An exceptional group of 20 graduate and undergraduate students will build their skills and impact the community as Tisch Summer Fellows in Washington, D.C. 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: Jacqueline Page, F15

Jackie is a recent graduate of the Fletcher School, where she completed her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy and Security Studies. At Fletcher, she worked as a research assistant to Dean James Stavridis, co-president of Fletcher Students in Security, and a member of the Fletcher School Strategic Planning Working Group. She was also the recipient of the Robertson Foundation for Government Fellowship, a distinction granted annually to four Fletcher students who demonstrate a strong commitment to service in the federal government. Jackie’s work experience includes research fellowships at the NATO Defense College and the Institute for the Study of War, as well as a position at the National Defense University Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Colby College.

The 2015 Washington, D.C., Tisch Summer Fellows:

Elizabeth Ahrens, A17

League of Women Voters
Elizabeth is a rising junior majoring in Political Science. As a Tisch Summer Fellow at the League of Women Voters, focusing on civic engagement, grassroots organizing, public relations, organizational development, and policy issues. She will gain hands-on experience in project management, communications and member outreach.

Ina Enatsu, A15

Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture
Ina is a recent Tufts graduate with a degree in International Relations. She has extensive knowledge and experience in both quantitative and qualitative evaluation design and implementation, and she advocates for evidence-based policy making. This summer, Ina is excited to use the multidisciplinary knowledge that she gained at Tufts to tackle the societal problems addressed by the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, where she will help evaluate the organization’s major events.

Jackie Faselt, A17

Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University
Jackie is a rising junior from Bronxville, New York, studying International Relations and Arabic. On campus she is involved with the Director Leadership Council of the IR Program, Amnesty International, and Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES). Jackie has also conducted research on the connection between civilian-mil relations and international military education for the 2014 EPIIC colloquium through the Institute of Global Leadership. She is very excited to be a 2015 Tisch Summer Fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy of the National Defense University, providing substantial research assistance and participating in Defense Department and interagency meetings and events.

Kieran Green, A17

Pentagon – Advanced System Costs Analysis
Kieran is a rising junior who majors in International Relations. As a Tisch Summer Fellow at the Pentagon’s Advanced System Costs Analysis office, he will assist in the development of analytical products to be used by senior Defense Department leadership, such as defense industrial base analysis and cost estimation of multibillion dollar weapon system procurements.

Eric Halliday, A16

Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Eric is a rising senior from Utica, NY. He is majoring in Political Science and Italian Studies. In addition to his studies, he is the co-leader of ALLIES (Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services), a student-run group dedicated to the study of civil-military relations. He also works at the Boys and Girls Club of Somerville, MA, as a Tisch Scholar, where he assists the Club staff in assessing and revitalizing existing programming options. This summer he will be interning at the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia as a Tisch Summer Fellow.

Keren Hendel, A17

Anti-Defamation League
Keren is a rising junior from San Jose, CA, studying Quantitative Economics and Community Health. She is really looking forward to spending the summer exploring a future career related to legislation and policy, and exploring issues she is passionate about as a Legislative Assistant for the Anti-Defamation League. She hopes to spend the summer exploring D.C. and building strong relationships.

Sophia Herzlinger, A16

Pentagon – Congressional Support
Sophia is a rising senior from Newport Beach, California. She is a double major in Political Science and Community Health with a particular interest in American politics. On the Tufts campus, she is a mentor for Strong Women, Strong Girls; a co-director of Tufts Burlesque Troupe; and the Chief Panhellenic Officer for Kappa Alpha Theta Women’s Fraternity. She is very excited to work in the Pentagon’s Congressional Support office as a Tisch Summer Fellow, and hopes to remain in D.C. upon graduation.

Benjamin Hoffman, A16

Democratic National Committee
Ben is a rising senior majoring in Political Science. At the Democratic National Committee, he will be working as a member of the marketing division, where most small to medium sized donations are gathered through the use of direct mail and phone banking. With millions of dollars worth of donations being collected through mail and phone donations, the marketing division acts as an integral part of the Democratic fundraising apparatus, providing the money necessary to finance the campaigns and infrastructure of candidates across the country.

Anna Hymanson, A16

Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture
Anna is a rising senior majoring in Biopsychology and Community Health. She is excited to bring her passion for sustainable agriculture and public health and nutrition to The Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, a non-profit that works to increase access to healthy, fresh, and affordable food in the Washington DC area. This summer, Anna’s second working at Arcadia, she will work on the Mobile Market and conducting research regarding where and how community members acquire food.

Kristiana Jordan, A17

LIFT – Washington, D.C.
Kristiana is a rising junior majoring in American Studies. At Tufts, she serves as president of Essence A Capella and has previously worked as a Resident Assistant and a Gerald Gill Fellow for the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. A native of the Washington, D.C., metro area, she has a strong interest in working towards poverty alleviation and economic justice. As a Tisch Summer Fellow at LIFT in Washington, D.C., she will work as an client advocate helping struggling families find jobs, secure housing, enroll in public benefits, and obtain referrals for services like childcare and healthcare.

Paula Kates, A16

The Constitution Project
Paula is a rising senior majoring in International Relations. Through the Tisch Summer Fellows program, she will be a Public Policy Research Associate at The Constitution Project, which works to reform the nation’s broken criminal justice system and to strengthen the rule of law through scholarship, advocacy, policy reform, and public education initiatives. Paula will assist in substantive research, engage in correspondence with blue ribbon committee members, and draft communications materials.

Thomas Lucic, A18

Pentagon – Resource Analysis
Thomas is a rising sophomore from New Hampshire, who went to high school in Boston and has lived in France.  Majoring in International Relations with a concentration in International Security, as well as potentially minoring in Arabic and history, Thomas is focused on national security and strategy, particularly related to the Persian Gulf.  He is also a captain of the Tufts Men’s Fencing Team and is interested in military history.  This summer he will be working as a Pentagon Resource Analysis Fellow in the Office of the Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics as part of the Tisch Summer Fellows Program.

Kimberly Mendoza, A16

LIFT – National
Kimberly is a rising senior who is a Child Study and Human Development major. She is a Tisch Scholar who has worked in local communities with organizations like Eagle Eye Institute, empowering low-income residents, especially youth of color. Through this summer’s Tisch Summer Fellowship at LIFT’s national office in Washington, D.C., she will work as an client advocate helping struggling families find jobs, secure housing, enroll in public benefits, and obtain referrals for services like childcare and healthcare.

Joshua Merriweather, E16

Team Up DC
Joshua is a rising senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Through his Tisch Summer Fellowship as a an intern at Team Up DC, he will be improving youth sports programs in the D.C. area through coach certification programs, CPR training and first aid training programs. He will be working directly with coaches and athletic directors, as well as conducting research and documentation, to help better youth sports.

Hira Qureshi, A16

Pentagon – Operating & Support Cost Analysis
Hira is a rising senior majoring in Economics. She is a Tisch Scholar who has worked in local communities through organizations like the Mystic Learning Center, supporting the children of low-income families. Through her Tisch Summer Fellowship as a Pentagon Operating & Support Cost Analysis intern, she will assist in the development of analytical products to be used by senior Defense Department leadership, such as  defense industrial base analysis and cost estimation of multibillion dollar weapon system procurements.

Taseen Rahman, E18

Pentagon – Weapons System Cost Analysis
Taseen is from a Bangladeshi immigrant family and born and raised in Cambridge, MA. He is a rising sophomore majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Economics. As a Tisch Summer Fellow at the Pentagon’s Weapons System Cost Analysis office, he will assist in the development of analytical products to be used by senior Defense Department leadership, such as detailed defense industrial base analysis and cost estimation of multibillion dollar weapon system procurements.

Shaan Shaikh, A17

Pentagon – Advanced System Costs Analysis
Shaan is a rising junior majoring in International Relations. As a Tisch Summer Fellow at the Pentagon’s Advanced System Costs Analysis office, he will assist in the development of analytical products to be used by senior Defense Department leadership, such as defense industrial base analysis and cost estimation of multibillion dollar weapon system procurements.

Nikita Shukla, A17

The Asia Foundation
Nikita Shukla is a rising junior at Tufts University double majoring in International Relations and Economics. She is very passionate about global health issues and economic development. On campus, Nikita is very active in Globemed, Partners in Health, and TEDxTufts. As a Tisch Summer Fellow at The Asia Foundation, working on the organization’s Women’s Empowerment Program and conducting substantive research to inform program development.

Rebecca Sinai, A16

AARP
Rebecca Sinai is a rising senior majoring in Political Science and Urban Studies. At Tufts, she is a writer and reporter for music magazine Melisma. Rebecca grew up in Washington, D.C. and this summer, she is back in D.C. interning with the Campaign Strategy team at AARP. She will be involved in major issue advocacy campaigns on Social Security, Medicare and health care.

Aviva Weinstein, A17

Pentagon – Advanced System Costs Analysis
Aviva is a rising junior from Washington D.C. Prior to coming to Tufts, Aviva spent a year in Israel studying and working. She hopes to return to the region and study abroad in Jordan next year. Aviva is majoring in International Relations with a focus on international security, and is minoring in Economics. She is greatly looking forward to working in Washington D.C this summer at the Pentagon’s Advanced System Costs Analysis office, assisting in the development of analytical products to be used by senior Defense Department leadership, such as defense industrial base analysis and cost estimation of multibillion dollar weapon system procurements.