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Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

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The Levitt Center is located in Kirner-Johnson 251.

Levitt Leadership Institute

2012 Levitt Public Service Internship Grant Recipients

Levitt Public Service Internship Awards provide funding for students who have secured an unpaid summer internship that focuses on some aspect of public service.  Preference is given to students working with a government agency, a non-profit, or a non-governmental organization.

 

Emily Anderson ’13

Journey Home

Journey Home is a non-profit that works to combat homelessness in the Greater Hartford, CT region. Anderson interviewed homeless individuals using a survey she created to determine the underlying issues of unemployment. She also helped to create a new Homelessness Prevention program. “With my internship funding, Anderson said, “I could afford to work full-time completely unpaid and learn much more than I ever could as a volunteer or part-time employee.” Read more about Anderson's internship here.

 

Elly Field ’13

The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence works to implement policies that will improve Connecticut's response to domestic violence. Field conducted literature reviews on risk factors of experiencing domestic violence and created survey questions for member agencies. Field’s internship solidified her interest in public service, and she hopes to conduct research that will “increase our knowledge and allow us to help problems such as domestic violence.” Read more about Field's internship here.

 

Grace Fulop ’13

LIFT

LIFT is a national non-profit organization that embraces holistic solutions to the issue of poverty in the United States. During her internship, Fulop developed a database of available housing programs in the Maryland counties surrounding Washington, DC and worked directly with clients to help them find employment, housing, and public assistance. “I have been unsure whether I would like to pursue a career in public service through non-profits or the government sector,” Fulop said. “I am now planning on pursuing a masters degree in public policy after Hamilton.” Read more about Fulop's internship here.

 

Catherine Gold ’14

Patient Services Department of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Gold interned at the voluntary health organization this summer; it aims to cure blood cancers and improve the lives of patients and their families. Gold worked to forge relationships between the organization and local elected officials and doctors. “I am learning so much and feel as though I am truly making a difference to help the department in their very important work,” Gold said. Read more about Gold's internship here.

 

Jasmina Hodzic ’13

International Organization for Migrations

The International Organization for Migrations aims to assist individuals displaced during the period of "ethnic cleansing" which occurred during the 1990's in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As part of her internship, Hodzic researched migration issues and wrote a report on human trafficking. She also attended a meeting with Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. “The internship provided me with the essential non-academic experience that will help me translate classroom lessons into public service,” Hodzic said. Read more about Hodzic's internship here.

 

Lauren Howe ’13

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

The Dept. of Agricultural Resources is a branch of the Massachusetts government that focuses on improving and sustaining the agricultural sector of the Commonwealth. Howe worked within the legal branch with a focus on the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, a law that regulates agricultural activities on private land.  “The funding prevented me from having to compromise my personal interests simply for a paycheck, allowing me to experience work in a sector of great personal interest,” Howe said. Read more about Howe's internship here.

 

Stephanie Ingraham ’13

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Ingraham interned  in a branch of the Connecticut state government tasked with conserving the natural resources of Connecticut and increasing access to renewable energy throughout the state. Ingraham’s work focused on material and solid waste management; she traveled to various sites and worked permit issues concerning these sites. “This internship funding has helped me enormously,” Ingraham said. “I can put my strongest foot forward when applying for jobs this coming year.” Read about Ingraham's internship here.

 

Peter Maher ’13

Atlanta Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division

Maher’s work focused on assisting Investigators on case investigations of crimes.  He also completed intelligence based work, compiling various documents to assist sworn Detectives and Officers in fugitive apprehension efforts.  “In short,” Maher wrote, “the experience I had was absolutely extraordinary.”

 

Nicholas Solano ’14

Assistant District Attorney Charlie Bartoloni, for the Suffolk County District Attorney in Boston, Massachusetts

The office is New England’s busiest district attorney’s office, handling approximately 50,000 criminal cases each year.  Solano, who intends to pursue a law degree, not only reported daily court proceedings to Bartoloni, but also researched prisoner histories and wrote parole summaries and memorandums that were used during parole hearings.  Solano wrote: “Before beginning this internship, I already felt a strong desire to pursue a career in public service.  My work thus far has only emboldened this desire, exposing me to a crucial component of society: how the government strives to maintain order and provide a safe environment for its citizens.” Read more about Solano's internship here.

 

Erin Sullivan ’13

Institute for Immigrant Concerns

The Institute serves the New York City refugees and immigrant population; it provides ESOL instruction, referrals to social services and employment preparation and placement.  Sullivan led a variety of ESOL classes, and with the support of staff members was able to modify the curriculum to fit the needs and interests of her students.  Sullivan noted: “Leading a class for the first time has been challenging, but I'm also really enjoying it and hope to get another chance like this one soon.” Read more about Sullivan's internship here.

 

Emma Taylor ’13 

Preble Street

Preble Street is an organization that tackles issues of hunger and homelessness in the Portland, Maine area. Taylor worked on a variety of projects, including overseeing daily Bag Lunch preparation at the Preble Street Day Shelter Kitchen and implementing a mini-grant from Healthy Maine Partnerships to provide computer access to pantry clients at multiple area food pantries.  Taylor wrote: “I have volunteered and interned at many non-profits.  I have known for quite a long time that this is what I would like to pursue as a career.  Preble Street, however, has very quickly provided me with an end goal, a place that does exactly what its mission states in both the immediate and long-term assistance it provides.” Read more about Taylor's internship here.

 

Jose Vazquez ’15

The Heart of America Foundation

The Foundation is a non-profit that focuses on providing children with the tools to read, succeed, and make a difference. Vazquez worked with READesign, a library makeover program that revitalizes school libraries in areas of high need.  He researched potential schools and had the opportunity to lead a group of volunteers that painted a mural in one of the recipient schools. After witnessing the opening ceremony for a library that his team had designed and planned, Vazquez wrote: “It was an inspiring experience to watch the kids as they entered their new library and hear one child say that he wishes he could live in the library. That made me realize the importance of public service and what it means for a community to show that they care about children and their education.” Read more about Vazquez's internship here.

 

Maggie Whalen ’14

No Labels

No Labels is a non-profit organization seeking to end partisanship in Congress. Whalen put her Hamilton education to work, writing and editing micro-targeted emails to constituents, op-eds and blog posts, and even co-authoring an op-ed that was published in The Hill, the Congressional newspaper.  She also had the opportunity to observe hearings and events on behalf of the organization, evaluating and analyzing new methods for No Labels to further cooperation within Congress.  Whalen noted: “Seeing and being involved in the operational side of a small non-profit has been exciting, and has affirmed my desire to go into public service in the non-profit sector.” Read more about Whalen's internship here.

 

Jacqueline Winter ’14

Horizons for Homeless Children

Horizons for Homeless Children is a non-profit based out of Boston, Massachusetts that provides direct service programs to families who are homeless. Winter researched organizations doing similar work on the issue of childhood homelessness in order to coordinate advocacy efforts as well as mapping out the regional political landscape as it relates to homelessness.  Winter wrote, “My experience so far has absolutely impacted my decision to pursue a career in public service.” Read more about Winter's internship here.

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