs like the View, Good Morning, America, and a few others so that I could find out what was circulating around the country. On a daily basis, I met with Greg in his office to pitch him all of the ideas that I had discovered. While I didn’t deliver anything that was Emmy-worthy, it was still a great experience in thinking outside of the box and definitely different than writing any kind of paper for class. Google also became my best friend as I researched media personalities.

Future Plans
Antonio plans to move to Los Angeles and work in the television industry.


Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internship Fund – 2011 Recipient

JORDAN VILLARS ’12

Summer Organization
Clean Markets, LLC

Organization Location
Philadelphia, PA

If I combine my interests in environmentalism and a talent in business, I could achieve my own personal goals in terms of growth and achievement while making a real difference in the world.

Project Description
Some of the activities and accomplishments I completed for the company included helping to build begin to build there online presence in social media such as Twitter and Facebook and keep their website current with topical articles about. I did large amount of research for the company about various purposes ranging from reading industry and academic publications and creating summaries the information of importance for the executives to doing research on government policy and regulation in order to help design marketing strategies for clients. I also did independent research on topics chosen by the president of the company in order to create “thought pieces” for the company website to help achieve the company’s goal of establishing itself as a thought leader in their field. Besides from doing researching for the company I did data mining to help create a marketing plan for a national energy efficiency lab being built in Philadelphia and got to interact with clients and industry partners in meetings at work and in marketing outreach in the field.

Future Plans
This summer has cemented Jordan’s interest to work in a business which is directly involved in environmental issues and eventually going back to school to earn an MBA.


Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internship Fund
2010 Recipient

 

LINDA KINSTLER ’13

Summer Organization
Boston Review

Organization Location
Boston, MA

Project Description
My experience at Boston Review gave me experience with tasks such as copy-editing and fact checking than with the larger concepts of the industry. Because I was working at such a small business, I was responsible for handling most of the day-to-day operations such as handling customer service requests, phone calls, emails, etc. The most interesting part of my job was updating and managing the website, which I was able to do with relative frequency. I learned how to use HTML.

Future Plans
Linda intends on pursuing a career in online journalism.


Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internship Fund
2010 Recipient

 

LEWIS SALAS ’13

Summer Organization
PB Capital Corporation

Organization Location
New York, NY

Project Description
My job responsibilities as an intern this summer included creating client presentations, determining the risks associated with different investments, as well as evaluating and reviewing client transactions. Other responsibilities included presenting recommendations to the Senior Vice President based on identified risks, developing solutions to those risks, and help identify, monitor, and control risks. The tasks assigned to me by the Corporate Credit, Risk Management, Audit, and Accounting Services department improved my understanding of capital markets and debt products, strengthened my communications and presentation skills, and gave me a better insight of risk management/audit functions.

Future Plans
Lewis plans to work in the financial industry after Bowdoin.


Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internship Fund
2010 Recipient

 

KATHRYN SAVASUK ’11

Summer Organization
Company Agenda

Organization Location
New York, NY

Project Description
During my internship at Company Agenda I gained experience in event planning on the larger scale. I was drawn to event planning because it seemed like a career path in which I could use both my creative and my logical brains. At Company Agenda I learned that I would like to work for a boss that is more open minded and willing to explore more creative ideas. I was handed a lot of responsibility with particular events over the summer (perhaps my biggest accomplishment at Company Agenda). I also spent one day a week in the accounts payable office at Oscar de la Renta. I got to see the international business side of this amazing designer’s company.

Future Plans
Kathryn intends on pursuing a career in financial investment and development strategies.


Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internship Fund
2009 Recipient

 

KARA MALONEY ’10

Summer Organization
Fox News Channel & Fox Business Network

Organization Location
New York, NY

Project Description
On a day-to-day basis I worked on projects, which included creating a year+ of “one pagers” for our international affiliates, helping to redesign and launch the College Challenge video contest and a organizing a number of events with clients. I also partook in all meetings within my department. I would attend the Sales meetings, the Marketing meetings, as well as meetings with Legal, PR, and Finance/Accounting. I spent a full day shadowing in each of the following departments: Legal, Finance/Accounting, and PR. I also spent a large amount of time on-set. I spent a day shadowing the producer of Bill O’Reilly’s show, and would help out on three other shows on a fairly regular basis.


Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internship Fund
2009 Recipient

 

CHRISTOPHER LI ’11

Summer Organization
The Northampton Arts Council and the Young@Heart Chorus

Organization Location
Northampton, MA

Project Description
In the weeks to come with the Young@Heart, my boss slowly unveiled to me his many techniques for getting the most he could out of the chorus. I learned how little things, like being attentive to their energies throughout rehearsal – taking breaks, telling jokes – are all crucial for running efficient practices. On the days that we didn’t rehearse with the Chorus, I worked with Young@Heart in the office, managing the administrative side of things. The work at Young@Heart was combined with the Northampton Arts Council because they share many financial resources.

Until this summer, formal music was an abstract concept to me. I witnessed, and participated in managing the layers and layers of work that goes into preparing any successful event in the arts. I helped make all of the connections and contacts and developed the personal relationships and detailed planning that must occur.


Richard B. ’62 and Sabra Ladd Government Internship
2012 Recipient

ALLEN WONG ’14

Summer Organization
Department of State at the United States Consulate General

Organization Location
Milan, Italy

Project Description
I was placed into the Public Diplomacy section of the Consulate. It’s an office that interacts with key contacts in foreign countries, including politicians, lawmakers, journalists, and other individuals and organizations that influence public opinion. I helped prepare for a half-dozen Independence Day events happening in Milan and across northern Italy.  For these events, I helped to compile a guest list, sent out formal invitations, managed the programming, drafted and proofed speeches and press releases, as well as a variety of logistical tasks. It was extremely rewarding to see the events go successfully and knowing that I did not create a diplomatic catastrophe.

As for the day-to-day tasks, I began every morning by preparing for the Press Briefing. Then, I would either draft speeches and memos, translate documents from Italian to English, or write decision memos and letters on behalf of the consul general or the ambassador. I also gathered information to compile for the Weekly Activities Report that is sent to Rome, and updated the Consulate’s website. I often accompanied the consuls and the consul general to meetings in a support function that included taking notes, taking pictures, and briefing them prior to the meetings on the contacts or the issues being discussed. I analyzed the way we were using Facebook and Twitter and came up with a new social media strategy, aimed at increasing our social media reach, visibility, and influence. Every day over the next ten weeks, I curated content to post, managed our friends and followers, interacted with our audience, and ran social media analysis weekly to track my progress.


Richard B. ’62 and Sabra Ladd Government Internship
2011 Recipient

 

BRIAN J. Y. SUNG ’12

Summer Organization
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Organization Location
Newark, NJ

Project Description
Last summer, I served as an intern for the Honorable Dennis M. Cavanaugh of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. My main responsibilities involved researching and preparing memoranda, reviewing materials of pro se litigants, and assisting the law clerks with legal research on hedonic damages. I observed oral arguments before the Third Circuit and attended lectures given by federal judges and attorneys from the U.S. Attorney’s office in the District of New Jersey. My experience gave me a clearer understanding of the legal process and a deep appreciation for the rule of law.

Future Plans
Brian plans to enter law school in the future.


Richard B. ’62 and Sabra Ladd Government Internship
2010 Recipient

 

ELIZABETH CLEGG ’12

Summer Organization
Senator Voinovich’s Communications Office

Organization Location
Washington D.C.

Project Description
This summer as a press intern I worked in the communications office. I had a number of responsibilities, such as compiling the daily news review, assisting with the mentions, writing grant announcements and media advisories, electronically distributing photo releases, calling reporters, and writing Voinovich View articles. Following press conferences we cut video footage and uploaded it to YouTube and the Voinovich website. We then issued a press release with quotes from his statements and issued it out to Ohio and national reporters to make sure reporters received all of the correct information from the press conference and would not misquote the senator in the papers.

My primary job responsibility this summer was to compile the daily news review. The news review is a document of the most important headlines and editorial articles from all of the Ohio and national newspapers that the senator should be aware of. I would send it out electronically to the entire staff and four different media lists, and then print out a hard copy for the senator. Another responsibility included putting together the mentions-a document that goes directly to the senator and includes news articles about his work. Overall, I learned how to manage my time on different projects, while simultaneously always being up to date with breaking news.


Richard B. ’62 and Sabra Ladd Government Internship
2009 Recipient

 

JORDAN TERMINE ’10

Summer Organization
The Council on Competitiveness

Organization Location
Washington, DC


Project Description
This past summer I worked as one of three interns for Thomas Biolsi, Associate Regional Director of the SEC’s Investment Management Division in New York. Mr. Biolsi brought us to meetings at law firms and other government bodies, invited us conferences with Chief Compliance Officers of major companies, and in general, tried to teach us as much as he could in ten weeks. My internship could be characterized as the direct opposite of getting coffee and making copies – I was never asked to do anything like that. Instead, I was entrusted with write-ups for my boss about investigations and actually aiding the investigations and inspections themselves.

Future Plans
Jordan plans on attending law school after Bowdoin.


Richard B. ’62 and Sabra Ladd Government Internship
2009 Recipient

 

GRANT EASTERBROOK ’11

Summer Organization
US Securities and Exchange Commission Investment Management Division

Organization Location
New York, NY

Project Description
Last summer, I interned for Deborah Wince-Smith, the President of the Strategic Development department of the Council of Competitiveness. My three major tasks as Deborah’s intern were: creating briefing packets for Deborah’s meetings, drafting letters (like for meeting follow-up or thank you letters), and staffing meetings. Doing research for the briefing packets has helped me increase my knowledge on a whole variety of subjects. I also got to sit in on two Council MOU signings, one with Egypt and one with the UAE. In addition, I sat in on meetings with economic delegations from Mexico, Norway, and the Netherlands.

Future Plans
Grant intends on pursuing a career in either government or business.

See also: Funded Internship Project Archive