Welcome AEI's Summer Institute Class of 2012

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Announcing the 2012 American Enterprise Summer Institute

Twenty-five top college students will travel to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C. this June to participate in the 2012 American Enterprise Summer Institute.
During this fully funded, four-week program, students will learn the principles and methods of public policy analysis from AEI scholars. Students will also have the opportunity to learn from some of Washington’s most prominent policymakers and opinion leaders during a special guest lecture series.

The Summer Institute team reviewed nearly 300 student applications from 159 different colleges and universities. This year's class was selected for their academic achievement, leadership ability and commitment to AEI's mission of expanding liberty, individual opportunity and free enterprise. The Summer Institute program will be held from June 17 to July 14, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

To learn more about the Summer Institute, please visit www.AEISummer.org.

The 2012 Class

Courtney Albini is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is majoring in political science and history. She is chair of the Penn-in-Washington Board and the History Undergraduate Board, and she is a member of the Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Board. Additionally, she is a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Alpha Theta and John Marshall pre-law honors societies. Her work experience includes serving as a youth social media coordinator for the Meg Whitman for California Governor Campaign in the summer of 2010, interning at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Department of Justice in 2011 and interning for Norman Ornstein at AEI during the summer of 2011. She aspires to earn a fellowship to continue her political science studies in the United Kingdom before enrolling in law school. During her free time, she enjoys training for marathons.

Kevin Baird is a graduating senior at Georgetown University, where he is studying history and government. While at Georgetown, Kevin was active in several extracurricular groups, including the College Republicans and the Tocqueville Forum. In the spring of 2012, he worked as an intern at AEI on the “What So Proudly We Hail” e-learning project. Next academic year, Kevin plans to earn a master’s degree in modern history at the University of St. Andrews. He grew up in Springdale, Pennsylvania.

Brett Banker is a graduating senior at Emory University, where he is majoring in history and political science. This past year, Brett served as co-chairman of the Emory College Republicans and as vice-chair of the Emory Student Government Association Elections Board. He wrote his honors thesis about former Rep. Jack Kemp (R-NY) and his role in popularizing supply-side economics during the 1970s. Brett has held past internships with The Daily Caller and the Heritage Foundation. He is from Washington, D.C., and enjoys reading and discussing politics.

Audrey Beck is a rising junior at Cedarville University, majoring in international studies. At Cedarville, she is a member of the Model United Nations team and also serves as an upperclassman mentor in the university’s honors program. A native of South Carolina, Audrey has spent most of her life in Europe, totaling 13 years as an expatriate. Her favorite European destination is London, England, but for her, nothing compares to the American Deep South. Audrey’s interests include twentieth-century American history, transnational organized crime and international security studies.

Henry Brooke is a rising junior at Northwestern University, where he is pursuing a double major in political science and international relations with a minor in history. Henry, a pitcher on the varsity baseball team at Northwestern, serves as the baseball representative to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the student-athlete representative to the Associated Student Government. He is interested in Russian history and culture.

Hannah Burak is a rising senior at Claremont McKenna College, where she studies government and economics. She works as a research assistant for the Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom at Claremont, and she served as the vice president of Claremont’s College Republicans. In 2011, she was editor-in-chief of the Claremont Independent, a campus magazine of conservative/libertarian commentary. Hannah spent last summer in D.C. as a Koch Fellow interning at Reason magazine. She would like to work on Capitol Hill in the next few years, but she ultimately wants to work either with politics or policy in Washington State. She grew up biking, hiking and swimming in the Pacific Northwest.

Jesse Crosson is a rising senior at Hofstra University, where he majors in political science with minors in mathematics and philosophy. Jesse’s research interests include deliberation and citizenship, health policy and education policy. Jesse represented his university as its 2011-2012 fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.  Outside of the classroom, Jesse has interned at the Heritage Foundation, where he attended the spring 2012 meeting of The Philadelphia Society as a sponsored guest of Heritage President Edwin Feulner, Jr. In his spare time, Jesse enjoys singing in the Hofstra Chorale and the Hofstra Chamber Choir and giving piano lessons to local children.

Elizabeth Engle is a rising sophomore at Davidson College, where she is majoring in classics and economics. In addition to her studies, Liz enjoys being involved with campus political groups and playing violin in the school symphony. She is a co-founder and secretary of Americans Elect at Davidson, which is a national third-candidate presidential primary process movement, and a member of College Republicans. She first became interested in economics and political issues through her high school speech and debate team. She is from Aurora, Colorado.

Andrew Flavin is a graduating senior at Wheaton College, where he is pursuing a B.A. in international relations and economics. He has interned for Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ), the U.S. Embassy in Dublin and the Community Affairs and Grassroots division at Southwest Airlines. At Wheaton, Andrew has been involved in student government, gospel choir, the political science honors society and intercollegiate debate. Andrew’s academic interests include religion and politics, international trade and development and U.S. foreign policy.

Samantha Flynn is a rising junior at Oglethorpe University, where she is pursuing a B.A. in politics with a double minor in rhetoric studies and philosophy. She is active as an associate accompanist, member of the University Singers and Chorale, and as the opinion editor of the campus newspaper, The Stormy Petrel. As a member of the honors program at Oglethorpe, Sam is working on a thesis on the correlation between the spread of social media and changing electoral patterns in the last decade. Samantha spent last summer as a Hertog Political Studies Fellow with the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. She hopes to return to D.C. after graduation to work as a political opinion journalist.

Andrew Gabel is a rising sophomore at Kenyon College, where he is majoring in economics and political science. He is secretary of the Kenyon College Republicans and a member of the Entrepreneurship Club and First-Year Student Council. As a freshman, he co-founded, marketed and managed an on-campus late-night café. Andrew is from Oakland, California, and is a baseball fanatic, Oakland Athletics fan and a proud member of Raider Nation. He enjoys learning about military history, particularly World War II history, and is an active practitioner of Krav Maga, the self-defense system pioneered by the Israel Defense Forces.

Daniel Graulich is a graduating senior at Brandeis University, majoring in economics and business. He is planning to attend the University of Virginia Law School in the fall. His work experience includes internships with the Heritage Foundation, the New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs in Boston. Daniel has also taken an active role in the Brandeis Economics Department having served as an undergraduate department representative and a teaching assistant. Daniel enjoys playing and watching sports, discussing politics and participating in community service and Jewish life. Daniel is from New Rochelle, NY.

Abraham Hamadeh is a rising senior at Arizona State University, where he studies political science with a focus on international relations and plans to continue his education by attending law school. Abraham previously worked at FreedomWorks in Washington, D.C. focusing on federal and state campaigns. Abraham was a Ronald Reagan Fellow at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, and served as the Brian McManus Chair for the Study of Public Policy at the Washington Scholars Fellowship Program. During his free time, Abraham enjoys shooting, hiking and stargazing.

Adam Humayun will be a 2012 graduate of George Washington University. Adam majored in international affairs with a concentration in conflict and security. His key areas of interest are naval warfare, military transformation and the Western Pacific region. While in school, he co-founded and led a student organization dedicated to wargaming and analysis. In 2013, he will begin pursuit of an M.A. in security studies at Georgetown University. He hopes to have a career in public service.

Julius Kairey is a rising sophomore at Cornell University, where he studies government and economics. He worked as an intern for a law firm in West Long Branch, New Jersey, for three consecutive summers. More recently, Julius has successfully represented Cornell at several World Format debate tournaments, including the United States Universities Debating Championship in Salem, Oregon. He has also represented Cornell as a member of the intercollegiate Model Congress team. Julius enjoys playing tennis and soccer, studying meteorology, debating current events and discussing constitutional issues. He plans to enter a career in law.

Nicholas Kowalski is a rising senior and a political theory and constitutional democracy major with an entrepreneurship focus at Michigan State University. Nicholas founded a campus conservative student group and a speaker series in an effort to introduce fellow classmates to classical liberalism. He contributes to The College Conservative, an international, online publication by and for college students. He is also a contributing writer to one of the oldest collegiate newspapers in the country, The State News. Nicholas also maintains the blog, “The Other Side.”

Ross Marchand is a rising junior at the University of Maryland - College Park, majoring in government and politics. He is a columnist for The Terrapin Times. A native of New Jersey, Ross has interned for the campaigns of Chris Christie and Ron Paul as well as for FreedomWorks.

Joseph “Wade” Miller is a rising senior pursuing a political science major in the school of Economic, Political and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas as a Bill Archer Fellow. Originally from Wichita, Kansas and now a resident of Dallas, Texas, he is interested in constitutional interpretation and analysis as well as economic, fiscal and monetary policy. Additionally, Wade volunteers for the Lustgarten Foundation which raises money for pancreatic cancer research. He also served in the United States Marine Corps and completed three combat deployments in Iraq as an infantryman and infantry squad leader. Among Wade’s numerous awards is the Humanitarian Service Medal associated with relief efforts in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami. Wade has also worked as an intern at the Heritage Foundation.

Dante Morales is a rising senior at the Virginia Military Institute, majoring in international studies and political science. He participates in Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, and will commission in the Air Force after graduation, where he plans to pursue a career as a combat rescue officer. His honors thesis is an analysis of counter-insurgency doctrine through the lens of political theory and its implications for U.S. military strategy.

Wendy Morrison is a rising sophomore at the University of Virginia. She is currently studying economics and public policy and considering majoring in economics and politics, philosophy and law. Her previous work experience includes interning at the City Center District Office in Philadelphia, an externship at the Cato Institute and working in a congressional campaign headquarters. Wendy was additionally a four-year member of the Harvard Model Congress. Her hobbies include horseback riding, cooking, baking and reading. Wendy grew up outside of Philadelphia.

Zachary Mozenter is a rising junior at Emory University, studying math and economics. On campus, he is starting an Economics Club and Fed Challenge team. Zack spends time tutoring  child survivors of war and at a nearby Atlanta apartment complex. A member of the economics honors society, Zack is also involved in his fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon and is the Greek Week/Activities Chair on the Inter-Fraternity Council. Outside of his studies, he enjoys playing soccer and wrestling. Upon graduation, Zack hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in economics and conduct research in macroeconomics.

Kevin O’Connell is a rising senior at Williams College, where he is majoring in history. He competes on the Williams Debate Team and is a member of the Williams Rugby Football Club. His previous work experience includes interning at Nabbr Media, an online advertising company, and working as a mentor and debate coach for students in New York public schools. Before college, he attended the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, New York. He comes from Larchmont, a small town outside of New York City. He enjoys writing and discussing politics. He also likes to play squash, act as an amateur photographer and travel. His plans for the future include either business or law.

Spence Purnell is a rising senior at Stetson University, where he is majoring in political science and international studies. At Stetson, Spence played on the men’s basketball team and participated in the Stetson Model U.S. Senate and Pre-Law Institute. He also serves as president of the Alexander Hamilton Society. Spence previously interned with the Federalist Society and will intern with Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) part-time this summer.

Tyler Seville is a graduating senior at Rutgers University, where he is pursuing a B.A. in philosophy and political science and is an undergraduate associate with the Eagleton Institute of Politics. He also works as an undergraduate research assistant at Princeton University. Previously, he has served in different positions with the New Jersey State Legislature, working on education, veteran affairs and health policy.

Emily Smith is a rising senior at George Mason University. She is pursuing a B.S. in economics and a minor in American history. Her areas of interest include trade theory, free market principles and nineteenth- and twentieth-century American history. Emily grew up in and currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area.


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