2014 Director's Interns

Anjali Fernandes

270 Strategies, Washington DC

Anjali Fernandes is a rising sophomore at Harvard University, originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She is a prospective concentrator in Computer Science with a secondary field in Government. On campus, she is competes on the nationally ranked Harvard Mock Trial Team and serves as Director of Technology for Harvard Model United Nations. She also volunteers as a teacher for the Digital Literacy Project and is involved with the Public Opinion Project at the Institute of Politics. She is an avid foodie and a cappella aficionado, and is very excited to be working with 270 Strategies at the intersection of data and public policy.

Bryan Padilla

Albright Stonebridge Group, Washington DC

Bryan Padilla is a rising senior in Lowell House from Greenville, North Carolina. He studies History and Literature concentrating on Latin America and more specifically on the relationships between the United States and Latin America involving governments, business corporations and other institutions such as the Catholic Church. When he is not reading books on said topics, he enjoys rowing on the Charles for the Lowell crew team and competing in other intramural sports. Having interned for a non-profit group in Buenos Aires, Argentina last summer, Bryan is excited to be working stateside this summer with the Albright Stonebridge Group and hopes to gain an invaluable introduction into international strategy consulting.

Johanna Lee

Amnesty International USA, Washington DC

Johanna Lee is a rising junior in Adams House from Irvine, California. She is concentrating in Social Studies with a secondary in East Asian Studies and a language citation in Mandarin Chinese. She is a staff writer and Senior Multimedia Editor of the Harvard Political Review and serves as a Women's Initiative in Leadership mentor. Highly interested in social justice, Johanna looks forward to interning at Amnesty International this summer in order to explore the field of human rights advocacy. She aspires to become a human rights attorney and clinical professor of international human rights law in the future.

Angel Jin

Andreas Papandreou Foundation, Athens Greece

Angel Jin is a rising sophomore in Mather House interested in concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Psychology and citation in Chinese. Born in China, Angel moved to the U.S. at the age of six and has lived in Massachusetts ever since, graduating from Boston Latin School in 2013. On campus, she is heavily involved in the International Relations Council as Vice President of Internal Relations, a director for both Harvard’s Model UN conferences, and a member of the competitive Model UN team. In her spare time, she is Manager of the Women’s Tennis Team and has participated in productions by the Modern Dance Company and Asian American Dance Troupe. This summer, Angel will be interning at the Andreas Papandreou Foundation and looks forward to gaining a deeper understanding of Greek politics and how Greece fits into the international community. 

Isabel Vazquez

Asociacion Conciencia, Buenos Aires Argentina

Isabel Vazquez is a rising junior in Winthrop House from Dallas, TX. She is concentrating in Government and pursuing a secondary in East Asian Studies and a citation in French. While South America is her current focus, she is interested in Japan where she studied abroad last summer. At Harvard, Isabel is involved in the International Relations Council and the Latino/a community. This summer Isabel will be interning at Asociación Conciencia in Buenos Aires and looks forward to learning about the inner-workings of a NGO. She is staying put in South America for the fall semester and would like to work abroad after college.

Tuba Sahiti

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London UK

Tuba Sahiti is a rising senior in Lowell House. She is concentrating in Government, with a focus on International Relations, and a secondary in Economics. On campus, Tuba directed this year’s International Relations Week, which sought to raise awareness of issues in IR through a variety of speakers and topics including war photography, diplomacy, human trafficking and many others. She also directs Business Development for the Harvard International Review. Tuba is very excited to be interning at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London this summer where she will work with the European Economics team.

Alex Young

Cabinet of the President, Republic of Croatia, Zagreb Croatia

Alex Young is a rising sophomore in Lowell House from North Carolina. He is a Social Studies concentrator interested in social theory, international relations, and international institutions. On campus, Alex is involved in the International Relations Council, the DREAM mentoring program, and the photography club. This summer, he will be working in the office of the President of the Republic of Croatia. Alex is excited to explore a new country and work in a fascinating part of the world.

Tamara Fernando 

CANVAS - Center for Applied Non-Violent Action and Strategies, Belgrade Serbia

Tamara Fernando is a rising junior in Adams House concentrating in History and Literature. She is looking forward to exploring the incredibly rich culture and landscape of the Balkans and picking up Serbian as her fifth language. She works as a research assistant, exploring the link between political corruption scandals and voting in Uganda. She is a member of Harvard CAARE and the Undergraduate Council. As a member of the Harvard Forum for International Development she works hard to deconstruct one-sided notions of development. 

Blake Paterson

Cato Institute, Washington DC

Blake Paterson is a rising sophomore in Eliot House from Cypress, Texas pursuing a degree in Economics. At Harvard, Blake is actively involved in the Institute of Politics Civics and Policy programs, the Harvard Republican Club, and the River Charles Ensemble. Blake also acts as the business manager for the Harvard Salient, a right-leaning campus publication.  Outside of Harvard, Blake is currently working as an intern for the Charlie Baker for Governor Campaign. This summer, Blake will be working at the Cato Institute where he will be working on economic policy issues. At Cato, Blake looks forward to applying principled libertarian ideas towards crafting meaningful public policy.

Zach Fields

Center for American Progress, Washington DC

Zach Fields is a rising senior in Eliot House from El Paso, Texas, right along the U.S.-Mexico Border.  He is concentrating in Social Studies with a focus field in immigration policy and executive power.  Before CAP, Zach spent his summers studying coalition politics at Cambridge University in the UK, working for his local district attorney's domestic violence unit, handling immigration casework for Congressman Silvestre Reyes, and as a Page for U.S. House of Representatives.  On campus, he recently completed his term as the captain of the Harvard Mock Trial Association after a strong second place national finish.  In addition to continuing to compete as an attorney with the mock trial program, Zach serves as the President for Harvard Model Congress Europe, a government simulation and international exchange conference for high school students in Madrid.  He also staffs HMC conferences in San Francisco, Boston, Hong Kong, and Sao Paolo.  He hopes to one day give a voice to voiceless immigrant groups in communities like his hometown of El Paso, and is confident that his time with CAP will further his understanding of the politics of immigration reform!  

Emily Rubenstein

Center on the Developing Child/The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, Atlanta GA

Emily Rubenstein, originally from Pittsford, NY, will be a senior in Currier House this coming fall. She is concentrating in Social Studies with a focus field in Education Policy in the United States; her interests range from more practical aspects of American education to the theoretical underpinnings of decisions regarding the distribution of education and educational resources. Outside of the classroom, Emily is a member of the Harvard Club Tennis Team, was Currier House’s 2014 Housing Day Chair, and sang with the Radcliffe Choral Society during her first two years at Harvard. Having spent time working in the education field at the federal and district levels, she is excited to see what things are like at the state level this summer while working with the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard and the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students.

Reina Gattuso

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi India

Reina Gattuso is a rising senior concentrating in Literature and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her academic work focuses on the intersections of politics and artistic representation, with particular interests in race, queerness, and contemporary Hindi film. A journalist and erstwhile travel writer, Reina reports for The Harvard Crimson, has interned for Boston Review, and co-founded Manifesta, Harvard’s only feminist magazine. A semester stint at Jawaharlal Nehru University convinced her that Delhi is the political and cultural center of the universe, and she is thrilled to be returning to work for the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. She looks forward to helping analyze electoral data through the Centre’s Lokniti project, where she hopes to deepen her understanding of Indian politics, think critically about inclusion and justice, and exchange Urdu poems with friends both new and old.

Claire Tan

City of London Corporation, London UK

Claire Tan is a rising junior living in Mather House from Singapore. Claire is concentrating in Social Studies. At Harvard, she teaches international relations at Boston high schools with the Harvard Program for International Education and works as a Research Assistant at the Decision Science Laboratory. Her hobbies include running and watching movies! This summer, she will be interning with the City of London Corporation in London. She is looking forward to being in such a cosmopolitan city!

Nathan Bruns

Clinton Foundation, New York NY

Nathan Bruns is a rising senior in Cabot House. He is concentrating in Economics and pursuing a secondary in Government. Nathan is most recently from Charlotte, North Carolina, but he has lived across the United States. On campus, Nathan is a Peer Advising Fellow, captain of the Cabot House intramural soccer team, and an Undergraduate Research Scholar at The Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He looks forward to applying his academic and IQSS experiences with the Metrics Team at the Clinton Foundation. In addition to learning more about the Clinton Foundation’s programming and constructing effective evaluative metrics, he looks forward to spending the summer immersing himself in New York.

Rebecca Gonzalez-Rivas

CNN-Crossfire, Washington DC

Rebecca Gonzalez-Rivas is a rising junior in Currier House from Gladstone, New Jersey. She is a Social Studies concentrator with a focus on state capacity in countries with natural resource wealth. Rebecca is very involved in the John F. Kennedy Forum at the Institute of Politics and currently serves on the Event Support Committee. This summer Rebecca will be interning with CNN on the evening show Crossfire based out of Washington D.C. Rebecca views this internship as the perfect opportunity to bridge her interests in politics, foreign affairs, and media and can't wait to learn all about production, research, and world events from the team at Crossfire.

Kevin O’Donnell

CNN-Fareed Zakaria GPS, New York NY

Kevin O’Donnell is a rising junior studying a strange hybrid between Social Studies and History and Literature. He hails from the fields of Dayton, Ohio, and will have a fun time learning how to use public transportation this summer in New York. As director of PBHA's Leaders! mentoring program, he makes sure that fires and fist fights don't start at Phillips Brooks House. On weekends he performs stand-up comedy, but prefers doing journalism because it pays better. He is beyond excited to work for Fareed Zakaria and soak up all the knowledge he can between June 1st and August 8th.

Javier Aranzales

Colombian Center for Social Initiative, Bogota Colombia

Javier Aranzales is a rising junior in Quincy House from Miami, Florida. He is a government concentrator with a passion for the arts, culture, artistic social interventions, children and families, international development, and nonprofit work. He was born in Bogota, Colombia and is overjoyed to be returning to work at the Center for Social Innovation. Outside of the classroom and Lamont, Javier dances with the Harvard Ballet Company and is a Boston Ballet College Ambassador, an Advanced Leadership Initiative Liaison, and a Peer Advising Fellow, all while rejoicing in the beauty of every single day.

Daniel Skarzynski

Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Boston MA

Daniel Skarzynski is a rising junior in Quincy House. He is from Montague, Massachusetts, a small town in the western portion of the state. He is a lifelong resident of the commonwealth, and attended public school in his hometown. He concentrates in government, and has a strong interest in both domestic and international politics. Outside of class, he is involved in policy research at the Institute of Politics. This summer he will be interning in the office of Congressman Joe Kennedy III, located in Newton, Massachusetts. He hopes to use this experience to expand his understanding of what it takes to be, and to support, a public servant.

Mark Vandenberg

Congressman John Lewis, Washington DC

Mark Vandenberg is a rising junior in Lowell House from Atlanta, GA. He is concentrating in Social Studies, and is planning to focus his thesis research on inequality in the American justice system. Mark plays for Harvard's nationally-ranked Ultimate Frisbee team and serves as an officer for the team's board. He also recently renewed the Harvard Club Sports Leadership Board and will serve as its president next fall. Mark became involved with PBHA's Mission Hill After School Program this year, and is very much looking forward to serving as a coordinator for the program next year. This past summer, he returned to Atlanta to serve as a Communications and Policy Intern with the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students. Mark is looking forward to staying connected to his local roots this summer as well, when he will be working as an intern for Congressman John Lewis. As a lifelong resident of Georgia's 5th Congressional District, Mark will be thrilled to have a chance to learn from a true hero in his community.

Olivia Goldberg

Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Washington DC

Olivia Goldberg is a rising sophomore in Quincy House from Severna Park, Maryland. She is concentrating in Government with a certificate in French. She discovered her love for politics after spending a year off working as a legislative aide for the Maryland General Assembly. Outside of the classroom, Olivia serves on the Membership Development Committee of Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business and is a member of the Harvard College Consulting Group and the Harvard Republican Club.

Tina Murphy

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Washington DC

Tina Murphy is a rising sophomore in Lowell House from Galloway, New Jersey. She is considering concentrating in psychology with a secondary in government. At Harvard, Tina is a coxswain on the men's heavyweight crew team, the corporate law chair of the Harvard College Law Society, a member of the Harvard Republican Club, and a member of the IOP's Citizenship Tutoring program. She is very excited to intern for Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers, to experience first-hand how a House leadership office operates, and to fulfill her lifelong dream of living in Washington D.C.

Lynn Miao

Cook Political Report, Washington DC

Lynn Miao is a rising junior in Mather House and currently majoring in Social Studies. A native and proud New Yorker, she is excited to live in the nation's capital and work at the Cook Political Report for an engaging summer before the 2014 midterm elections. She is looking forward to working with the team to help analyze polling data, conduct research projects, and embedding herself in the national political scene. Last summer working for Let's Go Publication as a Research-Writer in Paris and wrote the published travel guide, Let's Go Paris 2014. On campus, Lynn is a First-Year Outdoor Program leader, a pre-orientation program for freshman, and is the current Blog Chair for The Harvard Crimson, where she oversees Flyby, the daily student life blog.

Jack Smith

Council on Foundations, Washington DC

Jack Smith is a rising senior in Kirkland House from Worcester, Massachusetts studying Sociology and pursuing a secondary in Government. He is particularly interested in issues of urban inequality and nonprofit management. Jack is a coxswain on the heavyweight crew team, is on the board of the Harvard Undergraduate Legal Committee, and is a dedicated member of Harvard Men Against Rape. This summer, Jack will be interning with the Council on Foundations in their public relations team, and is excited to contribute to work that advances the interests of the nonprofit sector through public sector interventions. He is eager to learn more about advocacy work and the dirty word of DC: "lobbying", all while getting his feet wet in the nation's capital.

Susannah Savage

CREW - Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Washington DC

Susannah Savage is a member of Harvard Class of 2015. She is pursuing a joint concentration in History of Science and Women and Gender Studies, with a secondary field in Government. Susannah is an avid backpacker and hiker, and she serves on the Steering Committee of Harvard's First-Year Outdoor Program (FOP). In addition, she works as a peer counselor for Harvard's Sexual Health and Relationship Counselors (SHARC), a non-directive and non-judgmental peer counseling service for Harvard undergraduates. Having worked with the House Energy and Commerce Committee (Democratic Staff) last summer, Susannah is incredibly excited to return to Washington with the Center for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) during the Summer of 2014.

Kimberly Ellis

DC Public Schools, Washington DC

Kimberly Ellis is a rising senior in Mather House concentrating in Sociology and African and African American Studies. At Harvard Kimberly spends the majority of her time involved with education and social justice work through the Phillips Brooks House Association. She is interested in bridging gaps between schools and communities by ensuring a fair start for all children through a comprehensive approach, targeting place more broadly rather than specific institutions. She spent this past semester studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa examining the legacy of the apartheid regime on community development and education, particularly in townships. Extremely passionate about ensuring educational equity, Kimberly looks forward to interning with District of Columbia Public Schools through the Urban Education Leaders Internship Program.

Gregory Dunn

Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington DC

Gregory Dunn is a rising junior in Pforzheimer house concentrating in Government. Originally from Palo Alto, California, Gregory studies international relations at Harvard, with a focus on the impacts of technology and emerging powers on world affairs. He is the president of Harvard's International Relations on Campus program, and is a member of the governing boards of Harvard's International Relations Council, the Harvard International Review, and Harvard Model United Nations. Previously, he has worked with the IOP's legislative intern program, serving in the Massachusetts State Senate in an IOP program. This summer, Gregory will work for the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he hopes to develop his understanding of world affairs working for the US government.

Elsa Kania

Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington DC

Aaron Mukerjee

Democratic Governors Association, Washington DC

Aaron Mukerjee is a rising junior in Winthrop House from Saline, Michigan. He is concentrating in Social Studies with a focus on social capital and economic development in urban America. Outside of class, he serves as co-chair of the Fellows and Study Groups program at the IOP, and has worked extensively with the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) as a Director and Student Officer. Over the past year, he has also been involved with the 2014 Michigan gubernatorial race, working to elect Democrat Mark Schauer.  This summer Aaron will be interning at the Democratic Governors Association. He is looking forward to working hard to elect Democratic governors across the country and to gain skills in fundraising and political strategy.

Dylan Schaffer

Democrats for Education Reform, Boston MA

Dylan Schaffer is a rising junior in Dunster House.  He is concentrating in Government with a particular interest in cyberpolitics and U.S. education policy, and he will also earn a secondary in Music.  Dylan developed his passion for politics at an early age, working on local campaigns, engaging in public service, and becoming an avid reader of the news.  This summer, he will work with Democrats for Education Reform - Massachusetts, where he hopes to further engage with the important issues that affect young people receiving public education and influence the political landscape in a meaningful way.  At Harvard, Dylan serves as the music director for the Harvard Opportunes, Harvard's oldest co-ed a cappella group, and next year he plans to get more involved at the Institute of Politics and with the Harvard College Democrats.

April Kim

Don McKenzie Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

April Kim is a rising junior in Dunster House studying Sociology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. She is most passionate about global health and social justice. In her near future, she hopes to work at the intersection of medicine and public health to address healthcare issues in North Korea. On campus, she is involved with the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian-American Christian Fellowship (HRAACF) and volunteers at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children with Harvard Friends of Project Sunshine. She is also excited to serve as co-director of the student organization Harvard Human Rights in North Korea (HRINK) in the upcoming school year. She is looking forward to an incredible summer experience interning at Don McKenzie Hospital in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

Grace Hansen-Gilmour

Don McKenzie Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

Grace Hansen-Gilmour is a rising junior in Lowell House from Poolesville, MD.  She is concentrating in Romance Languages and Literatures, specifically French and Francophone Studies while also pursuing a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy.  Outside of the classroom, Grace co-leads a Brownie/Junior Girl Scout troop, volunteers with the Phillips Brooks House Association's Keylatch Afterschool Program, and works as a patient advocate with Health Leads at Massachusetts General Hospital.  She is preparing for a career in international relations and public health.  This summer, Grace will be interning at the Don McKenzie Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  She is excited to be working with those on the front line of HIV/AIDS and TB care in the region, as well as learning firsthand about the country’s health system.  An avid hiker and outdoors enthusiast, Grace looks forward to exploring the beautiful country of South Africa.

Marco Barber Grossi

Don McKenzie Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

Marco Barber Grossi is a rising junior from Boston. He is concentrating in the History of Science and plans to pursue a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. His academic interests include studying the history of medicine and disease and applying that history to present day policies and practices in public health. Outside of the classroom, he volunteers in the emergency department at a local hospital, is an active member of the Harvard Global Health and AIDS Coalition, and reports for The Harvard Crimson. At Don McKenzie Hospital, he is looking forward to shadowing doctors and learning more about patient care as well as participating in community-based research on HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

Annie Dang

EchoDitto, Boston MA

Annie Dang is a rising junior in Adams House from Everett, Washington, pursuing a Social Studies concentration with a focus field in the American legal system. When not in Lamont, she sings with the Harvard LowKeys, plays piano at the HBS chapel, serves as social chair of Adams House Council, and enjoys her role as a Peer Advising Fellow. She is also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and the Pleaides Society. This summer, Annie will be interning at EchoDitto in Davis Square, working with non-profits and issue advocacy groups to enhance online communications and promote better use of our connected world. She is extremely excited to be working with such a wonderful group of dedicated and fun people!

Arturo Nava

Fundacion Espacio Publico, Santiago Chile

Arturo Nava is a rising junior in Winthrop House from Los Angeles, California. A sociology concentrator pursuing a secondary in Government with a language citation in Portuguese, he is particularly interested in studying social mobility and disparities in education with a focus on Latin America. Outside of class, Arturo is the treasurer for Fuerza Latina, a high school mentor through the Harvard Crimson Summer Academy and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, a member of the Winthrop House Committee, and a research assistant for professor Mary Brinton at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. This summer, he will be interning with Fundación Espacio Público, in Santiago, Chile, aiding in two research projects focusing on citizen participation in urban development and segregation in the educational system. Arturo is looking forward to expanding his travels in Latin America and learning about the social development of Chile, while also enjoying its rich culture.

Faheem Zaman

Google, Washington DC

Faheem Zaman is a sophomore in Pforzheimer House from New York City, studying Social Studies and Applied Mathematics. He is interested in using empirical tools for evidence-based policy design, and has worked at the Center for International Development at HKS and The New York Times. On campus, he contributes to research at the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences, writes a column for The Crimson, and volunteers with Health Leads, an area non-profit, and the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter Youth Housing Initiative. He is incredibly excited to work on building civic technology this summer at Google.

Hillary Do

Google, Washington DC

Hillary Do is a rising sophomore in Dunster House from Philadelphia, PA. She is a prospective Social Studies concentrator with a secondary in Computer Science. On campus, she is the Social Media Director for the Undergraduate Admissions Council, Tech Associate for Women in Business, Campus Editor for Change Magazine, and a member of the step team. She is interested in the intersection of education, public policy, and technology. Last summer and winter break, she had the opportunity to work on open data projects for the Office of Innovation of Technology in Philadelphia. She is so excited to work on civic technology initiatives this summer for Google.

Jenny Choi

Google, Washington DC

Jenny Choi is a rising junior in Winthrop House studying Social Studies and Economics. Jenny serves as the Senior Campus Editor of the Harvard Political Review and the chair of the IOP's Fellows & Study Groups committee, and also co-directs the PBHA's Athena Program (a gender-awareness mentoring program for high school students). She spent last summer interning for the Chilean government in their ministry for women's affairs, and exploring in Shanghai the connection between the themes in James Joyce's Ulysses and public service with Chinese high school students. While her more serious interests range from civic technology to women's involvement in politics, she also loves playing tunes on her fiddle and swimming laps in the pool.

Nancy Liu

Greek Ministry of Finance, Athens Greece

Parker Grayson

Greenpeace, Washington DC

Parker Grayson is a rising senior in Dunster House, concentrating in History and pursuing a secondary field in Economics. His interest in environmental protection began when he biked across America after his sophomore year of high school, and witnessed the environmental upheaval that was occurring in certain portions of the U.S. He is excited to be working for Greenpeace’s Digital Mobilisation Lab this summer, and hopes to gain greater insight as to how one can promote greater environmental awareness on a global scale. Outside of class, Parker is a member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, a 60-person coed choral ensemble, and serves as a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay program.  Previously, he has also sung with the Harvard Krokodiloes, Harvard’s internationally renowned, 12-man a cappella group, and plans to return to the group for his senior year.

Hamna Nazir

Instituto de Investigacion en Ciencias Sociales, Santiago Chile

Sarah Milkovich

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Boston MA

Originally from Louisiana, Sarah Milkovich is a rising senior in Leverett House. Sarah is now studying English and Classics, and she plans on attending law school to fulfill her dream of becoming a trial lawyer. At Harvard, she has danced for Harvard on the Crimson Dance Team, taught students through PBHA, written for the Harvard Leadership Magazine, planned events with LIHC's Leadership Development Initiative, and served as Publicity Co-Chair for Relay for Life. She is a proud Greek-American and enjoys traveling to Greece, studying Greek history, and sharing traditional dance and cuisine with the Hellenic Society. Sarah is looking forward to spending the summer working at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, where she will have the opportunity to explore her interests in social media publicity and biographical research.

Jacob Moscona-Skolnik

Liga Argentina por los Derechos del Hombre, Buenos Aires Argentina

Jacob Moscona-Skolnik is a rising junior in Cabot House concentrating in Social Studies with a focus in the political economy of development and institutional design. He interned last summer at Columbia University Earth Institute, specifically working on a project to expand the reach of community health workers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Outside of academics, Jacob is chair of the Citizenship Tutoring program at the Institute of Politics and a board member of the Harvard International Review. He is a member of the Bach Society Orchestra and the River Charles Ensemble and music directs theatrical and operatic productions on campus. Jacob is thrilled to be working with the Liga Argentina por los Derechos del Hombre this summer and is excited to continue his exploration of the causes and consequences of state development and collapse.

Connor Harris

MassDOT/MBTA Transit Division, Boston MA

Connor Harris is a rising junior in Lowell House, originally from Greenwich, CT. Though a joint concentrator in mathematics and physics, he has also long been interested in urban and environmental issues, an interest inspired by childhood trips to New York City.  To this end, he founded the Transportation and Urban Planning Society, an organization for undergraduates interested in urban planning, and serves as an editor for the new student publication Harvard College Review of Environment and Society.  When not working, Connor enjoys improving his knowledge of Spanish and German, composing music, singing with the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, running along the banks of the Charles, and writing a mathematics textbook for advanced high-school students.  He looks forward to his opportunity to work on improving public transportation to Massachusetts' small cities.

Palmer Smith

Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia PA

Palmer Smith is a rising junior in Eliot House from Nashville, Tennessee. He is concentrating in the History of Art & Architecture with a language citation in Spanish. Following several education-related internships in high school, he began working as the assistant for fellowship recruitment at the Center for Education Policy Research during his freshman year. This past January, he participated in Teach for America’s “Four Weeks for America” program where he served as a classroom assistant in Chelsea, Massachusetts. In addition to these activities, Palmer is also a member of Harvard Model Congress, the Harvard Undergraduate Art Journal, and served as a liaison to IOP fellow Mark McKinnon. This summer, he hopes to further his interest in education policy and teacher evaluation as an intern with the office of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

Joe Sessions

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago IL

Joe Sessions is a rising junior in Winthrop House from Arlington Heights, Illinois. He is concentrating in economics with a secondary in history. Outside of class, he is an editor at the Harvard Crimson, Harvard’s daily newspaper. He also volunteers as a Big Brother with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. This summer Joe will be interning for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He is looking forward to learning about city government and is excited to work with the Mayor's Fellowship Program to explore innovative policy solutions in the city of Chicago.

Kelsey Rankin

Mbarara University, Uganda

Kelsey Rankin is a rising senior in Adams House concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology, with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. She spent the past summer in Tanzania with Support for International Change in HIV/AIDS education and prevention. Outside of class time Kelsey has a job at the Harvard Admissions office, works with a PBHA volunteer program to tutor/mentor kids with Sickle-Cell Anemia, volunteers at the student-run homeless shelter, and works in the Ritz lab at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. This summer she will be working on a GIS Malaria Mapping project in rural Uganda.

Anthony Almazan

Mbarara University, Uganda

Anthony Almazan is a rising junior in Currier House concentrating in Chemistry. Originally from Sacramento, California, he will be travelling to Western Uganda to aid in clinical capacity building in the town of Mbarara. Among other things, he will be updating communications systems and using GPS technology to identify geographic determinants of disease transmission. Outside of the classroom, he manages volunteers working to provide health education in Boston high schools as the Co-Coordinator of Peer Health Exchange, conducts research on HIV transmission, and enjoys traditional Filipino dance. Having developed a keen interest in technology, health, and infectious diseases, he is looking forward to applying technological methods to help advance our understanding of health challenges in Western Uganda.

Erin Petry

Ministry of Economy, Belgrade Serbia

Erin Petry is currently a sophomore in Eliot House concentrating in Applied Math and pursing a citation in French. She transferred to Harvard in the fall of 2013 after spending my freshman year at Middlebury College in Vermont. Outside of class, she is a member of Harvard’s Undergraduate Economics Association Board and a volunteer at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. She also spends her free time as a research assistant at Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research. This summer she is interning for the Ministry of Economy in Belgrade, Serbia and will be working at the Center for Privatization as well as the Center for Bankrptcy. She is excited to live abroad in Serbia and looks forward to learning about economic policy and administration from a new and interesting perspective.

Jackie Clark

MTV Public Affairs, New York NY

Jacob Levin

National Democratic Institute, Washington DC

Jacob Levin is a rising junior from Gill, Massachusetts majoring in Government with a secondary in Social Anthropology. Jake spent his previous summer studying abroad in Venice, Italy. At Harvard, Jake is a board member of the Harvard College Democrats, a member of the Crimson Key Society, and a leader for the Freshman Outdoor Program. Jake will be interning with the Political Parties Team at the National Democratic Institute, where he is excited to apply his academic and extra-curricular experiences towards strengthening democratic institutions all over the world.

Lauren Greenawalt

National League of Cities, Washington DC

Lauren Greenawalt is a rising junior in Quincy House from Bainbridge Island, WA. She is concentrating in Sociology. Lauren is a member of the Harvard Public Opinion Project, a Dorm Crew Captain and a CIVICs teacher. She is very involved with Harvard Model Congress and is the Director of Outreach and Mentoring for HMC Boston. Lauren's love for public service was fueled by her two gap years where she worked, full-time, for City Year- an AmeriCorps program. This summer, Lauren will be working for the Youth, Education and Families Institute at the National League of Cities. She looks forward to researching and sharing best practices around how municipal leaders can support young people and families. She is also excited to help plan regional summits relating to the Achievement Gap as part of a new partnership between the National League of Cities and The U.S. Department of Education.

Molly Wharton

National Review, New York NY

Molly Wharton is a rising sophomore in Lowell House from Larchmont, New York. She plans to pursue a concentration in history with a secondary in economics. Molly is very interested in journalism as well as public policy issues, specifically with regards to education and economic development. She hopes to further her writing skills and her knowledge of public policy issues through her internship with National Review in New York. Outside of class, Molly writes for Fifteen Minutes, which is The Crimson’s weekly magazine. She also is a teacher for “City Step,” a group that teaches dance to students in local public schools, and is a member of “TAPS,” Harvard’s tap dancing team. On her own time, Molly loves playing the piano, reading, and cooking.

Anne Wenk

NYC Economic Development Corporation, New York,NY

Anne Wenk is a rising senior in Dunster House concentrating in History and Literature with an America Field Focus. Having grown up in the Cobble Hill historic district in Brooklyn, she is looking forward to returning to New York City to explore her interest in public policy and urban development with the NYCEDC. At Harvard, she is a leader of the Supreme Court division for Harvard Model Congress and has traveled to host conferences in Boston, San Francisco, Madrid, Dubai and Hong Kong. She is also the president of The Seneca, Inc., a Peer Advising Fellow for incoming Harvard freshmen and a runner in the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Cyndia Yu

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)-Nuclear Energy Agency, Paris France

Cyndia Yu is a rising junior in Winthrop House concentrating in Physics with a secondary in Economics. When not working on problem sets, she spends much of her time working in an observational cosmology lab or thinking about international relations, running along the Charles, or mentoring younger students. She is excited to combine her interests in science policy, nuclear technology, and economics this summer as an intern with the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development's Nuclear Energy Agency identifying key financial and technical aspects not included in previous economic models of electricity generation costs and looks forward to spending the summer in the beautiful city of Paris.

Ava Zhang

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)-Office of the Secretary General, Paris France

Ava Zhang is a rising junior in Eliot House, who hails from the wintry depths of Toronto, Canada. She is concentrating in Psychology with a secondary in Government. On campus, Ava is a peer counselor with Sexual Health and Relationship Counselors, an editor on the Harvard International Review, and a volunteer advocate for Health Leads. She also works as a research assistant in Professor Dan Gilbert's psychology lab, where she's investigating the emotional impact of inequity in resource allocations. She is incredibly excited to be heading to Paris this summer as an intern in the Office of the Secretary General of the OECD. As someone who is interested in international policy, Ava is eager to learn about how we can craft multilateral initiatives to tackle the most common and pressing problems that the world faces today.

Reed Silverman

Parliament Conservative-Paul Maynard MP, London UK

Reed Silverman is a junior in Cabot House, concentrating in Government with a secondary in Spanish.  Moral and political theory are at the heart of his academic interests, and he is very excited to be participating in his recently awarded Edmond J. Safra Undergraduate Fellowship in Ethics.  Outside the classroom, Reed gives campus tours with the Crimson Key Society and is active in the theater community.  Reed has directed a musical and performed in four others at Harvard, including the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 166th production, “Victorian Secrets.”  This summer, Reed will be interning for Paul Maynard MP in Parliament and is thrilled at the opportunity to compare British and American politics.  He also looks forward to experiencing London and the rest of the UK, which will be a pleasant change of pace from his quiet hometown outside Toledo, Ohio.

Ross Svenson

Parliament Labour-Rachel Reeves MP, London UK
London, England

Ross Svenson is a rising senior in Winthrop House from Ashburn, VA. He is concentrating in Government and pursuing a secondary in Spanish. Hailing from the DC suburbs, Ross has long had a passion for politics and public policy. Last summer, he interned in the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. At Harvard, he serves as the Campaigns Director for the Harvard College Democrats and rows for the Varsity Lightweight Crew Team. Ross is also a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. This summer he will be interning in the UK Parliament with Labour MP Rachel Reeves. He looks forward to gaining a comparative political perspective and exploring the UK.

Tom White

Parliament Labour-Seema Malhotra MP, London UK

Tom White is a rising junior in Eliot House. He is concentrating in Social Studies with a focus field combining urban studies and education. He is excited to pursue his interest in public service working in the British Parliament this summer. He looks forward to extended study and travel in Europe following the posting.  On campus he is a member of the Harvard Model Congress and the Institute of Politics. He also devotes a substantial amount of time to his work with the Office for the Arts, facilitating productions of all kinds in Sanders Theatre and many other venues across Harvard's campus.

Alexander Solis

Parliament Labour-Tom Brake MP, London UK

Alexander Solis is a rising junior in Dunster House hailing from Chicago, IL. He plans to concentrate in Economics.  He is primarily interested in the effects of capital markets on income inequality and redistribution during critical financial crises.  He is also interested in the government responses during such disasters.  At Harvard, Alexander is a member of the JFK Jr. Forum where he serves on the media committee.  He hopes his work with MP Tom Brake this summer will help him gain a fuller understanding of how parliament functions. 

Alicia Alvero Koski

Peace Corps, Washington D.C.

Alicia Alvero Koski is a rising senior in Winthrop House. She is a history concentrator, focusing on interactions between church and state in medieval Western Europe. She also plays cello and serves on the board for the Harvard Pops Orchestra and works as an undergraduate advisor for the Medieval Studies department. She is excited to be interning at the Peace Corps main office this summer, as she is passionate about traveling and public service. In the future, she hopes to work in international human rights law.   

Cyatharine Alias

Phillips Brooks House Summer Urban Program, Cambridge MA

Cyatharine Alias is a rising senior studying sociology and pursuing her middle school science teaching certification through the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program. Throughout the year, she is mostly found in the Phillips Brooks House either planning events or making sure that the Mission Hill After School Program is ready to run. This summer she will be returning to the Summer Urban Program for the 3rd year. Previously she had been a senior counselor and director for Chinatown Adventure. In pursuing her love for middle school aged youth, this summer, Cyatharine will be co-directing Leaders! She will be working with the high school aged junior counselors, mentoring and supporting them throughout the summer. She is especially excited about the community action projects in which these youth pick up and rally behind a topic of importance and interest to them and their communities.

Idrees Kahloon

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh PA

Idrees Kahloon is a rising junior in Dunster House from Lexington, Kentucky. He is concentrating in applied mathematics with a focus in economics and a secondary in government. He is an opinions writer and editor with the Harvard Crimson and spent his last summer writing for the editorial board of the Lexington Herald-Leader. This summer, Idrees is honored to be writing for the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and excited to learn from the talented journalists there, especially cartoonist Rob Rogers.

Nicholas Fandos

POLITICO, Washington DC

Nicholas Fandos is a rising senior in Leverett House. He is concentrating in History and Literature, with particular interest in mid-20th century art and intellectual history. Outside the classroom, he is very interested in journalism and other non-fiction writing and is the managing editor of the Harvard Crimson. Nick worked as a reporting intern for the St. Louis Beacon in 2012. He will be working at POLITICO this summer as a reporting intern and is excited to dive into the world of political journalism.

Valentina Perez

Precision Strategies, Washington DC

Valentina Perez is a rising senior in Mather House. She is concentrating in Social Studies. focusing on American law and politics, with a secondary field in French. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Valentina now lives in New York City and is a proud New Yorker. At Harvard she is involved at the Institute of Politics, Harvard's Latino community, and she is a mentor to 3rd-5th grade girls with the program Strong Women Strong Girls. After working in advertising last summer, Valentina is excited to bring together her interest in marketing and strategy with her passion for politics at Precision Strategies.

Alexia Zagouras

Prolepsis, Athens Greece

Alexia Zagouras is a rising junior in Dunster House from the greater New Haven, Connecticut area. As a Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology concentrator who is also deeply interested in Social Anthropology, she is committed to bridging the life sciences and social sciences through medicine and public health. She is excited to have the opportunity to work on public health policy and community interventions in Greece while interning at the non-profit organization Prolepsis this summer. At Harvard, Alexia is an emergency medical technician and serves on the board of CrimsonEMS, the student-run emergency medical services organization on campus. She also coordinates blood drives for the Harvard College Red Cross and is on the board of the Harvard College Hellenic Society.

Ryan Pallas

Purple Strategies, Washington DC

Ryan Pallas is a rising junior in Cabot House, originally from Orange County, CA. Ryan is concentrating in Government and plans to get a secondary in Sociology. At Harvard, Ryan is very involved in the Institute of Politics and Harvard Model Congress. At the IOP, Ryan is a member of the Fellows Selection Committee and JFK Jr. Forum Committee, and he served as the Visiting Fellows Coordinator this past semester. With Harvard Model Congress, Ryan has staffed government simulation conferences all over the world-- in places like Hong Kong, Madrid, Boston, and Sao Paulo. In his free time, Ryan enjoys traveling, playing sports, and seeing his favorite bands in concert.

Daniel Leichus

Republican National Committee (RNC), Washington DC

Daniel Leichus is a rising junior in Quincy House originally from Tallahassee, Florida.  He is studying Computer Science with a secondary in Statistics and is interested in the intersection of politics and technology.  He is looking forward to exploring this area while interning at the Republican National Committee in the Digital and Data department.  On campus, Daniel is on the Harvard Sailing Team and sings with the Harvard Glee Club.  He enjoys reading, biking, and playing the piano.

Colin Diersing

Roll Call, Washington DC

Colin Diersing is a rising junior in Cabot House from Bloomington Indiana. At Harvard, he concentrates in Social Studies and spends much of his time at the Institute of Politics, where he is the treasurer of the Student Advisory Committee and involved in programs ranging from the education policy group to the CIVICs teaching program. He also edits the United States section of the Harvard Political Review. This summer, he is excited to explore the world of professional political journalism interning at Roll Call in Washington, DC.

Rachel Sandalow-Ash

Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Washington DC

Rachel Sandalow-Ash is a rising senior in Lowell House concentrating in Social Studies from Brookline, MA. For the past three years she has been a part of the Student Labor Action Movement, working alongside Harvard employees on and off-campus to ensure fair wages and benefits, the right to a fair process to decide on unionization, and protection from all forms of discrimination at work. Rachel is also a research assistant at the Harvard School of Public Health, a former chair of the Harvard College Progressive Jewish Alliance, and the former editor-in-chief of Perspective Magazine, Harvard's progressive monthly. This summer, Rachel is excited to intern in the DC office of the Service Employees International Union, the union which represents Harvard's custodians and security guards. She will work on - among other campaigns - the "Fight for $15" campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, and she is looking forward to connecting her academic work and on-campus activism to this national-level fight for economic justice.

Ethan Samet

Sierra Club, Washington DC

Ethan Samet is a rising senior in Cabot House originally from Needham, Massachusetts. He concentrates in History and Literature with a secondary in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and a citation in Spanish. He spent Fall 2013 studying abroad at the University of Havana in Cuba, learning Spanish, Cuban history, and Cuban economics. He is excited to be working on the Sierra Club’s Trade Team, which researches the effects of America’s international trade policies on the environment, particularly regarding US production of natural gas. On campus, Ethan leads tours of Harvard to visitors, and he leads backpacking and service trips with the First-Year Outdoor Program.

Maddie Sewani

Social Finance, Boston MA

Maddie Sewani is a rising junior in Kirkland House from Long Island, NY. She is pursuing a concentration in English and a secondary in Economics. On campus, Maddie serves as a staff writer on the Crimson and an investment analyst for Smart Woman Securities. She is also actively involved in planning service initiatives for the Iota Tau Chapter of Alpha Phi International Women's Fraternity, which she founded with a small group of Harvard women in the spring of her freshman year. Maddie is thrilled to be joining the Social Finance team in downtown Boston this summer, where she will revel in the unique opportunity to work at the intersection of economics and communications.

Patrick Steeves

SocialSphere, Boston MA

Patrick Steeves is a rising junior from Montreal, Canada. He lives in Leverett House and is concentrating in Applied Mathematics and Economics. On campus, Patrick plays on the varsity basketball team and is a Drug and Alcohol Peer Advisor. This summer Patrick will intern at SocialSphere where he will help businesses engage with their customers through social media. He is particularly excited to help with new projects and prospective clients that SocialSphere is considering this summer. He hopes that through the course of his internship he can gain valuable insight on the business industry and how companies can empower their most loyal and passionate fans. He is also looking forward to expanding his knowledge of data analytics by becoming familiar with the many programs that SocialSphere uses.

Franklin Lee

South Korean National Assembly, Seoul South Korea

Franklin Lee is a rising senior in Quincy House concentrating in East Asian Studies and Anthropology with a citation in Spanish. He is working this summer in Seoul, South Korea as an intern for the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Unification at the National Assembly. In addition to his academic pursuits, Franklin is involved in an extracurricular activity called Gaongil ("Middle Path"), an organization devoted to discussing modern Korean studies. Throughout the year, he also organizes conferences for Wing Sharers Leadership Conference in South Korea and Harvard Initiative for Latin American Relations in both Harvard and Latin America. Franklin is devoted to experiencing new cultures and learning about the political climate at the international level. He hopes that his experience at Director's Intern this summer will help broaden his international perspective so that he can help solve political and social issues worldwide.

Tijana Katushevska

Special Olympics, London England

Tijana Katushevska is a rising junior in Winthrop studying Economics with a secondary in Government. Outside the classroom she is part of the European Society and the South Slavic Society. She was involved in the IOP through the alternative spring break trip to New Jersey and as a WIL alumnae. She is originally from Macedonia and has a keen interest in anything European, from politics to literature and culture. The past summer Tijana had explored her interest in international development when she was interning in a rural area in Uganda through the Initiative to End Child Malnutrition. This summer, she is interning at the Special Olympics in London. She is excited to learn more about PR and marketing and work for such an exciting and dynamic charity.

Joy Wang

Sunlight Foundation, Washington DC

Joy Wang is a rising junior in Kirkland House originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. A joint physics and mathematics concentrator, she is also pursuing a secondary in government and is an undergraduate fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. She is interested in the intersection of politics, philosophy, and law and has been thinking recently about questions of institutional corruption and reform, and is very excited to be working at the Sunlight Foundation this summer. When not working on problem sets or absorbed in political philosophy readings, she can be found building lasers or running simulations for her lab group, staff writing for the Harvard Political Review, and performing in the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and the University Choir.

Teresa Yan

The British Museum, London England

Teresa Yan is a rising senior in Mather House concentrating in Sociology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy and a language citation in Mandarin Chinese. Teresa has loved visiting museums throughout her life, and at Harvard, she volunteers as a Gallery Guide in the Harvard Museum of Natural History. She is thus thrilled to be working at the British Museum this summer as a a curatorial intern in the Japanese section of the Department of Asia.

Devi Nair

The Heritage Foundation, Washington DC

Devi Nair is a rising junior in Quincy House, concentrating in Government. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Devi will be off to D.C. this summer to work at the Heritage Foundation. She will be working in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, and researching free markets and regulations issues. On campus, she is the President of the Harvard Republican Club, a teacher for the Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment program, and an active member in the Harvard theater community.

Amy Weiss-Meyer

The New Republic, New York NY

Amy Weiss-Meyer is a rising Senior in Kirkland House concentrating in History and Literature in the America Field. She is an associate editor for The Crimson's Fifteen Minutes Magazine and was formerly Chair of The Crimson's Flyby Blog. She is currently a research assistant to Professor Jill Lepore for an upcoming book.  At the IOP, she has participated in the Women's Initiative in Leadership and National Campaign programs and in 2013 served as chair of the Community Action Committee. A native of New York City, she has previously interned at The New Press and Vanity Fair. She is looking forward to being able to apply her interests in politics and journalism at The New Republic this summer.

Carolyn Roederer

The Winston Group, Washington DC

Carolyn Roederer is a rising senior living in Currier House, originally from Haven, Kansas.  She is concentrating in Government, with a particular interest in American politics and international relations. She is also completing a secondary in Archaeology and a citation in Spanish. On campus, Carolyn serves as co-president of CityServe, an after-school tennis program for middle school students in the Boston area.  She is very involved with Harvard Model Congress and serves as the Director of Relations for HMC San Francisco. She is also extremely active at the Institute of Politics, particularly as a Member at Large and as a member of the John F. Kennedy Junior Forum Committee.  Carolyn is looking forward to working with the Winston Group this summer on political research and polling analysis.

Lauren Volpert 

Treatment Action Group, New York NY

Lauren Volpert is a rising sophomore in Lowell House concentrating in History of Science with a secondary field in Visual and Environmental Studies. At Harvard, Lauren serves as a editor for Flyby, the student life blog of The Crimson. She is also Director of New Media at the Harvard Public Opinion Project and works on the board of the Harvard Leadership Magazine as Director of Social Outreach. She plays club tennis at Harvard and can often be found in the Carpenter Center making art. This summer, Lauren will be interning at Treatment Action Group, an HIV/AIDS and TB research and policy think tank in New York City. She is excited to work at the intersection of global health, advocacy and science to assist in developing policy recommendations for modernizing the standard of care and treatment for TB/HIV patients.

Max Kennedy

TurboVote, New York NY

Max Kennedy is a rising junior from in Kirkland House from Los Angeles, California. He is concentrating in History, and plans to complete a secondary in economics. Max is on the College Events Board, and the Igniting Innovation Summit Committee, which organizes an annual summit bringing together social entrepreneurs. He also plays wing for the Harvard Rugby Football Club. Max has long been interested in the interface between the government and its citizens, and this summer will continue to develop that interest at Turbovote. He is looking forward to helping expand the organization's reach and to learning more about this innovative way of increasing voter registration.

Kevin Hornbeck

U.S. Conference of Mayors, Washington DC

Originally from Kansas City, Kevin Hornbeck is a rising Junior at Harvard, concentrating in Government with a secondary in the Classics.  He serves on the board of Model Congress Asia, bringing a mock-government conference to Southeast Asia each year.  At the IOP, Kevin attends study groups and forums.  While politics and government are his primary passion, Kevin also enjoys playing club tennis and serving as a coordinator, and previously as a volunteer, for Support for International Change.  Very much looking forward to working at the United States Conference of Mayors this summer, he hopes to further his interest in municipal politics and to learn more about the policies and processes supported by such a large conference and organization.

Sarah Sohn

U.S. Department of Commerce-International Trade Administration, Washington DC

Sarah Sohn is a rising junior in Pforzheimer House, concentrating in Statistics with a secondary in Economics. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, she enjoys traveling, exploring new places, and learning about different cultures. On campus, Sarah serves as the Management Chair of the Harvard International Review, works as an HNMUN Business Director, organizes the mentorship program and alumni events for Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business, and plays violin with the Harvard Pops Orchestra. This summer, she will be interning at SelectUSA in the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce and is very excited to be working in Washington, DC Through this opportunity, Sarah hopes to gain further insight into the intersection of business and government as well as aid SelectUSA in its mission to support both domestic and foreign business investment in the United States.

Damon J. Clark

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

Damon J. Clark is a rising sophomore in Cabot House, concentrating in Social Studies with a secondary in Visual and Environment Studies. He will be working in the U.S. Department of Commerce- Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Office of the Secretary. He is from Bowl Canyon, NM, which is located in the center of the Navajo Nation Native American Reservation. Damon is a member of the Navajo Nation tribe and is Near the Water clan and born for Near the Water’s edge clan. He is the only son of two educators and the great-great grandson of Navajo Chief Manuelito. He is very passionate about public service and understanding the interaction between a government, business, tribe, and individual. At Harvard, Damon has been involved with the Native American Program, Minority Recruitment Program, PBHA Native American Youth Enrichment Program, and the Ivy Native Council. He enjoys running, golfing, photography, driving his tractor, and experiencing new things.

Jasmine Burnett

U.S. Department of Education-Office of the Secretary, Washington DC

Jasmine Burnett is a rising junior in Lowell House, concentrating in Government and pursuing a secondary in African American Studies. Because of her own experiences in school growing up, she is particularly interested in the development of policy initiatives aimed at establishing universal equity in education. This summer, she hopes to learn more about policymaking, and how principals and teachers fit into federal policy goals, as she interns with the Department of Education, Office of Communications and Outreach. Outside of class, Jasmine works for The Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, volunteers with PBHA's Small Claims Advisory Service, and is a senior staffer for Harvard Model Congress.

Boyd Hampton

U.S. Department of Education-Office of the White House Liaison, Washington DC

Boyd Hampton is a rising junior in Cabot House from Bremerton, WA. He is pursuing a concentration in Government, a secondary in Mind/Brain/Behavior, and a citation in Spanish. Outside of classes, Boyd is heavily involved with the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club, for which he serves on the board, and has taken up leadership positions within Cabot House as well. With his spare time, Boyd enjoys playing tennis. Boyd is this summer's Director's Intern for the Department of Education - Office of the White House Liaison. He is very much looking forward to an opportunity to become more acquainted with the inter-workings of the federal education system.

Bianca Mulaney

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Global Affairs, Washington DC

Bianca Mulaney is a rising junior in Quincy House concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary field in Economics. Excited to intern at the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Global Affairs this summer, she will be working on projects related to antimicrobial resistance and bioterrorism that combine her multiple interests in health policy, economics, sociology, and science research. Bianca's interests are just as varied outside of classes: she enjoys tap-dancing with the Harvard TAPS, financial investing with Smart Woman Securities, working at a microbiology lab at HMS, planning events with the Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum, being a Peer Advising Fellow, and coxing for IM crew. In the future, she hopes to combine her passions as a practicing physician, business executive, and/or policymaker.

Joanne Dynak

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs
Washington, DC

Joanne Dynak is a rising junior in Currier House from Chicago, IL, concentrating in Government. Her focus is on law, human rights, and how technological innovation can intersect with government, politics, and effective regulation to improve access to basic care and overall quality of life. Joanne's long-standing dedication to public service and community outreach reflects in her involvement in a variety of campus organizations. She is a term-time intern at the Harvard Law School Office of Public Interest Advising, provides helpful legal information to low-income Massachusetts residents a member of the Small Claims Advisory Service, and connects students to public service resources and inspiring speakers as a Public Service Student Representative for Currier House.  She is also an active member of the Institute of Politics, where she enjoys contributing to the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Committee as a social media analysis director, is a proud alumnus of the Women’s Initiative for Leadership program, and supports the overarching goals of the IOP as a Member at Large. This summer, she is excited to work within HHS’ Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, where she will engage with the Department’s cooperation with local and state governments and NGOs to more effectively support its mission of expanding access to health care resources, improving health policy, and meeting the specific needs of communities across the country.

Mikhaila Fogel

U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Office of the White House Liaison, Washington DC

Mikhaila Fogel is a rising junior in Leverett House hailing from Portland, ME.  She is a History and Literature concentrator with a focus in Modern Britain and Ireland.  She intends to complete thesis research related to political discontent and historic justifications of violence.   Mikhaila also studies conflict resolution, international relations, and global development, and is working towards a language citation in Modern Standard Arabic. Mikhaila is the current president of Hyperion Shakespeare Company, and has directed, sound designed, and performed in theatrical productions around campus.  In addition, she is student custodian and crew leader for Dorm Crew, Harvard's student-run maintenance service. She looks forward to interning at the Department of Homeland Security Office of the White House Liaison, and is eager to better understand the process of actualizing national security policy. 

Alexandra Phillips

U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington DC

Alexandra Phillips is a rising junior at Harvard College, concentrating in Applied Mathematics with a focus in Economics and Urban Planning. She spent last summer conducting research in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis at the Securities and Exchange Commission. At Harvard, Alexandra is a healthcare analyst for the Smart Woman Securities’ portfolio, directs the investment education program, and writes for the Harvard International Review. This summer, Alexandra will be interning at the U.S. Department of the Treasury in the Office of Debt Management. She is excited to learn about the federal financial system and the use of quantitative methods in public policy.

Selena Hurtado

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, Washington DC

Selena Hurtado is a rising senior in Kirkland House from Wichita Falls, Texas. She is concentrating in Neurobiology while fulfilling her pre-med requirements. Outside of the classroom, she is the co-chair of Kirkland House, a research assistant, volunteers with Crimson EMS, and a member of Delta Gamma. She is highly interested in pursuing a career as a trauma surgeon and working with programs to improve veterans' rights and benefits. This summer, Selena will be interning at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. She is looking forward to learning more about Veterans Affairs (VA) issues and working as a liaison between the congressional and VA office. Selena will experience Washington DC for the first time this summer and is excited to explore new interests in the political sector.

Caroline Zhang

U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Washington DC

Caroline Zhang is a rising junior in Winthrop House studying history and literature. She is passionate about issues including endowment ethics, immigration reform, and labor. On campus, Caroline is involved in advocating for Harvard to be a more accountable investor and owner through the Responsible Investment at Harvard Coalition. She also covers homelessness in Cambridge for The Harvard Crimson, where she is a beat reporter and page designer. This summer, she will work at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and is looking forward to learning more about the intersection of politics and business.

Kara Lessin

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Washington DC

Kara Lessin is a rising junior in Eliot House concentrating in Social Studies and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her interests include questions of political representation and recognition, the policies and ethics of the applications of Ivory Tower theory onto real-world situations, and sociopolitically conservative women, which she is currently researching through MAPS, a program under Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies. Outside of academia, she is involved in Harvard’s mental health community and enjoys searching for ever-more secret tea shops. Originally from Englewood, New Jersey, Kara spent her high school years at school in Exeter, New Hampshire; she has been fascinated for years with the charged politics of the Granite State, and is honored to be working for Senator Shaheen this summer.

Shane Macedonio

U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington DC

Shane Macedonio is a rising Junior in Winthrop House concentrating in Economics and pursuing a secondary in Government. Outside of class, he is the Business Manager of Harvard Model Congress Middle East and the Director of Operations for Harvard Model Congress Europe. He is also a member of both the Leadership Institute of Harvard College and the Harvard men’s club soccer team. This summer Shane will be interning at the Small Business Administration. He is excited by the opportunity to contribute to policy formation and implementation at the SBA. Specifically, he hopes to further his interest in working at the intersection of economic policy as instituted by government agencies.

Brianna Suslovic

Victory Institute, Washington DC

Brianna Suslovic is a rising junior in Winthrop House, originally from Syracuse, NY. She is concentrating in Social Anthropology and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, with a Spanish citation. On campus, she is involved with International Women's Rights Collective and Queer Students and Allies, and she is currently an intern at the Harvard College Women's Center. She also serves on the leadership board for the annual pan-Ivy League queer conference IvyQ. With several peers, she initiated a successful campaign to universalize gender neutral housing options on campus for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. As a queer feminist of color, Brianna is excited to work with the Victory Fund in Washington, DC this summer, to learn from them and assist them in their efforts to promote and support out LGBTQ+ legislators.

Quynh-Nhu Le

Vietnam Program at Harvard's Kennedy School, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Quynh-Nhu Le is a rising sophomore in Eliot House and a prospective joint concentrator in Social Studies and East Asian Studies. Having been born in Vietnam but raised in Boston, she has long been interested in international development and issues of economic and social inequality. She hopes to explore this interest this summer while serving as a research intern at the Fulbright Economics Teach Program, an initiative of the Vietnam Program at the Kennedy School, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. At Harvard, she spends her time in the newsroom writing for the Crimson, staying connected to her cultural roots as the Vice-President of the Harvard Vietnamese Association, and making international connections as a member of Harvard College in Asia. She is very excited to assist and contribute to research into Vietnam’s economic development this summer.