Director's Intern Highlight: Kiera O'Brien

Kiera O'Brien, National Republican Congressional Committe

Kiera a rising Junior in Leverett House originally from Ketchikan, Alaska. She is concentrating in Government with a potential secondary in Environmental Science and Public Policy.

This summer she is excited to be joining the National Republican Congressional Committee's Data Department. 

"This internship is an incredible opportunity to gain exposure to two seemingly very different fields at the same time -- partisan politics and data analytics. Being at the NRCC has given me the opportunity to learn a lot about programming and politics in a very short period of time, and to work alongside the Committee's data analysts to get a deeper understanding of the Party's prospects.

What I've enjoyed the most so far is, surprisingly, learning how to code! I came into the internship with zero background in computer science, but come to enjoy the logic and puzzles in my everyday tasks."

On campus, Kiera is the President of the Harvard Republican Club, Membership Chair of the Institute of Politics, and a board member of the Open Campus Initiative. Outside of Harvard she is the Vice President of Students for Carbon Dividends. Earlier this summer, she spoke at the Teen Vogue Summit in New York City.

The Director’s Internship program is a signature of the IOP. Since 1995, the IOP has partnered with high-profile organizations and elected officials around the world to provide substantive, career-oriented summer internships for undergraduate students interested in politics, government, and public service. These are fully-funded internships that allow students to gain experience in the public sector that may otherwise be difficult to obtain or finance. Students have reported these internships as leading to careers, larger networks, and significant development of professional skills.

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