2016 Director's Interns

Shira Li

270 Strategies, Chicago IL

Shira Li is a rising sophomore in Eliot House, originally from Livingston, New Jersey. She is a prospective concentrator in Applied Math and Computer Science with a secondary in Government. On campus, she is a member of the Harvard College Consulting Group, and also greatly enjoys the arts, singing with Collegium concert choir, and dancing with the Asian-American Dance Troupe. As someone who has only recently discovered the breadth of quantitative applications in government, Shira is extremely excited to be working with 270 Strategies this summer, exploring the intersection of technology, data science, and public policy.

Quinn Mulholland

Advancement Project, Washington DC

Quinn Mulholland is a rising junior at Harvard University from Atlanta, Georgia. He studies Sociology, and is interested in issues related to race, poverty, and inequality. At Harvard, he teaches a weekly civics class in Boston public schools, serves as the senior US editor for the Harvard Political Review, and works as an intern at the Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and listening to Kanye West. Last summer, he worked in Atlanta at the Center for Civic Innovation, an organization dedicated to helping people implement their ideas to help the city. This summer, he is very excited to work in DC with the Advancement Project to fight for civil rights in areas where they are under attack.

Peter Wright

AEI, Washington DC

Peter Wright is a rising sophomore at Harvard College from Lewistown, Montana planning to concentrate in Economics with a potential secondary in Statistics. He is active in the IOP as multimedia editor of the Harvard Political Review and works as a research assistant to Nick Sinai in the Harvard Kennedy School of Public Policy. Outside of the IOP, he is the treasurer of the Harvard Libertarian Forum and a casual musician playing drums and bass. He is thrilled to be working this summer at the American Enterprise Institute as a research assistant to one of his favorite authors.

Kajsa Mayo

Albright Stonebridge Group, Washington DC

Kajsa Mayo is a rising senior at Harvard University from Tacoma, Washington. She is studying in the philosophy department focusing on ethics and political philosophy. She also studies Eurasian politics and is completing a minor in Slavic Languages and Literatures with a Russian Language citation. Last summer, she conducted research on the efficacy of counterterrorism initiatives in the Caucasus region of southern Russia. Through this experience, she became very interested in the ways in which business investment can ameliorate societal issues in the developing world, and she hopes to continue exploring this issue as it relates to Eurasia more generally.  This summer, she is excited be joining the Albright Stonebridge Group conducting business research in Washington, DC. 

Jorge Ledesma

Amnesty International, Washington DC

Jorge Ledesma is a rising sophomore in Currier House originally from Westfield, New Jersey.  He is a likely Social Studies concentrator with a secondary in English. He is quite involved in the IOP, serving as a teacher in the Civics program, as well as a liaison in the Fellows and Study Groups program this past year, and also serves as a volunteer at the Y2Y shelter.  Interested in advocacy work of any kind, Jorge looks forward to learning more and applying his knowledge of human rights through his work with Amnesty International this summer. Jorge hopes to ultimately pursue a career in law and government, and he looks forward to being a part of both of these processes in the interim.

Tala Atassi

Amnesty International, Washington DC

Tala Atassi is a rising junior in Cabot House concentrating in Social Studies with a special focus on the Middle East. She is from Damascus, Syria and has been increasingly interested in human rights ever since the start of the civil war. On campus, she is a co-founder of the Syrian Humanitarian League and has previously worked in multiple refugee camps. Tala is very excited to be working with Amnesty International this summer on women’s rights and refugee rights among other things. She is thrilled to be staying in DC and for all the many things she is bound to learn both within and outside the Amnesty office.

Janae Strickland

Assemblyman Michael Blake, New York NY

Janae Strickland is a rising sophomore in Eliot House from Wayne, Michigan. She is a prospective concentrator in Government with a secondary in Economics and a language citation in Arabic. On campus, she is heavily involved in the Black Students' Association (BSA) and Association of Black Harvard Women (ABHW), as well as a member of the women's club volleyball team. Janae is excited to join the team at the 79th District Office to put her passion for social justice, service, and economic development for minorities and women to work on a governmental level. 

Ezinne Nwankwo

Boston Citywide Analytics, Boston MA

Ezinne Nwankwo is a junior in Winthrop House from Los Angeles, California. She studies Applied Mathematics with a focus in Statistics. Ezinne is passionate about data and public service in her role as the Assessment and Evaluation Chair for the Phillips Brooks House Association and as a volunteer for the Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment (BRYE) program in Dorchester. She is also actively involved in the black community at Harvard and recently finished her term as Vice President of the Harvard Black Students Association. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and exploring Boston. This summer, Ezinne is excited to be working for the city of Boston on the Boston Citywide Analytics Team. 

Marina Joan Adario

Boston Citywide Analytics, Boston MA

Marina Adario is a rising senior in Eliot House from Boston, Massachusetts.  She is concentrating in Statistics with a potential secondary in Psychology.  On campus, Marina is a course assistant for Math Ma and Mb and also tap dances with Harvard TAPS.  She is very excited to gain experience applying data analysis skills to real-world problems with the Boston Citywide Analytics Team.

Meg Bernhard

Boston Globe, Boston MA

Meg Bernhard is a rising senior living in Pforzheimer House from Temecula, California. Meg studies History and Literature focusing on Latin America and is the managing editor of the Harvard Crimson. She plans to write a thesis about a journalism workshop in Colombia and will travel there after covering politics for the Boston Globe this summer. Last summer, Meg worked for The Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington DC. She hopes to pursue journalism as a career. 

Caroline Murphy

Boston Public Schools, Boston MA

Caroline Murphy is a rising senior in Lowell House from Coral Gables, Florida. She is concentrating in Music and pursuing a citation in French. On campus, she sings with the Radcliffe Choral Society and serves as Manager of the choir. She also has participated in the IOP Policy Program, collaborating on a brief about turnaround schools. After spending the 2014-15 school year as City Year Miami AmeriCorps Member, she hopes to continue in the field of education and is committed to developing policy aimed to improve American public schools. She is excited to work in the Office of Human Capital at Boston Public Schools, where she hopes to learn more about the decision making process in the administration of a school district. 

Ali Hakim

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London UK

Ali Hakim is a rising junior from the greater Detroit area. He studies economics with a secondary field in government and is also working toward a language citation in Arabic. Outside of class, Ali spends the majority of his time writing, editing, and brainstorming for the Harvard Political Review and conducting research on international philanthropic trends at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He also serves as a member of the Harvard Student Agencies' finance committee. This summer, he looks forward to doing economic policy work at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 

Grace Evans

Bus Federation, Chicago IL

Grace Evans is a rising sophomore in Mather House, originally from Providence, Rhode Island. She plans to concentrate in Social Studies with a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration, Rights and a citation in Spanish. At Harvard, Grace is a member of the Student Labor Action Movement and the Harvard College Democrats. She also volunteers at the Y2Y Harvard Square homeless shelter for young adults and works as a bartender at the Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub. Grace is looking forward to spending her summer with the Bus Federation in Chicago, working to build the power of young people through voter registration and participation in hands-on democracy. 

Hemanth Sanjeev

Cato Institute, Washington DC

Hemanth Sanjeev is a rising junior at Harvard College. He concentrates in economics, with a particular interest in economic growth in developing countries. He is originally from Houston, Texas, but he was raised in Macon, Georgia. He is an active member of Harvard’s 2016 national championship policy debate team. Outside of school and debate, Hemanth enjoys studying policy and politics, and he looks forward to working this summer at the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, examining the intersections of economics and public policy.

Andrew Miner

Center for American Progress, Washington DC

Andrew Miner is a rising junior in Leverett House from East Greenwich, Rhode Island. He is concentrating in Government with a secondary in Economics. Outside of the classroom, Andrew has served as the Voter Registration Chair for the IOP's Community Action Committee, an actor in HRDC productions, and as a member of the Harvard Political Union, Harvard Financial Analyst Club, and Harvard College Rootstrikers. His involvement in public service began with education advocacy in his home state, and he is excited to work with the K-12 Education Policy team at CAP this summer.

Federico Roitman

CIPPEC, Buenos Aires Argentina

Federico Roitman is a rising junior living in Adams House. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Federico moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts at the age of five and has lived here ever since. He is concentrating in Government, primarily focusing within the department’s comparative politics subfield and is especially interested in studying authoritarianism and citizen-led resistance to unfair policies and government abuse. At Harvard he is primarily involved with the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club and is a weekly volunteer at Y2Y, a youth shelter based in Harvard Square. He was also a member of the IOP’s Harvard Public Opinion Project in spring 2016. This summer Federico is thrilled to be returning to Buenos Aires to work at CIPPEC, the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth, and Libertad y Progreso (the Liberty and Progress Foundation). He is excited for the opportunity to engage with his home city in a new way and learn about the issues Argentinian organizations are working to address.

Olivia Novick

Clinton Foundation, New York NY

Olivia Novick is a rising senior in Eliot House from Old Westbury, New York. She is concentrating in History of Science, with a secondary in Folklore and Mythology. While on campus, Olivia is actively involved in the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, serving as the Finance Director after volunteering for the previous five semesters. She is also very involved in Harvard Model United Nations, having directed the past two years at the Boston conference and also at the conference in India; this coming year she will serve as the Senior Director of Security at the Boston conference and Direct the Human Rights Council at the Latin America conference. This summer, Olivia will be interning with Clinton Health Matters Initiative at the Clinton Foundation in New York City and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on advocacy projects centered on public health, health policy, and non-profit work.

Sydney Steel

CNN - Fareed Zakaria GPS, New York NY

Sydney Steel is a rising sophomore in Quincy House from Sun Valley, Idaho. Sydney intends to pursue a concentration in Government, with a secondary in Economics and a language citation in French. Outside of Harvard, Sydney has served on the board of directors for Girls on the Run, a non-profit that helps teenage girls develop confidence through exercise. On campus, Sydney is an active staff writer for the Harvard Political Review. Additionally, she works as an IOP Research Assistant for David Gergen at the Harvard Kennedy School. On her days off, she can be found reading in Lamont Library or running along the Charles. Sydney is thrilled to apply an analytical lens to foreign conflicts and learn more about broadcast journalism during her internship this summer with CNN's Fareed Zakaria. 

Tess Saperstein

CNN - Situation Room, Washington DC

Tess Saperstein is a rising junior in Lowell House, concentrating in Government. This summer, she will be exploring her interests in politics and video production by working at CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. As the Executive Producer of Harvard’s premier comedy news group, On Harvard Time, Tess works with correspondents, writers, directors, and editors in order to produce high quality, pun-filled videos. As the Covers Editor of the Harvard Political Review, Tess writes and edits articles relating to both domestic and international politics. She enjoys working with writers from the beginning to the end of a magazine cycle and watching their work improve with each round of edits. Tess is extremely excited to be working at The Situation Room. With all of the political events that will unfold during the summer, she expects her internship at CNN to be both informative and fascinating. 

Justin Wu

College Republican National Committee, Washington DC

Justin Wu is a rising sophomore in Mather House from Norman, Oklahoma and is interested in pursuing a degree in Economics with a secondary in Government. Spending his previous summer at the office of U.S. Senator James Lankford sparked Justin's interest in government and politics. This summer he will work with the College Republican National Committee and the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works under Senator Jim Inhofe. While on campus, Justin competes for the Harvard Varsity Swimming and Diving team, serves as the marketing representative for Venture For America, and is a strong advocate of Chipotle's environmental and non-GMO initiatives. In the past, he has served as a Youth Council Member for the city of Norman and also as the Oklahoma Athlete Representative for USA Swimming.

Nicholas Karnovsky

Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), Boston MA

Nicholas Karnovsky is a rising sophomore in Winthrop House from Brookline, Massachusetts.  He is a prospective Government concentrator with a secondary in Computer Science.  Nicholas is a member of the Varsity Sailing Team and competes in regattas every weekend of the year.  Aside from sailing, Nicholas is a lifelong singer, actor, and soccer referee.  He pursues these interests on campus as often as he can.  Nicholas looks forward to working in Congressman Kennedy’s office and experiencing life in a congressional district office.  He hopes to use this experience to pursue a future in politics.

Gevin Reynolds

Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), Washington DC

Gevin Reynolds, hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, is a rising sophomore in Dunster House. After exploring fields as different as Comparative Literature and Statistics in his freshman year, he has chosen to study Neurobiology. He plans to pursue law one day, and to eventually run for elected office. At Harvard, he is a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar, an active member of the Seventh Day Adventists Club, will be serving as a Voting Member of the 2016-2017 Harvard College Honor Council, and looks forward to interning with the Harvard Law Review in the upcoming school year. After spending last summer interning in a federal courthouse, Gevin cannot wait to begin interning this summer on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman John Lewis, a personal hero of his. He looks forward to learning about the world of politics up close, and to learning from a true champion of civil rights.

Juan Castano

Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA), Washington DC

Juan Castano is a rising senior in Mather House concentrating in Government with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. He was born in Bogota, Colombia and was raised in Miami, Florida. On campus, Juan is the current Chair of the JFK Jr. Forum Committee, volunteers at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and is a Supervisor for the Crimson Callers program. Juan is very interested in the intersection of business, law and politics. This summer he is excited to work at the Office of Congressman Vargas as a Legislative Intern. 

Michael Geisler

Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Washington DC

Michael Geisler is a rising junior in Dunster House. He is currently pursuing a concentration in History. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Michael also lived in Iowa before settling in Toledo, Ohio, for high school. On campus, Michael is very involved with Harvard Model Congress as well as directing the philanthropy of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Michael is very excited to be working for Congressman Kevin McCarthy this summer!

Grace Wagner

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Washington DC

Grace Wagner is a rising sophomore in Adams House from Reedsville, Pennsylvania. She tentatively plans to concentrate in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in Economics, and is also very interested in the realm of government. Outside of the classroom, Grace enjoys rowing on the Radcliffe Varsity Crew Team and directing the South Boston Big Sib program, a mentoring organization aimed at empowering the youth of South Boston. Excited to learn more about politics, Grace is thrilled to have the opportunity to work for Congresswoman Stefanik this summer.

David Cohn

Cook Political Report, Washington DC

David Cohn is a rising sophomore in Eliot House from Charlottesville, Virginia, who plans to concentrate in Government or Economics. David is active with Harvard for Hillary and has volunteered in many previous political campaigns. He is a member of the Economic Policy Committee and Citizenship Tutoring Program at the IOP. David also plays the cello in the Mozart Society Orchestra at Harvard and is a member of the Harvard Table Tennis Club. He is excited to learn about political journalism this summer through his internship with the Cook Political Report in Washington DC.

Janet Ho

Councilor Michelle Wu, Boston MA

Janet Ho is a rising sophomore in Adams House from Los Angeles, California. She is a prospective Government concentrator with a secondary field in Economics and a language citation in Mandarin Chinese. On campus, she is an active committee member of Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business and cofounded the Harvard College Impact Investing Group. Passionate about public policy and economic empowerment, Janet looks forward to working for Boston City Council's President Michelle Wu this summer. 

Daniel Letchford

Don McKenzie Hospital, Durban South Africa

Daniel Letchford is a rising senior in Eliot House from Kijabe, Kenya. He studies Psychology while also completing his pre-medicine requirements. Outside of the classroom, Daniel works as a Patient Advocate at Massachusetts General Hospital for the non-profit HealthLeads, is a research partner at the Radcliffe Institute examining the neurobiology of sustainable behavior, and enjoys playing club rugby for Harvard. He hopes to become a physician and continue working in global health. Daniel has worked in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in Kenya previously. He looks forward to learning more about public health from those working in HIV and TB testing and treatment at Don McKenzie Hospital.

Emilia Gonzalez

Don McKenzie Hospital. Durban South Africa

Emilia Gonzalez is a rising junior in Mather House from Katy, Texas. She is concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. On campus, she is involved with Health Leads as part of the Leadership Team and serves as a day-coordinator for the Cambridge After School Program. Additionally, she is the Harvard Club Tennis Team captain and loves conducting research about heart regeneration with the Lee Laboratory. This summer, Emilia will be interning at the Don McKenzie Hospital in South Africa where she is thrilled to learn about the different components that make up South Africa’s healthcare system; particularly ones that deal with tuberculosis and AIDS. She is looking forward to immersing herself in the South African culture and interacting with the community in KwaZulu-Natal.

John Acton

Echelon Insights. Washington DC

John Acton is a rising senior in Eliot House from Longmont, Colorado studying Government and Economics. On campus, he is heavily involved with Harvard College Faith and Action and the Institute of Politics Fellows Selection Committee. He has a love of professional sports, politics, theology, and anything having to do with Colorado. At Echelon Insights, he is excited to learn how to use technical skills and to think analytically about how people think and interact, both in the political realm and beyond. 

Yesenia Ortiz

ELA, Buenos Aires Argentina

Yesenia Ortiz is a rising senior in Adams House originally from Los Angeles, California. Yesenia is concentrating in Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality with a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration and Rights. Along with a passion for social justice taking her through her academics, she participates in Ballet Folklorico de Aztlan, a traditional Mexican folk dance group on campus. She serves as a Student Coordinator for the First Generation Program through the Admissions Office that focuses on offering support to high school students working to be the first-generation in their family to attend college. Yesenia has had the opportunity to work with gender focused non-profit organizations and is excited to return to Equipo Latinoamerican de Justicia y Genero in Buenos Aires, Argentina.   

Leore Lavin

FEMA, Washington DC

Leore Lavin is a rising senior hailing from New Jersey suburbia. She is concentrating in Earth and Planetary Sciences, with a focus in geophysics. On campus, Leore serves on the board of directors at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, plays Women's Club Ultimate Frisbee, and is writing a thesis on earthquake hazards. This summer, Leore will be interning at FEMA's DC headquarters, in their Office of Response and Recovery. She is looking forward to combining her passions for geo-science and humanitarian aid this summer and beyond.

Jennifer Hao

Fundacion Nuestros Hijos, Santiago Chile

Jennifer Hao is a rising senior in Cabot House from Vermont. She concentrates in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and is pursuing a secondary in Psychology and a language citation in Spanish. While on campus, Jen works with Y2Y Harvard Square, a student-run homeless shelter that serves young adults ages 18-24, and works as a Peer Advising Fellow. This summer, she is excited to be interning at the Fundacion Nuestros Hijos in Santiago, Chile.

Alvin Gordian-Arroyo

Global Health Corps, New York NY

Alvin Gordian-Arroyo is a rising senior in Eliot House concentrating in Human Evolutionary Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Academically, he is interested in public health, behavioral endocrinology, and evolutionary medicine. He has particularly held a strong interest in the influence of identity on health access and equity, along with inequalities in education and criminal justice. Outside of the classroom, Alvin has been involved in Fuerza Latina, Health Leads, and Student Mental Health Liaisons. He looks forward to working with Global Health Corps this summer to learn more about non-profit strategies in Global Health.

Anna Riley-Shepard

Global Health Corps, New York NY

Anna Riley-Shepard was born in Johnson, Vermont and traveled widely with her linguist mother and poet father as a child, cultivating a deep interest in people. She spent third grade in Paris and moved with her family to New York City at fourteen. She has danced all her life but intensified her training at the School at Steps on Broadway during these years. At Harvard, she has explored her penchant for research and people, choosing to study cognitive neuroscience. This past year she took a leave of absence from Harvard to apprentice with a contemporary dance company in Catania, Italy, where she has developed her identity as a professional dancer, as well as learned Italian. Before returning to school in the fall, she looks forward to applying the research skills she has learned at Harvard and the life skills she has learned abroad to her internship with the Global Health Corps.

Mack Andrews

Heritage Foundation, Washington DC

Mack Andrews is a rising junior in Cabot House, concentrating in Economics. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Mack will be off to DC this summer to work at the Heritage Foundation. He will be working in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, conducting economic research on the effects of government regulation and federal spending. On campus, he competes as a member of the Harvard Mock Trial Association and works as a staffer for several Harvard Model Congress conferences.

Ian Mullane

IJ Review, Washington DC

Ian Mullane is a rising sophomore in Eliot House from Peoria, Arizona. At Harvard, Ian studies government, history, and political philosophy.  Outside the classroom, Ian is an Editorial Board member for the Harvard Crimson, a member of the Harvard Political Union, and works for the Harvard Alumni Association. He has been politically involved in his home state of Arizona, having volunteered for several campaigns and having participated in various leadership positions in his community. This summer, Ian looks forward to living in Washington DC while following politics, learning about journalism, and producing viral content at Independent Journal Review.  

Rebecca Sadock

JFK Library, Boston MA

Rebecca Sadock is a rising sophomore in Leverett House from Cambridge, Massachusetts. She plans on pursuing a joint concentration in Philosophy and Government with a secondary in Computer Science and a citation in French. At Harvard, she works at the Graduate School of Arts Sciences, volunteers for the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, and plays Club Tennis. She is also involved in the Politics of Race and Ethnicity program at the IOP, the Harvard Democrats, and Harvard Women in Computer Science. This summer, Rebecca looks forward to working at the JFK Library where she hopes to learn much more about JFK and the ideals he championed. 

Ben Griswold

KIPP NYC, New York NY

Ben Griswold is a rising junior in Winthrop House. He is concentrating in Economics with a possible secondary in Government. On campus, Ben is a member of Citizenship Tutoring at the IOP and is a captain of the Harvard College Running Club. Besides running, Ben enjoys Korean Barbecue night at the dining hall and helping Winthrop defend its intramural championship. After taking a class that looked in-depth at the effectiveness of charter schools, Ben is excited to gain first hand experience working with KIPP NYC this summer. 

Carolyn Ye

KIPP NYC, New York NY

Carolyn Ye is a rising senior at Harvard University studying Human Evolutionary Biology with a focus on the evolution of social behaviors. Born in Virginia, she lived in Texas before coming to college. Interested in international affairs and diplomacy, Carolyn serves as the Under-Secretary-General of Finance and Operations for Harvard World Model United Nations, an international Model UN conference hosted in a different city each year. She is also a member of the leadership team of the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum in the IOP. Carolyn is interested in the intersection of education and the life sciences, and she looks forward to working with KIPP NYC this summer to explore the applicability of modern research breakthroughs in the classroom.

Bonnie Bennett

LA Times, Los Angeles CA

Bonnie Bennett is a rising junior in Lowell House from Salt Lake City, Utah.  She is concentrating in English with a secondary in Psychology.  On campus, Bonnie is an associate with the Harvard College Consulting Group, a student guide at the Harvard Art Museums, and a writer for The Crimson.  She also enjoys being involved with Harvard College in Asia Program, the IOP's Women’s Initiative in Leadership, Women in Business, and Lowell House Society of Bell Ringers.  She also played the harp for Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and was an associate for Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations.  Bonnie is excited to intern at the Los Angeles Times this summer to explore her interests in journalism and business.

James Piltch

MacArthur Foundation, Chicago IL

James Piltch is a rising senior in Leverett House studying History and Literature with a focus on the political and cultural history of America in the 19th and 20th centuries. Outside of the classroom, he teaches fifth graders through the IOP's Civics Program, serves as a student member of the General Education Committee, and is a tour guide and greeter for the Admissions Office. James is particularly passionate about solving issues of educational and civic inequality and is incredibly excited to work at the MacArthur Foundation to explore its work to address these and many more issues. 

Ted White

Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston MA

Ted White is a rising senior in Adams House from Boston, Massachusetts. He concentrates in Sociology with a focus on urban politics and higher education policy. On campus, he has been heavily involved in the first generation student community, previously serving as Vice President and President of the Harvard First Generation Student Union, and working as a Senior Coordinator for the Harvard First Generation Program in the Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. He also served as Co-Chair of the 2016 1vyG Conference, the inter-Ivy League first-generation student conference at Harvard this past February. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and watching TV. This summer, Ted is excited to work in the office of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. 

John Bourjaily

Mayor Peter Buttigieg, South Bend IN

John Bourjaily is a rising senior in Pforzheimer House, originally from Iowa City, Iowa. He is a Government concentrator with a secondary in Russian. On campus he is involved in Habitat for Humanity, as well as the Bach Society Orchestra as a bass player. John has a strong interest in local government and hopes to make a career in it. This summer, he is excited to have the opportunity to work in Mayor Buttigieg’s office and develop greater experience in the field, as well as learn from an incredible public servant.

Marko Kostich

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago IL

Marko Kostich is a rising junior in Pforzheimer House from Chicago, Illinois. Concentrating in Statistics through the quantitative finance track, he enjoys solving complex problems in the real world from a quantitative angle. On campus, Marko is the setter for the Varsity Men's Volleyball team, president of the Harvard South Slavic Society, and treasurer of the Harvard Investment Association's Fund. This past summer, Marko enrolled in accounting and financial control courses abroad at the London School of Economics. He is very excited to delve into the policy and structure of municipal government this summer as he interns for Mayor Rahm Emanuel through the Chicago Mayor's Office Fellowship program. 

Mikaela Esquivel

Ministry of Health, Santiago Chile

Mikaela Esquivel is a rising junior in Dunster House from the San Francisco bay area in California.  She is concentrating in Human Development and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy and a citation in Spanish.  On campus, Mikaela is a board member of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), a member of the Harvard Undergraduate Council, Expressions Dance Company, and volunteers as a mentor with Strong Women Strong Girls.  Last summer, she worked with Support for International Change (SIC) in Tanzania providing HIV/AIDS education and testing through mobile clinics to remote villages outside Arusha.  This summer, Mikaela will be interning at the Ministry of Health in Santiago, Chile and looks forward to learning about the policy side of global health.

David Coletti

MTV Public Affairs, New York NY

David Coletti is a rising senior in Kirkland House from Quincy, Massachusetts. They are concentrating in History and Literature with a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration, and Human Rights with language citations in Spanish and Portuguese. They are a Peer Advisor for first-year students with the Peer Advising Program, co-director for the College’s Initiative for Latin American Relations, and performs community service through the Phillips Brooks House Association. Passionate for social justice and politics, David looks forward to interning with MTV’s Public Affairs Team this summer in order to research the 2016 presidential elections. David aspires to attend law school and practice public interest law, specifically to work with those who are most marginalized within the LGBTQIA+ community.

Eni Popoola

NAACP, Baltimore MD

Eni Popoola is a rising senior in Mather House from Queens, New York pursuing a joint concentration in Government and Sociology.  She has developed a keen interest in voting rights, particularly in the areas of felon disenfranchisement. On campus, Eni is most involved with the Association of Black Harvard Women which she served as the president of for the 2015-2016 school year. She is also a proud member of the Crimson Key Society and the Harvard Black Students’ Association. Beyond these activities she also works to fundraise for the University through the development office’s student caller program. After spending last summer in the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York Attorney General’s Office, Eni is thrilled to spend the summer in Baltimore with the NAACP.

Allison Toledo

National Democratic Institute, Washington DC

Allison Toledo is a rising sophomore in Quincy House at Harvard, intending to study Government or Social Studies. Originally from Hillsdale, New Jersey, Allison is heavily involved in the International Relations Council at Harvard, serving as a deputy director of the traveling Model United Nations team, a director at the college Model UN conferences in Boston and Latin America, and a director at the high school Model UN conferences in Boston and China. She has served as a liaison for IOP Spring 2016 Fellow Mayor Annise Parker and teaches weekly classes to Boston-area high school students about international relations. Outside of politics and international affairs, Allison is the choreographer and co-business manager of the acappella group the Harvard Lowkeys and a director of Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business’ Innovation Competition. She is thrilled to be working at the National Democratic Institute in D.C. this summer, where she will be exploring and understanding how political parties contribute to a democratic society.

Connie Cheng

National Partnership for New Americans, Chicago IL

Connie Cheng is a rising junior in Cabot House from Milpitas, California. She studies economics and serves as a student officer of the Phillips Brooks House Association. She tutors Chinese immigrants preparing for their naturalization exam with PBHA's Chinatown Citizenship, in addition to volunteering with the Chinatown Afterschool and Leaders Mentoring programs. Her work in Boston's Chinatown drives her interests in immigrant rights and community organizing. This summer, she is excited to explore her interests from a policy perspective at the National Partnership for New Americans, where she hopes to learn more about the integration of service and advocacy.

Zoe Ortiz

National Partnership for New Americans, Chicago IL

Zoe Ortiz is a rising sophomore in Mather House from Houston, Texas. She is hoping to concentrate in Government with a secondary in Latino Studies and a language citation in Spanish. At Harvard, she is heavily involved in the Latino community, serving as treasurer of Fuerza Latina, the pan-Latino organization on campus and is active in community wide events. She is also incredibly involved with Act on a Dream, the only student-led immigration advocacy organization, which also aims to make a welcoming space for undocumented students on campus, serving as their Director of Operations. Recently, she became a member of the Editorial Board for The Crimson. This summer, Zoe looks forward to interning for the National Partnership of New Americans (NPNA) working to advocate for the rights of New Americans through the fantastic initiatives created by NPNA and to contribute to their success. 

Andrew Badinelli

National Review, New York NY

Andrew Badinelli is a rising junior in Mather House from Brookfield, Connecticut. He is pursuing a concentration in Economics with a secondary field in Government and is particularly interested in the utilization of behavioral economics in public policy. On campus, Andrew is involved with Harvard Model Congress, writes for The Harvard Crimson, and works as a tutor in the Economics Department. As an aspiring writer and avid follower of politics who enjoys listening to podcasts on train commutes to and from New York City, Andrew is excited to be joining National Review this summer. He looks forward to spending his days writing and gaining insight into political journalism and spending his nights searching for even one local New Yorker who calls the city “The Big Apple”.

Samara Ford

NY State Health Foundation, New York NY

Samara Ford is a rising junior in Eliot House. She studies History and Science focusing in medicine and society and is pursuing a citation in Spanish. She hopes to work in the field of public health and is excited to gain experience in an NGO concerned with patient advocacy and health policy.  On campus, she has served on the board of the Harvard Society of Black Scientists and Engineers and teaches dance to middle school students as part of CityStep. She also works at Cabot Science Library, is a student facilitator for Life Sciences 1a, and acts as Assistant Director of Communications for an international, student-run nonprofit called YouthGlobe. In addition to her Director's Internship with the NY State Health Foundation, she looks forward to being a leader for the Freshman Urban Program this summer. 

Isabel Murphy

NYC Department of Media and Entertainment, New York NY

Isabel Murphy is a rising junior, originally from London, England. She is a prospective concentrator in Government with a secondary field in History of Art and Architecture and a citation in Russian language. On campus, she remains close to her roots as a board member of the Harvard British Club. She also participates in the Institute of Politics and the Hasty Pudding Institute. She is a passionate ballerina and danced professionally before university. Having interned during her gap year at the Houses of Parliament in London, she is greatly looking forward to experiencing a different side of the political arena in the New York City Mayor’s Office Department of Media and Entertainment this summer.

Samuel Huang

NYC Economic Development Corporation, New York NY

Samuel Huang is a rising junior in Currier House from Dallas, Texas. He is concentrating in Economics with a secondary in History of Art and Architecture. Samuel devotes his time to working in the Collections Management arm of the Harvard Art Museums and conducting research on the economic impact of the arts. He is also a member of the Fellows and Study Groups team at the IOP, the Harvard College Consulting Group, and the Asian American Dance Troupe. This summer, Samuel is excited to explore the EDC’s public policy, development, and strategic consulting role in the city.

Jin Park

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

Jin Park is a rising junior concentration in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration and Rights. He was born in South Korea and immigrated to New York City, where he has lived ever since. At Harvard, he teaches with PBHA's Chinatown Citizenship to prepare recent Chinese immigrants preparing for their naturalization exams and has formed a nonprofit called HigherDreams, which aims to make access to college education more equitable for undocumented high school students in the US. This summer, he will be working in the Office of Immigrant Affairs in the NYC Mayor's Office, on a direct access program to provide health care to immigrants in NYC. As an immigrant himself, he is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to provide compassionate and coordinated health care to immigrants in NYC.  

Ava Ganik

NYC Mayor's Office of Technology and Innovation, New York NY

Ava Ganik is a rising sophomore in Adams House and a prospective concentrator in Computer Science with a possible language citation in French. Born in New York, she grew up in Prague, Czech Republic before attending high school in the UK and in Harrison, New York. At Harvard, she is on the education committee of Women in Computer Science and is a member of Harvard Model United Nations. Prior to coming to Harvard, she interned at the Neuroimmunological Disease Unit at the NIH. She is particularly interested in the intersection between technology and public policy and looks forward to interning at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation.

Jesse Shelburne

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Washington DC

Jesse Shelburne is a rising junior in Eliot House from Louisville, Kentucky. He is concentrating in Government and is also pursuing a secondary in Psychology. On campus, he chairs the National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement at the IOP, which brings together college students from across the country to build political engagement among young people. He also advises freshmen as a Peer Advising Fellow, works with the Harvard College Democrats, and participates in the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective. His favorite pastime is obsessively following his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats, but he also enjoys other sports, music, television, and food. Jesse is very excited be working at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative where he will work with the Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement team.

Lauren Bromage

Parliament Labour - Rachel Reeves, London UK

Lauren Bromage is a rising senior at Harvard University originally from Leeds, England. She is an African-American Studies concentrator with a secondary field in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights. On campus, she works as a research assistant at the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute. She is also a Quincy House associate for the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations. Lauren is excited to work with Rachel Reeves this summer and be politically involved in her home constituency of Leeds West. 

Hannah Warntjes

Parliament Labour - Seema Malhotra, London UK

Hannah Warntjes is a rising junior in Pforzheimer House from Austin, Texas. At Harvard, she studies Government with a secondary field in Archaeology. On campus, she serves on the executive board for her sorority, Alpha Phi and is involved in the Institute of Politics, having participated in the Women's Initiative in Leadership, the Campaigns and Advocacy Program, and the Fellows and Study Groups Program as well as being a Special Projects MAL. She also serves as a Government Peer Concentration Counselor and a WIL Mentor. Highly interested in comparative government, international relations, and female representation in government, Hannah is looking forward to interning for MP Seema Malhotra in Parliament this summer in order to further explore these fields as well as exploring the UK.

Emma Rose Kantor

Partnership for Public Service, Washington DC

Emma Rose Kantor is a rising senior at Harvard College. She is originally from Scarsdale, New York, but she calls Cabot House home on campus. Emma is concentrating in English with a secondary field in Government. Outside of class, she is Executive Director of CityStep, a nonprofit student-run arts organization, a tour guide for the Admission Office, a Peer Advising fellow, and Publicity Chair of the Cabot House Committee. Emma is thrilled to be a Fellow with the Partnership for Public Service this summer, working on their Education and Outreach team to help connect undergraduate and graduate students with meaningful careers in the public sector, something she aspires to herself.

Olivia Chen

Peace Corps, Washington DC

Olivia Chen is a rising senior in Dunster House studying Environmental Science and Public Policy with a secondary field in Economics. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she is passionate about sustainable urbanization of megacities around Asia and is working on a ​​thesis about Shanghai's policy on urban parks. On campus, she has served as the director of Habitat for Humanity, co-president of the Council on Business and the Environment, and an intern at the Harvard Center for International Development. ​She is a classical pianist and organist. Olivia is looking forward to working at the Peace Corps headquarters in D.C. and learning about data-driven impact evaluation and performance management in international development.

Richa Cahturvedi

Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Washington DC

Richa Chaturvedi is a rising junior in Cabot House from San Diego, California.  She is concentrating in Applied Math with an emphasis in government and a secondary in Computer Science.  Last summer she worked to create mathematical models that maximized the efficacy of social programs at Father Joe’s Villages, a nonprofit dedicated to providing housing, health services, and employment to homeless people.  On campus, she serves as co-president of the online food blog Crimson Crave and is a research assistant at the Institute of Quantitative Social Sciences.  She is excited to bring her passion for the intersection of mathematics, government, and non-biased information to Pew Researc and plans on finding the best restaurants in DC.

Tyrik LaCruise

Philadelphia 2016 DNC Host Committee, Philadelphia PA

Tyrik LaCruise is a rising junior in Eliot from the Bronx, New York. He is a History and Literature concentrator with plans to complete a secondary field in African American Studies. This fall Tyrik will be entering his third year as a Peer Advising Fellow in Weld Hall and will serve as a manager for the Eliot House Grille. When not in the grille or giving advice, he is likely watching tv, reading for fun, or making a new Spotify playlist. Passionate for politics and public service from the start, Tyrik will spend the summer exploring the intersection of those interests at the Philadelphia Democratic National Convention Host Committee. He is excited to contribute to the success of the convention this summer and looks forward to exploring Philadelphia's food.

Maia Silber

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh PA

Maia Silber is a rising senior studying History and Literature. Originally from Cortlandt Manor, New York, she serves as the co-Magazine Chair of The Harvard Crimson. On campus, she works as a tutor for the Harvard College Writing Center and as a research assistant for English Professor Leah Price. Her work has appeared in TimeOut, The Harvard Review and Berfrois. This summer, she looks forward to reporting for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

William Greenlaw

Precision Strategies, Washington DC

William Anthony Greenlaw is a junior living in Pforzheimer House (Pfoho) and serves as Pforzheimer's Senior Representative for the Undergraduate Council. Whenever he is not doing his best to improve student life in Pfoho and on campus at-large, he also enjoys lifting weights, occasional ballroom dancing, and hanging out with friends. A lover of politics, William is concentrating in Government with a citation in the Arabic language. In the future, William hopes to pursue a career of public service and reach toward his goal of elected office.

Zainub Dhanani

Prolepsis, Athens Greece

Zainub Dhanani is a rising senior in Adams House from Atlanta, Georgia. She is a Comparative Study of Religion concentrator with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. On campus, Zainub is heavily involved in many social health organizations. She has previously served as Director of Health Education for Harvard's Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program, is a member of the Community Education and Outreach Committee of Harvard Drug and Alcohol Peer Advisors (DAPA), and serves as the Director of Development for Harvard VISION, which aims to recycle old eyeglasses for distribution in developing countries and provide free optical exams for communities in the Greater Boston Area.  She is a prison mentor for Harvard Interfaith Prison Education and an active photographer for the Harvard Yearbook. Her interests are tied together by her strong passion for social medicine and community-based healthcare initiatives. This summer, Zainub is excited to be working at Prolepsis, where she hopes to use her experiences to address issues of health literacy, public health policy and community intervention in Greece. 

Phoebe Mesard

Public Defenders Service - DC, CLIP, Washington DC

Phoebe Mesard is a rising junior in Mather House from Belmont, Massachusetts. She is concentrating in Social Studies and has studied both French and Arabic at Harvard. Outside of the classroom, she directs Mission Hill After School Program, Boston’s oldest and largest student-run after school program. She also volunteers at Y2Y, the nation’s first student-run homeless shelter for young adults, staffs Model UN conferences through the International Relations Council, and works as a research assistant at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is excited to expand her knowledge of the law and intern through the Criminal Law Internship Program at the Public Defender Service of Washington, DC.

Leni Hirsch

Public Defenders Service - DC, Mental Health, Washington DC

Leni Hirsch is a rising junior pursuing the Mind, Brain, Behavior track of the History and Science concentration. Born and raised in the Washington, DC area she now lives in Pforzheimer House. On campus, Leni is a leader for the First Year Outdoor Program, peer advising fellow, member of the JFK Jr. Forum Committee at the Institute of Politics and contributor to the Harvard Crimson. This summer, Leni is excited to return to DC to work as an investigative intern in the Mental Health Division at the Public Defender Service. It is an organization she has admired for many years, and she is grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to their impactful work.  

Eela Nagaraj

Quorum, Washington DC

Eela Nagaraj is a rising senior in Lowell House from Los Altos, California. She is concentrating in Computer Science and pursuing a secondary field in Germanic Languages and Literatures. At Harvard, Eela is a member of the varsity water polo team and served as co-captain this past year. Eela loves to travel and has spent the past two summers studying German in Munich, Germany and doing machine learning research in Vienna, Austria. She looks forward to staying in the United States this summer to intern as a software developer at Quorum, where she will have the opportunity to improve her coding and design skills. 

Will Deuschle

Quorum, Washington DC

Will Deuschle is a rising junior in Eliot House from Buffalo, New York who is concentrating in Computer Science with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. On campus, Will serves as a leader in the First-Year Outdoor Program, a pre-orientation program for freshmen, and volunteers at Harvard’s student-run homeless shelter as a part of Street Team. He also enjoys his time spent playing for Harvard’s nationally-ranked Ultimate Frisbee team and performing in an improv comedy troupe known as IGP. Over the summer, Will is looking forward to learning about and working on Quorum’s political data platform as a software engineering intern, and he is particularly excited about living in our nation’s capital during a presidential election year.

Kent Haeffner

Republican National Committee, Washington DC

Kent Haeffner is a rising junior in Quincy House pursuing a degree in Government. He originally hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At Harvard, Kent is actively involved in the Institute of Politics Campaigns and Advocacy Program. He is also the Treasurer of the Harvard Republican Club and a member of the Varsity Swimming and Dive team. This summer, Kent will be working at the Republican National Committee as part of their Digital and Data department. He looks forward to helping the GOP reach out to a diverse range of voters, particularly Millenials, using innovative techniques and strategies.

Karl M. Aspelund

Resources for the Future, Washington DC

Karl M. Aspelund is a rising senior in Mather House concentrating in Environmental Science and Public Policy, with a focus on environmental economics. Born in Iceland, he spent much of his childhood in Rhode Island. Both places helped give him a deep interest in environmental issues. At Harvard, Karl is actively involved with the news board of the Harvard Crimson, where he covered the University's Allston developments and the administration of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and now directs the news board's training program. He is also active in the Mather House Committee. Karl looks forward to working at Resources for the Future this summer, where he will participate in research on climate resilience and risk. 

Lillian Albright

Sanctuary for Families, New York NY

Lillian Albright is a rising junior in Eliot House concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Government. Originally from Seattle, Washington, she is very involved in Harvard Pops Orchestra and Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business, while also working as a Public Relations intern for a fashion startup, LookMazing. After taking a course related to slavery in the modern world during her freshman year, Lillian was both excited and empowered by this opportunity with Sanctuary for Families, which is New York’s leading provider to victims of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and other forms of gender violence. She is thrilled to learn more about advocacy, public policy, and education through her experiences this summer.

Lexi Smith

Sierra Club, Washington DC

Lexi Smith is a rising junior in Pforzheimer House from Atlanta, Georgia. She is a joint concentrator in Government and Environmental Science and Public Policy with a focus on the environmental impacts of agricultural policy. Lexi currently serves as the Director of Pets as Therapy, the Co-Chair of CIVICS, and the Earth Day Coordinator of the Environmental Action Committee at Harvard.  She also sits on the board of the Harvard College Democrats, serves as Director of the UN Environmental Programme at Harvard National Model United Nations, and plays flute in a chamber group at Harvard and in a studio at the New England Conservatory.  This summer Lexi will be interning with the Sierra Club in their trade division based out of Washington DC.  Lexi views this internship as the perfect opportunity to bridge her interests in environmental science, law, and policy and looks forward to learning from such an effective environmental advocacy group.

Avni Nahar

Social Finance, Boston MA

Avni Nahar is a rising senior in Mather House originally from South Burlington, Vermont. She studies Sociology and Government with a secondary in South Asian Studies. Outside of class, she works as an intern for the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations and serves on the Mather House Committee and as a peer advising fellow for first-year students. She is also involved with the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatics Club and the South Asian Association. She is interested in better understanding how the resources of the private sector can be used to effect change in the public sector and to exame how entities such as the government, non-profit organizations, and investors can best work together. She is looking forward to interning at Social Finance this summer to address some of these questions and to learn more about the functioning of a non-profit organization.

Eryk Dobrushkin

SocialSphere, Boston MA

Eryk Dobrushkin is a rising sophomore in Cabot House and a prospective joint concentrator in Statistics and Government pursuing a secondary in Economics. Outside the classroom, Eryk is a member of the Harvard Lightweight Rowing team and is passionate about politics. Born and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts he has previously interned in Arlington local government and had been a dedicated volunteer at Arlington High School. Eryk is very much looking forward to working at SocialSphere this summer, and the chance to put his integrated plan of study into action and expand his knowledge of data analytics and social media.

Eleanor Bridge

State Senator Eric Lesser, Boston MA

Ellie Bridge is a rising senior in Winthrop House, originally from Belmont, Massachusetts. She is studying History and Literature in the America field, with a focus in African and African American Studies, and has also completed a citation in French. On campus she serves as President of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, Harvard's mixed-voice choir, where she oversees community development and numerous choral masterworks and projects as part of the nonprofit arts organization. Ellie is also a Peer Advising Fellow to first year students and has spent many summers working with schools and summer enrichment programs in different Boston communities. This summer, Ellie is working for State Senator Eric Lesser where she is eager to learn the power and challenges behind state government and to explore political and legal avenues for her passion for social and education reform.  

Gabriel Karger

Sunlight Foundation, Washington DC

Gabriel Karger is a rising junior in Mather House who is (confusingly) originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts. A Social Studies concentrator who might do a Statistics secondary, Gabriel is interested in questions of ethics and political theory, and is an undergraduate fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics. He is excited to be working at the Sunlight Foundation this summer on projects aiming to create more transparent and open governments in the United States and abroad. On campus, Gabriel is a member Harvard Hillel Undergraduate Steering Committee, and you can often find him at club ultimate practice or at his yoga studio.

Julissa Higgins

TIME Magazine, Washington DC

Julissa Higgins is a rising sophomore, originally from Miami, Florida. She is a prospective History and Literature concentrator pursuing a secondary in Economics and a French citation. After an intensive high school journalism program, she became convinced that journalism is the art form for the curious, and she now wishes to pursue a career in media. On campus, Julissa reports for the Crimson's Fifteen Minutes magazine, has co-chaired a committee for Harvard Model Congress, photographs for the Harvard Yearbook publication, and has created a women's fashion and lifestyle magazine focused on female empowerment and gender equality. Julissa is excited to work with TIME Magazine covering the 2016 presidential election this summer. 

Katie Wu

Tobin Project, Boston MA

Katie Wu is a rising senior in Cabot House from Newton, Massachusetts. She studies History and Literature in the America field, and just completed a semester abroad at the University of Cambridge. On campus, Katie works at the Harvard Art Museums and has contributed as a curatorial intern at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. She is also a member of the Harvard Interfaith Forum, the Radcliffe Pitches, and a hiking leader for the Freshman Outdoor Program. She is interested in further exploring museum education and historical research after college. This summer, she will be working with the Tobin Project on their Media and Democracy initiative, and looks forward to pursuing how historical research can inform questions in the public sphere. 

Benjamin Barnett

Treatment Action Group, New York NY

Benjamin Barnett is a rising senior in Quincy House from Pineville, Kentucky. He is concentrating in Chemistry and has received a language citation in Spanish. He plans on attending medical school after graduation. He enjoys singing with the Harvard Glee Club, where he served as the Special Projects Manager. He is also interested in the food industry and is a fellow in the Food Literacy Project. This summer, Ben will be working with the Treatment Action Group, an HIV/AIDS think-tank, in New York, New York in order to experience the world of health policy.

Berkeley Brown

TurboVote, New York NY

Berkeley Brown is a rising junior in Lowell House. She concentrates in Social Studies and is working toward a secondary field in English. Outside of the classroom, Berkeley serves as Student Life Committee Chair and Student-Faculty Committee Director on the Undergraduate Council, a Peer Advising Fellow, and a member of the College Events Board. She hopes to continue her interest in community engagement through her internship at TurboVote in New York this summer, where she will work to establish partnerships with colleges, businesses, and organizations to increase voter registration. Berkeley also enjoys running, reading and event-planning. 

David Leeds

U.S. Conference of Mayors, Washington DC

David Leeds is a rising senior in Kirkland House concentrating in History and Literature with a secondary in French.  On campus, he is deeply involved in the International Relations Council as a member of Harvard’s Intercollegiate Model United Nations team and as a staffer of both of Harvard’s Model UN conferences.  In addition to also being involved in the Institute of Politics, he is a board member of the Francophone Society and a contributing writer for Change-Magazine.  Originally from New York City, he has had an interest in politics his entire life, interning with elected representatives at the city, state, and national levels. This summer, he is looking forward to further pursuing his interest in using government as a means of improving urban communities through his internship with the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, DC.  

Michael He

U.S. Department of Commerce-SelectUSA, Washington DC

Michael He is a rising junior from Atlanta, Georgia studying Economics with additional coursework in Government and Computer Science. At Harvard, Michael serves as a director for Harvard China Forum and Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations, aiming to increase mutual understanding between the East and the West. Michael has also acted in American television commercials and hopes to someday use media as a platform to transform cultural perceptions. Last summer, Michael interned at the Central Bank of Armenia, at which he researched Chinese investment in the Southern Caucasus region and made travel guide videos in his spare time. This summer, Michael will be working at the US Department of Commerce, focusing on Chinese investment in the US. He is looking forward to exploring his interest in the intersection of business and international relations.

Jack Jue

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

Jack Jue is a rising junior in Pforzheimer House concentrating in Social Studies. He is particularly interested in studying poverty in the United States and educational reform in American schools. Outside of the classroom, he spent his time this year serving as a member of the Honor Council, working as the Head Course Assistant for USW 35: Dilemmas of Equity and Excellence in K-12 Education, volunteer teaching 5th-graders through the Harvard CIVICS program, and learning to climb as a member of the club climbing team. In his spare time Jack enjoys backpacking, beekeeping, and spending time in his home city, San Francisco. 

Cole Edick

U.S. Department of Energy, Washington DC

Cole Edick is a rising senior in Adams House from Omaha, Nebraska. Studying Anthropology with a secondary field in Theater, Dance and Media, he will be writing his senior thesis on the politics and culture of alternative journalism in Boston. Cole was a research assistant at the IOP last summer and has also been a member of the CIVICS, Education Policy, and the Campaigns and Advocacy Programs at the IOP. However, he spends most of his time on campus making theater as an active member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club. He is also a staff writer for the Harvard International Review and a member of the Crimson Key Society. Cole is looking forward to a full summer in the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Energy, where he will learn more about media and communications by working in press, digital media, and speechwriting.

Grace Aranow

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

Grace Aranow is a senior at Harvard College pursuing a degree in Psychology, Global Health and Health Policy. Originally from Dedham, Massachusetts, Grace is now a proud resident of Kirkland House. Born and raised in by a psychiatrist and a lawyer, Grace has always been interested in policy and healthcare. She has engaged with these issues both inside the classroom and out, spending a summer at a healthcare technology start-up in Boston and the fall semester on the House of Representatives Congressional Floor under Leader Pelosi. Grace sees public service as the ideal venue to serve her country while exploring her passion for healthcare policy. She is excited to return to DC this summer and work in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Celeste Mendoza

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington DC

Celeste Mendoza is a rising senior in Leverett House from Selma, California. She is pursuing a concentration in Government with particular interests in American government and international relations. On campus, Celeste serves as the Leverett House Committee Chair, a News Executive for the Crimson, and a research assistant in the Social Studies department. Celeste is excited to be interning at the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the White House Liaison this summer.

Lynnea Shuck

U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington DC

Lynnea Shuck is a rising sophomore in Currier House from Fremont, California. Combining her interests in environmental policy, political philosophy, and literature, she plans to pursue a focus of environmental issues within a joint Government and English concentration. On campus, Lynnea is involved as a committee member on the Leadership Development Initiative, a program that brings leaders from the community to share their perspectives on the tenets of leadership with students. She sings with the Harvard University Choir and works on policy research with the IOP Policy program. Lynnea is very excited to explore her interest in environmental policy this summer at the United States Department of Interior.    

Emma Kromm

U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington DC

Emma Kromm is a rising junior at Harvard College, concentrating in Social Studies with a focus in history and theory of welfare economics. She spends most of her free time singing with the Harvard Callbacks, an a capella group on campus, and has also been in musical theater productions. Emma has also enjoyed spending time at the IOP, participating in the Women's Initiative in Leadership program and writting for the Harvard Political Review. Emma is very excited to be spending the summer in Washington, DC at the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary.

Molly Cinnamon

U.S. Digital Service - Department of Homeland Security, Washington DC

Molly Cinnamon is a rising junior studying Government and Computer Science. She is particularly interested in the intersection of the two fields, whether by helping shape policy related to technology or using technology to make government more efficient. She pursues these interests as an intern at the Berkman Center, Harvard Law School's Center for Internet and Society, and as a researcher in the IOP STEAM Initiative. In her spare time, Molly enjoys filmmaking (inspired by Wes Anderson), reading (David Sedaris, specifically), and playing squash (poorly). She is very much looking forward to interning at the US Digital Service.

Adam Mohsen-Breen

U.S. Senator Shaheen, Washington DC

Adam Mohsen-Breen is a rising sophomore at Harvard University, originally from Moorestown, New Jersey. He is a prospective joint-concentrator in Government and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, with a particular interest in modern Middle-Eastern politics. On campus, he serves as Director of Public Relations for Harvard Model United Nations, and is Co-Director of a volunteer dance-outreach program on campus called Dancing to Heal. He is also the Director of Events for the Harvard Club Flag-Football team and works as a volunteer football coach at the Cambridge Community Center. Adam is very excited to explore the environment of the US legislature working with US Senator Jeanne Shaheen in Washington, DC this summer.

Kay Lu

U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington DC

Kay (Kaiyue) Lu is a rising junior in Lowell House. She pursues a joint concentration in Mathematics and East Asian Studies, hoping to devote herself to quantitative social science in the future. Coming from China to study in the US, she is very interested in public policy and international relations, particular US-Sino relations. She has been an active member of several international conferences, such as Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations and Harvard China Forum. In her spare time, she danced, wrote, and visited museums of all kinds. She is interested in small business and entrepreneurship and directs the social entrepreneurship incubator program "Synergy" on campus. This summer, she is more than excited to join SBA and contribute to their work. 

Megan Sims

Victory Institute, Washington DC

Megan Sims is a rising junior in Cabot House from Dallas, Texas. She is concentrating in Folklore and Mythology with a secondary in the History of Science. While at Harvard, Megan has served as President of Sexual Health Education and Advocacy throughout Harvard College, been a board member of Speak Out Loud, a staff Writer for The Harvard Independent, and a mentor through the Athena Program. Megan is excited to spend the summer doing LGBTQ+ advocacy at the Victory Institute, a continuation of her previous advocacy work at the National Council of Jewish Women and NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. She hopes this work will carry over to her internship at the Office of BLGTQ Student Life next year and to her future advocacy.

Dan Holmqvist

Vietnam Program at HKS, The Fulbright School, Vietnam

Dan Holmqvist is a rising senior in Leverett House from Malden, Massachusetts. He is an Economics concentrator interested in the development of emerging economies. Last year, he travelled for six months as part of a gap year to Vietnam, and is excited return to Southeast Asia this summer to do research during an exciting time in the region’s development. At Harvard, Dan is the social chair of the Vietnamese Association as well as a member of the Sports Analytics Club. His interests outside the classroom include reading, biking, playing soccer, and watching sports.

Caleb Lewis

Vox, Washington DC

Caleb Lewis is a rising senior from Cincinnati, Ohio studying Cellular and Molecular Biology with a secondary. Though the bulk of his academic time at Harvard has been devoted to studying the life sciences, he has always had a passion for reading, writing, and storytelling. Outside of the classroom he has been a part of many publication and arts organizations including The Crimson, The Advocate, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Drama Club. He is very excited to spend his summer at Vox, as it will allow him the opportunity to combine his analytical background with his love of writing.

Steven Hao

Winston Group, Washington DC

Steven Hao is a rising junior in Quincy House concentrating in Government with a secondary in Economics. Originally hailing from Vancouver, Canada, Steven is involved with the Harvard Crimson's Arts Board, primarily as a film critic. In this capacity, he has been able to indulge his love of movies and even had the privilege of covering the 2016 Cannes Film Festival on location. Outside of the Crimson, he has contributed to multiple iterations of Harvard Model United Nations, serving both as part of the administrative team and as the committee director. This summer, Steven is excited to be working with the Winston Group, a political strategy firm specializing in opinion research and communications. There, he hopes to deepen his understanding of public opinion, data, and message design within the world of American politics. 

Kendall Jackson

World Health Organization, Geneva Switzerland

Kendall Jackson is a rising senior in Cabot House from Marietta, Georgia. She is concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology, with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. She co-directs and mentors through Strong Women Strong Girls, which serves third-to-fifth grade girls across Boston. She also acts as social co-chair for Cabot HoCo, a Pre-Health Peer Liaison (PPL) PAF, and a research assistant at the Ragon Institute. As a pre-medical student, she has an interest in caring for patients and also working on policy or as a healthcare administrator. As such, she is thrilled to be interning in the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Unit at the World Health Organization this summer.