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NDN Announces Its Five Summer Interns - A Terrific Group

Rachel Haas will serve as a summer intern for the Next Economy Partner Project at NDN. She is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. During her time at WashU, she played varsity soccer and studied abroad in The Netherlands at Utrecht University. She has interned with the League of Conservation Voters in D.C., Off Campus Media in St. Louis, and Big Green Purse in Takoma Park. She is excited to back in her hometown.

Tania Lara is a summer intern with The 21st Century Border Initiative at NDN. She has worked as a journalist in Mexico and the U.S. reporting in-depth about the economic contributions and struggles of Mexican immigrants.d struggles of Mexican immigrants. Since 2000, she worked in Spanish-language media outlets in Mexico including El Universal and CNN Expansión, as well as Ahora Sí and the English-language daily The Austin American-Statesman in the United States. Some of her stories were awarded top journalistic prizes. A native of Mexico City, Tania currently is a Master candidate in Global Policy Studies at The University of Texas at Austin where her focus is to develop policy analysis about immigration and economic issues in Mexico and ways to improve the bi-lateral relationship with the United States. In her free time, Tania enjoys cooking, riding her bike, and rowing around Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas.

Connor Lees will serve as the Intern for the Clean Energy Initiative this summer. Connor just completed his junior year abroad in Berlin, Germany and plans to graduate from Gettysburg College in May of 2013 with major in Political Science and Public Policy and a Minor in German. In addition to being named to the Dean’s List each year, Connor is extremely involved in student activities. He is co-captain of the Gettysburg College Ultimate Frisbee team leading the team to several victories. He is the Humor editor of the Gettysburg independent student-run newspaper. His political skills were honed as a summer intern with U.S. Representative Jim McGovern (MA-3) enabling him a hands-on experience with a Congressional office.

Jamie Moore is a summer Intern with the Foreign Policy program at NDN. She is completing a Masters degree in International Security at Sciences Po Paris, where she focuses on U.S. foreign policy and multilateral cooperation. Her research focus has been on reform of international organizations and she has published an article comparing humanitarian reforms at the United Nations and European Union. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Jamie has studied abroad in three countries and holds a degree in Political Science from Macalester College. She has previously worked with the International Labour Organization and the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees in Geneva.

Shivesh Puri is a summer intern with the Globalization Project at NDN. He is in his final year of undergraduate studies at the University Virginia, where he is majoring in Foreign Affairs and Global Development Studies with a geographical focus in South Asia. He is also in his first year of graduate studies at UVa's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, expecting to complete his MPP by Spring of 2013. Shivesh is interested in welfare economics and the impacts of globalization on American labor markets. Shivesh lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, and enjoys reading and playing drums and guitar.

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