An exceptional group of six graduate and undergraduate students will build their skills and impact the community as Tisch Summer Fellows in New York. In addition to individual mentorship at each placement, each student will also be supported by a Tisch Summer Fellows Graduate Assistant who will serve as a resource and lead reflections.

Graduate Assistant: Daniella Burgi-Palomino, F15


Daniella Burgi-Palomino is a 2015 graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she focused on Human Security and Migration and completed coursework in international human rights law, transitional justice, public policy and gender analysis, with a regional focus on Latin America. Prior to attending the Fletcher School, Daniella worked for six years with several NGOs and foundations across the U.S., Mexico and Central America on a variety of human rights issues. She spent three years in Mexico; first as a 2010-2011 Fulbright García Robles Fellow, and then for two years as the first Coordinator of the Central America and Mexico Migration Alliance, an alliance between the Ford, Open Society and AVINA Foundations seeking to protect migrant rights across the region. Originally from New York, Daniella is a proud Double Jumbo, with a Tufts Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and History, and a minor in Latin American Studies.

The 2015 New York Tisch Summer Fellows:

Meaghan Annett, A17

National LGBTQ Task Force
Meaghan is a rising junior from Livingston, NJ, majoring in Political Science and Cognitive & Brain Sciences. This summer, she will be working as the Communications Intern for the National LGBTQ Task Force. The Task Force is the country’s premier social justice organization fighting to improve the lives of LGBTQ people and working to create positive, lasting change and opportunities for all. Last summer, Meaghan worked for New York’s leading statewide civil rights and advocacy group for LGBT New Yorkers and she is excited to expand her skillset working for a national organization.

Jewel Castle, A17

NYC Community Learning Schools Initiative
Jewel is a rising junior majoring in sociology. At Tufts, Jewel works for The Tufts Daily newspaper, mentors elementary school girls in the Boston area, helps lead a civic education group, assists the career center, helps lead the school chapter of Amnesty International, and works in the Student Employment Office. She was born and raised in New York City and will be working at the New York City Community Learning Schools Initiative. She was a Tisch Summer Fellow last year at the same organization and is excited to return and continue her work with New York City public schools.She is looking forward to a summer spent further honing her skills and hopes to one day work full-time in education policy.

Natalie Kobsa-Mark, A16

Rosie’s Theater Kids
Natalie is a rising senior majoring in American Studies. Through the Tisch Summer Fellowship, she’ll be an Administrative and Artistic Intern at Rosie’s Theater Kids, assisting in the classroom and in the administrative office and helping the organization offering arts education to New York youth.

Sophie Pearlman, A18

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
Sophie is a rising sophomore who is majoring in Sociology and Peace and Justice Studies. She is originally from Long Island, New York. On the Tufts campus, she is involved in Strong Women, Strong Girls, where she mentors and empowers young girls from the Boston area, and B.E.A.T.s, a street percussion group. Sophie is extremely passionate about public service and helping others. This summer, as a Development Intern at the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, she will conduct prospect research and help propel forward the next stage of a significant capital campaign effort.

Michael Wang, A17

New York Academy of Medicine
Michael is a rising junior who hails from Wisconsin. He is pursuing a triple major in American Studies, Community Health, and Chinese, and a minor in Asian American Studies. Michael is also a part of the Tisch Scholars program, through which he enjoyed working in Boston Chinatown this year. This summer, as a Tisch Summer Fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine, he will work on policy issues related to obesity and chronic disease prevention in New York State. In the fall, Michael will be traveling to Hangzhou, China to study at Zhejiang University for a semester.

Stephanie Yin, A17

GO Project
Stephanie is a rising junior majoring in Community Health and Psychology. During this past school year, she worked at the McWayne Research Lab out of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development. There, she worked on the RISE project, which improves school readiness for dual-language learners through hands-on science, technology, and engineering. She is excited to work at education non-profit the GO Project this summer through the Tisch Summer Fellows program. After college, she would like to pursue the child clinical track or educational policy work.