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PPA Internships - 2006

Biology

Erika Graves, Biology, interned with the Office of Women's Health, County of Los Angeles.  Her projects included creating educational brochures for low-income, uninsured women, attending health fairs and mobile clinics, and contacting legislators as part of a public policy project.

Lily Muldoon, Biology, worked with the East Valley Community Health Clinics in Pomona and West Covina, an organization that strives to provide quality and accessible comprehensive health care and health education services to low income and underserved populations.  Lily designed and conducted small research studies and created brochures on various health care topics.  

Chemistry

Nora Becker, Chemistry, participated last spring in the Claremont McKenna sponsored Semester in Washington, D.C. program, where she interned full time in the office of US Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.

Economics

David McDevitt, Economics, interned with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office in Pomona.  David monitored case files, conducted an independent research project, and sat in on trials.

Physics

Brett Close, Physics, interned with the South Coast Air Quality Management District.  Brett conducted research on solar energy policy around the world.

Politics

Sarah Axeen, Politics, interned with the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness.  Sarah researched and wrote a 'Know Your Rights' guide for participants in the Section 8 subsidized housing program in the City and County of Los Angeles.

Stephanie Lin, Politics, worked with the Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance, a service and advocacy organization that works to empower Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Orange County.  She recruited and organized volunteers, interacted with other counties on an Asian Pacific Islander voting project, and tutored for an after-school program.

Hala Masri, Politics, interned with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, an organization that advocates for immigrant rights through organizing and political advocacy.  Hala worked on several research projects.

Andrew Nourafshan, Politics, worked at Energy Harvester, a company that designs and builds custom renewable energy systems for commercial, residential, non-profit, and government buildings.  His work primarily focused on marketing, doing policy research, and drafting grant proposals for the company's "fold and ride" bike program and the creation of a bike-transit center at the Claremont Depot.

Julie Nudel, Politics, interned at Mediation Resources, an organization that provides low-cost services in mediation, conciliation, and arbitration to the surrounding community.  Julie conducted credit conciliation cases over the phone on a regular basis and developed her own clientele.

Femke Oldham, Politics, worked at Stratecon, Inc., a strategic planning and economics consulting firm specializing in water and other natural resources.  She researched water policy news stories for the firm's private monthly newsletters, wrote weekly memos summarizing major water stories around the country, and discussed water policy issues with the head researcher.

Nora Petty, Politics, also interned at the LA County's Office of Women's Health, an organization that conducts education and policy projects geared towards enhancing access to care for low income, minority women.  Nora worked on policy-related projects, drafted letters to legislators, and helped with preparations for the Women's Health Summit that will take place in May 2007.  She also compiled a weekly memo of health policy and women's health news for the office.

Psychology

Christie Canales, Psychology, worked for San Antonio High School, an alternative high school in the Claremont Unified School District.  She worked directly with the Dean of Students/Guidance Counselor.

Elyse Cooper-Smith, Psychology, interned at the Pomona Neighborhood Legal Services Center, assisting unrepresented litigants with family and tenant law matters including paternity, dissolution of marriage, and eviction.

Casey Lamb, Psychology, worked for Public Works, an educational consulting group contracted out by schools, districts, and boards to evaluate the implementation of policies and grants.  Casey worked with the LA Unified School District's Smaller Learning Communities Project, performing a quantitative and qualitative analysis of how 22 LAUSD schools were implementing this Project.

Lauren Mitchell, Psychology, also interned at San Antonio High School, an alternative high school in the Claremont Unified School District.  She worked as the Principal's intern and interacted regularly with the Office Manager, Vice Principal, Dean of Students, teachers, and students.

Katherine Walker, Psychology, also worked at Neighborhood Legal Services in Pomona, assisting unrepresented litigants with family and tenant law matters including paternity, dissolution of marriage, and eviction.