Summer Internship Blog is a dedicated space for second-year Master of Public Affairs and Master of Global Policy Studies students at the LBJ School to share their experiences interning in a variety of capacities for a diverse array of governmental agencies, non-profits, and non-government organizations.
We have a school of Public Affairs offering training for careers in public service, which will try to produce thinkers and doers: people who dream of progress and will try to turn those dreams into achievements. -Lyndon B. Johnson, May 22, 1971.
It is our hope that the students who graduate from the LBJ School will be the thinkers and doers of our society, taking leadership roles in public service, demonstrating what it means to take your dreams and turn them into achievements. This blog will serve as a window into the work and lives of several students who are striving to do just that.
The bloggers draw on their experiences as an intern and their various specializations in an effort to educate readers about the worlds of public affairs, public policy, and the unique issues that surround these disciplines.
Marcelle Cohen (MGPS, 2015 Crook Fellow) worked for La Alianza Iniciativa de Mujeres Colombianas por la Paz (Alianza IMP), a women’s peace organization, in Bogotá, Colombia. She served as an advocate for women’s rights in the midst of peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC, as Allianza IMP helps these parties achieve a lasting peace from the civil war that has long unsettled the country.
Isabel Hovey (MGPS, 2015 Crook Fellow) worked for Exponential Education, a non-profit that empowers students in the developing world by providing supplemental education, in Ghana. Isabel was tasked with conducting a Performance Evaluation and Knowledge Management (PEKM) consultation for Expo, assessing the organization’s current state and recommending changes to improve program effectiveness.
Beatrice Halbach (MPAff, 2015 Crook Fellow) worked for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France. Along with her team, Beatrice helped to devise a rural development framework for developing countries that both draws on lessons from emerging countries and that addresses the challenges of the 21st Century.
Steven Damiano (MGPS, 2015 Crook Fellow) worked for the Bread for the World Institute, an anti-hunger advocacy organization, in Washington, D.C. He contributed research focusing on how the U.S. government can encourage economic transformation in low income countries that provides sustainable solutions to hunger in the developing world.