AEI Summer Institute Class of 2014

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Twenty-five top college students will travel to DC this June to participate in the 2014 AEI Summer Institute.
During this fully funded, six-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.

This year's class was selected for academic achievement, leadership potential, and demonstrated interest in public policy. The Summer Institute program will be held from June 15 to July 26, 2014, at AEI's headquarters in Washington, DC.

Announcing the Class of 2014:

Amy Baker, Bethel College
Class of ’14
Ms. Baker earned a major in English literature and a minor in economics from Bethel College. In spring 2014, she participated in the American Studies Program in DC and completed an internship in the US Department of State’s Economics Bureau. Throughout her time at Bethel, she worked as the assistant visit coordinator in the Office of Admission, a student employee in the Semester Abroad Office, and the president of Enactus. She has interned for Senator Richard Lugar from Indiana, Mayor Dave Wood of Mishawaka, Indiana, and Mayor Ted Ellis of Bluffton, Indiana.

Jon Buchleiter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Class of ’16
Mr. Buchleiter is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) majoring in political science and peace, war, and defense. He spent spring 2014 in DC taking courses in public policy and interning in the communications department at AEI. At UNC, he serves as the editor-in-chief for The Hill Political Review, a non-partisan, student-run publication featuring analysis of current events and political trends. He has served in leadership positions in the Alexander Hamilton Society, Roosevelt Institute Foreign Policy Center, and AEI Executive Council. Mr. Buchleiter plans to pursue a career in national security and intelligence.

Daniel Causey, Furman University
Class of ’14
Mr. Causey majored in political science and minored in Latin American studies at Furman University. He will be attending law school at the George Washington School of Law in the fall. At Furman, Mr. Causey served as a captain of the mock trial team. He has been inducted into the national academic honors society Phi Beta Kappa and the national leadership honors society Omicron Delta Kappa. In summer 2013, Mr. Causey worked with the C2 Group/FTI Consulting as a legislative intern. In spring 2014, he joined Lindsey Graham’s senate campaign, working in the Greenville, SC, area. Mr. Causey plans to stay in DC and work in public policy following law school.

Neha Doshi, University of Pennsylvania
Class of ’15
Ms. Doshi is a senior in the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is pursuing a concentration in operations and information management and minors in psychology and music. Ms. Doshi has worked as the Buyer Engagement Manager at Kinnek, a technology e-commerce start-up for small- and medium-sized businesses. On campus, she has worked at the Office of the Provost as an administrative assistant. She also works as a document editor for a law firm. Ms. Doshi will serve as the co-chair of the Wharton Undergraduate Cohort System for the upcoming academic year. She is also heavily involved with her a capella group. After graduation, Ms. Doshi hopes to pursue a career in policy law.

Casey Duggan, University of Virginia
Class of ’14
Ms. Duggan is a 2014 graduate of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia (UVA). She served as a recruitment co-chair for Relay For Life at UVA, a mentor and co-facilitator for the Young Women Leaders Program, and a research assistant for the UVA Social Psychology Department. In past summers, Ms. Duggan has served as a programming intern for Running Start, a non-profit organization aimed at encouraging and training young women to run for elected office, and a public policy intern for Patton Boggs LLP, an international law and lobbying firm representing a wide range of interests and clientele. Following graduation, Ms. Duggan plans to pursue a career in public policy in Washington, DC.

Fatema Ghasletwala, George Washington University
Class of ’16
Ms. Ghasletwala is a junior in the University Honors Program at George Washington University majoring in political science (public policy focus) with concentrations in public health and Law & Society. On campus, she is the assistant director of hall development with the Residence Hall Association and a University honors program student peer advisor. She previously served as a hall council advisor and hall council member. Ms. Ghasletwala was an undergraduate research assistant to Dr. Theo Christov for a book on the appropriation of Jean-Jaques Rousseau into international relations paradigms. She was a congressional intern in both the district and Capitol Hill offices of Congressman Rush Holt.

Jason Ginsberg, Brown University
Class of ’16
Mr. Ginsberg is a junior studying political science at Brown University. His coursework has included computer science, international relations, and the classics. When Mr. Ginsberg is not in class, he can be found programming events for Brown RISD Hillel, giving tours to prospective students, or advising first-years. This past year, Mr. Ginsberg traveled to DC to compete with a team in the Atlantic Council’s 2014 Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge. In January, he also visited the State of Israel to gain international perspective with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. When he is not exploring new perspectives, Mr. Ginsberg likes to explore old ones. He continues to play the trombone and likes to improvise in his spare time.

Henry Hagen, Gordon College
Class of ’15
Mr. Hagen is an English major and senior at Gordon College. He has worked for the past two years as the first Gordon presidential fellow in the office of president D. Michael Lindsay, and in the fall will serve as the student body president of Gordon. He is the head editor for The Idiom, Gordon’s literary journal. While at Gordon, Mr. Hagen founded a nonprofit to provide medical care and supplies for leper colonies in Southeast China and led a team of students to China to fulfill that mission. Mr. Hagen is also an experienced violinist, and has been recognized by his county legislature as well as the Albany-based Times Union for his community service work as a music therapy volunteer. After graduation, he hopes to attend law school and work to protect the cause of civil liberties in America.

Mary Helm, University of Virginia
Class of ’16
Ms. Helm is a junior at the University of Virginia (UVA), where she is majoring in commerce and minoring in history. At UVA, she serves as a member of the Student Council and the University Guide Service, which specializes in giving admissions and historical tours to prospective students and visitors of the university. Ms. Helm also serves on the Executive Board of the UVA chapter of Camp Kesem, a nonprofit summer camp for children whose parents either have or had cancer; the UVA chapter is expanding to serve about one hundred children in the Charlottesville area this summer.

Jong In “Leon” Jun, Swarthmore College
Class of ’16
Mr. Jun is a junior at Swarthmore College majoring in political science and economics. As a member of Swarthmore’s mock trial team, he has participated in several invitational and regional tournaments over the past two years. He also works with the school investment administrators as a member of the Committee on Investor Responsibility of Swarthmore College, an advisory committee to the Investment Committee of the Board of Managers. Mr. Jun has also interned for a law firm and a newspaper company.

Paul Kolotka, University of Alabama
Class of ’16
Mr. Kolotka is a rising junior at the University of Alabama majoring in finance, economics, and mathematics. Concurrently, he is working toward the completion of a master of science in finance. He has spent time researching the viability of the gasoline tax and the economics of higher education. He currently serves as a voting member of the University Media Planning Board, the president of the Association of Residential Communities, and the treasurer and executive vice president for the Alabama Management Society. Mr. Kolotka is also working to enrich the undergraduate curriculum at Alabama by developing a service-learning business course through the University Honors College for which he will serve as managing teaching assistant. Outside of the classroom, he has served as a basic IRS certified tax preparer and as a mentor to people with mental disabilities.

Margaret LaRiviere, The Citadel
Class of ’15
Ms. LaRiviere currently attends the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. She will graduate in 2015 with a dual major in political science and German language and culture. She is an active member of the Citadel NCAA Women’s Rifle Team, US Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit, German Club, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, German Honor Society, and Political Science Honor Society. She serves as Papa Company 1st Sergeant responsible for overseeing the overall welfare of 116 cadets, company administrative duties, and the training of incoming freshmen. Ms. LaRiviere has served as a US Coast Guard Headquarters summer intern and as a pharmaceutical assistant during a Citadel-sponsored medical mission trip to Masindi, Uganda, in 2013. She has earned three Citadel Study Abroad scholarships to Hamburg, Berlin, and Munich, Germany, to study culture and language with international students at the Goethe Institute.
Jordan Long, Texas A&M University
Class of ’15
Mr. Long is a senior at Texas A&M University studying history and political science. On campus, he is involved with the Wiley Lecture Series, the AEI Executive Council at Texas A&M, and the Liberal Arts Student Council, and he has served on the executive board of the Student Conference on National Affairs. In fall 2013, Mr. Long participated in The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program, where he worked as the Coalition Relations intern. He currently writes for local news outlet, covering statewide elections, education policy, campaign finance, and environmental regulations. He coauthored a chapter in the state and local government text Modern Mayors, Monumental Decisions and is the 2011 National Civil War Student Challenge Grand Prize winner.

Chris Marchese, Boston College
Class of ’15
Mr. Marchese is a senior at Boston College (BC). He is a double major in political science and history with a minor in international studies. He has served within the Undergraduate Government of Boston College (UGBC) for the past two years and has recently been elected to serve as the executive vice president of UGBC for his senior year. He has also been involved in the AEI Executive Council at Boston College for the past year. He was also elected (and reelected) to serve on the Ballarmine Law Society Board. Outside of BC, he worked at the Schlitt Law Firm on Long Island, NY, as a case analyst.

Noah McCullough, Texas Tech University
Class of ’15
Mr. McCullough is a senior at Texas Tech University, where he is pursuing a double major in political science and economics. He is a Daniels Scholar, plays in the Texas Tech basketball band, and works as a research analyst as the Northwest Texas Small Business Development Center. Prior to his studies at Texas Tech, Mr. McCullough wrote two books on American presidential history, one with Random House and one with Scholastic Books. After graduation, he hopes to work in the DC area and pursue graduate studies.

Luciana Milano, Harvard University
Class of ’14
Ms. Milano is a recent graduate of Harvard University, where she majored in government. Having grown up in south Texas, she is passionate about understanding US-Mexico relations. She wrote her senior honors thesis on America’s foreign aid response to the increased violence in Mexico. On campus, she is president of the Harvard College Anscombe Society and was a co-founder of the Harvard Circle Daughters of Isabella. She was a broadcast intern for Heritage Libertad, the Spanish language department of the Heritage Foundation. Ms. Milano has written for the Harvard Crimson and appeared on Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor. In her hometown, she has served as a Spanish translator for pro-bono criminal cases.

Kayla Nguyen, University of Dallas
Class of ’15
Ms. Nguyen is a senior at the University of Dallas majoring in politics with a concentration in international studies. She is a Hatton W. Sumners scholar and regularly participates in events sponsored by the organization and the National Center for Policy Analysis. She has interned for Murphy Nasica and Associates in Dallas, TX, volunteered for the Linda Harper Brown campaign in Irving, TX, and currently works as a student ambassador for the University of Dallas. She spent a semester studying abroad in Rome, Italy. Ms. Nguyen is also the president of the University of Dallas Society for Women and co-founded the society’s mentoring program for underprivileged high school students.

Ryan Proctor, Yale University
Class of ’16
Mr. Proctor is a junior at Yale University, where he is planning to pursue a joint BA and MA in classics (Latin and Ancient Greek). He has served as chairman of the Yale Conservative Party, a student debating society, and he is the co-founder of Yale’s annual pro-life conference Vita & Veritas. He has experience working as a research assistant for for McKenna, Long, & Aldridge and the coin room of the Yale Art Gallery. Mr. Proctor has been a staff writer or editor at several Yale undergraduate publications, including Light & Truth, the Politic, and the Helicon. He is also the author of the textbook Khairete O Mathetai: An Introduction to Ancient Greek for Secondary School Students.


Max Samels, University of Chicago
Class of ’16
Mr. Samels is a junior at the University of Chicago studying economics. On campus, he serves on the board of the College Republicans and the board of the University of Chicago Political Union, a political debate society. He also represented AEI at the University of Chicago during the 2013 – 2014 school year as a member of the Executive Council. Mr. Samels is particularly interested in Massachusetts politics and has interned for legislators at both the state and federal levels. Most recently, he interned at ML Strategies, the government relations affiliate of Boston-based law firm Mintz Levin.

Govind Shantharam, University of California, Berkeley
Class of ’14
Mr. Shantharam recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, as a double major in philosophy and health economics and policy. He has been a legal advocate for the East Bay Community Law Center for several years, assisting low-income clients with homelessness, consumer law issues, DMV problems, small claims cases, and tort defense. Mr. Shantharam has interned with Physicians for a National Health Program and has helped expand this single-payer advocacy organization throughout the Bay Area. As part of Project RISHI, an organization dedicated to improving health outcomes in India slums, Mr. Shantharam spearheaded a project aimed at improving interventions on footwear use in children. In his senior thesis, he examines ways to improve patient engagement in Accountable Care Organizations.

Wilson Shirley, Northwestern University
Class of ’15
Mr. Shirley is a senior at Northwestern University majoring in political science and philosophy. He spent fall 2013 studying Arabic, diplomacy, and policy at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy in Amman, while also working as a research intern focusing on non-proliferation at the Arab Institute for Security Studies. He has previously worked as an intern to Senator Mark Kirk, Congressman Andy Barr, and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. On campus, Mr. Shirley volunteers on community service trips through Alternative Student Breaks, has held leadership positions in College Republicans and AEI’s Executive Council, and participates in a variety of student theater and film groups. He also works as a research assistant to Professor Eugene Kontorovich of Northwestern University’s School of Law performing comparative legal and historical research on military occupations.

Connor Smith, University of Colorado, Boulder
Class of ’16
Mr. Smith is a junior at the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU), studying international finance, political science, and leadership. Working as a summer caddy for several years laid the foundation for Mr. Smith to become an Evans Scholar. He serves as the Colorado Evans Scholars’ vice president of finance to create and manage their $100,000 budget. Mr. Smith is part of the first AEI Executive Council at CU. He is also a member of CU’s President's Leadership Class. Serving as the vice president of professionalism for the student governing board, Mr. Smith has hosted speakers including Andy Hinton, a senior vice president at Google. Mr. Smith works for the March of Dimes on the CU chapter’s fundraising strategy and charity walk logistics. Last summer, he taught English to students in Brazil through the US-Brazil Connect program.

Amber Smoczyk, New York University
Class of ’15
Ms. Smoczyk is a senior and double major in politics and Spanish at New York University (NYU). She has experience interning for Progressive Campaigns for New York and volunteering in Ohio on the Obama campaign in 2012. She spent one semester abroad at NYU Buenos Aires, where she studied Spanish and held an internship position at the Argentine NGO Fundación Compromiso. Additionally, she traveled to Beijing in her sophomore year with NYU’s Presidential Honors Scholars program. Most recently, she took part in NYU’s fifth annual Model United Nations conference, where she worked as a crisis staffer. Ms. Smoczyk is particularly interested in foreign policy and international relations and would like to work for the State Department one day.

Pranay Udutha, University of Georgia
Class of ’14
Mr. Udutha recently graduated with degrees in international affairs and biology from the University of Georgia. As a Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholar, Mr. Udutha pursued internships on three continents and presented his scientific and policy research to stakeholders across the globe. The son of immigrants, he is fluent in two languages, proficient in Spanish, and working on French. At Georgia, he worked with students and faculty across campus as a Student Government senator, University Council member, Residence Hall executive officer, and Student Alumni Council member. He hopes to work on international monetary trade regulation as well as public health policy. Mr. Udutha aspires to be a US Senator to further pursue his goals of making an impact on public policy. His other passions include martial arts and culinary arts.

Lexi Vankevich, Trinity Western University
Class of ’14
Ms. Vankevich is a recent graduate of Trinity Western University in Vancouver, Canada. She majored in history and philosophy. She has worked in the policy department in Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Office in Ottawa and served as a research associate at the Federalist Society in Washington DC. Ms. Vankevich was recently recognized as one of Vancouver’s Top 24 Under 24. She recently returned from the International Rotary Youth Leadership Awards in Sydney, Australia, where she was invited to speak about entrepreneurial solutions to pressing global issues. Ms. Vankevich currently works as director of public relations for WelcomeHome Addiction Recovery, a self-sustaining addiction recovery center. She plans to pursue a masters of science in comparative social policy at the London School of Economics in fall 2014.

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Monday, October 27, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
State income taxes and the Supreme Court: Maryland Comptroller v. Wynne

Please join AEI for a panel discussion exploring these and other questions about this crucial case.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
For richer, for poorer: How family structures economic success in America

Join Lerman, Wilcox, and a group of distinguished scholars and commentators for the release of Lerman and Wilcox’s report, which examines the relationships among and policy implications of marriage, family structure, and economic success in America.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The 7 deadly virtues: 18 conservative writers on why the virtuous life is funny as hell

Please join AEI for a book forum moderated by Last and featuring five of these leading conservative voices. By the time the forum is over, attendees may be on their way to discovering an entirely different — and better — moral universe.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
A nuclear deal with Iran? Weighing the possibilities

Join us, as experts discuss their predictions for whether the United States will strike a nuclear deal with Iran ahead of the November 24 deadline, and the repercussions of the possible outcomes.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
The forgotten depression — 1921: The crash that cured itself

Please join Author James Grant and AEI senior economists for a discussion about Grant's book, "The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself" (Simon & Schuster, 2014).

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