2018 Director's Interns

Andres De Loera-Brust

The Brookings Institution

Andres de Loera-Brust is a rising Junior in Eliot House studying Economics with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. He is proudly from Davis California in the Sacramento Valley. On campus, he is an active member of the Institute of Politics, serving as a commission chair for the Policy Program and the director of Cambridge debates for the Harvard Political Union. He also participates in research and advocacy around electoral reform through Harvard Undergraduate Voters Choose and mentors middle and high schoolers in debate through the Harvard College Mentors for Urban Debate. In addition to extracurriculars, Andres has been a Research Assistant at the Graduate School of Education for the past year. This summer he will be working at the Brookings Institution's Center for Health Policy in an internship cosponsored by the Harvard Global Health Institute. He looks forward to learning a lot and exploring the great city of Washington DC!

Elma Sarajlija

Elma Sarajlija is a rising sophomore in Currier House from Frankfort, NY. She is a prospective Government concentrator with a secondary field in Economics and a language citation in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. On campus, she is a research assistant for the Harvard GovernmentDepartment as well as a member of the Harvard College Democrats. Elma also partakes in the Harvard South Slavic Society, a cultural group for students with ties to the Balkan region. Passionate about politics and public policy, Elma looks forward to working for the Office of Senator Jeanne Shaheen this summer and experiencing everything that Capitol Hill and Washington D.C. have tooffer.

Juliet Pesner

270 Strategies
Chicago, Illinois

Juliet Pesner is a rising Junior in Quincy House studying Government with a secondary in Economics. At Harvard, she works as a Recruitment Coordinator for the Digital Laboratory for the Social Science. She is also Managing Director of Harvard Consulting on Business and the Environment, a student-run, strategy consulting nonprofit that works in tech, life sciences, and sustainability, and a coxswain on the women’s lightweight crew team. She looks forward to exploring a breadth of nonprofit, private sector, and political spaces with 270 Strategies.

Meena Venkataramanan

ABC News- Political Unit
Washington, D.C.

 

Meena Venkataramanan is a rising sophomore in Adams House from Tucson, Arizona. She plans to study Government and English with a secondary in South Asian Studies. At Harvard, Meena serves as an Institutes of Politics Communications Fellow and the Outreach Chair of the CIVICS program, through which she teaches a weekly civics class to Boston fifth-graders. In addition to liaising for Dan Balz, the Chief Correspondent of The Washington Post, Meena is a staff writer at The Harvard Crimson and the Harvard Political Review. She also competes on the Harvard Mock Trial team and is involved in several public service and cultural activities on campus. In her free time, Meena enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with friends and family. She is excited to be spending this pivotal summer in the nation’s capital engaging with the dynamic news cycle at ABC News Political Unit.

Samantha Gamble

Advancement Project
Washington, D.C.

Samantha Gamble is a rising sophomore in Quincy from Washington, DC, who intends to concentrate in Social Studies with a possible secondary in African-American Studies. Samantha was very involved in social justice and activism in high school, and brought those interests to Harvard through her role as a Diversity Peer Educator in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. On campus, Samantha is also a member of the Association for Black Harvard Women and the Harvard Organization for Prison Education and Reform. Samantha is excited for the social justice work she will get to do at Advancement Project and looks forward to the opportunity to pursue her interests in a structural capacity.

Derek Paulhus

Amnesty International
Washington, D.C.

Derek Paulhus is a rising senior from South Florida, concentrating in Government with a secondary in Ethnicity Migration and Rights, and a language citation in Spanish. On campus, he is the chair of the Community Action Committee, a volunteer for EVKids, and a senior staffer for several Harvard Model Congress conferences. Last summer, Derek interned with the Center for International Policy, working on issues related to human rights and US foreign policy. In his free time, Derek enjoys running and listening to music, as well as following Boston sports.

 

Makeila Jamison

Assemblyman Michael Blake
New York, NY

Makeila Jamison is a rising sophomore in Cabot House, originally from New York City. She plans to concentrate in Social Studies with a secondary in African and African American Studies. Outside of the classroom, she is a research assistant at the Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, plays on the Women’s Club Basketball team, and is apart of Harvard College Project for Justice, a group focused on prison reform. This summer, she looks forward to working at the Office of Assembly member Michael Blake and learning about the inner-workings of state legislatures as well as political campaigning.

Scott Kall

Born this Way Foundation
Remote

Scott Kall is a rising junior in Kirkland House from Hudson, Massachusetts, and is concentrating in Sociology with a secondary in Theater, Dance, and Media. On campus, Scott is a cast member of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, and has acted and produced shows with the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club. If Scott isn’t in Farkas or performing elsewhere, you can probably find him in the Kirkland Dining Hall chatting with friends or at one of the three Starbucks in Harvard Square. Having developed a strong passion for social innovation and nonprofit work since first arriving at Harvard, Scott is extremely excited to work with the Born this Way Foundation this summer. In particular, Scott is very interested in issues of youth engagement and mental health awareness, and is excited to help this incredible organization push its mission forward.

Jamie Halper

Boston Globe
Boston, MA

Jamie Halper is a rising junior in Adams House from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She studies History with a focus on American legal history and plans to complete a secondary in Government. She is a Central Administration reporter and Digital Strategist for The Harvard Crimson. Last summer, Jamie worked for The Jerusalem Post in Israel covering politics, protests, and business innovation. She hopes to pursue a career that merges her interests in law and journalism.

Audrey Thorne

Brady Center
Washington, D.C.

Audrey Thorne is a junior for New York City currently living in Pforzheimer House and studying English. On campus, she acts as Co-President of the Harvard Undergraduate BGLTQ+ Business Society, Co-President of Her Campus Harvard, Co-President of Club Bowling, a Publicity Producer of plays on campus, and a mentor through SWAG to College. She is passionate about advocacy work and looks forward to conducting research, drafting and editing correspondence, reports, and proposals, participating in special events meetings, assisting with special and administrative projects, and creating her own project this summer for the Nonprofits Business Partnerships Department of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Sam Throm

British Foreign & Commonwealth Office
London, England

Sam Throm is a junior in the college studying Government, particularly international relations. Originally from West Des Moines, Iowa, he has always looked to expand his horizon beyond his hometown and see the world and its people. He’s interning this summer at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, hoping to see just a little bit of what international diplomacy looks like in the real world!

Saffron Huang

British Foreign & Commonwealth Office
London, England

Saffron Huang is a rising junior in Dunster studying Applied Mathematics- Sociology with a German language citation. She is a Research Partner for a professor in Sociology and Public Policy, a project manager for Developers for Development and a Food Literacy Project Fellow. She is interested in economics, foreign affairs, international development, entrepreneurship, big data, networks and food systems, among other things. In her spare time, you’ll find her biking around Cambridge, attempting yoga poses, or woodworking. She is looking forward to interning as an economics analyst at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and can’t wait to see what she can learn and contribute in this role.

Chad Borgman

CBS News-Face the Nation
Washington, D.C.

Chad Borgman is a rising junior at Harvard University from Coopersville, Michigan. He studies English and Government, and is interested in investigative journalism and U.S. foreign policy. At Harvard, he teaches a weekly civics class in Boston and Cambridge public schools, writes for the Harvard Political Review, serves as a peer advising fellow, and is president of the Harvard College Club Flag Football Team. In his free time, he enjoys playing pickup basketball, reading American literature, and watching Michigan sports teams. Last summer, he worked around various farms at home while editing for the Harvard Political Review. This summer, he is extremely excited to join the CBS News Face the Nation Sunday program to help bring informative and insightful news coverage of the most pressing issues in American politics to Americans across the country.

Rachel Tropp

Children's Defense Fund
Washington, D.C.

Rachel Tropp is a rising junior in Dunster House from Trumbull, Connecticut. She is concentrating in Government and plans to pursue a secondary in History. She is an active member of the IOP, as Communications Director for the Harvard Political Union, a spring 2017 liaison for Congressman Christopher Shays, and a member of the CIVICS leadership team. Outside of the IOP, she is Publicity Chair of the Dunster House Committee and a member of the Small Claims Advisory Service, through which she provides legal information to Massachusetts residents. She enjoys working at Dunster Grille in her spare time. She is excited to work at the Children’s Defense Fund this summer, focusing on policies to improve the outcomes and opportunity for all children in America. 

 

Teddy Landis

Civic Nation
Washington, D.C.

Teddy Landis is a sophomore studying sociology and is the Director's Intern at Civic Nation in Washington D.C. Teddy, along with a group of Harvard community members, founded Harvard Votes, a university-wide initiative aimed to improve Harvard's voter turnout rate. Teddy is the student chair of the Harvard Public Opinion Project, America's longest-running poll of youth political attitudes, and serves on the JFK Jr. Forum Committee. Teddy also writes for SatireV and dances with the Expressions Dance Company. In his free time, Teddy can be found watching The Office and scrolling mindlessly through Twitter. 

Petra Laura Oreskovic

CNN-
New York, NY

Petra Laura Oreskovic is a rising junior in Pforzheimer House from Zagreb, Croatia. She studies Applied Mathematics with a focus in Economics, and she is particularly interested in political economics. On campus, she is an editor for The Harvard Crimson and she serves on the board of the European Society. Last summer, she assisted the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's director of the Europe program in researching foreign involvement in European elections. She also worked for RTL Television, and the two experiences have contributed to her passion for international relations analysis and incisive journalism. Petra is excited to combine the two and learn more about them this summer at CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS.

David Attia

CNN- Fareed Zakaria
New York, New York

George-Alexander Attia is a rising junior in Lowell House, from Lexington Massachusetts. He is a Government concentrator completing a French language citation. Born in New York to Tunisian and Greek-American parents along with a twin brother, George-Alexander has lived in New York, Montreal, D.C., and Massachusetts. He has previously interned at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Partners in Health, and Thrive Global. Passionate about international relations, George-Alexander is looking forward to interning this summer with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.

Anna Kuritzkes

CNN- The Situation Room
Washington, D.C.

Anna Kuritzkes is a rising junior from New York City. At Harvard, she concentrates in History and Literature with a focus in American Studies and lives in Pforzheimer House. This year, she was an editor of the news and editorial boards of the Crimson and a member of the College Events Board. She is looking forward to working for The Situation Room at CNN and spending this summer in Washington, D.C.

Festus Ojo

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Technology Services and Security
Boston, MA

Festus Ojo is a rising sophomore in Currier House originally from Ile Ife, Nigeria but he calls Atlanta, Georgia home. He studies Applied Mathematics, and is interested in biology and computer science. At Harvard, he conducts research on renewable energy opportunities with the Institute of Politic's STEAM Initiative as well as chronicling clinical work with CareZoom, a start up founded by Harvard Medical School students. In his free time, he enjoys running and listening to hip-hop. This summer, he is thrilled to work in Boston as a Strategy Analyst for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Technology Services.

Jeremy Stepansky

Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX)
Washington, D.C.

Jeremy Stepansky is a rising sophomore in Mather House from Montclair, New Jersey. Combining his interests in political science, public service, and music, he is a B.A./M.M. candidate in Harvard/Berklee’s dual degree program, with plans to pursue a joint concentration in Government and Music at Harvard, and a masters in music performance/composition at Berklee. On campus, Jeremy has been involved with the Harvard Democrats’ Campaigns Committee and Policy & Publicity Committee, where he served as Bill Captain for Lobby Day legislation on climate change mitigation, as well as lobbying for a wide range of citizen protections. He is also a member of the IOP's Campaigns & Advocacy Program, and recently joined WHRB. As a multi-instrumentalist and composer, he has contributed original music and performed in campus productions, including the Freshman Arts Program revue and First-Year musical, and, through his studies in Applied Music Activism, helped create a PSA with Puerto Rican musicians to advocate for aiding economic recovery in Puerto Rico through waiving the Jones Act. Jeremy is very excited to work in the Office of Congressman Joaquin Castro in DC this summer and learn about the legislative process up close.

 

Aidan Fitzsimmons

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

Aidan Fitzsimons is a rising junior in Winthrop House from Swansea, Massachusetts. He is concentrating in Social Studies because he is endlessly fascinated and excited by humanity. On campus he can be found reading in trees or giving dramatic tours of the university. Last summer, he hitchhiked all around the United States talking to people and exploring the country, which forms the basis for his upcoming novel about youth, learning, and modern America. This summer, Aidan is absolutely ecstatic to intern for his own representative, Congressman Joe Kennedy III, and serve Massachusetts' Fourth District.

Richard Sweeney

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik-NY
Washington, D.C.

Richard Sweeney is a rising sophomore in Quincy House from Albany, New York. He plans on concentrating in Applied Math and Economics with a secondary in Government. He is interested in how quantitative methods can be used to help solve public policy problems. On campus, he plays tuba in the Harvard University Band and is involved in the IOP’s Public Opinion Project. He is very excited to be working for Congresswoman Stefanik in Washington DC this summer where he hopes to learn more about public service, politics and the legislative process.

Jacob Link

Cook Political Report
Washington, D.C.

Jacob Link is a rising senior in Lowell House from Hereford, Texas.  He concentrates in History, with a secondary in Russian Language & Literature.  Interested in journalism and international politics, Jacob is an associate managing editor at the Harvard Political Review, and worked last summer as a policy assistant for ALDE Group in the European Parliament.  He also plays for the Harvard Polo Club, and helps run the on-campus Texas Club.  This summer, he is excited to be working for Cook Political Report and further explore a career in political journalism.

Fiona Fitzgerald

Councilor Michelle Wu
Boston, MA

Fiona Fitzgerald is a rising senior in Eliot House from Boston, Massachusetts. She is studying History and Literature with a secondary in Italian Language Studies. On campus, she is the co-President of The Seneca 501 (c)(3), a women’s advocacy and social organization on Harvard’s campus. She also is a member of the Small Claims Advisory Service and conducts research on financial distress and small claims court at Harvard Law School’s Access to Justice Lab. She is excited to be intern this summer with Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu and serve the greater Boston community.

Jenna Gray

Crooked Media
Los Angeles, CA

Jenna Gray is a rising senior in Leverett House from Philadelphia. Jenna studies Sociology with a secondary in Studies of Women, Gender, & Sexuality. On campus, you'll find her writing for campus publications, conducting research, or working at the Women's Center. Through her studies in sociology, Jenna enjoys analyzing how people construct identities around race, class, gender, and sexuality (among other categories) and how these constructions are reinforced or represented in media. Jenna hopes to pursue a career in media to share the ideas she loves discussing in the classroom with the wider public. Through her work, she strives to amplify the voices of underrepresented and marginalized groups and increase understanding of their struggles.

Charlotte Davis

DC Public Defender Service
Washington, D.C.

Charlotte Davis is a rising senior in Quincy House, originally from Stilwell, Kansas. She studies History & Literature at Harvard, with a secondary in Spanish. On campus she is involved in Harvard Model Congress, is a resource advocate with the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, and is a member of the women's club soccer team. After spending last summer working on prison reform in Mexico, Charlotte discovered her passion for learning about, and aspiring to create changes in, the criminal justice system. This summer, she is thrilled to be interning with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where she will be an investigative intern helping collect evidence and testimonies for trial. She is excited to work with the Public Defender Service this summer to help advocate for the citizens who are most disadvantaged by the nation's broken criminal justice system. 

Amanda Powers

Democratic National Committee
Washington, D.C.

Amanda is a rising sophomore from Newton, Massachusetts. She will be living in Cabot House, and plans to concentrate in Social Studies. When not in class, Amanda can be found phonebanking or lobbying with the Harvard College Democrats, organizing with the Student Labor Action Movement, or assisting Massachusetts residents through the Small Claims Advisory Service. Amanda has also participated in the Women's Initiative in Leadership, the Campaigns and Advocacy Program, and the Politics of Race and Ethnicity program at the IOP, and serves as a Freshman Fellow for Harvard Hillel, where she focuses on building community within the freshman class. She is excited to be spending the summer interning in the DNC Office of the Chair in D.C., helping Democrats get elected in 2018 and learning more about politics on a national scale.

David Gutierrez

Digital Government Unit, Ministry of Administration
Mexico City, Mexico

David Gutierrez is a rising Senior concentrating in Social Studies with a minor in Economics. Originally from Colombia, David currently lives in East Windsor, New Jersey. He actively seeks to continue being aware of Latin American political and economic events as many of his family members still live in Colombia. On campus, David is the Assessment and Evaluations Chair for the Phillips Brooks House Association and enjoys playing soccer with the Harvard B Club Soccer team. Interested in Latin American development, David is thrilled to be working for the Digital Government Unit of the Ministry of Public Administration. 

Emily Shen

Echelon
Washington, D.C.

Emily Shen is a rising junior in Adams House from San Jose, California. She is concentrating in history and literature and computer science. Emily is thrilled to spend the summer in D.C. interning for Echelon Insights.

Maria Perez Franco

ELA (Equipo Latinoamericana de Justicia y Genero)
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Maria Perez Franco is a rising junior in Currier House studying Economics with a secondary in Sociology. She was originally born in Guatemala, but grew up for most of her life in Dallas, TX. On campus, she is Co-Executive Director for the Latina Empowerment and Development Conference put on by Latinas Unidas. Along with this, she works as a Diversity Peer Educator under the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and as a Student Coordinator for the Harvard First Generation Program for the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. Outside of school, she loves to walk her dog and go on road trips with her family. Maria is thrilled to be working with ELA this summer and combine her passion for empowering women, social justice, and Latin America.

Eric Cheng

Erase the Hate
New York, NY

Eric Cheng is a rising junior in Quincy House concentrating in Economics with a secondary field in Mind, Brain, and Behavior. Originally from Troy, Michigan, he is interested in the intersection of behavioral studies and public service in addition to their applications to entertainment and media. On campus, Eric is a cast member of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals and is involved in acting with the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club. He is a Peer Advising Fellow, a proctor for the First-Year Arts Program, and a member of On Harvard Time. He is also involved with dance on campus through Expressions Dance Company and Eleganza. Last summer, he served as an intern with the GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders. This summer, he is excited to build on his interest in social justice through working with Erase the Hate, NBCUniversal and Civic Nation's reinvented campaign dedicated to supporting and amplifying the efforts of individuals and organizations working towards a hate-free America.

Olivia Phillips

FEMA
Wa

Olivia Phillips is a rising junior in Kirkland House from South Attleboro, Massachusetts, studying applied mathematics with an application field in linguistics. She sings alto in Under Construction, Harvard’s Christian a cappella group, and is the treasurer for Harvard Right to Life. This summer, Olivia is looking forward to interning at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and learning about the inner workings of how the government prepares for and responds to crises. Olivia has been interested in studying natural disasters since elementary school, when she performed a research project on earthquakes and spent hours on the FEMA kids’ website to do her research. She is excited to spend this summer working at the intersection of applied math and public service while interning with the organization that spurred one of her greatest interests.

Amanda Wasserman

Fundacion Ciudadano InteligenteAmanda Wasserman
Santiago, Chile

Amanda Wasserman is a rising sophomore in Mather House who grew up between Tulsa, Oklahoma and Parkland, Florida. She plans to pursue a joint concentration in Romance Languages & Literatures and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations. On campus, Amanda serves as Co-President of Recruitment for the International Relations Council, works as a Research Assistant at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and volunteers at a bilingual school. Amanda is a member of WHRB 95.3FM, and in her free time, you can find her listening to music and planning her next trip. She is looking forward to her summer at Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente and cannot wait to bring what she learns back to campus!

Samantha Tham

Global Health Corps
New York, New York

Samantha Tham is a rising junior living in Winthrop House. She is concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a potential secondary in either East Asian Studies or Global Health and Health Policy. Outside of the classroom, she is involved in the Chinese Students Association, Organization of Asian American Sisters in Service. In addition, she is an active member of Phillips Brook House Association, where she participates in Mission Hill After School Program and Chinatown ESL. This summer, she is very excited to be interning with Global Health Corps in New York City to learn more about public global health and nonprofit management.

Deanna Gutierrez

Harvard Institute of Politics New Frontier Awards & New Members of Congress
Cambridge, MA

Deanna Gutierrez is a rising junior in Adams House from Los Alamos, New Mexico. She is a Government concentrator with an interest in American politics, and is pursuing a secondary in economics. On campus, Deanna is a volunteer with the Institute of Politics’ CIVICS Program where she teaches civics and government to 5th grade students in the greater Boston area. In addition, she is a senior staffer for Harvard Model Congress and a member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company. 

Stephanie Eble

Healthy London Partnership
London, England

Stephanie Eble is a rising senior in Kirkland House, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. On campus, she is a member of the Women's Heavyweight Crew team. Stephanie is interested in issues related to health care delivery and health policy, particularly as they relate to behavioral health. She will be interning at the Healthy London Partnership this summer in the Health and Care Devolution Programme.

David Hernandez

Indivisible
Washington, D.C.

David Hernandez is a rising junior at Harvard University from the city of Newark, NJ. He is concentrating in Social Studies, with a focus on race, class, and education in urban America. At Harvard, he teaches civics in a Boston elementary school, serves as a Peer Advising Fellow for the College, and is President of the Latino Men’s Collective. In his free time, he enjoys playing and learning from the games of basketball and chess. Last summer, he worked with Common Cause in New York City, a non-profit that focuses on voting rights and election reform. This summer, he is very excited to work with Indivisible to reimagine the ways in which people interact with their governments on every level.

Kathryn Kuhar

JFK Library
Boston, MA

Kathryn Kuhar is a rising junior in Pforzheimer House, born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She is History concentrator with a prospective secondary in Government. On Campus, she is a photographer and writer for The Harvard Crimson and travels the world directing at Model United Nations Conferences. Kathryn loves to travel and explore new parts of the world whenever she can. She is excited to be working at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston this summer where she hopes to improve her research skills and learn about JFK's life and legacy.

Jonathan Adler

KIPP NYC
New York, NY

Jonny Adler is a rising senior in Adams House who studies History & Literature with a secondary field in Economics and a language citation in Mandarin Chinese. Originally from New York City, Jonny is excited to return home for the summer and hopes to explore the city in his free time. Outside of class, Jonny is a Peer Advising Fellow (PAF) for first-year students, and starting next year he will be one of eight student leaders of the PAF program. He also sings in the Harvard Glee Club and enjoys running and solving crossword puzzles. Jonny is passionate about education and education reform and is thrilled to be working with KIPP NYC this summer. 

Rachel Khan

Lady Parts Justice League
New York, New York

Rachel Kahn is a rising junior in Leverett House from Lexington, MA. She is studying History and Literature in the American Studies field with a secondary in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. On campus, she sings with the Harvard Opportunes, acts with the HRDC, and writes for Satire V. This past year, she was also the co-director of Response Peer Counseling, a group of undergraduates who specialize in discussing issues of consent and sexual assault. She is so excited to be working with Lady Parts Justice League, uniting her passions for the arts and for women's/BGLTQ rights to destigmatize abortion and make it accessible to all. 

Regina Fairfax

Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Washington, D.C.

Regina Fairfax is a Summer 2018 Undergraduate Intern for the Communications project. Originally from Chevy Chase, MD, Regina is a rising junior at Harvard College studying psychology with a secondary in English. At school, Regina mentors freshman on campus and tutors for Developmental and Abnormal Psychology. Regina is involved in Harvard Model Congress (HMC), a mock Congress conference that she helps run for high school students in Boston, San Fransisco, and Asia, as well as Model United Nations. Regina chairs the Diversity and Inclusive committee for HMC, and sits on the board for a community service organization that provides free legal information to Massachusetts residents. She hopes to attend law school after graduating from college.

Joyce Lu

Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service
Washington, D.C.

Joyce Lu is a rising sophomore in Kirkland House and plans to concentrate in Statistics with a secondary in Environmental Science and Public Policy. An enthusiastic member of the campus music scene, she plays in the Bach Society Orchestra and the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. She is also part of Harvard Model Congress, Engineers Without Borders, and the IOP Education Policy Group. On sunny days, you can find her playing badminton with her entryway or avoiding Lamont. Joyce is incredibly excited and grateful for the opportunity to spend her summer on Capitol Hill.

Anum Shafqat

MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL

Anum Shafqat is a rising sophomore in Adams House, originally from Chicago, Illinois. She is interested in studying Social Studies or Government. On campus, she is a member of The Harvard Crimson and acts as a Print Editor and Arts Staff Writer. Anum enjoys creative writing, filmmaking, and politics. As someone who has limited experience in the communications fields, she is extremely eager to be working with the MacArthur Foundation this summer. She is especially excited to learn more about public relations and journalism.

Taylor Li

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

Taylor Li is a rising senior in Cabot House, originally from Thousand Oaks, California. He studies Government, and is interested in issues relating to healthcare and international relations. At Harvard, he serves as an EMT, is the finance officer of CrimsonEMS, and is involved with PBHA. In his free time, he enjoys exploring Boston and eating food with friends. This summer, he is excited to work with the Massachusetts Attorney General in the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau to enforce laws protecting the Commonwealth. Taylor hopes to ultimately pursue a career in law and government and looks forward to being a part of both these processes during his internship!

Caden Petersmeyer

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
Boston, MA

Caden Petersmeyer is a rising senior from Washington, DC. A resident of Kirkland House, Caden concentrates in Social Studies, with a focus on the modern American economy a secondary in History. Outside the classroom, he is Co-Editor of the Harvard Historical Review, an officer in the John Adams Debate Society, and he volunteers as a mentor for the International Campus Ambassador program. As a history lover, policy wonk, and political junkie, Caden spends most of his spare time reading biographies and the news. He is thrilled to be spending the summer pursuing his interest in innovative government policy in Gov. Baker’s Office.

Elizabeth Quiñonez

Massachusetts Office of Early Education and Care
Boston, MA

Elizabeth Quiñonez is a rising senior from Brookline, Massachusetts. She is majoring in Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology with a minor in Ethnicity, Migration, Rights. During the school year, she serves as president of Harvard College Children's Stories, enjoys making dinner at the youth homeless shelter in Harvard Square, and volunteers as a citizenship tutor through the Institute of Politics. Interested in the intersection of public policy, education, and psychology research, Elizabeth is thrilled to join the Department of Early Education and Care, and the Center of the Developing Child this summer.

Vanessa Ruales

Massachusetts Senator Eric Lesser
Boston, MA

Vanessa is a rising junior at Harvard University concentrating in Social Studies with a likely focus on obesity prevention policy in Latin America. She is originally from Ecuador, but has lived most of her life in Jacksonville, FL, and currently lives in Springfield, MA. She has been an active member in the IOP since her freshman year, participating in the Policy Program, writing for the HPR, and serving as Co-Chair of the Visiting Fellows Program as well as liaison in Fellows & Study Groups. Outside the IOP, Vanessa is a board member of Harvard College Effective Altruism and a research assistant at Harvard Kennedy School’s Minson Conflict and Collaboration Lab on behavioral insights. She is very excited to start working in the Office of Massachusetts Senator Eric Lesser this summer.

Abby Bloomfield

Member of Parliament Rachel Reeves
London, England

Abby is a rising Junior in Leverett House. She studies Applied Math and Economics in the hopes of using her quantitive reasoning skills to benefit causes and organizations that she cares about.

 

Abby's passion for government and public service led her to Harvard's Institute of Politics (IOP). At the IOP, she is a member of the Student Advisory Committee and co-chairs the Fellows and Study Group Program where she manages 40 students to host 6 politically prominent individuals each semester. Outside of the IOP, Abby co-led a tap-water campaign for the Class of 2020 and was a course assistant for multivariable calculus. 

 

Originally from Boulder Colorado, Abby's default expression is a smile. When not in Lamont (her favorite library), you can find her running along the Charles, watching an improv show, or debating current events with her roommates.

 

AIdan Langston

Member of Parliament Seema Malhotra
London, England

Aidan Langston is a rising senior from Brooklyn, New York, concentrating in Linguistics with a secondary in English. Off campus, he volunteers teaching civic education to fourth-graders and English as a second language to immigrant adults. He is also the co-president of the Harvard Half-Asian People’s Association. In his free time, he is an avid runner and political podcast addict. This summer, Aidan is very excited to be working for Seema Malhotra MP and jumping onto the roller-coaster that is British politics.

Riya Sood

NARAL
Washington, D.C.

Riya Sood is a rising junior in Leverett House studying Statistics with a secondary in Government. Although she was raised in Milwaukee, WI, she was originally born in Birmingham, UK. On campus, she serves on the Board of the Harvard College Consulting Group and also helps run Model United Nations conferences around the world. In her free time, she enjoys exploring restaurants in Boston, finding new alternative music to listen to, and reading novels. As someone who has been passionate about women's rights and pro-choice issues for many years, she is beyond excited to be working at NARAL Pro-Choice America this summer.

Delaney Tevis

National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
Washington, D.C.

Delaney Tevis is a rising senior in Winthrop House from Columbia, Missouri. She studies Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary concentration in Global Health and Health Policy. She also plans on completing a language citation in Spanish. At Harvard, Delaney enjoys volunteering at Massachusetts General Hospital with Health Leads and introducing new freshmen to Harvard as a First-Year Outdoor Program (FOP) leader. Delaney also has several on-campus jobs including tutoring for the Bureau of Study Counsel and working at the Harvard Box Office. Delaney is extremely passionate about public health and is thus very excited to gain knowledge and experience through interning at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) this summer. 

Sanjana Rane

National Health Service England
London, England

Sanjana Rane is a rising junior in Quincy House originally from Louisville, KY. She is pursuing a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. On campus, Sanjana is involved with the Harvard College Consulting Group, volunteers with the Poetry Public Service Project where she helps empower at-risk youth in Boston through poetry and is also the Vice President of the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association (HCURA), which annually holds the largest student-run research conference in the country. She is looking forward to intern this summer with the Strategy Group of the National Health Service in England. As someone trying to combine her interests in medicine and public health policy, Sanjana is very excited to apply her background in both biomedical research and business to understanding evidence-based policy's role in shaping healthcare systems.

Sara Friedman

National Health Service, England
Lond

Sara Friedman is a rising senior in Leverett House from New York. She studies Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology, with a secondary concentration in Global Health and Health Policy. She is interested in improving health systems. On campus, she is the social chair and treasurer of the Fallen Angels, Harvard's premiere female contemporary a capella group. This summer, she is excited to work for England's National Health Service.

Kiera O'Brien

National Republican Congressional Committee
Washington, D.C.

Kiera O'Brien is 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. On campus she 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. This summer she is excited to be joining the National Republican Congressional Committee's Data Department. 

Anna Mazur

New York State Health Foundation
New York, New York

Anna Mazur is a rising junior in Adams House studying Human Evolutionary Biology with a secondary in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, where she was heavily involved in youth initiatives at the Red Cross, she has carried her interest in community outreach to Harvard. On campus, she is a Drug & Alcohol Peer Advisor (DAPA), and a member of several global health organizations, namely VISION, FIMRC and Refresh Bolivia. This summer, she is looking forward to interning at the New York State Health Foundation to better understand the health needs of her home community.

Ashley Gong

NYC Economic Development Corp.
New York, New York

Ashley Gong is a rising junior studying English and Economics. She holds term-time internships at private equity and consulting firms, researches organizational behavior at Harvard Business School, leads the Harvard Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC), and directed a national startup incubator. Additionally, she founded a youth-focused version of the Aspen Institute’s flagship civics program, developed national arts policy recommendations with 30+ industry executives at the Sundance Institute, and delivered three White House speaking engagements as a National Student Poet selected by President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. In her free time, she enjoys conquering New England mountains as a double black diamond skier. This summer, she looks forward to working at the NYCEDC to strategize and drive city-wide economic growth.

Ariana Soto

NYC Mayor's Office of Data Analytics - Open Data for All Initiative
New York, New York

Ariana Soto is a rising junior in Currier House from Los Angeles, California. She is pursuing a concentration in Government with a secondary in Computer Science. On campus Ariana works at the Office of Student Involvement and is on the board of Strong Women, Strong Girls – a mentoring program for 3rd to 5th grade girls in Boston. She also enjoys performing with the Harvard College Latin Band and helped plan this year’s Women Engineers Code (WECode) Conference. Last summer Ariana worked as an intern through the Mayor of Los Angeles DataLA Summer Academy with a position at the LAPD. She is excited to join the New York Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics as an intern this summer.

Zainab Kahloon

Office of Mayor Marty Walsh
Boston, MA

Zainab Kahloon is a rising junior in Pforzheimer House from Lexington, KY. She is concentrating in Social Studies with a secondary in Comparative Literature and a citation in Arabic. On campus, Zainab serves the Director of Development of the Harvard Islamic Society and has been involved with the Anti-Islamophobia Network and the Phillips Brooks House Association. Outside of campus, Zainab worked with Jetpac Inc., a nonprofit which trains Muslim-Americans and other minorities to run for office. In her spare time, Zainab likes to bake, play basketball, and read. Zainab is excited to be working for Mayor Marty Walsh’s office this summer.

Henry Atkins

Office of Mayor Peter Buttigieg-South Bend, IN
South Bend, IN

Henry Atkins is a rising junior in Winthrop House, originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a concentrator in Government. On campus, he is a Peer Advising Fellow, and also enjoys watching movies, exercising and learning about military history. Given his interest in urban policy in the Midwest, Henry is excited to learn from Mayor Pete Buttigieg's office in South Bend, IN this summer.

Tanner GIldea

Office of the New York State Attorney General
New York, New York

Tanner Gildea is a rising senior in Winthrop House, originally from Cohasset, Massachusetts. He is a Social Studies concentrator with a focus field in American Foreign Policy and Diplomacy, a secondary concentration in Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, and a language citation in Spanish. Last summer he studied with Harvard Summer School in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the summer before he worked as a camp counselor alongside his three younger brothers. He previously served as the Vice President of the Harvard College Democrats, has conducted research on campus for professors in the Government Department and at the Kennedy School, and enjoys staffing Harvard Model Congress conferences. Tanner is excited to work and live in New York City this summer as an intern in the Executive Research Department of the Office of the New York State Attorney General, analyzing a range of political and legal issues important to ensuring an equitable justice system for all citizens of New York.

Mikael Tessema

Partnership for Public Service
Washington, D.C.

Mikael Tessema is a rising junior pursuing a concentration in Government. Born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, he is currently a resident in Lowell House. On campus, he is involved with the Small Claims Advisory Services, the First Generation Student Union, and the International Relations Council. Within the IOP, he is a member of the Harvard Political Union, the Fellows and Study Groups Program, and Internships and Career Services. Mikael is excited to contribute to the Partnership’s mission of public service this summer through his internship.

Theo Lebryk

Peace Corps
Washington, D.C.

Theo Lebryk is a rising senior in Winthrop House originally from Falls Church, Virginia. Theo is pursuing a joint concentration in Social Studies and East Asian Studies with a focus on Chinese academic exchange programs. On campus, he volunteers with the Mission Hill After School Program and Y2Y Harvard Square. He can also often be found cooking churros and mozzarella sticks at the Winthrop House Grille. This summer, Theo is thrilled to be back in home in the Washington D.C. area working with the Peace Corps’ Office of Strategic Information, Research and Planning. He is particularly excited to learn more about how data and evaluation can drive performance in service-oriented organizations.  

Claire Sukumar

Pew Resarch Center for the People and the Press
Washington, D.C.

Claire Sukumar is a rising Junior in Currier House and originally from Ossining, New York. Claire is a government concentrator with a potential secondary in neurobiology. On campus she is a Peer Advising Fellow for freshmen, works for the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, and sings with the Harvard Noteables. She is a question writer for the Harvard Public Opinion Project at the IOP and has absolutely loved learning what young Americans think about politics. She is excited to apply this knowledge on the Politics team at the Pew Research Center this summer and explore DC!

Marella Gayla

Pittsburgh Post- Gazette
Pittsburgh, PA

Marella Gayla is a rising senior from New York City. She studies American History and Literature, contributes nonfiction features to The Harvard Advocate, and edits Fifteen Minutes, the weekly magazine of The Harvard Crimson. Her work has appeared in The Marshall Project and VICE. She will spend this summer writing at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.   

Cristian Pleters

Precision Strategies
Washington, D.C.

Cristian Pleters is a rising senior in Lowell House from El Paso, Texas concentrating in Government.  Cristian is an Editorial Chair of the Crimson and the Human Resources Manager for the Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub.  Outside of Harvard, he has volunteered for various political campaigns in his hometown and is an avid reader and writer.  Cristian looks forward to working at Precision Strategies in Washington, D.C. this summer and learning more about building movements.

Max Weiss

Prolepsis
Athens, Greece

Max Weiss is a rising Junior at Harvard College, studying Government and planning on a career in Healthcare and Medicine. In addition to these academic and career interests, Max directs the Harvard College Alzheimer’s Buddies program. Max is heavily involved in many arts groups on campus, working as a performer in On Thin Ice Improv, as a member of the Technical Team for the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, and as a Staff Writer for satirical news organization Satire V. Max is excited to be packing his bags and travelling to Athens for the Summer to work at the Prolepsis Institute, where he will be responding to the public health needs of Greece and Europe through research, advocacy, and programming. He is also excited to experience the beauty of Greece and Greek culture!

 

Suriya Kandaswamy

Quorum
Washington, D.C.

Suriya Kandaswamy is a rising junior in Leverett House from Germantown, Maryland. She is concentrating in computer science, and without a declared secondary, is spending her time academically at Harvard exploring where she can most creatively use computer science as a tool to solve larger global problems. On campus, Suriya is co-president of the Harvard College Cyber Club and runs intramural sports for Leverett, and will soon be managing intramural sports for the entire campus. Being from the DC area, she is excited to work at Quorum to experience Washington differently through involvement in the political sphere and not just as a resident.

Sarah Ryan

RISE
Washington, D.C.

Sarah Ryan is a rising junior in Lowell House from New York. She is concentrating in Social Studies with a focus on healthcare in the US, and pursuing a secondary in Neurobiology. On campus she is actively involved with the Harvard College Debating Union, Small Claims Advisory Service and Our Harvard Can Do Better. She also works as a research assistant studying depression and memory at McLean Hospital. This summer she is excited to work on improving legislation to support sexual violence survivors with RISE in Washington, DC.

Ethan McCollister

Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality
New York, New York

Ethan McCollister is a rising junior living in Winthrop House, originally from East Montpelier, Vermont. He concentrates in Social Studies with a prospective secondary in either Energy and Environment or African American Studies. He serves as the Events Director of the Harvard College Democrats, in addition to being a member of the Sports Analysts Collective and playing for the Club Baseball team. He is thrilled to be the Athlete Engagement Intern with the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality this summer, working with professional athletes as they use their platform to advance social justice.

Mariana De Leon Dominguez

Sanctuary for Families
New York, New York

Mariana De León is a rising sophomore in Eliot House from Santa María, California. She intends to pursue a joint concentration in History and Literature and Comparative Religion. On campus she is involved in the Small Claims Advisory Service because of its intersection between public service and law, the IOP’s Campaigns and Advisory program, Act on a Dream and club basketball. She also serves on the first year outreach committee of the Catholic Student Association. Mariana is excited to take her love for immigration, law and public service work this summer to New York where she will be interning with Sanctuary for Families.

Thomas Bassett

Social Finance
Boston, MA

Thomas Bassett is a rising sophomore in Dudley House from Newman, California. He is intends to pursue a degree in Economics. He is a member of the Harvard Youth Lead the Change organization, a Harvard club that runs leadership conferences for high schoolers around the world. Before coming to Harvard, he spent four and a half years as a U.S. Army Ranger. Thomas is looking forward to working with Social Finance this summer to drive positive social change while learning about impact investing.

Jonathan Suh

The American Enterprise Institute
Washington, D.C.

Jonathan Suh is a rising junior in Quincy House studying Economics. Born in Seoul, South Korea, he has lived in the suburbs of Chicago since high school. Outside of class, Jonathan is the Vice President of Harvard College Bowl and is a member of the Harvard College Faith and Action. Jonathan also spent last summer in Washington D.C. as an intern in the National Economic Council within the White House, focusing on Medicaid policy research. Given his multicultural background and interest in international relations, Jonathan is excited to spend the upcoming summer as an International Finance and Trade research intern at AEI.

Jared Perlo

The Global Fund
Geneva, Switzerland

Jared Perlo is a rising senior in Dunster House from Newton, Massachusetts, concentrating in History and Science with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. When he is not digging through archives or biology textbooks, Jared spends his time playing in a variety of musical ensembles as a member of the Harvard Jazz Band, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the Harvard Pops Orchestra, and more. He also volunteers with the Harvard College Alzheimer’s Buddies Program and enjoys bowling and playing tennis whenever he can. Last summer, Jared worked with the Y.R.G. Centre for AIDS Research and Education in Chennai, India, and he looks forward to presenting co-authored work from this research at the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. Jared is thrilled to continue this line of learning during his internship with The Global Fund, an instrumental organization in the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria.  

Kelley Babphavong

The Heritage Foundation
Washington, D.C.

Kelley Babphavong is a rising junior in Quincy House who studies government with a secondary in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. A native to Rhode Island, she is passionate about campaign work as she worked heavily on her local congressman’s campaign and Marco Rubio’s presidential and senate race. Kelley currently spends her time serving as the President of Harvard Right to Life, Vice President of the Harvard chapter of Network of Enlightened Women, Secretary of the Harvard Republican Club, and Chief Whip of the John Adams Society. Additionally, she serves as a fellow for the Abigail Adams Institute and the Hertog Foundation. Outside of politics, she volunteers with the Boston Center for Pregnancy Choices and the Boston Debate League and spent last summer working as a manager at Harvard Student Agencies. She looks forward to interning in the Truluck Center for Leadership Development at the Heritage Foundation this summer.

Keziah Clarke

The Human Campaign
Los Angeles, CA

Keziah Clarke is a rising junior in Mather House concentrating in History and Literature with a Language Citation in Arabic. She is from Hyde Park, New York. On campus, Keziah is currently the coordinator for the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Committee.This summer, Keziah is very excited to work towards ratifying the ERA with The Human Campaign.

Liam Warner

The National Review
New York, New York

Liam Warner, hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, is a rising junior in Adams House. He is a Classics concentrator and enjoys explaining to people what on earth that means and why they should do it too. He is a member of the Crimson’s editorial board and edited his high school’s newspaper, so he is very excited to extend his journalistic career to National Review this summer. He hopes that this internship will help him get a handle on exactly what kind of writing career he will pursue.

Emma Scornavacchi

The New Republic
New York, New York

Emma Scornavacchi is a rising Senior in Adams House from Villanova, Pennsylvania. At Harvard, she concentrates in History and Literature on the American Studies track with a focus on 20th century women's movements. Extracurricularly, she writes for The Crimson's magazine, Fifteen Minutes and is involved with the IOP's Fellows and Study Groups program. After spending last summer in Spain and Portugal writing for the student travel guide Let's Go, and the spring semester studying abroad in London, Emma is excited to bring her focus back to American politics and culture with an internship at The New Republic. She looks forward to applying writing and research skills this summer and to experience the world of journalism media in New York. 

Michael Kassiban

The Red Sox Foundation
Boston, MA

Michael Kassabian is a rising senior in Winthrop House, concentrating in Government with a secondary in English. Originally from Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, Michael is interested in non-profit work and has participated in both the Harvard Public Opinion Project and Campaign and Advocacy Program at the Institute of Politics. Outside of the IOP, he is a staff writer for the Harvard Lampoon and one of co-directors of the Harvard College Film Festival. Michael is excited to intern at the Red Sox Foundation to expand his knowledge and experience in health and educational advocacy work, all while supporting his hometown team.

Cate Pinto

The Sunlight Foundation
Washington, D.C.

Cate Pinto is a rising junior in Dunster House, originally from the Boston area. She is concentrating in Applied Math with a focus field in Computer Science and Economics. On campus, she is involved with Harvard Model Congress, the IOP Technology and Innovation Policy group, and the Relay for Life of Harvard and MIT. She also works as a Peer Advising Fellow for freshman students. Passionate about the intersection of technology and government, Cate is excited to be working for the Sunlight Foundation this summer, exploring the importance of data science in public policy.

Nicole Sturgis

The Winston Group
Washington, D.C.

Nicole Sturgis is a rising junior in Quincy House from Barrington, Illinois. She is concentrating in Government with a secondary in Economics. While on campus, she is involved in IOP Fellows Study Groups, works at Harvard Law School’s Access to Justice Lab, and interns at Governor Baker’s campaign for re-election. This summer she is excited to learn more about political consulting at the Winston Group in D.C.

Abigail Simon

TIME Magazine
Washington, D.C.

Abigail Simon is a rising senior living in Pforzheimer House, originally from Boston, Massachusetts. She is pursuing a concentration in Social Studies and a possible secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. On campus, Abigail is the teacher development chair for Harvard CIVICS (a civic education program for fifth grade Boston Public School students) and a senior staffer for Harvard Model Congress. She developed a deep interest in journalism when writing for the Harvard Crimson; she is currently an executive editor of the magazine, Fifteen Minutes. She's excited to combine her interests in politics and reporting while at TIME Magazine in DC.

Hilary McLauchlin

Tobin Project
Boston, MA

Hillary McLauchlin is a rising junior in Pforzheimer House from Tampa, Florida. She is pursuing a joint concentration in Social Studies and East Asian studies with a focus on contemporary China and Chinese language. On campus, she writes for The Crimson’s magazine Fifteen Minutes, directs a Harvard ESL service program, serves as a Peer Advising Fellow, and helps direct Harvard College China Forum. Last summer, she worked in Shanghai at Junior Achievement, an international NGO, where she researched curriculum and led educational initiatives. Interested in both public policy and academia, she looks forward to conducting research with the Tobin Project this summer.

Sarah Tisdall

Trilogy Interactive
San Francisco, California

Sarah Tisdall is a rising junior in Eliot House from Queensland, Australia. She studies Sociology with a secondary in Government and is interested in issues related to human rights, inequality and poverty. During the semester, she spends a lot of time rowing on the Charles with the Harvard-Radcliffe crew team. She is Associate Multimedia Editor for the Harvard Political Review, Associate Marketing Technology Director for Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business, and volunteers at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. This semester she was a research assistant at the Kennedy School, finding ways to improve the criminal justice system. Last Summer she had the time of her life for three months back packing around Europe. She can’t wait to continue adventuring this Summer in Berkeley, California where she will intern at Trilogy Interactive, creating digital campaigns to inspire social change as well as compete with the crew team in Croatia and Slovenia.

Lilla Gabrielli

TSA/Homeland Security
Washington, D.C.

Lilla Gabrielli is Class of 2020 Pforzheimer House resident originally from Boston. She is concentrating in Social Studies with a focus field in American national security and a secondary in Economics. Passionate about international relations, Lilla has travelled and studied abroad in Poland, Italy, and China, among others. Before serving as Co-Chair of the Policy Program at the IOP, Lilla co-chaired the National Security Policy Group for two semesters and was a member of Citizenship Tutoring. Last summer, Lilla worked with Massachusetts legislators and former Policy members to found Every Voice, a student coalition advocating for the passage of Bill H2998. Outside the Institute of Politics, Lilla is a board member of the Harvard College Consulting Group and a member of the Harvard College Project for Justice. Her interests include hiking, traveling, and photography.

Diego Garcia

TSA/Homeland Security
Washington, D.C.

Diego Garcia is a Class of 2020 Quincy House resident pursuing a degree in Government with a secondary in Economics. Originally from Northern Virginia, Diego has been active in the Institute of Politics since before he had even arrived at Harvard, attending Summer in Washington events before his freshman year had officially started. Since that point, he has served in a number of roles in the leadership of the IOP, including as Communications Director on the Executive Board. Outside the Institute, he serves on the board of the International Relations on Campus program, is an active member of the Colombian Student Association, and interns term-time for Governor Charlie Baker. While he is considering law school, Diego is currently exploring the different pathways into a career in politics and public service, including campaigns, communications, and national security. In his (limited) free time, Diego enjoys hiking and is an avid traveler.

Jennifer Lee

TurboVote
New York, NY

Jennifer Lee is a rising junior in Leverett House from the California Bay Area. She is joint concentrating in Computer Science and Government. On campus, she is a cadet in Air Force ROTC and is a student coordinator for the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, working to increase socioeconomic diversity at Harvard College. She is also involved with theater and vocal music, performing with the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club and the Radcliffe Choral Society. She is excited to work for TurboVote this summer and helping Americans register to vote.

Naomi Rafal

U.S. Conference of Mayors
Washington, D.C.

Naomi Rafal is a rising Junior living in Eliot House. She is a Social Studies concentrator intending to focus in educational equity. At Harvard, she is involved in the joint PBHA/IOP program CIVICS, teaching Civics to fifth graders in Boston Public Schools. She is also involved in the Harvard Choruses as an alto in Collegium. Having been involved in local politics for years in her hometown of Somerville, MA, Naomi is very excited to be working at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in D.C. this summer!

Michael Nock

U.S. Department of Education
Washington, D.C.

Michael Nock is a rising junior from Cary, North Carolina concentrating in neurobiology. Michael is the treasurer of the 87th Adams House Committee and captain of the Adams House IM tennis team. In addition, he is the founder of the National Scholar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit on a mission to empower students to unleash their full potential by helping high school educators with the creation and development of effective peer tutoring programs. Michael is very excited to return to DC this summer to work with the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education.

Brian Kim

U.S. Department of Transportation
Washington, D.C.

Brian Kim is a rising sophomore in Eliot House hoping to study Government with a secondary in East Asian Studies. Born in Korea, he has moved around and settled in Phoenix before attending Harvard. On campus, Brian most recently participated in the Harvard College in Asia Program (HCAP) as part of its Seoul delegation, and served as a liaison in the Fellows and Study Groups program under Ed Gillespie in the Spring 2018 semester. Outside schoolwork, Brian works as a research assistant in the Weatherhead Center under Visiting Scholar Professor Sheena Greitens of University of Missouri. He looks forward to working at the Department of Transportation this summer and is thrilled to learn about the vast world of transportation policy. 

Ryan Davis

U.S. Department of Treasury
Washington, D.C.

Ryan Davis is a rising senior in Adams House from Winston Salem, North Carolina.  He is concentrating in Economics with a secondary in History.  On campus, he is the Chair of the JFK Jr. Forum Committee and Co-Director of the Harvard Youth Leadership Initiative, a program at the Phillip Brooks House Association.  He is also a research assistant at the Harvard EdLabs and a member of the Harvard Club Baseball team.  This summer at the Treasury Department, Ryan looks forward to learning more about economic policy while pursuing his broader passion for public service.

Makeda Daniel

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Washington, D.C.

Makeda Daniel is a rising senior at Harvard College from Boston, Massachusetts. She is studying the History of Science with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. On campus, she is heavily involved in the Phillips Brooks House Association, a student-run nonprofit public service organization, where she currently serves as the co-programming chair. She is also serves as Harvard’s Black Students’ Association’s community service chair and as the Mental Health Leadership Council intern as part of Harvard’s Center for African studies. Makeda is excited to be working with the US Senate Committee on Healthcare, Education, Labor, and Pensions as a health policy intern this summer. She looks forward to using her interest in health care policy and service to learn more about the advocacy work on the federal level.

Madison Pagel

Veterans' Legal Services
Boston, MA

Maddie Pagel is a sophomore in Quincy House studying government. Born the child of a Marine and Naval Officer, Maddie split her time bouncing around the East Coast and Japan. On campus, Maddie teaches fifth graders, works with a special needs elementary school class, and coordinates conferences for high schoolers through Harvard Model Congress. After she graduates, Maddie wants to go to law school, so she looks forward to interning with Veterans Legal Services in Boston this summer!

Ajay Singh

Vietnam Program at HKS, The Fulbright School
Vietnam

Ajay Singh is a rising sophomore at Harvard College from Houston, Texas. He’s currently deciding whether he should pursue a degree in Social Studies, History, or Economics, but is currently happy to only be considering three options, instead of the 14 he had at the beginning of the year. In the IOP, Ajay volunteers with the CIVICs programs, and was previously a liaison in the Fellows and Study Groups program; outside of the IOP, he writes for the Crimson, volunteers at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, and will be a Peer Advising Fellow for the Harvard Class of 2022. Ajay looks forward to an exciting summer in Vietnam, where he’ll do research on economic development and income inequality in the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City through the Vietnam Program at the Kennedy School.

Danielle Etzel

World Health Organization (Co-Sponsored with the Global Health Institute)
Geneva, Switzerland

Danielle Etzel is interning with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Patient Safety and Risk Management Unit under the supervision of Dr. Neelam Dhingra. In October 2004, the WHO launched its Patient Safety program in an effort to coordinate, disseminate, and accelerate improvements worldwide in patient safety, which is a critical global healthcare issue.  As part of her internship, Danielle will be attending the World Health Assembly in addition to her work on the creation of the Patient Safety Assessment Tool and the Monitoring and Evaluating Framework for the newest challenge titled Medication without Harm. The program provides a vehicle for international collaboration and action between Member States, experts, NGOs, and more. As an economics major, biology minor, and pre-medical student-athlete, Danielle is excited to build on previous experiences to learn how to help catalyze change as part of a larger organization.