2015 Director's Interns

Avinash Saraf

270 Strategies, Washington DC

Avinash Saraf is a rising junior at Harvard University where he studies Social Studies with a secondary field in Computer Science. Originally from Edison, New Jersey, he is heavily involved in Model UN at Harvard and currently serves as one of the travel team’s Head Delegates as well Under-Secretary-General for the General Assembly for HMUN, Harvard’s high school conference. He has had an interest in politics his entire life, working for OFA-NJ in 2012 and wants to apply his newfound love of technology and data to politics. This summer, he looks forward to working with 270 Strategies while checking out Chicago’s deep-dish pizza and hip hop dance scene.

Olivia Castor

Advancement Project, Washington DC

Olivia Castor is a rising junior in Mather House from Spring Valley, New York. She is pursuing a joint concentration in Social Studies and African American Studies focusing on Black Political thought, with a language citation in Swahili. While on campus, Olivia is actively involved in the Black community. She serves on the executive board of the Black Students Association, the Harvard College Working Group for Diversity and Inclusivity, the Hxarvard College Academic Integrity Committee, and is a member of the Association of Black Harvard Women. This summer, Olivia will be interning with The Advancement Project in Washington, DC, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on advocacy projects centered on education reform, voting rights, and immigration in communities of color.

Rohan Pavuluri

Albright Stonebridge Group, Washington DC

Rohan Pavuluri is a rising sophomore planning to complete a joint concentration in statistics and philosophy, exploring how individuals make decisions under uncertainty. Born in Melbourne, Australia, he has lived his whole life in Chicago save for four year he spent at boarding school in New Hampshire. At Harvard, Rohan teaches a weekly civics class in Boston public schools, serves as a student member of Harvard’s Education Policy Committee, and competes on the triathlon team. He has also traveled the world with Harvard Model Congress and worked for IOP fellow Valerie Biden Owens. Before Harvard, Rohan spent several summers working for Governor Pat Quinn, as part of both the Governor’s campaign team and in the Office of the Illinois Governor. Inspired by his time in Illinois and his love for Chicago, Rohan hopes to return home after school to serve who he believes are the best people in the world. This summer, Rohan will be working at Albright Stonebridge Group, where he is looking forward to exploring his interest in the intersection of business and government and his academic passion for Indian culture, history, and contemporary politics.

Kayla Chen

Amnesty International, Washington DC

Kayla Chen is a rising senior studying Government concentrating mostly on International Relations and Human Rights.  Born in New York City, but raised in Washingtonville, NY, she understands small town life, but has always deeply connected with the high paced urban lifestyle.  On campus Kayla enjoys dancing in the modern dance company, taking some circus classes, belting random songs and staffing Harvard Model Congress.  She also directs the PBHA Leaders! Program that works with over 25 teens throughout the Boston and Cambridge area to advocate for themselves and their communities.  She is extremely excited to work with Amnesty International this summer to explore the intersection of human rights advocacy and government. 

Michael Kikukawa

Andreas Papandreou Foundation, Athens Greece

Michael Kikukawa is a rising junior in Lowell House from Kaunakakai, Hawaii. He is concentrating in Government, and plans to complete a secondary in History. An active member of The Institute of Politics, Michael is communications director of the Fellows and Study Groups program and a Member at Large. He was previously the student-faculty discussions chair for the Harvard Political Union and a liaison to Fall 2014 Resident Fellow Governor Chris Gregoire. Outside of the IOP, Michael serves as secretary of the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association and a volunteer with the Harvard CIVICS Program. He looks forward to interning at the Andreas Papandreou Foundation this summer and contributing to the foundation's goal of advancing intellectual and political life in Greece and internationally by helping with preparations for the 16th Annual Symi Symposium.

Gabriella Czarniak

Asociación Conciencia, Buenos Aires Argentina

Gabriella Czarniak is a rising junior in Lowell House, originally from Scarsdale, New York.  She is concentrating in Government with a focus on International Relations and a prospective language citation in French.  Influenced by her Argentine and Brazilian heritage, she also hopes to pursue a DRCLAS Certificate in Latin American Studies.  On campus, Gaby dances with the Harvard Ballet Company, serving as a choreographer as well as Co-Producer.  She is also heavily involved with the Crimson Key Society as Tour Coordinator, and works to welcome visitors to Harvard through the Information Center.  Throughout her studies, Gaby has developed a particular interest in cyberpolitics and the effects of digital media on social inequality.  She loves traveling and is excited to work toward the broad task of improving civil society through her internship at Asociación Conciencia in Buenos Aires this summer.

Max Frank

Boston Public Schools, Boston MA

Max Frank is a rising sophomore in Cabot House from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Intending to declare a concentration in Social Studies, Max has always had an interest in education policy. In his freshman year, he has developed this interest by taking classes at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and by participating in the Education Policy Group at the institute of politics, becoming Chair of that group in the spring of 2015. Max is looking forward to applying what he has learned this year to his work with the Boston Public School System this summer.

Sean Wheelock

British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London England

Sean Wheelock is a rising junior in Kirkland studying economics.  He is interested in entrepreneurship, and runs his own business, POINTS ACT Prep. He is a case team leader in the Harvard College Consulting Group, a Course Assistant for Introduction to Economics, and a Research Assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Sean enjoys hiking and golfing, and is a First Year Outdoor Program leader and president of the club golf team.  This summer he is excited to do economic policy work for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Bryan Poellot

Cato Institute, Washington DC

Bryan Poellot is a rising junior in Dunster House, originally from Amawalk, NY, currently pursuing a joint concentration in History and East Asian Studies with a secondary in Economics. Outside of class, he serves as the Massachusetts State Chair for Young Americans for Liberty, helping to organize libertarian groups and carry out activism projects across the Commonwealth. At Harvard, he is a member of the Harvard Libertarian Forum and the Harvard Anscombe Society, and he has twice served as a policy intern in the IOP Policy Program at the Massachusetts State Senate, researching both juvenile incarceration and transportation planning. This summer, Bryan will be interning at the Cato Institute, where he hopes to deepen his engagement with libertarian public policy and continue his advocacy for free market principles.

Daniel DeBois

Center for American Progress, Washington DC

Daniel DeBois is a rising sophomore in Quincy House. He plans to concentrate in Social Studies. On campus, he is actively involved in the Harvard College Debating Union and Civics. He is also a Research Assistant at the IOP. Outside of Harvard, Daniel coaches high school debate. He is very interested in public policy research and advocacy, and is excited to work at CAP on the Guns and Crime policy team.

Julia Ostmann

City of London Corporation, London England

Julia Ostmann hails from Southern California and studies History and Science with an emphasis in Mind/Brain/Behavior.  She works as a Writing Center Peer Tutor and volunteers as a peer counselor with Harvard RESPONSE.  She has written and edited for publications including The Harvard Crimson’s weekend magazine, The Buenos Aires Review, Orange Coast Magazine, the Divinity School’s Science, Religion, and Culture magazine, and Let’s Go Travel.  She studied abroad in Argentina, loves museums, and sometimes attempts yoga. At the City of London Corporation this summer, she is thrilled to work in public relations and event management in a UK setting, engaging and supporting the exciting London community.

Osaremen Okolo

Clinton Foundation, New York NY

Osaremen Okolo is a rising junior in Kirkland House from Canton, Massachusetts. She concentrates in History of Science with a Medicine and Society focus and is pursuing a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Outside the classroom, the bulk of Osaremen’s time is devoted to the Politics of Race and Ethnicity, an Institute of Politics (IOP) program she co-founded last year and presently co-chairs. She is also a staff writer for the Harvard Political Review. When not at the IOP, Osaremen serves on the board of the Isis Club, is a member of the Crimson Key Society, and remains a proud former member of the boards of the Association of Black Harvard Women and the Harvard Democrats. You’ll often find her writing creatively, fanatically cheering on her Boston sports teams or craving Nigerian foods. After spending last summer as the health policy intern at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Osaremen is incredibly excited to engage with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and to explore health care from a more population and people-focused view.

Arjun Kapur

CNN-Fareed Zakaria GPS, New York NY

Arjun Kapur is a rising senior in Lowell House from Simsbury, Connecticut. He is a Government concentrator with a secondary in History who is interested in the intersection between politics, history, economics, and international relations. On campus, he is a staff writer for the Harvard Political Review and founding member of the Harvard College Conflict Resolution Association. He enjoys tennis, baseball, swimming, longboarding, traveling, and following New York sports teams. He is thrilled to be living in New York City this summer and is eager to learn about broadcast journalism as a medium to explore foreign affairs during his internship at CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS.

Skip Rosamilia

CNN-Fareed Zakaria GPS, New York NY

Skip Rosamilia is a rising sophomore at Harvard University pursuing a degree in either Social Anthropology or Human Evolutionary Biology.  Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he now resides in Cabot House (Semper cor!).  Skip is beyond excited to work for Fareed Zakaria this summer and for all the many things he is bound to learn both within and outside the GPS studio.  In Cambridge, Skip sings with the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones and serves as the group’s Publicity and Public Relations Manager.  As an avid runner, he looks forward to his many runs through Central Park before work or during lunch breaks. 

Jill Steinman

CNN-Situation Room, Washington DC

Jill Steinman is a rising junior in Adams House from New York City. She is concentrating in Government with a secondary in Economics. She very interested in international relations and current events. She is a staff writer for the Harvard Crimson and currently covers the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. This summer, Jill will be interning at CNN in the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. She is very excited to learn about the production and reporting of real-world events from the team at the Situation Room.

Saranya Vijayakumar

CodeEd, New York NY

Saranya Vijayakumar is a rising sophomore in Lowell House at Harvard University from Westchester, New York. She is a prospective concentrator in Computer Science with a secondary field in Government. On campus, she is the Community Engagement director for the Digital Literacy Project, a group that teaches computer science to middle schoolers in Boston. She is also the Education Chair of Women in Computer Science, where she will be running the Girls Who Code program. She is also the Communications Chair for Developers for Development and is in the Tech & Innovation Policy and National Security Policy groups at the Institute of Politics. She will be chair of the Organization of the Islamic Conference at WorldMUN next spring. She is looking forward to working with CodeEd to research the efficacy of the program and develop curriculum for teaching CS to girls from underserved communities.

Juan Bedoya

Congreso de la Republica - Office of Paloma Valencia-Laserna

Juan Bedoya is a rising senior in Quincy House from Johnston, Rhode Island. He concentrates in Neurobiology, with a secondary in English and a foreign language citation in Japanese. On campus, he is the Vice-President of the Harvard College in Asia Program and the Director of Public Relations and Outreach of the Harvard College Act on a Dream Club, while also being an active participant in Tuesday Magazine, the Crimson, Dorm Crew, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Arts Club. He is very excited to intern for Senator Paloma Valencia Laserna in his native country, Colombia, to experience and investigate the cross-section between law practice and politics.

Brooke Dickens

Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Washington DC

Brooke Dickens is a rising junior from Bakersfield, CA. She is pre-med,  concentrating in neurobiology, pursuing a secondary field in Global Health and Health Policy, and has achieved a certificate in Spanish. When she’s not running around playing soccer for the Harvard Women’s Soccer team, she writes for the Harvard Ichthus and boasts about Jesus with her Christian Fellowship, Athletes in Action. She is also a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council, is involved with the Harvard Alumni Association, and has served as Co-Director of the Harvard Veritas Forum. Excited to explore her interest in politics, she absolutely can’t wait to work with Congressman McCarthy this summer. 

Mujtaba Warsi

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

Mujtaba Warsi is a rising junior in Cabot House from Albany, NY. He is concentrating in Economics and is considering a secondary in History. When he's not in class or completing an assignment, he enjoys leisure reading and going to the movies. He is also currently comping the Harvard Crimson. Last summer, he studied abroad in Istanbul, studying human rights and minority issues in contemporary Turkey as well as the history of modern Palestine. This summer, he is excited to be interning at the House Republican Conference, a leadership office that serves as the House Republicans' media and communications arm. He looks forward to experiencing the intersection of communications, politics, and policy that this internship will afford him.

Kaitlin McGovern

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Washington DC

Kaitlin McGovern is a rising sophomore in Eliot House from Kingston, New York. She is considering concentrating in economics with a secondary in computer science. She discovered her interest in politics after interning for Congressman Christopher P. Gibson since February of 2013. Outside of the classroom Kaitlin serves on the Sponsorship Committee of Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business, on board for the Korean Association as External Liaison and as part of the IOP’s Campaign and Advocacy Program. This summer she is very excited to intern for Congresswoman Elise Stefanik to see how a House office operates in Washington, DC She will also be studying finance and Korean language for a month in South Korea.

David Steinbach

Cook Political Report, Washington DC

David Steinbach is a rising senior in Winthrop House from Washington, DC. David is currently concentrating in History and is pursuing a secondary field in Government. At Harvard, David is an editor and comp director on The Harvard Crimson, and he is captain of the club baseball team. He also is a member of the Small Claims Advisory Service and has served as a tutor for a Harvard staff member aspiring to pass the U.S. citizenship test. David is looking forward to returning home this summer to work at the Cook Political Report, where he will have the valuable opportunity to build on his research skills and his great interest in federal elections.

Bryan Otero Gilmer

Council on Foundations, Washington DC

Bryan Otero Gilmer is a rising junior at Harvard University, concentrating in Economics with a prospective secondary in Classics. Originally from Flint, Michigan, He moved to Chester, England at age 10 and since then has moved to Carmel, Indiana. On campus, he is a member of the producer board of CityStep and this year he was one of the Fashion Directors for Eleganza. He also is part of Eliot house and enjoys rowing with the Eliot crew team and participating in other intramural sports. Additionally he is an avid fan of music and spends his spare time discovering new sounds and genres to listen too. This summer, Bryan is excited to be working with the Council on Foundations and to learn more about nonprofit organizations and strategic communications.

Dashiell (Dash) Young-Saver

DC Public Schools, Washington DC

Dashiell (Dash) Young-Saver is a rising senior and English concentrator in Winthrop House from Southern California. Currently, he writes a column for the Harvard Crimson and is editor-in-chief of Satire V, but he has also written for the Los Angeles Times, the UB Post, and the Los Angeles Daily News, among other publications. His time spent covering schools while working as a journalist got him interested in educational inequity and urban education. Dash especially looks forward to working for DC Public Schools, where he hopes to contribute as best he can and learn as much as possible about the challenges and promises of urban education.

Farris Peale

Democratic Governors Association, Washington DC

Farris Peale is a rising sophomore in Quincy house originally from Mukilteo, WA. She is interested in concentrating in Government with a secondary in History and citation in Hindi and Urdu. On campus, she competes with the national champion Harvard parliamentary debate team, works on the student officers team of Phillips Brooks House Association, and serves on the board of the Harvard College Democrats. She is also involved in the IOP as a member-at-large, a staff writer for the Harvard Political Review, a liaison for Christine Quinn this past term, a member of the Politics of Race and Ethnicity Steering Committee, and the community chair of CIVICS. After connecting with the former governor of Washington, Chris Gregoire, while she was a fellow in the fall semester, Farris looks forward to becoming more familiar with the role of governors and the national Democratic Party while working at the Democratic Governor's Association this summer.

Megan McLaughlin

DNC Host Committee, Philadelphia PA

Megan McLaughlin is a rising senior in Leverett House from Pennington, New Jersey. She is concentrating in Economics and pursuing secondary in Government. On campus, Megan is very involved with the Club Field Hockey Team as well as her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. This summer, Megan will be interning with the Philadelphia DNC Host Committee, working to plan the Democratic National Convention for the summer of 2016. Megan is excited to immerse herself in the political world and learn about national politics.

Kimberley Yu

Don McKenzie Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

Kimberley Yu is a rising junior at Harvard in Adams House and currently lives in Plano, TX. At Harvard, she is concentrating in Chemical and Physical Biology with a secondary in Computer Science. Outside of class, she conducts research in computational biology, is involved in international development and technology initiatives as President of Harvard Developers for Development, and helps to organize An Evening with Champions. For fun, Kimberley enjoys painting, dancing with the Asian American Dance Troupe, and taking photos for Yearbook. Kimberley is very thrilled to be interning at the Don McKenzie Hospital in South Africa with the Harvard Global Health Institute this summer.

Maxine McGredy

Don McKenzie Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

Maxine McGredy, originally from New York City, is a rising junior concentrating in human developmental and regenerative biology. She currently lives in Cabot House, but will be moving to the Dudley Coop in the fall. She DJs for the Record Hospital division of WHRB, serves as a licensed EMT through CrimsonEMS, is a barista at Lamont Café, and writes for an independent poetry publication. She is excited to be working at the Don McKenzie hospital in South Africa this summer, as well as with the Umndeni Care Program.

Udodiri Okwandu

Don McKenzie Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

Udodiri Okwandu is a rising junior in Mather House from Diamond Bar, California. She is concentrating in History and Science with a focus on Brain Disorders and Psychopathology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. On campus, Udodiri is committed to serving underrepresented communities and youth through her involvement in the mentorship program LEADERS and offering academic and social support to children through the Roxbury Youth Initiative. Furthermore, she is committed to cultural organizations on campus and will serve as Treasurer for the Black Students' Association for 2015 - 16 academic year. Lastly, her involvement as a peer counselor with CONTACT allows her to offer emotional support as well increase awareness of mental health issues on campus. She is excited be working in Durban, South Africa at the Don Mckenzie Hospital to expand her knowledge on issues regarding global health.

Declan Garvey

Echelon Insights, Washington DC

Declan Garvey is a rising junior in Mather House, concentrating in history with a secondary in economics. He hails from Glenview, Illinois, just north of Chicago, where he has three younger brothers and two dogs, a pug and a flat-coated retriever. On campus, Declan is a Peer Advising Fellow, a Crimson editor, and involved with several IOP programs. At Echelon Insights, he is excited to put to use the two years of stats classes he took prior to switching to history, and gain a clearer understanding of how public opinion research and polling is operated. He looks forward to spending the coming months in Washington D.C., where he has never before.

Rachel Talamo

Echo & Co., Boston MA

Rachel Talamo is a rising sophomore in Winthrop House from Waban, Massachusetts. She plans to concentrate in English with a secondary in computer science and a language citation in Mandarin Chinese. On campus, she is an active member of The Crimson’s Editorial Board, an actress in Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club productions, and a counselor for Room 13. Highly interested in nonprofits, technology, and communications, Rachel is thrilled to work with Echo & Co. this summer, where she will help nonprofit and social justice organizations use technology and digital strategy to better connect with their constituencies.

Saim Raza

Fundacion Espacio Publico, Santiago Chile

Saim Raza is a rising sophomore in Cabot House from Troy, Michigan.  He is currently undecided regarding his concentration, but is leaning towards History.  On campus, Saim has performed numerous stand-up comedy routines with the Harvard College Stand-up Comic Society and is a member of the triathlon team.  He was also a member of the Fall 2014 Campaign and Advocacy Program (CAP) at the IOP. Saim is looking forward to working with Espacio Público this summer and learning professional research methods.

Erin Shortell

Governor Charlie Baker, Boston MA

Erin Shortell is a rising junior at Harvard University. Originally from New York, she lives in Adams House and concentrates in History with a secondary field in Government and a language citation in Italian. On campus, she works at Town Sports International, vice chairs the Harvard Political Union, is the secretary of the Harvard Republican Club, and staff writes for the Harvard Political Review. In her free time, she likes to write creatively, read, row, and run. She worked with now-Governor Charles Baker on his campaign last summer and fall, and is very excited to return to Baker's team in a new capacity this summer.

Caleb Aldrich

Governor Charlie Baker, Boston MA

Caleb Aldrich is a rising sophomore in Cabot House from Wellesley, MA. He plans on concentrating in Economics or Government. At Harvard, he is a board member of the Harvard Investment Association and is a member of many other student organizations and clubs. Highly interested in the workings of the Government, Caleb is looking forward to working for Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker at the Governor’s Office in Boston.

Thayer Wade

Heritage Foundation, Washington DC

Thayer Wade is a rising junior in Dunster House concentrating in Electrical Engineering and pursuing a secondary in Government. On campus he is an active member of the Institute of Politics where he served as liaison for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and is an usher at the Forum. He is also the VP of Intellectual Development for the Catholic Student Association, Treasurer of Harvard Right to Life, Deputy Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Harvard Republican Club and Harvard Financial Analyst Club. This summer he will be interning at the Heritage Foundation’s Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies in Washington, DC researching free markets, federal spending, and regulation.

Jessica Tueller

Instituto de Investigacion en Ciencias Sociales, Santiago Chile

Jessica Tueller is a rising sophomore in Dunster House from Phoenix, Arizona. She intends to concentrate in History and Literature with a specialization in Latin America. She is the assistant manager of the Radcliffe Choral Society and a member of the Community Action Committee at the Institute of Politics. She also works with the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study to research Latin America and international human rights. Jessica looks forward to interning at the Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias Sociales as a chance to learn more about history, politics and human rights in Latin America.

Shantell Williams

Internet Association, Washington DC

Shantell Williams is a rising sophomore at Harvard University, originally from Detroit, Michigan. She is a prospective concentrator in Economics with a secondary field in Sociology. On campus, she serves as the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) Public Relations Officer and Special Events Coordinator for the Black Students Association (BSA) . Additionally she is a Sponsorship Associate Director with Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business (HUWIB). She is anticipating a transformative summer in D.C. working with the Internet Association because she sees working toward public and private solutions for Internet users as imperative to the lives of millions of people worldwide.

Mike Skerrett

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Boston MA

Mike Skerrett is a rising sophomore in Adams House hailing from the faraway city of Boston, Massachusetts. He plans on studying Government or English. He is a member of Harvard’s Immediate Gratification Players, an improv group, and writes plays, among them the First Year Musical, which he also acted in. He works as a waiter part time at The Country Club in Brookline, looks forward to being involved at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, where he’ll get to work on making Kennedy’s policy and initiatives relevant today, through communications and research.

Nick Wood

Liga Argentina por los Derechos del Hombre, Buenos Aires Argentina

Nick Wood is a rising junior in Eliot House. Originally from the UK, he studies History and Literature with a focus in Latin America. At Harvard, Nick both writes and serves as a senior staff member for the Harvard International Review, is involved in the theater community both on-stage and in a technical capacity, and is an active member of the Woodbridge International Society. He also works as a research assistant, looking at the experience of Caribbean migrants in southern Europe. He is excited to work for La Liga in Buenos Aires this summer because it is an excellent opportunity to look at 20th Century southern cone history from the perspective of an organization that was an active player in many of the events that took place in that time period. After college, he hopes to return to South America to work before going to law school.

Camila Victoriano

Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles CA

Camila Victoriano is a rising senior in Leverett House originally from Miami, Florida. She studies English Literature with a language citation in French. At Harvard, she is a staff writer at The Harvard Political Review and volunteers at The Harvard Community Garden. Last year she was Co-Editor in Chief of Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business's Make it Happen magazine, where she learned about all aspects of print journalism production. This past summer she worked as a marketing intern at Ploughshares Literary Journal located here in Boston. She is extremely excited to continue to explore the journalism industry by interning at the Los Angeles Times and finding ways to maintain the integrity of quality journalism while still moving forward in the digital age.

Kaitlyn Jeong

Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles CA

Kaitlyn Jeong is a rising senior in Quincy House who hails from sunny Arcadia, California. She is concentrating in Social Studies, with a focus field on gender inequality in the American workplace. On campus, Kaitlyn directs and staffs conferences in Boston, Europe, Asia, and Latin America as a member of Harvard Model Congress, serves as a representative for Quincy House on the Harvard Undergraduate Council, and is the Director of Publicity for the Harvard Undergraduate Legal Committee. She is excited to be working for the Los Angeles Times this summer, and looks forward to utilizing this opportunity to further her interests in business, politics, and journalism.

Ashley Zhou

MacArthur Foundation, Chicago IL

Ashley Zhou is a rising junior in Mather House, originally from Basking Ridge, NJ. She studies Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and is pursuing a secondary in Economics. She is Comp Director for the Design Board of The Harvard Crimson, where she also serves as Executive Designer for the weekly Arts section of the paper. She also writes a fiction column for The Crimson. She tutors for Chinatown Citizenship, a PBHA program that teaches Chinese immigrants the civics knowledge needed to pass the US citizenship test. Having worked last summer for One Foundation, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Shenzhen, China, Ashley is looking forward to be interning for the MacArthur Foundation and to learn about US nonprofit organizations.

Alex Cox

MassDOT/MBTA Transit Division, Boston MA

Alex Cox is a rising senior in Quincy House from Arlington, Virginia. He is concentrating in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations with a secondary in History. Since arriving at Harvard in 2012, he has developed a passion for public transportation and urban planning, and is extremely excited for the opportunity to improve public transit throughout the Commonwealth this summer with MassDOT. During the academic year, Alex is most involved with the Harvard University Band, where he has served in the positions of Cinematographer and Prop Crew Manager. He spends a lot of his free time running, exploring Boston on the T, and studying different transportation systems around the world. After college, Alex hopes to pursue a Masters in Urban Planning and work as a transportation planner.

John Colford

MassDOT/MBTA Transit Division, Boston MA

John Colford is a rising sophomore in Winthrop House from Palo Alto, California.  He is studying Government with a Secondary in Economics, and pursuing a citation in Portuguese.  On campus, John is trainer for PBHA’s Small Claims Advisory Service and member of the Business team for Harvard Model United Nations.  He also works as an usher at the IOP forum and is a member of the Harvard Boxing Club.  John is looking forward to returning to California this summer and working for Mayor Kevin Johnson, as he becomes head of the United States Conference of Mayors.

Kent Chan

Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston MA

Kent Chan is a rising Junior in Currier House from Boston, Massachusetts. He is concentrating in Economics but is also active in other academic fields. Kent has worked on the DASCH Project at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and serves on the Board for the campus group STAHR (Student Astronomers at Harvard-Radcliffe). His interests and activities further involve Technology and Entrepreneurship, and he dedicates the remainder of his time to working at a data center during the year. Kent has developed a passion for economic development in Boston, having served on the Mayor’s Youth Council at Boston City Hall. Consequently. he is excited to intern at the Mayor’s Office and to serve his city once more.

Steven Buschbach

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago IL

Steven Buschbach is a rising senior in Lowell House from Oak Lawn, Illinois. He is concentrating in Statistics with a secondary in Computer Science. Outside of class, he is a director for Harvard MUN and a board member of the Harvard College Japan Initiative, where he is helping plan a summer conference that brings a liberal arts-style education to Japanese high school students. He is especially interested in US foreign policy and the intersection of technology and governance. This summer, Steven will be working in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, crafting innovative public policy for the city of Chicago. He is excited for the opportunity to learn more about city government and help improve the everyday lives of Chicagoans.

Isabelle Yang

Mbarara University, Uganda

Isabelle Yang is a rising junior in Eliot house from Toronto, Canada. She is studying Chemistry & Physics with a secondary in Global Health & Health Policy. She is heavily involved with Y2Y Harvard Square, an organization dedicated to creating a new shelter in Harvard Square for young adults experiencing homelessness, and will be serving as the Data and Program Evaluation Co-Director when the shelter opens in November 2015. She also works in a chemistry lab and is a Harvard Girl*spot Student Leader. Isabelle is especially interested in data and health systems, and finding ways to harness data to inform health care programming. This summer, Isabelle is incredibly excited to study health systems and health infrastructure in Uganda, which she hopes will further her interest in global and public health.

Luke Pumiglia

Mbarara University, Uganda

Luke Pumiglia is a rising Junior in Eliot House studying Human Evolutionary Biology. He is originally from rural upstate New York. At Harvard Luke dedicates the majority of his extracurricular time to his participation in the Army ROTC program, and plans to one day serve as an Army officer. He also plays on the Harvard Club Hockey team and enjoys playing intramural and pick-up sports. Luke is looking forward to spending his summer in Uganda, working with the Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital Health Collaborative, and learning about the complexities of public health.

Eriko Kay

MTV Public Affairs, New York NY

Eriko Kay is a rising junior in Lowell House pursuing a joint concentration in Visual and Environmental Studies and Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality. Born in Boston but raised mostly in Japan in a bicultural and bilingual family, she has continued to explore her mixed heritage as a board member of Harvard's Japan Society. She has also served as the director of PR for the Organization of Asian American Sisters in Service, a board member for the Women's Leadership Conference and a health educator in Peer Health Exchange. Eriko is excited to spend the summer in NYC at MTV Public Affairs where she will be conducting research for a number of pro-social campaigns, and hopes to have the opportunity to complicate and challenge mainstream understandings and representations of race, gender and queer identity in the media.

Dennis Ojogho

NAACP, Baltimore MD

Dennis Ojogho, a rising senior in Winthrop House, is a Government concentrator and proud native of Los Angeles, CA. Dennis is passionate about addressing social justice issues, including mass incarceration, voter disenfranchisement, and education inequality. As an editor for The Harvard Crimson, he enjoys writing op-eds and helping to shape the editorial stance of the paper each week. He is also a member of the IOP’s Citizenship Tutoring program. One of the most fulfilling aspects of Dennis’ Harvard experience has been the time he spends each week working one-on-one with recent immigrants to help them pass the U.S. Naturalization Test. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball with his friends. Dennis, who has long dreamed of working for a civil rights organization, is very excited about helping to advance social justice as an intern with the NAACP this summer.

Daniel Kenny

National Democratic Institute, Washington DC

Daniel Kenny is a rising sophomore in Winthrop House from Old Bridge, New Jersey. He is going to concentrate in Government and pursue a secondary field in either History, Film Studies, or French. On campus, Dan teaches civics to Boston-area fifth graders, teaches international relations to Boston-area high schoolers, writes for the Harvard Political Review, and writes and edits for the satirical news publication Satire V. In his free time he loves to read, go to the movies, and root for his beloved New York Mets. Dan loves politics and is excited to pursue his interest in comparative politics and democratic development as an intern for NDI's Political Parties Team this summer!

Lisa Peng

National Journal, Washington DC

Lisa Peng is a rising sophomore in Lowell House from Shaker Heights, Ohio.  At Harvard, she studies mathematics, political philosophy, and economics.   Outside the classroom, Lisa is an op-ed writer for the Harvard Crimson and a staff writer for the Harvard Salient.  She is the financial manager and an alto singer in the Radcliffe Choral Society and is a member of the John Adams Society, a Harvard College debating society.  This summer, Lisa looks forward to studying at the Hertog Foundation’s Economic Policy Studies Program and writing for the National Journal.

Shub Chhokra

National Review, New York NY

Shub Chhokra is a rising sophomore in Eliot House from Princeton, NJ. He plans to concentrate in Social Studies with a secondary field in Computer Science and a citation in Russian language. His main academic interest lies in the political inner workings of Middle America, and he hopes to engage in productive dialogue about this, the upcoming election cycle, and more at National Review. An aspiring journalist, he writes a biweekly column for The Crimson called "Farm to Coffee Table" on agriculture, food policy, and food justice. He is also a member of the Crimson Key Society, a fellow for the Food Literacy Project, and a 2015 Boston Marathon finisher.

Sonali Salgado

NYC Economic Development Corporation, New York NY

Sonali Salgado is a rising senior concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is incredibly excited to work for the New York City Economic Development Corporation this summer. Having a strong interest in municipal government, in previous years, Sonali has interned for the New York County District Attorney and the Office of the New York City Public Advocate. On campus, she heads the metro news division of The Harvard Crimson, tutors in in economics and leads Harvard Model Congress. She hopes to work in public policy in the future and is looking forward to an invaluable learning experience with the NYCEDC.

Happy Yang

NYC Mayor's Office for Immigrant Affairs, New York NY

Happy Yang is a junior in Currier House, concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Government. Last summer, Happy interned on the Hill for her home district Congress representative—Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and learned tremendously about national politics. This summer, she is thrilled to join the executive branch of one of the largest city governments in America—the New York City Mayor’s Office. On campus, she has been very active on the student government as the Student Faculty Committee Director of the Undergraduate Council and is a member of the Wine Society.

Jonathan Jeffrey

Office of the US Trade Representative, Washington DC

Jonathan Jeffrey is a rising senior from Sonoma County, California. At Harvard, he studies history and serves as a research assistant to Professor Nicholas Burns, the former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs. On campus, Jonathan runs the Harvard CIVICS program, an initiative that places dozens of undergraduates in Boston areas elementary schools to teach a comprehensive, yearlong civics education curriculum. Recently, he was appointed to Harvard College's new Honor Council, after serving on the drafting committee to create the College's first-ever Honor Code. A proud resident of Mather House, Jonathan serves as co-chair of the Mather House Council, overseeing house-based extracurricular and social programming. He is also a member of the Institute of Politics, the Phillips Brooks House Association, and the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) Board of Directors. His hope is to someday work in diplomacy.

Jessica Barzilay

Parliament Labour-Rachel Reeves MP, London UK

Jessica Barzilay is a rising senior in Dunster House. After growing up in sunny Los Angeles, Jessica now lives in New York, where she enjoys exploring the city, and especially the Museum of Modern Art. She concentrates in History of Science, focusing on intersections of technology and society, with a secondary in English. At Harvard, Jessica is the Sciences Editor and reporter for The Crimson, Harvard’s daily newspaper. She is also the Director of Design and Branding for Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business, involved with social innovation initiatives, like the Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurship, and serves as Peer Advising Fellow to freshman students. Last summer, Jessica interned at the White House, which inspired her to continue exploring pathways in public service. This summer, she is thrilled to be interning for Rachel Reeves, MP for Leeds West and Shadow Secretary of Work and Pensions. Jessica is excited to better understand the Parliamentary system, support services to constituents, and become well-versed in the art of British teatime. 

Jessie Wyatt

Parliament Labour-Seema Malhotra MP, London UK

Jessie Wyatt is a rising senior at Harvard University, originally from Edina, Minnesota. She is a joint-concentrator in Social Studies and Religion, focusing specifically on Islam in Western Europe and America. When she is not studying Arabic, Jessie spends her time with the Steering Committee of the First-Year Outdoor Program and her freshman advisees. Additionally, she enjoys teaching CIVICS every Friday to 5th grade students who never cease to amaze her. Jessie, interested in the relationship between the British government and Muslim communities, looks forward to her time in London during which she can both explore a new culture and better understand British Parliament.

Amalia Salcedo-Marx

Partners in Health, Lima Peru

Amalia Salcedo-Marx is a rising junior in Mather house concentrating in History and Science with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Although she's been interested in policy and health systems all her life, at the moment, she's particularly passionate about mental health and gender issues. Outside of class, she's involved with Partners In Health on campus, loves to sketch and journal, and moonlights as a librarian at Widener library. A Cambridge, Massachusetts local with family in Ecuador and Cuba, she is excited to be going to Peru this summer to gain experience working with TB patients and mental health with Socios en Salud Sucursal.

Hamidah Mahmud

Partners in Health, Lima Peru

Hamidah Mahmud is a rising junior in Adams House from Los Angeles, California. She is a History and Science concentrator with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. On campus, she is president of Harvard College Students for Bangladesh and the Harvard Art Society, and an outdoors-lover as a First-Year Outdoor Program Leader. She combines her love for the visual arts, teaching, and service as an active volunteer for the Harvard chapter of Project Sunshine. Highly interested in clinical research and pursuing a medical career, Hamidah will spend two months in Lima, Peru with Partners in Health (Socios En Salud), working on community solutions to resistant-strain TB. Always trying to find ways to immerse herself in new cultures, she's excited for what this summer will bring!

Michael Richard

Partnership for Public Service, Washington DC

Michael Richard is a rising junior in Mather House from Fitchburg, MA. He studies Economics and Government with an interest in wealth, inequality, education, and economic revitalization particularly in urban communities. Outside of the classroom he works with the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative addressing issues of socioeconomic diversity in higher education and rows crew for Mather's intramural team. In the past he has interned for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren in her Boston Office, has represented his city as a delegate in the Working Cities Challenge sponsored by the Federal Res erve Bank of Boston and Living Cities, and has mentored youth in Dorchester with the Leadership Institute at Harvard College. Michael is incredibly excited to be a Fellow with the Partnership for Public Service this summer working in their Education and Outreach team, aiding emerging undergraduate and graduate students in pursuing formative and meaningful careers in the public sector. 

Olivia Turner

Peace Corps, Washington DC

Olivia Turner is a rising senior in Mather House from Massachusetts. She is majoring in Human Evolutionary Biology and is especially interested in how human evolution shapes global health today. On campus, she volunteers with the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter and the Keylatch Afterschool program and serves as the Vehicles and Spaces Coordinator at the Phillips Brooks House Association. At the Peace Corps, she is excited to learn about service and development in the international arena and to gain experience using data to evaluate and improve nonprofit work. She also looks forward to exploring all of the history in Washington, DC.

Camila Rey

Pew Research Center, Washington DC

Camila Rey is a rising junior in Leverett House from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Government. On campus, she is the Sponsorships Chair of Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business as well as the Fundraising Co-Chair for the Small Claims Advisory Service. Last summer she worked at the Harvard Business School conducting research on how the allocation of work in the household affects outcomes for men and women in the workplace. Outside of school, Camila enjoys going for runs around Boston, trying out new restaurants, and reading. Camila is excited to be working in the US Politics division of the Pew Research Center. She was drawn to the organization due to their mission of informing the public while remaining nonpartisan.

AJ Protin

Phillips Brooks House Summer Urban Program, Cambridge MA

AJ Protin is a rising senior in Leverett house, studying History and Science with a secondary in African and African American Studies. In the summer after his freshman year, AJ began working at the Phillips Brooks House Association's Mission Hill Summer Program as a senior counselor for a class of ten low-income boston youth. The following summer, AJ returned to direct the program, overseeing the remarkable talents of 80 children ages 6-13 and 20 staff. He will return for a second summer as a director in 2015, thanks to the support of the IOP.

Daniel Solomon

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh PA

Daniel Solomon is a rising senior in Pforzheimer House from Queens, New York. He concentrates in Social Studies, with a focus on France, Algeria, and the evolution of the two countries' Jewish communities. In his spare time, he likes to listen to American folk music and argue about the political and social trends that shape his native city. Having in the past served as columns editor of the Harvard Crimson, Danny is looking forward to learning more about journalism this summer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Maya Park

POLITICO, Washington DC

Maya Park is a rising junior in Dunster House and proud Brooklynite. At Harvard, Maya concentrates in history with a secondary in dramatic arts. When not reading or talking about gender, she is involved in the arts community as a proctor of the Freshman Arts pre-orientation Program, the assistant choreographer of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, and a teacher with CityStep—an organization that brings dance and improvisation into Cambridge Public Schools. She has written for the Crimson’s Fifteen Minutes Magazine, facilitated Harvard’s inaugural SexuaLiteracy program, and will be joining Room 13 as a peer counselor come fall. Last summer, Maya interned at the Maru-a-Pula school in Gabarone, Botswana. This summer she looks forward to a reporting internship at POLITICO, where she will have the chance to synthesize her passion for nonfiction writing with an interest in politics and how news is made.

Katherine (Katie) Hebb

Precision Strategies, Washington DC

Katherine (Katie) Hebb is a rising senior in Eliot House, originally from New York City. Katie is concentrating in History, with a focus on imperial history, and has a citation in French. At Harvard, she is an executive on The Harvard Crimson, a coordinator for Cambridge After School Program, and a Peer Advising Fellow. This summer, Katie is excited to be working in Washington, DC at Precision Strategies, a strategy and communications firm that applies lessons from campaigns to organizations in both the public and private sectors. She hopes to learn more about using digital strategies and data-driven measurements to promote causes and develop businesses.

Rhea Malik

Prolepsis, Athens Greece

Rhea Malik is a rising junior in Dunster House from Columbia, Maryland. She is concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology while institutionalizing and obtaining a secondary in Education. Deeply invested in the crosshairs of medicine, policy and education, Rhea is a Director of Harvard College Alzheimer’s Buddies, working one-on-one with Alzheimer’s patients and establishing a non-profit to spread this model nationally. Within the IOP, she is on the Executive Board of the Public Opinion Project, polling millennials on pertinent policy issues. Rhea is piloting the integration of public transport passes in student ID’s at Harvard to boost sustainability policy. She is eager to bring these experiences together to learn about and address health literacy and collaborative networks for public health policy at Prolepsis.

Eva Shang

Public Defenders Service, Washington DC

Eva Shang is a rising junior in Eliot House from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An Economics concentrator with a secondary in Sociology, Eva is passionate about prison reform, especially in the area of juvenile justice. She is the Executive Director of the Student Alliance for Prison Reform, a national coalition of students working in prison reform, and has led campaigns against juvenile solitary that garnered over 20,000 signatures. At Harvard, she directors a tutoring program at a medium-security women's prison and is the co-founder of HOPE, Harvard first prison reform advocacy organization. She is excited to spend the summer in criminal investigation at the DC Public Defender Service, where she will continue the fight against mass incarceration on the ground.

Maura Duggan

Purple Strategies, Washington DC

Maura Duggan is a rising junior in Winthrop House from San Diego, CA. She is concentrating in History with a secondary in Economics. At Harvard, Maura is actively involved in the IOP’s Citizenship Tutoring program, which strives to bring together public service and policy discussion relating to immigration. When she is not studying or volunteering, her time is spent playing soccer, as she is a member of the Harvard women’s varsity soccer team. This summer Maura will be an intern at Purple Strategies, a bipartisan brand and public affairs corporate communications firm in Washington, DC. She is looking forward to the opportunity to deepen her understanding of the application of brand and communications strategy while working to achieve client initiatives alongside of the Purple Strategies team.

Ivan Levingston

Roll Call, Washington DC

Ivan Levingston is a rising junior in Currier House from Philadelphia. He is currently studying Social Anthropology as well as Arabic at Harvard, and spends much of his time either writing for The Crimson or working as a Captain for Harvard Dorm Crew. He enjoys bike rides, brunch, and reading about politics. Ivan is looking forward to interning as a reporter this summer with Roll Call in Washington D.C., where he hopes to strengthen his journalism skills and delve into political coverage in greater depth, as well as become the first intern to win the MVP of Roll Call's annual congressional baseball game.

Jasmine Fernandez 

São Paolo City Hall/Center on the Developing Child, São Paolo Brazil

Jasmine Fernandez is a junior in Eliot House concentrating in Neurobiology. She is heavily involved in the initiatives of inclusion on campus --- specifically those surrounding POC, women, and first-gen identities. In December of 2013, she became the inaugural president of the First Generation Student Union. Although her term has officially come to an end, she plans to continue to advocate for more institutional support for first-gen students throughout her time here at Harvard. She also interns at the Harvard College Women's Center, where she and a fellow intern, formed a Women of Color Collective. This summer, she will be interning at São Paulo Carinhosa, where she will continue her involvement in the early childhood development initiative in São Paulo. After graduation, she hopes to complete an MD/Ph.D in either Public Health or Education in order to merge all of her very diverse interests. 

Blake McGhghy

Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Washington DC

Blake McGhghy is a rising junior in Dunster House concentrating in Social Studies from Keokuk, Iowa. On campus, he is involved with the Student Labor Action Movement, which works alongside Harvard employees on and off-campus to ensure fair wages and benefits, the right to a fair process, and protection from all forms of discrimination at work. For the past year, he worked as a regional organizer for United Students Against Sweatshops, and helped to coordinate a nationwide, student-led campaign promoting "education justice." At Harvard, he has also been involved with the Harvard Political Review and the First-Year Urban Program. This summer, Blake is thrilled to intern at SEIU's government relations department in D.C., where he will put his academic interests and activist experience into action to help advance economic justice at the federal level. He will work on policy research and support state-level campaigns leading up to the 2016 election in order to advance SEIU's nationwide goals to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Sidni Frederick

Sierra Club, Washington DC

Sidni Frederick is a rising junior living in Quincy House and concentrating in History and Literature with a postcolonial focus. She does multimedia for The Harvard Crimson and is a member of the activist group Divest Harvard, which advocates for Harvard University to divest its endowment from fossil fuels. When not on campus, she enjoys bike riding, roller skating, reading, writing, and visiting museums. Originally from Brookline, MA, she has always been passionate about social justice and environmental activism that centers the health, safety, and pleasure of individuals and communities. She’s fired up about bringing her experience in research and organizing to the Sierra Club Responsible Trade Program, where she will fight the Trans Pacific Partnership and other economic policies that threaten our democracy.

Hope Schwartz

Social Finance, Boston MA

Hope Schwartz is a rising senior in Kirkland House concentrating in Economics and Spanish. She spent last summer interning for a sustainable development non-profit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At Harvard, Hope is a co-captain and founding member of the women's Varsity Rugby team. When she's not playing or supporting Harvard sports, she also serves as a Peer Advising Fellow and a leader for the First-Year Outdoor Program. This summer, Hope will be working for Social Finance in Boston. She is excited to put her economics background to work applying market-based solutions to complex social issues such as education, crime and poverty.

Allyson Perez

SocialSphere, Boston MA

Allyson Perez is a rising Junior (2017) in Quincy House concentrating in Social Studies from Raleigh, North Carolina.  Academically, she is interested in US and Latin American politics, as well as food policy.  Outside of classes, she is an active member of the Harvard Public Opinion Project and the Food Literacy Project, and also participates in the Harvard Political Union.  She is also a 2015 Delegate to US-Mexico FoCUS, a program designed to unite the best and brightest students in the US and Mexico to brainstorm ways to bring our countries closer together.  Additionally, she has worked on campaigns and in civil society in both the US and in Mexico in the past, focusing on data analysis and outreach to marginalized groups.  She is very much looking forward to working for SocialSphere in Cambridge, MA this summer, and can’t wait to learn about social media and big data from the incredible people at this firm.

Joseph Choe

South Korean National Assembly, Seoul South Korea

Joseph Choe is a rising junior in Kirkland House originally from Aurora, Colorado. He is pursuing a concentration in Economics with a secondary in Statistics. Within the IOP, Joe is the Senior Campus Editor of the Harvard Political Review and the Chair of Citizenship Tutoring. He is also on the Board of Human Rights in North Korea (HRiNK). Joe spent last summer working with the Chilean government at the intersection of business and politics, and he is excited to work at the South Korean National Assembly as an intern for the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Unification this summer. He looks forward to being able to view international relations from the perspective of a foreign country while at the same time pursuing his interest in inter-Korean diplomacy.

Megan Corrigan

State Senator Eric Lesser, Boston MA

Megan Corrigan, a rising senior in Winthrop House, is looking forward to spending the summer on Beacon Hill working for Senator Eric Lesser. She has been involved in Massachusetts politics from an early age, most recently working as a field organizer for both Senators Warren and Markey. On campus, she has worked as a peer counselor for Harvard Eating Concerns Hotline & Outreach (ECHO), a peer advising fellow and a consultant for English language learners at Harvard. Beyond state politics, she is interested in international affairs, having spent last summer working at the Secretary’s Office for Global Women’s Issues at the State Department. She’ll be starting at the State House after returning from a semester at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India.

Jonah Hahn

Sunlight Foundation, Washington DC

Jonah Hahn is a rising junior in Pforzheimer House from Northampton, Massachusetts. He is a Social Studies concentrator with a focus on modern U.S. social movements. Aside from advising freshmen as a Peer Advising Fellow, playing on Harvard’s nationally-ranked Ultimate Frisbee team, and writing for the Harvard Political Review, he devotes himself to reducing the role of influence in politics at both the national and local level. Jonah looks forward to transferring his grassroots organizing experience to the policy work of the Sunlight Foundation. He is eager to continue to push for improved governmental transparency and accountability.

Madison Johnson

The New Republic, Washington DC

Madison Johnson is a rising sophomore in Pforzheimer House, originally from Columbus, Georgia. She is a prospective concentrator in History and Literature. On campus, she is an intern at the Office of BGLTQ studies, an editor for Renegade Collective, a slam poet, and a peer counselor. She is a columnist for The Crimson, and she is looking forward to giving this whole professional journalism thing a shot at The New Republic.

Alice Han

Tobin Project, Boston MA

Hailing from sunny Sydney, Alice Han is a rising senior from Cabot House concentrating in History and pursuing a secondary in Economics with language citations in German, French, and Chinese. Alice is interested in applying history and diplomacy to understanding the dimensions of international relations and foreign policy. She is currently working on a senior thesis on U.S.-China-France relations in the 1960s funded by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Outside of her studies, Alice works as the Undergraduate Research Assistant at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs with the Future of Diplomacy Project. She is also co-founder of a student-run health foods company, and volunteers to teach English classes to Chinese-speaking immigrants through the Harvard Chinatown ESL program. In her spare time, she likes to relax through yoga, cooking, drinking tea, and frequenting art museums.

Geoffrey Martello

Treatment Action Group, New York NY

Geoffrey Martello is a rising junior in Pforzheimer House studying neurobiology and economics. He is involved a variety of groups on campus, including Harvard Leadership Magazine, Advocating Success for Kids, and The Harvard Crimson. Geoffrey has always been interested in a career in medicine, but his work last summer with The diaTribe Foundation in San Francisco opened his eyes to the power of educational resources and advocacy as supplements to clinical care. Geoffrey is looking forward to spending the summer in New York with Treatment Action Group continuing to foster these passions.

Mark Bode

U.S. Conference of Mayors, Washington DC

Mark Bode is a rising sophomore in Winthrop House from Avon, Indiana. He is a prospective Government concentrator, with a possible Economics secondary, and a Russian language citation. Mark dances on the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team and serves as its assistant rookie captain; he also writes and edits for the Harvard Political Review and will serve as a Peer Advising Fellow during the upcoming school year. Mark is a huge sports fan, and enjoys watching and playing basketball with his friends and family. He is excited about the opportunity to intern at the US Conference of Mayors and serve local government in a national arena.

Harry Hild

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

Harry Hild, a junior in Leverett House, hails from Vienna, Virginia. Concentrating in Social Studies with a focus in the history and political thought of 19th-century imperialism, he also studies economics and German. Harry plans to attend law school or perhaps enter the Foreign Service. At Harvard, Harry has served as an editor and Staff Director for the Harvard Political Review; he is also President of the Lowell House Society of Russian Bell Ringers at Harvard College and Harvard Coordinator for EV Tutoring, which pairs college students with students in Boston K-12 education for one-on-one long-term tutoring and mentoring. Harry is excited to learn about the economics of international trade during this summer's internship with the Department of Commerce.

Thalia Orphee

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

Originally from New York, Thalia Orphee is a rising sophomore in Cabot House. Thalia wants to concentrate in either Government or Economics with a citation in French, and she plans on attending law school in the future. At Harvard, Thalia is Development Chair for the Association of Black Harvard Women. She is also involved with the Politics of Race and Ethnicity Initiative at Harvard's Institute of Politics in the capacity of social chair. She tutors recent immigrants through PBHA and will be Head of Finance for Harvard's Identities Fashion Show. Thalia is interested in working at the intersection of politics and macroeconomic policy and wants to gain insight about how governments can work to improve the economic future of developing countries. She is excited to explore this interest in international development as an intern at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

David Kilstein

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

David Kilstein is a rising senior in Eliot House from Pennington, New Jersey. He is concentrating in History and Literature, with a focus on the United States and a hemispheric focus on Cuba. On campus, David volunteers at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter and DJs for Harvard’s student-run radio station, WHRB. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Havana, having studied in Cuba during the fall. David is highly interested in American politics and education. He previously worked in Miami as a Teaching Fellow for Breakthrough Collaborative. Having gained this experience in the classroom, David is looking forward to working with the US Department of Education to effectuate educational change nationwide.

Lily Velona

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

Lily Velona is a rising sophomore in Adams house, with a prospective concentration in Government and secondary in Classics.  Hailing from Rye, NY, Lily worked for her State Senator to address the rampant discrimination and harassment faced by LGBT homeless youth, culminating in a bill which has been introduced to the NY State Senate and Assembly.  At Harvard, she is the co-director of Advocacy for the youth homeless shelter Y2Y: Harvard Square, and a member of the Small Claims Advisory Service, the college Democrats, and the Student Labor Action Movement, as well as a bartender at the Cambridge Queen’s Head pub.  This summer, she will be working at the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs where she is excited to help promote a dialogue among stakeholders from local government to advocacy groups to the federal government on how best to address Americans’ health needs.

Ravi Shah

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington DC

Ravi Shah is a rising senior in Dunster House from outside of Chicago. Ravi is completing a concentration in Government with a secondary in Economics, and he hopes to pursue a career in public service after graduation. At Harvard, he serves as Dunster House Committee Chair and has served on the board of the South Asian Association along with leading as a Captain for Dorm Crew and being a member of the Institute of Politics. In the past, Ravi has interned for No Labels and Microsoft's Corporate Strategy Division, both in Washington, DC This summer, Ravi will be interning at the Department of Homeland Security Office of the White House Liaison.

Nick Bayh

U.S. Department of Treasury, Washington DC

Originally from Indiana, Nick Bayh is a rising sophomore in Cabot House. Nick is studying economics and mathematics and hopes to one day attend business school. At Harvard, Nick is actively involved in the Leadership Institute and serves as a member of the Leadership Development Initiative committee. Nick enjoys playing tennis and other sports in his free time. Nick is looking forward to spending the summer working at the US Department of the Treasury, where he will explore his interests of economics and public service.

Phillip Ramirez

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

Phillip Ramirez is a rising sophomore in Mather House concentrating in economics with a secondary in government. Born and raised a “military brat,” Phillip has lived all across the country, and moved to Harvard from Germany, where is father is currently stationed. He is involved in several activities across campus, but he spends most of his time outside of class as a member of the Boston Consortium Naval Reserve Officers Training Program. Upon graduation, Phillip will commission as an officer in the United States Navy, where he intends to pursue a career as a Naval Aviator or Surface Warfare Officer. This summer, Phillip is looking forward to working at the Department of Veteran Affairs in Washington D.C., where he will have the opportunity to work with and learn about an executive department that will one day mean so much to him and his fellow service members.

Sean Weller

U.S. Senator Shaheen, Washington DC

Gary Castellanos

U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington DC

Gary Castellanos is a rising senior at Harvard University studying economics with a secondary in government. Born in Guatemala, Gary moved to the USA at the age of eight and has lived in Atlanta, Georgia ever since. On campus, Gary devotes his time to a variety of Model United Nations organizations, serves as a Campus Ambassador for the Visiting Undergraduate Student Program, and is an active member of the Harvard College Faith and Action community. This summer, Gary is looking forward to applying his background in political economy at his internship with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Ted Waechter

Victory Institute, Washington DC

Ted Waechter is a rising sophomore in Quincy House from Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. On campus, he is political co-chair of Harvard Queer Students and Allies, a trainer for PBHA’s Small Claims Advisory Service, and an editorial writer at The Crimson. Ted is excited to spend the summer at the Victory Institute in Washington, DC promoting BGLTQ+ representation in public office.

Jordan Feri

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

Jordan Feri is a rising senior in Adams House. He concentrates in Social Studies with a secondary in English and is interested in American literature, liberal theory, and politics. At Harvard, he is involved with Sigma Alpha Epsilon, works as a research assistant at the Weatherhead Center, and can be found cooking wings at the Queen's Head Pub on Wednesdays from 3-5. In his spare time he writes fiction, goes to the Rothko exhibit at the Fogg, and drinks coffee. He spent last summer backpacking through Italy, working on a farm in Tuscany, and living out his dream of visiting Japan with the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations.

Tez Clark

Vox, Washington DC

Tez Clark is a rising junior in Adams House hailing from Tokyo, Japan. She is concentrating in Philosophy with a prospective secondary in History of Science. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, Tez plans to continue studying philosophy after college, with a specific focus on the creation of so-called rational systems, and the logics used to perpetuate oppression. When she's not reading Quine, Tez can be found interning at LIFT-Boston, a chapter of a national non-profit organization, and leading teams through the Berkman Center's DPSI program. Tez is excited to spend her summer working at Vox in Washington, DC

Nida Ansari

Winston Group, Washington DC

Nida Ansari is a rising sophomore in Cabot House from Greenville, South Carolina, potentially concentrating in Economics with a secondary field in Government. Outside the classroom, she is involved with the Harvard Institute of Politics, as a member of the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Committee, and with Harvard College Mentors for Urban Debate, where she teaches debate workshops to students from the Boston area. In addition, Nida is involved with Harvard Model Congress, an organization that runs government simulation conferences for high school students all over the world; through HMC, Nida has helped organize and staff conferences in Boston, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Madrid, and Seoul. In her free time, she likes to watch reruns of Modern Family and eat absurd amounts of Chipotle. Nida is beyond excited to work on polling analysis and political research this summer as an intern at the Winston Group!