2012 Director's Interns

Kyleigh Keating

ActBlue, Cambridge MA

Kyleigh Keating, is a rising junior in Mather House. She was born in Renton Washington but has lived in Windham New Hampshire for most of her life. She attended and boarded at Phillips Andover Academy for her junior and senior years. She concentrates in Government and had developed a passion for learning as much as possible about the workings of the US government. She plays Varsity lacrosse for Harvard. She directs and runs camps for children in the summer and works for the Harvard Alumni Association organizing and hosting reunions. This summer Kyleigh is excited to be working for ActBlue in the crucial time leading up to the presidential elections. She looks forward to contributing to democratic victory this summer!

Asmaa Rimawi

Amnesty International, New York NY

Asmaa Rimawi is a rising junior in Lowell House from Brooklyn, NY. She is concentrating in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. While her focus is on the Modern Middle East and the Arabic language, she frequently dabbles in the sciences and spends much of her time studying the relationship between political instability and health systems in the Middle East. On campus, she is involved with the Islamic Society, the Palestine Solidarity Committee, Access Health, Model United Nations, and the Crimson. This summer, she will be working at Amnesty International in New York and looks forward to learning about the process behind starting a campaign and the work that goes into defending human rights. Having followed and supported many of Amnesty's campaigns, she is excited to hear from some the minds behind them.

Martin Evelyn

Be the Change, Cambridge MA

Martin Evelyn is a rising senior concentrating in Government. He is originally from Brooklyn, New York and is a resident of Eliot House. He will be working at Be The Change Inc. this summer where he will be assisting the organization in its mission of coordinating the efforts of non-profits around the country to more effectively affect change. Martin is very interested in the ways the non-profit sector impacts public policy and opinion and is excited to work with an organization that approaches the non-profit field on a national scale. At Harvard, Martin was the Black Student Association's Political Action Chair, a member of the IOP National Campaign Committee, and a member of the Eliot House Committee.

Benjamin Naddaff-Hafrey

Blue State Digital, New York NY

Benjamin Naddaff-Hafrey is a rising senior in Winthrop concentrating in American History & Literature with an expected secondary in Mind/Brain/Behavior. He currently works at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and is fascinated by Blue State Digital's use of specialized tools to craft narrative and community surrounding pressing political and cultural issues. As he is considering a career in digital technology, Ben is especially excited to see how a company like Blue State Digital runs. At Harvard, Ben was Music Executive on the Harvard Crimson, and a co-founder and co-director of The Nostalgics, Harvard's soul & Motown band. He also writes and records music with friends and family.

Matt Pawlowski

Cato Institute, Washington DC

Matt Pawlowski, a rising sophomore assigned to Mather House, plans to concentrate in the Classics, with a particular interest in Latin poetry. Outside of the classroom, Matt is a member of Varsity Lightweight Crew, and enjoys reading and music, especially jazz. Excited to work for the Cato Institute in Washington, DC this summer, he hopes to learn about applying libertarian principles to craft public policy. Having grown up in Lexington, MA, he gained an early appreciation for personal liberty and individual sovereignty by attending the town's yearly Revolutionary War reenactments and working for the Lexington Historical Society. At Cato, Matt looks forward to engaging in the policy process from the think-tank perspective and putting principled philosophical positions into practice.

Daniel Barcia

Center for American Progress, Washington DC

Daniel Barcia is a rising sophomore in Quincy House concentrating in Social Studies. Originally from Miami, Daniel has developed a passion for public service beginning with his work on the 2008 Obama for America campaign. At Harvard he is a member of Business Board on The Harvard Crimson. This summer Daniel will be interning at the Center for American Progress in Washington D.C. He looks forward to working on issues of economic, education, and healthcare policy there.

Candice Porter

Clinton Foundation, New York NY

Candice Porter is a rising senior in Mather House, concentrating in Government with a secondary in Sociology and an anticipated citation in Spanish. On campus, she currently serves as co-director of the College Bound mentorship program and Public Relations and Alumni Director of the Black Pre-Law Association. She is also very active in the Harvard College Black Christian Fellowship. This summer, she will be working with Clinton Global Initiative America at the William J. Clinton Foundation in her native city of New York. Candice is passionate about American politics and public service and is excited to be a part of the influential, far-reaching work of CGI America, which is establishing partnerships to address the nation’s economic issues and reshape society.

Gabriel Bayard

Colombian Center for Social Initiative, Bogota Columbia

Gabriel Bayard is a rising sophomore hailing from Sacramento, California, and living in Lowell House next year. Of Haitian and Colombian heritage, he is interested in studying Government, focusing on International Relations. He is an active member of the Student Labor Action Movement on campus, and tutors with the Keylatch Afterschool program in the South End of Boston. He is also a member of the Harvard College Democrats and the Responsible Investment Coalition at Harvard. Gabriel is passionate about labor issues and social inequality in the US and abroad. He is thrilled to be traveling to Bogotá, Colombia, this summer to intern for the Colombian Center for the Social Initiative, an government agency working to reduce extreme poverty in Colombia.

Tonatiuh Liévano Beltrán

Colombian Center for Social Initiative, Bogota Columbia

Tonatiuh Liévano Beltrán is a rising senior in Adams House from the verdant city of Cuernavaca, Mexico. He is pursuing a concentration in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering but has a variety of academic interests beyond the field. On campus, he is the vice-president of Harvard College Engineers without Borders and an undergraduate researcher at the Mooney Laboratory for Cell and Tissue Engineering. Tonatiuh is passionate about Mexico and Latin America and will be working in Bogotá this summer at the Alta Consejería para la Prosperidad Social, a Colombian government agency entrusted with the mission of poverty reduction. He is looking forward to learning about anti-poverty initiatives undertaken around the world and experiencing the implementation and inner workings of anti-poverty programs first hand.

Jacob Morello

Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Washington DC

Jacob Morello is a rising sophomore in Dunster House concentrating in Economics. This summer, he will be interning in Washington, DC for Congressman Gus Bilirakis, who represents Florida’s ninth district. He looks forward to witnessing and actively participating in the legislative process in and around Capitol Hill. At Harvard, Jacob is a sub-committee chair for the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum student committee at the Institute of Politics. He also is an active member of the IOP Special Events committee, and is a staff writer for the Harvard Political Review. Outside of the IOP, he is a committee chairman for Harvard Model Congress, a member of the Catholic Student Association leadership team, and a volunteer with Mission Hill After School Program, which tutors young students in Boston. He enjoys composing for string orchestra, and playing the violin.

Trevor Nash

Congressman John Lewis, Washington DC

Trevor Nash, a rising sophomore in Mather House, will be working as an intern in the DC Office of Congressman John Lewis this summer. Currently undecided about his concentration, Trevor has taken classes in Government, Economics, and Engineering, all areas of interest to him, and he sees this summer as an opportunity to explore possibilities for his future studies. As a native of Atlanta, Georgia, Trevor is excited and honored to work for one of Georgia’s greatest and most influential public servants, who is not only an accomplished representative, but also a Civil Rights leader and a true American hero. Trevor looks forward to the opportunity to serve the people of Georgia and seeing how their concerns are addressed at the federal level. On campus, Trevor sings with the Harvard Radcliffe Chorus, serves as an Asset Manager for the Harvard Financial Analysts Club, and works as a Course Assistant in the Physics Department.

Nathan Clement

Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Washington DC

Nathan Clement is a rising junior in Currier House concentrating in Government. This summer, he will be working for Kevin McCarthy, the Majority Whip in the House of Representatives. He is eager to explore his passion for politics while directly supporting the legislative process, and meeting people who share similar interests. He hopes to gain a practical understanding of what it takes to run a successful Congressional office, while developing more factually-based opinions on the efficiency of the American political system. Nathan is known around campus as a strongly opinionated and outspoken individual, but one who is always willing to amend his ideas based on new information and listen to the beliefs of others. He is involved in the Harvard Men's Water Polo team, Harvard Financial Analyst Club, and Harvard College Law Society.

Matt Krane

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington DC

Matt Krane is a rising sophomore in Pforzheimer House. Matt's studies take him across the humanities/mathematics schism often, as he divides his time between math, literature, computer science, and history courses. He likes to confuse people in his computer science classes by saying that he will concentrate in social studies, and he likes to confuse people in his history classes by saying that he will concentrate in computer science. In his spare time, he sings, tries to occupy Boston, photographs, reads Ancient Greek, and plays the piano. Matt works for several hospitals in the Boston area as a research assistant and programmer, and he is very excited to use those skills to help the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Daniel Ki

Democratic Governors Association, Washington DC

Daniel Ki is a rising sophomore in Mather House from Cupertino, California. He intends to concentrate in Government and has a strong interest in both American politics and constitutional law. Through the Institute of Politics, he serves as a liaison to Governor Ted Strickland, a writer for the Harvard Political Review, a tutor helping Harvard employees pass the U.S. Citizenship exam, and a civics teacher for fifth-graders in Boston. He also works as an organizing fellow for President Obama’s re-election campaign. Daniel is incredibly excited to be working for the Democratic Governors Association this summer and is looking forward to an amazing experience in Washington, DC

Jimmy Biblarz

Democratic National Committee Convention, Charlotte NC

Jimmy Biblarz, a rising junior in Eliot House, was born in Seattle, Washington but spent nearly his entire life in Los Angeles, California. He loves movies, the beach (like any good Californian) and dining hall frozen yogurt (a guilty pleasure). He concentrates in Social Studies focusing on education policy and civil rights with a secondary field in English. Jimmy has dedicated much of his coursework to studying how public policy can improve access to education, how school integration can successfully be achieved, and what social and cultural barriers exist to education. Recently, he has become interested in the social causes of obesity, how Americans perceive obesity, and how public policy can best go about addressing such a severe health crisis. At Harvard, he serves as the Chair of the Fellows and Study Groups program at the IOP, a program that brings six resident fellows (former politicians, journalists, activists) to Harvard every semester to host weekly study groups, mentor and guide undergraduates, and become a part of the Harvard community. He is also the Business Manager for Harvard Model Congress Europe, and is a Peer Advising Fellow (PAF). This summer, Jimmy is thrilled to be working in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Democratic National Convention. He plans to work on speechwriting, speech editing, coordinating with the Obama campaign in North Carolina, and liaising with the state party delegations. Although having never traveled to the South, Jimmy is excited to discover a new part of the country and is proud to be the lone Director’s Intern in the great state of North Carolina.

Riley Carney

Democrats for Education Reform, Boston MA

Riley Carney is a rising sophomore in Eliot House. She plans on concentrating in Government and pursuing a secondary in History. Riley is passionate about education reform, and she is the Founder and Director of a nonprofit organization for children’s literacy, Breaking the Chain. She is also a published author of a five-book fantasy series. On campus, Riley is a member of The Harvard Crimson editorial board and a member of the IOP Community Action Committee. Riley is very excited to be working at the Massachusetts chapter of Democrats for Education Reform this summer, working to affect positive change in our education system at a political level.

Majahonkhe Shabangu

Don McKenzie Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

Majahonkhe Shabangu is a rising junior from Swaziland in Pforzheimer House concentrating in Biomedical Engineering with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. This summer, he is excited to be part of a medical team conducting Community-Based HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Research at the Don McKenzie Hospital in South Africa. Majahonkhe is interested in the interplay between biomedical research and the social forces that modulate several facets of global health related work. He is keen to appreciate and apply biomedical research strategies to specific health problems that particularly affect the developing world. At Harvard, he is a volunteer for a Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) afterschool tutoring program and partakes in undergraduate life sciences research under the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Increasing Diversity and Education Access to Sciences Program (HHMI-IDEAS). He works on HIV-based research at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. He has also served on the Student Advisory Committee to the Chair of the Advanced Leadership Initiative Think Tank on Healthcare spearheaded by the Harvard Global Health Institute.

Sarah MacVicar

Don McKenzie Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

Sarah MacVicar is a rising senior in Eliot House concentrating in Earth & Planetary Science with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. She became interested in global health freshman year, and more recently has been developing a senior thesis relating the intersecting spheres of environment and health through a spatial modeling project. This summer she will be working at the Don Mckenzie Hospital in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, where she is looking forward to learning first-hand about the realities of practicing global health in the field. On campus, Sarah serves as president of the Harvard-Radcliffe Rugby Football Club and works with Contact Peer Counseling group. She is a member of the Harvard College Geosociety, a former Steering Committee member for the First-Year Outdoor Program and this past year, she helped put together the “Harvard for the Horn” campaign to raise awareness about the famine in the Horn of Africa.

Amanda McGowan

Doris Kearns Goodwin Research Position, Boston MA

Amanda McGowan is a rising senior and history concentrator in Eliot House originally from the small town of Coventry, Connecticut. She currently serves as the chair of the National Campaign committee at the Institute of Politics, teaches weekly civics lessons to fabulous fifth graders in Boston public schools with the IOP/PBHA CIVICS program, is a reporter for The Harvard Crimson, and guides high school students reenacting the 1787 Constitutional Convention as a senior staffer for Harvard Model Congress. This summer, she is honored to be working for presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and looks forward to honing her research skills and learning more about the Progressive Era.

Nicandro Iannacci

EchoDitto, Cambridge MA

Nicandro Iannacci is a rising senior in Lowell House and hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. He concentrates in Social Studies with a focus field in media, technology, and politics. Nicandro will return to Boston this summer to work with EchoDitto, a leading digital consulting firm for progressive organizations and personalities. He is excited to explore his interests in the digital world while building his technical skills and having a great time with a fun staff. Elsewhere at Harvard, Nicandro is a Choral Fellow with the University Choir, volunteers for the Small Claims Advisory Service, and serves on the Lowell House Committee. Other experiences include a term as general manager of the Glee Club and work as a marketing and social media assistant for the Office of Career Services.

Mattie Kahn

Game Change, New York NY

Mattie Kahn, a rising sophomore in Kirkland House, grew up in Manhattan and tries her best not to miss its inimitable buzz while at school. A prospective History and Literature concentrator, Mattie is an ardent reader and a passionate defender of the semi-colon. Her writing has been published by Refinery29.com, on the Office for the Arts blog at Harvard, and in the pages of the Crimson. She also serves on the Art Board of the Harvard Advocate and on the Executive Board of Eleganza, Harvard’s premier undergraduate fashion show. This summer, Mattie will return to her native New York to serve as a research assistant for authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann as they craft their follow-up to 2010’s New York Times best-seller, Game Change. The forthcoming work will focus on the upcoming 2012 presidential election. Mattie looks forward to voting as a (very) informed citizen in November.

Arjun Mody

Google, Washington DC

Arjun Mody is a rising Junior in Kirkland House studying Applied Mathematics with a focus in computer science. Originally from the liberal Silicon Valley, he has always had a strong interest in both technology and politics. Last year, he worked as a software engineer for the federal government, and now he's excited to explore similar issues from the private sector. This summer, he will be working on the Politics and Elections team at Google in Washington DC, where he hopes to apply his technical knowledge and learn about the role of the Internet in the upcoming presidential election by helping build online tools for voters, campaigns, and journalists. On campus, he writes for the Harvard Political Review and is an editor on the Harvard Crimson's Business Board.

John Chen

Google, Washington DC

John Chen, is a rising second semester Senior in Dunster House from Tustin, California. He concentrates in Government. John is passionate about urban education policy and reform, and is a secondary school teaching credential candidate through the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (UTEP). Last fall, his work in education culminated in an internship at White House, where he worked on a host of domestic policy issues including education, energy, and labor policy. This summer, John will be returning to D.C. to intern at Google, where he will help develop new content and features for their recently launched Politics and Elections page in preparation for the upcoming 2012 Presidential Election. John is interested in the intersection between education and technology, particularly the power of technology in advancing civic awareness and education. On campus, John has been involved with the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR), the Harvard College Education Society, the Harvard Club Tennis Team, and Under Construction a cappella.

Michael Mitchell

Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York NY

Michael Mitchell is a rising junior in Quincy House concentrating in Social Studies who lives in Goldens Bridge, NY. He will be spending this summer commuting to New York City to work for the Deputy Secretary of Economic Development in the Executive Chamber of his governor, Andrew Cuomo. There, his work will focus on researching the Governor's policy priorities and putting his studies of government, economics, and public policy to work in the service of his home state. On campus, Michael is the Chief Staff Editor of the Harvard International Review and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Relations Council.

Erin Drake

Governor Deval Patrick, Boston MA

Erin Drake, originally from Nashville, TN, is a rising junior in Quincy House concentrating in History and Literature with a Spanish citation. In her studies, Erin focuses on the histories and representations of underrepresented groups in the United States. This summer, Erin is elated to work in constituent services for Governor Patrick. She looks forward to communicating with the citizens of Massachusetts and learning more about the workings of government. On campus, Erin is a director for Alternative Spring Break at Phillips Brooks House (PBHA), is a member of the Association of Black Harvard Women (ABHW), a member of the Leadership Institute of Harvard College, A Mellon Mays Fellow, a First Year Urban Program (FUP) Leader, the President of the Xi Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, a teacher for City Step after school program, and a research intern at the W.E.B. DuBois Hip Hop Archive. She believes the experiences she has had at Harvard will help her navigate the mindset necessary for constituent services.

Lynelle Chen

Hellenic American University, Athens Greece

Lynelle Chen is a rising junior in Winthrop House concentrating in English with a secondary in Economics. Thus summer, she will be working with the Hellenic American University in Athens, Greece. She is looking forward to spending the summer familiarizing herself with the legal, administrative, and economics realities of an academic setting, as well as viewing first-hand the effects of the Greek debt crisis on the lives of its citizens. She currently serves as a Strategic Partnerships Intern with the New England Health Institute, Outreach Chair for the Chinese Students Association, Development Director for Smart Women Securities, and on the Finance Committee for the Harvard College in Asia Program.

Luciana Milano

Heritage Foundation, Washington DC

Luciana Milano is a rising junior in Pforzheimer House from McAllen, TX. She is a Government concentrator interested in Political Theory and American Government. She is an active member of the Conservative movement at Harvard, engaging her traditional values in discussion and debate. She is president of True Love Revolution, an active member of Harvard Right to Life, and has served as Secretary and Director of Membership and Publicity for the Harvard Republican Club. Luciana also helped found the Harvard Daughters of Isabella and leads a weekly Bible study at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. This summer, Luciana will be working at the Heritage Foundation, a leading conservative think tank in Washington, DC Luciana is excited to be working at Heritage Libertad, where she will help bring a conservative perspective to Spanish media producers and correspondents. She is especially excited to be working at Heritage Libertad during the 2012 presidential election.

Stephanie Barnett

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Boston MA

Stephanie Barnett is a rising senior in Lowell House concentrating in History with a language citation in Spanish. Stephanie finds inspiration in the incredible passion and civic duty of the American people and is thrilled to explore her enthusiasm for American politics, history, and culture this summer at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. This summer she will be a part of the research within the foundation that focuses on the development of the New Frontier Award Program, highlighting the civic contributions of exemplary public servants. She is very much looking forward to this fantastic opportunity to research and interact with award nominees, in addition to engaging with the foundation’s social media and communications components. Stephanie’s commitment to the ideals of public service and civic leadership that the foundation so highly values is reflected by her involvement on campus as an active member of the Phillips Brooks House Association, the Harvard College Law Society, the Lowell House Committee, and the Harvard Undergraduate Council.

Leslie Jimenez

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles CA

Leslie Jimenez is a rising senior in Dunster House from Los Angeles, California. She is an Economics concentrator and is pursuing a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Outside of the classroom, she devotes herself to the Harvard Undergraduate Legal Committee and the Small Claims Advisory Service. She has been highly involved in creating the Cambridge Community Rotaract Club. This summer Leslie will be working in the office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in Los Angeles. She will be working with the team that focuses on International Trade. She looks forward to learning about the Mayor’s goals to attract foreign investment and raise the global profile of Los Angeles. Having been born and raised in Los Angeles, Leslie sees this as an opportunity to contribute to the socioeconomic development of this city.

James Holt

Mayor Kevin Johnson’s Office, Sacramento CA

James Holt is a rising junior in Kirkland House concentrating in Social Studies with a citation in French. This summer, he will be working in Sacramento at Mayor Kevin Johnson’s office. He is looking forward to learning more about the inner workings of local politics and public policy, and exploring a potential career in public service. James currently serves as Operations Manager of the Harvard Crimson, Deputy Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus at St. Paul Parish, and a leadership team member of the Harvard Catholic Student Association. He hopes to bring back some of what he learns this summer to affect change on campus.

Tara Raghuveer

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York NY

Tara Raghuveer is a rising junior in Currier House from Kansas City, Kansas. She is a Social Studies concentrator with a focus field in contemporary American policy. At Harvard, Tara is an active member of the Undergraduate Council, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, and Crimson Key Society. This summer, she will be working with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his economic development team, under Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel. Tara is interested in public policy, local politics, and cities. She is thrilled to join the energetic and dedicated team at in New York's City Hall and hopes that she can be supremely helpful to them this summer!

Jillian Smith

Mayor Thomas Menino, Boston MA

Jillian Smith is a rising junior in Cabot House concentrating in History with a secondary field in Celtic Literature and Languages. She is a native of Duxbury, MA. This summer, Jillian will be working for Mayor Thomas Menino’s Press Office in Boston, MA. She is looking forward to learning more about municipal government, as well as the intersection between government and media. She is particularly interested in the role that media plays in our government and how public perception is formed. She is also excited to experience public service first hand, which she hopes to explore as a career. Jillian is active in student life and service at Harvard by serving as the Cabot House Committee Co-Chairman and a member of the College Events Board. She is also actively involved in service outside of Harvard, as a Christian doctrine teacher at St. Paul’s Parish and a senior counselor at the Massachusetts Girls’ State program. She is thrilled to serve the citizens of Boston this summer in the Mayor’s Press Office, and to learn more about public service in municipal government.

Anna Rowe

Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara Uganda

Anna Rowe is a rising senior in Leverett House from Frankfort, Kentucky. She concentrates in English with an anticipated language citation in French. Outside of class, Anna Rowe is involved in the Athena Program and the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, where she serves as Volunteer Director. Anna Rowe hopes to work in international development after graduation and is excited to gain first-hand experience this summer in her internship at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Mbarara, Uganda, where she will be working to generate a report on Ugandan surgical services with the hope of ultimately improving the country’s medical resources.

Sam Adams

MP Tom Brake for Carshalton and Wallington (Liberal Democrat), London England

Sam Adams is a rising junior concentrating in Social Studies. Last year he worked to put together the IOP Summer in Washington program and he is excited to be spending this summer working for MP Tom Brake in London. Sam can't wait to use this summer as an opportunity to explore Europe and learn more about the parliamentary system. At Harvard he is an editorial columnist for The Crimson and hosts a weekly hip-hop and funk show for WHRB. During the semester you can generally find Sam on the job or studying at the Cafe Gato Rojo, the student-run coffee shop on Harvard Yard.

Nicolas Jofre

MTV Public Affairs, New York NY

Nicolas Jofre is a rising senior in Currier House concentrating in Social Studies with a Visual and Environmental Studies secondary. Nicolas is originally from Santiago, Chile, but comes to Cambridge by way of Southern California, where he now lives. While at Harvard, Nicolas has served as the Director of Act on Dream (Harvard College's immigration advocacy student group), a liaison to IOP Fellow and former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, a member of the university's Scholars at Risk faculty committee, and a Peer Advising Fellow. This summer, he will work in Times Square assisting MTV's Public Affairs Office with the launch of its Power of 12 multi-media campaign, a network effort that seeks to increase youth involvement with the Presidential election.

Michael Ardeljan

National Center for Learning Disabilities, New York NY

Michael Ardeljan is a rising senior in Quincy House pursuing a joint concentration degree in History and Germanic Languages and Literature. Born and raised in New York City, he will be returning home to work as an intern at the National Center for Learning Disabilities. With an increasing interest in non-profit work and having worked on Housing Day videos on campus, he is excited about the opportunity to work on viral marketing at the NCLD to promote the organization's campaign towards helping those with learning disabilities.

Andrew Blinkinsop

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Washington DC

Andrew Blinkinsop is a rising senior in Dunster House concentrating in Government with a Secondary in Economics. This summer he will be working at the National Democratic Institute, an NGO in DC whose mission is the strengthening of democratic institutions worldwide. Andrew is interested in the intersection of human rights and foreign policy, and is currently applying for the U.S. Foreign Service. On campus, Andrew directs the Suffolk Prison Tutoring Program at the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) and works as a research assistant and economics tutor. Additionally, he is a leader in the First-Year Outdoor Program (FOP), and is an active member of the Harvard University Band.

Peter Cornick

National League of Cities, Washington DC

Peter Cornick is a rising junior in Adams House from Atlanta, Georgia. A history of science concentrator pursuing a secondary in economics, Peter is passionate about education policy and its connection to larger urban development themes, such as public health, housing, and transportation. He is excited to spend his summer in the nation's capital working with the National League of Cities on researching, creating, and implementing policies that will improve the future of America's youth. Around campus, Peter is heavily involved with Harvard's ultimate frisbee team, Red Line, and travels year round for national tournaments. Peter also serves as a sports writer for the Harvard Crimson and its sports blog, The Back Page, and is currently training to become a First-Year Outdoor Program leader.

Rebecca Margolies

NBC News - Meet the Press, Washington DC

Rebecca Margolies is a rising senior in Cabot House concentrating in English with a Government secondary. She is very interested in the relationship between politics, social advocacy, the media and thus is incredibly excited to be working at such an influential and wide-ranging show, helping further their mission of engaging in dialogue with world leaders and newsmakers. On campus, Rebecca is the Director of Special Programs for Harvard Model Congress, photographs for the Crimson, competes with the Harvard Mock Trial Association, and is involved in various theatre organizations.

Alexis Medina

New York City Economic Development Corporation, New York NY

Alexis Medina is a rising senior in Eliot House concentrating in Social Studies with a focus field in Identity and Inequality in Urban America. Originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut, she is excited to apply her academic interests to an internship at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where a commitment to strengthening neighborhoods has been at the core of a dedication to economic success at the city level. On campus, Alexis is a violinist with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra.

Marlee Melendy

NY/NJ Super Bowl Committee, New York NY

Marlee Melendy is a rising junior in Adams House, concentrating in Government with a secondary in Economics. On campus, she mentors for the PBHA Mission Mentor program and serves as social chair for the Adams House Committee. A huge sports fan, Marlee also writes for the sports board of The Harvard Crimson and is a member of the sports and entertainment law committee for the Harvard College Law Society. This summer, she will have the opportunity to combine her passions for sports and public service while interning in New York City with the philanthropy department of the 2014 Super Bowl Committee. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Marlee is particularly excited because part of her internship will include fundraising for the renovation of Boys & Girls clubs across New Jersey and her home state, New York.

Ken Liu

Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington DC

Ken Liu is a rising junior in Lowell House concentrating in Government with a secondary in Economics. This summer, he will be working at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of the Chief of Staff, Office of the Secretary. He is looking forward to exploring his interest in the intersection between government, business, and job creation. He has previously interned at Citibank and at the Offices of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Congresswoman Judy Chu, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. On campus, Ken currently serves as Communications Director at the Harvard Institute of Politics and previously chaired the Policy Program, a student-run think tank.

Karen Zhou

Organization for Economic co-Operation and Development (OECD), Paris France

Co-sponsored with the Center for European Studies
Karen Zhou is a rising junior in Quincy House, concentrating in Social Studies. Originally from Lakeville, Minnesota, she is excited to advance her love of international relations and global understanding through an internship in the Office of the Secretary-General at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France. She looks forward to learning about political leadership in international organizations and the challenges of promoting sustainable growth and development worldwide. On campus, she is an editor for the Harvard International Review, a photographer and editor for the Harvard Crimson, and a staff member of Harvard's Model United Nations conferences in Boston and in Latin America.

Allison Gofman

Parliamentary Internship: Labour & Co-operative MP for Liverpool Wavertree, London UK

Allison Gofman is a rising junior in Lowell House concentrating in Government with a secondary in Mind, Brain, and Behavior. this summer, she will be interning in the UK Parliament for MP Luciana Berger, who represents Liverpool-Wavertree. At Harvard, Allison is the Academic Co-Chair of the Harvard Society for Mind, Brain, and Behavior, a member of the College Democrats, and does research through the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. She is excited to experience politics abroad, see the functioning of Parliament first-hand, and explore London and Europe.

Susan Overall

Parliamentary Internship: Labour MP for Leeds West, Rachel Reeves, London UK

Co-sponsored with Center for European Studies
Susan Overall is a rising junior in Dunster House from Sydney, Australia. She is concentrating in Economics and pursuing a secondary in Global Health Policy. This summer she will be interning with MP Rachel Reeves in London, UK. Coming from Australia she is excited to learn about the political system that founded her country. On campus she serves as a FOP (Freshmen Outdoor Program) leader, a PAF (Peer Advising Fellow) and a DAPA (Drug and Alcohol Peer Advisor).

Jonathan Tan

Parliamentary Internship: Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland, London UK

Jonathan Tan, a rising junior in Lowell House, was born and raised in Leeds, England. He is concentrating in Social Studies, and for his senior thesis will likely write about international relations in the Middle East. This summer, he will be working for MP Greg Mulholland, who is his local MP for the constituency Leeds North West. Jonathan is very much looking forward to working in the Houses of Parliament and getting an insider's perspective on the functioning of the British Government. He is particularly excited to be working for Mr Mulholland because he has seen him speak many times to members of the local community, and he also shares his passions for rugby and local English pubs. On campus, Jonathan works at the Harvard Law School for the Program on Negotiation, sings in the Callbacks a capella group, and enjoys playing basketball.

Sam Arnold

Parliamentary Internship: MP Tom Brake for Carshalton and Wallington (Liberal Democrat), London UK

Sam Arnold is a rising junior concentrating in Social Studies with a focus on American identity and its relationship to American society and institutions. Originally from Swarthmore, PA, Sam is extremely grateful for this opportunity to serve his hometown and help plan policy for the city of Philadelphia in the Office of Policy Planning and Coordination. On campus he is the co-manager of the Harvard Community Garden, a leader in the First-Year Urban Program, a member of the Environmental Action Committee, a bass in KeyChange (a capella group), and a tutor for the Roxbury Youth Initiative after school program. Apart from his interest in city politics, Sam is interested in urban agriculture and food systems reform in the US.

Kathleen H. Pierre

Parliamentary Research Services, Delhi India

Cosponsored with the South Asia initiative
Kathleen H. Pierre, a rising senior in Leverett House, concentrating in History and Literature (Post-colonialism), was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. This summer she will be interning at PRS Legislative Research in New Delhi, an organization devoted to making the legislative process more inclusive, participatory, and transparent. Kathleen is passionate about the intersection between law, culture and society; and devotes much of her time to investigating the ways in which laws either shape social attitudes towards various causes, or are shaped by them in return. On campus, Kathleen is involved in the Institute of Politics, a member of both the Community Action Committee and National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement. She is also a member of the Small-Claims Advisory Service. She has been an assistant at the Widener Library Circulation Desk since February 2010, and has worked for Governor Deval Patrick's Constituent Services. An aspiring lawyer, Kathleen anticipates a vigorous and challenging summer learning and devising strategies to bring public opinions and concerns to the forefront of legislative debates.PRS Legislative Research, New Delhi, India

Darshali Vyas

Partners in Health, Lima Peru

Co-sponsored with Harvard Global Health Institute
Darshali Vyas is a rising junior in Quincy House born in Bombay, India and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a Social Studies concentrator interested in eventually pursuing a career in medicine. On campus, Darshali is a member of the Harvard Global Health and AIDS Coalition and volunteers with the Advocating Success for Kids (ASK) program at Boston Children’s Hospital. She also enjoys spicy food, dancing, and Kentucky basketball. This summer, she looks forward to working with Partners in Health to support their efforts in combating drug-resistant tuberculosis in Lima, Peru.

Michael Lindeborg

Partners in Health, Lima Peru

Co-sponsored with Harvard Global Health Institute
Michael Lindeborg is a rising junior in Kirkland house concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. On campus, Michael serves as Program Coordinator for Health Leads and Director of Programming for the Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum. During his spare time, Michael enjoys playing the oboe in the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra. This summer, he is excited to be working with Partners in Health to improve the detection and treatment of tuberculosis in Lima, Perú. Passionate about how the biology of a disease can interact with the social context of its environment, Michael hopes to gain a better understanding of what factors contribute to the outbreak of TB in the urban environment of Lima and what steps can be taken to overcome this disease.

Jalem Towler

PBHA Summer Urban Program, Boston MA

Jalem Towler, a rising sophomore in Mather House, was born and raised in Conyers, Georgia. He is thinking about concentrating in History of Science with a possible secondary in Sociology. Jalem is passionate about youth development and entertainment, illustrated by his involvement in dramatic arts and the Summer Urban Program. He is also a part of S.O.L., Speak Out Loud, a spoken word group on campus and enjoys writing poetry, music and novels in his free time. Service has also been important to him, since high school when we worked for Kumon, an after school, learning program for children in and around his hometown. This summer, Jalem is pumped to be directing Roxbury Youth Initiative, a camp in the Summer Urban Program through the Phillips Brooks House Association. Throughout the summer, he will be traveling to Roxbury, Massachusetts every day to host a summer learning enrichment camp designed to prevent summer learning loss, encourage self-expression and improve self-worth for 80 kids ages 6 to 13 in and around the Roxbury area.

Paul Schied

Peace Corps, Washington D.C.

Paul Schied is a rising senior in Pforzheimer House concentrating in Government with a secondary in Neurobiology. This summer, he will be working in the Peace Corps' Office of Strategic Information, Research, and Planning at their headquarters in Washington, DC. He is looking forward to getting his hands on some interesting data, working for an agency with an important mission, and applying the skills that he has gained in helping to develop a novel database of mass political movements at Harvard. Paul is the Online Editor of the Harvard Political Review, where he writes about domestic politics, culture, and sports. He works with EV Tutoring-- a group that tutors and mentors Dorchester youths-- and plays for the Harvard Club Lacrosse team. Paul is a phenomenal fantasy football player, and will look to three-peat as his league's champion in the fall.

Will Bergstrom

POLITICO, Washington DC

Will Bergstrom is a rising senior in Winthrop House concentrating in English with a secondary in Classics. He is the editorial chairman of The Harvard Crimson. This summer, he will be working at POLITICO, a Washington, DC based newspaper that covers national politics. He is looking forward to following politics professionally for the summer and expanding his experience in the world of journalism.

John F. M. Kocsis

Purple Strategies, Washington DC

John F. M. Kocsis is a rising sophomore in Eliot House. He is planning on pursuing a concentration in Government, an interest that led him to Purple Strategies, where he will be interning this summer. He is very involved with politics and writing on campus, as he serves as an IOP fellows liaison and writes for the Harvard Crimson, the Harvard Political Review, and Let’s Go. He looks forward to practicing what he has learned about government and economics this summer in Washington, DC, the hub of all things political in the year 2012.

Katerina Glyptis

Republican National Committee Convention, Tampa FL

Katerina Glyptis is a rising Junior in Quincy House concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Government. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she grew up experiencing the often chaotic adventures of small business through her family’s restaurant, and she got a taste of local politics while campaigning for the passage of her school district’s levy. On campus, she serves on the board of Harvard Relay for Life, the student-run fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. She spends the rest of her time organizing events for the Harvard College Hellenic Society and participating in the Harvard Republican Club. This past semester, she had the wonderful experience of serving as a liaison for IOP fellow former Congressman George Nethercutt. This summer, Katerina is thrilled to be working with the Republican National Committee to organize the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Justin Worland

Roll Call, Washington DC

Justin Worland is a rising junior in Adams House from Pasadena, California. This summer he will be furthering his interest in journalism and politics at Roll Call in Washington D.C. where he will be working in the politics section. At Harvard, Justin is pursuing a degree in history and a secondary field in government. During the school year, he spends much of his time as a senior beat writer at The Crimson where he covers Harvard's Central Administration. As a freshman he covered Admissions and Financial Aid along with Harvard's Memorial Church. Outside the classroom, he also helps students prepare for their United States Citizenship exams as a citizenship tutor at the Institute of Politics.

Jose Castillo

SeeClickFix, New Haven CT

Jose Castillo is a rising senior from Long Island living in Pforzheimer House. He is concentrating in Economics and is pursuing a secondary in Computer Science. He is excited to spend the summer engaging in community activism in New Haven, CT. Jose will be spending the summer working for SeeClickFix, a socially conscious startup that connects citizens and local governments through mobile software.

Florence Chen

Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Washington DC

Florence Chen is a rising sophomore from Granger, Indiana who will intern for Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. As a prospective Earth and Planetary Sciences concentrator, she hopes to develop a background in science and to apply this perspective to a career in government. Though she will live in Quincy House next year, she has been lucky to call the Institute of Politics another home at Harvard and to serve as Chair of its Special Events Committee. Florence also conducts atmosphere chemistry research, competes on the Mock Trial team, dances in the Asian American Dance Troupe, participates in Council on Business and the Environment, serves as an Obama for America Organizing Fellow, and is in the process of starting a new student group: Sense and Sustainability. She is very excited to observe the legislative process, to learn about the policy issues upon which the Senator focuses, and to spend a summer in Washington with many of her friends.

Christopher Lehman

Senator Scott Brown, Boston MA

Christopher Lehman is a rising senior in Currier House concentrating in Social Studies with a secondary in Economics. A native of Lexington, MA, he is proud to be working in the Constituent Services Office of Senator Scott Brown in Boston this summer and is looking forward to applying his knowledge and skills in the service of the Commonwealth. At Harvard, he has served as head delegate of the college's competitive Model United Nations team, as manager of The Harvard Crimson's printing business, and as producer of an original student-written theatrical production. He is currently Director of Administration for HACIA Democracy and the captain of his house's crew team, and hopes to pursue a law degree after completing his undergraduate studies.

Laura Herrera

Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Washington DC

Laura Herrera is a rising senior in Winthrop House concentrating in Social Studies with a focus on economics and migration. This summer, Laura will conduct immigration and labor policy research with the Government Relations Department of the SEIU, North America’s fastest growing union. Laura is passionate about empowering communities through innovation for social good and is excited to learn organizing and advocacy strategies to that end through the SEIU. Her background includes grassroots political mobilization and capacity building in her native California, and sustainable development work with institutions serving Mexican indigenous communities. She currently serves as Co-Chair of GLOW, an undergraduate organization serving the needs of queer students of color, and is President Emeritus of Harvard-Radcliffe RAZA, a Mexican-American cultural organization. Laura is an active community member of Harvard University’s Innovation Laboratory

Haemin Jee

South Korean National Assembly, Seoul South Korea

Haemin Jee is a rising junior in Leverett House, concentrating in Government with a Secondary in English, originally from Los Angeles, California. She is working this summer in Seoul, South Korea as an intern for the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Unification at the National Assembly. She is looking forward to learning more about the legislative process in South Korea and the complexities of South Korean party politics, as well as different ways of enacting political change in foreign governments. In addition, she is very excited to be immersed in Seoul's vibrant culture.

Audrey Anderson

Special Olympics, London England

Audrey Anderson is a rising senior in Pforzheimer House, originally from Toronto, Canada. She is concentrating in Sociology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy, which has allowed her to explore the interaction of economic and societal factors related to health through the lens of government and public policy. At Harvard, she is involved with a wide variety of organizations, including The Harvard Crimson, the College Events Board, Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business, and the Pforzheimer House Committee. This summer, Audrey will be headed to London to intern with the PR department for Special Olympics Great Britain. She is excited to be working for such an exceptional organization and is looking forward to exploring the vibrant city of London and all it has to offer.

Madeline Magnuson

Sunlight Foundation, Washington DC

Madeline Magnuson, is a rising junior in Kirkland House concentrating in Government with a secondary in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and a language citation in Arabic. Madeline is fascinated by international and domestic politics, corruption, nuclear weapons, the Middle East, and political philosophy. She grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho and had her first close encounter with the federal government as a US Senate page in Washington, DC Her experiences there further piqued her interest in government, ultimately leading to her internship this summer with the Sunlight Foundation. Madeline looks forward eagerly to advocating for government transparency, learning about the intricacies of campaign finance, and absorbing everything she can from her work with the Sunlight Foundation.

Ben Likis

Superintendent of Boston Public Schools, Boston MA

Ben Likis is a rising senior in Cabot House concentrating in Social Studies. He studies inequality in urban American education, and plans to pursue a career in law and education reform. A Cambridge native, Ben has served as a teacher at Breakthrough Cambridge for three summers and taught English abroad through WorldTeach Costa Rica. This summer he will be interning with Dr. Carol R. Johnson, Superintendent for Boston Public Schools. He hopes to gain valuable insight into district management from the nation’s oldest and most innovative public school district. Ben is a Peer Advising Fellow and a proud member of the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College.

Helen Zhao

Technology Education Connecting Cultures (TECC), Hong Kong China

Helen Zhao is a Rising Sophomore in Pforzheimer House currently considering a concentration in Social Anthropology. Although born and raised a Boston girl, she now technically reigns from Niskayuna, New York. Here at Harvard, Helen dances, cheers as a part of the Cheerleading Team, and plans events as Social Chair for the Asian American Association. She would like to pursue a career in Education and has worked as a mentor for various PBHA programs.This summer, Helen will be exploring her passion for teaching as in intern for Technology Education Connecting Cultures (TECC), in China. She is super excited to be working with teachers and students in rural China while teaching english and integrating modern technology into the traditional classroom.

Giacomo Bagarella

The City of London Corporation, London UK

Giacomo Bagarella is a rising senior at Harvard College, studying Government with a secondary field in Psychology and a citation in Arabic language. Although he is Italian, Giacomo has spent most of his life abroad; he has lived in Argentina, Vietnam, and Macedonia. This summer, he will be interning with the Public Relations Office of the City of London Corporation, and is very much looking forward to this public policy job (a career he is considering for the future) in such an important city and context. At Harvard, Giacomo is involved with organizing the yearly Harvard National Model United Nations conference, being an active member and leader of the Palestine Solidarity Committee, working for the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and playing soccer (football) for the club team. Besides his interest in public policy, Giacomo is also considering a future in human rights and international development, and plans to work for some time after college to determine what graduate school and interest he wants to pursue most. .

Gram Slattery

The Hotline, Washington DC

Gram Slattery is a rising sophomore in Kirkland House, pursuing a concentration in Social Studies and a secondary in English. An avid political writer, Gram is the Associate World Editor of the Harvard Political Review, the Books and Reviews Editor for the HIR, and an editorialist for Perspective. Outside the academic sphere, he is a skipper for the Harvard sailing team and the secretary of the Mountaineering Club. This summer he is looking forward to a fast-paced, deadline-based internship at The Hotline. Furthermore, he hopes to familiarize himself with the process of time-pressured political writing and looks forward to exploring the inner-workings of DC politics.

Rosemary Hines

The MacArthur Foundation, Chicago IL

Rosemary Hines is a rising senior in Adams House concentrating in History of Science with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. This summer, Rosemary will work in the Public Affairs Department at the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago. She is thrilled to support the Foundation's work in improving the world and is excited to learn about the role that philanthropy can play in instigating major social change. She also can't wait to spend a summer in Chicago, where she grew up. On campus, Rosemary sings in an a cappella group and is involved in global health research at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Jose DelReal

The New Republic, Washington DC

Jose DelReal is a rising senior in Lowell House from Anchorage, Alaska. He is concentrating in Social Studies (focusing on modern American cultural and political thought) and is pursuing a secondary in History of Art and Architecture. While his interests are varied, he is particularly intrigued by the intersection of civic life, social institutions, and political signification. On campus, Jose keeps himself busy writing for The Harvard Crimson and doing research on election laws for the Institute of Quantitative Social Science. Jose is very excited to intern at The New Republic. An avid news and political junkie, he believes good journalism is a crucial part of democratic government that should always aspire to foster and sustain open and honest public discourse. He also thinks that as social media continues to change how we access information, the old Arthur Miller adage that “a good newspaper is a nation talking to itself” is more important to uphold than ever. He is thrilled to have the fantastic opportunity to see the ins-and-outs of TNR this summer.

Michael Zachau

The Solidarity Center, Washington DC

Michael Zachau Walkeris a rising Sophomore in Cabot House and is a potential Government concentrator. He is originally from Bethesda, Maryland but went to high school in Ankara, Turkey. This summer, he will be working as an intern on migration and human trafficking at the Solidarity Center, a non-profit affiliated to the AFL-CIO. On campus, Michael staffs both of Harvard's Model United Nations conferences and is a member of Harvard's Intercollegiate Model United Nations team. He also staffed Harvard Model Congress's Boston conference. At the Institute of Politics, he is involved with the civics program and has taught in South Boston and Cambridge. In addition, he works with international graduate students as a Course Assistant at the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning in a course designed to improve their communication and teaching skills. He is very excited to work with the Solidarity Center and learn more about migration and human trafficking.

Michael George

The Tobin Project, Cambridge MA

Michael George is a rising Junior, Government concentrator and a resident of Quincy House. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Michael spent his childhood growing up in the Philippines, Malaysia, India, the United States and Kenya. With a profound interest in public policy and American government, Michael will be interning at the Tobin Project, a non-partisan think tank based in Cambridge, MA dedicated to transformative rigorous scholarship on real-world problems. Michael has also worked previously with the Democratic National Committee in Washington, DC On campus, Michael is active in the Harvard International Relations Council, as a member of the Executive Board of Harvard's National Model United Nations Conference, the Harvard Undergraduate Council, and as a writer for the Harvard Crimson.

Danny Bicknell

The Wilderness Society, Washington DC

Danny Bicknell, a rising senior in Mather House, concentrates in Environmental Science and Public Policy. On campus, Danny is very active in public service and environmental organizations. He currently serves as the President of the Harvard Undergraduate Council, an after school environmental education teacher through the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) and Environmental Action Committee (EAC)'s EnviroEd, and a member of the Crimson Key Society. This summer Danny will be working at The Wilderness Society as a Conservation Funding intern in the Public Policy department. Danny is excited to be joining The Wilderness Society in fighting to protect America's wilderness.

Eva Guidarini

The Winston Group, Washington DC

Eva Guidarini, a rising sophomore in Winthrop House, has called California, Indiana, New Zealand, Michigan, and West Virginia home. She is planning to concentrate in government with a secondary in Economics and a citation in Spanish. Eva is very involved with the Harvard Institute of Politics, especially with the Survey Committee and the Fellows and Study Groups program. She is a Deputy Director for Harvard’s Intercollegiate Model United Nations team and is very involved with Harvard College Faith in Action. This summer, Eva is very excited to be working with the Winston Group in Washington D.C., and is looking forward to applying what she has learned about polling and political research to the work of the Winston Group, the work of making ideas matter.

Didar Kul-Mukhammed

Transitions Online, Prague Czech Republic

Didar Kul-Mukhammed is a sophomore at Leverett House. She is pursuing a concentration in Comparative Literature with a secondary field in French language. This summer she will be interning as an editorial assistant at Transitions Online in Prague, Czech Republic. She is looking forward to applying her regional knowledge, language skills, and previous internship experience at Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia to conduct research on Post-Soviet territories for TOL.

Katie Walsh

U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington DC

Katie Walsh is a rising junior from Westbrook, ME who calls Adams House her home here at Harvard. She concentrates in Social Studies and is getting a citation in Spanish. Around campus, Katie is very active in the Institute of Politics as Co-Chair of the Policy Program and a member of Citizenship Tutoring. She also loves working as the Adams House Committee Secretary, giving tours through the Admissions Office, and participating in shows with the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club. This summer, Katie is thrilled to be joining the Office of Administration at the U.S. Small Business Administration. With the SBA, Katie hopes to strengthen the skills she has learned with Policy Program by working with teams on writing policy concerning how to grow and support small businesses in the U.S. The SBA believes that these businesses can be key to stimulating our economy and Katie is glad to be assisting a team on such an important issue.

Paul Leroux

United States Conference of Mayors, Washington DC

Paul Leroux is a rising Junior in Eliot House from Bakersfield, Vermont. A Social Studies concentrator, he focuses academically on international relations. Paul originally experienced politics in Vermont’s town meetings, and spent last summer teaching in the many neighborhoods of Boston. This summer, he is excited to be working for the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington, at an internship that will combine his coursework and experiences. On campus, Paul is an active member of the Institute of Politics, serving on its Student Advisory Committee as chair of the CIVICS Program and as a member of the Fellows Selection Committee. He is also a peer advising fellow, an usher at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, a circulation assistant at the Harvard College Library, and a member of the Harvard College Democrats.

Christian Garcia

United States Department of Treasury, Washington DC

Christian Garcia is a rising senior in Adams House concentrating in Government with a secondary in Romance Languages and Literatures. He proudly calls New Jersey his home. On campus, Christian does community service at the PBHA with SCAS (Small Claims Advisory Service) where he helps clients navigate the Massachusetts small claims system. Also, Christian is involved with Harvard Model United Nations as a director of the EU committee and at the IOP with National Campaign. This summer, Christian is looking forward to interning at the Treasury Department with the President's Jobs Council. He hopes to be an asset in formulating innovative solutions for the American economy.

Fabiola Vega

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Washington DC

Fabiola Vega is a rising senior in Mather House concentrating in History and pursuing a secondary in Government. Originally from Orange County, California, Fabiola has been extensively involved with the Institute of Politics, where she currently serves as Treasurer. She is also the former Chair of the Harvard Political Union, a subgroup of the IOP that hosts student debates and discussions on controversial issues. Fabiola is excited to intern at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. this summer. She hopes to learn first-hand how policy and legislation that impact Hispanic small businesses and local communities is shaped.

Julia Konrad

US Department of Education- Secretary Arne Duncan, Washington DC

Julia Konrad is a rising senior in Mather House from New York City. She concentrates in Social Studies, with a focus on Education and a secondary in African-American Studies. This summer, Julia will work in the Secretary's Office of the U.S. Department of Education. Having spent many hours this semester volunteering in a public middle school, Julia is excited to see the formation of education policy on the national level. In her studies at Harvard, she hopes to investigate and challenge the achievement gap facing many of America's students from low-income families. At Harvard, Julia is an active member of the Institute of Politics, serving as Vice President of the Student Advisory Committee and a member of the Citizenship Tutoring Program. She is looking forward to her summer in D.C. and is eager to learn more about the impact of federal policy on American education.

Laura Aguilar

US Department of Education- The White House Liaison, Washington DC

Laura Aguilar is a rising sophomore from San Diego, California and will be a resident of Winthrop House. She is a Government concentrator with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. At Harvard, Laura has been involved with the IOP's Women's Initiative in Leadership and is a student advocate for Health Leads at Boston Medical Center. Health Leads connects low-income patients with basic resources in an effort to treat the underlying social and environmental causes of patients' health problems. When she's not studying or volunteering, Laura can be found at the Harvard Athletic Center as a member of the Harvard women's varsity soccer team. This summer she will be an intern at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of the White House Liaison. She is thrilled for the opportunity to be exposed to the policy-making process first hand as she pursues her interests in health and education policy.

Keith Grubb

Victory Fund, Washington DC

Keith Grubb is a rising senior in Adams House who was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He concentrates in English and the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and is pursuing a secondary in Chemistry. Keith's primary passion is social justice as it relates to identities such as gender and sexuality, and he hopes one day to live in a world where such identities aren't used as reasons to oppress people. On campus, he works as an intern for the Harvard College Women's Center, facilitates the Women's Cabinet, and serves as the Co-Chair of the Queer Students and Allies (QSA). This summer, Keith is excited to work with the Victory Fund in Washington, DC, where he will have the opportunity to effect meaningful change by applying his passion for equality on a national level.

Anthony Staccone

Young Scot: The National Youth Information & Citizenship Agency, Edinburgh Scotland

Co-sponsored with Center for European Studies
Anthony Staccone is a rising senior in Winthrop House concentrating in History with a citation in Russian. This summer he will be working with the research arm of Young Scot, a leading non-profit that focuses on Scottish youth and their civic empowerment in Edinburgh, UK. He is planning on applying what he learned in his ed school classes and UTEP (Undergraduate Teacher Education Program) to create change for underprivileged youth while exploring a career in teaching and the non-profit sector. At Harvard, Anthony participates in the UTEP Program, runs Earthen Vessels, a Youth Mentoring and Tutoring Program for inner-city Boston students, and serves as a Leadership Team member with the Catholic Student Association.