Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer In D.C. Policy Research Internship Program

Offering Rice University undergraduates hands-on experience in the world of public policy research and analysis.

 

 

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The goal of the Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer in D.C. Policy Research Internship Program is to offer Rice University undergraduate students hands-on experience in the world of public policy research and analysis in our nation's capital.

Initiated in 2004, the program provides summer stipends to students conducting policymaking research at government agencies, private think tanks and nongovernmental organizations in Washington, D.C. Students attend a seminar on public policy and global affairs coterminous with their internships in D.C., write a research report, give a presentation before Rice faculty and researchers, and organize a public education activity. Applicants, who are screened by a committee of Baker Institute and Rice faculty, are individually responsible for selecting and establishing internships and residency in D.C. Click here to read about the experience of Noorain Khan, one of the first interns to benefit from the program.

Since 2004, 118 students have worked at the State Department, the Council of Economic Advisers, the Middle East Institute, the Urban Institute, the National Science Foundation, the Center for American Progress, the American Enterprise Institute, the Humane Society and the American Civil Liberties Union, among others. Many have used their research experiences to obtain prestigious scholarships, including Rhodes Scholarships, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, Thomas J. Watson Fellowships, Fulbright Scholarships and Wagoner Scholarships. The program is led by Steven W. Lewis, C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at the Baker Institute and professor of the practice in humanities at Rice. It is sponsored by a grant from the Houston Endowment Inc. Additional support has been provided by:

  • The Mattel Foundation
  • The Honorable Edward N. Ney
  • The Honorable Anne L. Armstrong and Mr. Tobin Armstrong
  • The Honorable Roy M. Huffington
  • The Honorable Kenneth Franzheim II
  • The Eason Weinmann Foundation
  • The Honorable Peter F. Secchia

The deadline to apply for the 2017 program is Jan. 31, 2017. Click here to download the application.

Click here for an article from Rice News on the 2016 cohort.

The 2010 D.C. internship program report is also available for download here.

To learn more about the post-graduation career and educational opportunities past interns have pursued, download “Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer in D.C. Policy Research Internship Program — Then and Now.”


2016 Program Interns

Anjali Bhatla
Evan Flack
Yasna Haghdoost
Aaron Huang
Tay Jacobe
Alex Morton
Albert Nabiullin
Jackson Neagli
David Ratnoff
Griffin Thomas

2015 Program Interns

Maithili Bagaria
Meredith Bouchein
Mary Charlotte Carroll
Gavin Cross
Eileen Huang
Danya Kachkou
Jackie Olive
Kimberly Rightor
Aakash Shah
Melanie Zook
 

2014 Program Interns

Jonathan Berg
Vicky Comesanas
James Dargan
Nick Fleder
Baek Ho Jang
Sean Leong 
Nicolas Park
Rebecca Satterfield
Sophia Sciabica
Nick Thorpe
Zachary Watterson
Kaylee Yocum

2013 Program Interns

Peter Abraham
Evan Austin
Hira Baig
Katherine Cai
Blake Delaplane
Tianyi Hua
Nathan Joo
Landy Mao
Esteban Pimentel
Rohini Sigireddi
Matthew Stampfl
Lilly Yu

Program Alumni

Fiona Adams 
Ashley Allen
Andrew Amis
Chris Aresu
Benjamin Brookstone
David Brown
Diana Cahill
Kara Calhoun
Matthew Carey
Ran Chen
Benjamin Chou
Daniel Cohen
Evan Colton
Kirti Datla
Navtej Dhaliwal
Michael Feldman
Devin Glick
Molly Goldstein
Vivek Gopalan
Sean Graham
Theodore Grodek
Emery Gullickson
Angela Guo
Hrishikesh Hari
Keith Henneke
Rebecca Jaffe
Tawfik Jarjour

Bhavika Kaul
John Kehoe
Christian Keller
Noorain Khan
Christina Lagos
Casey Langwith
Daniel LaSalle
Jason Lee
David Liou
Jingyuan Luo
Cort Malmberg
Mithun Mansinghani
Ellory Matzner
Patrick McAnaney
Jordana Mosten
Janey Myers
Saira Karim Najam
Shireen Nasir
Kelly O'Connor
Payton Odom
Sarah Perelstein
Rachael Petersen
Sailesh Prabhu
James Prohaska
Joe Pullano
Diane Ramirez
Rahul Rekhi

Sanna Ronkainen
Devon Rule
Neeraj Salhotra
Arthi Satyanarayan
Ariela Schachter
Benjamin Seidensticker
Mark Seraydarian
Apoorva Shah
Tara Slough
Rachel Solnick
Dale Swartz
Laura Szarmach
Lauren Theis
Christina Tran
Joe Vavra
Navin Vij
Andy Wang
Kathryn Wheat
Chajin Wu
Julian Yao
Victoria Zyp