Welcome AEI's Summer Institute Class of 2013

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Announcing the 2013 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 2013 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.

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 16 to July 13, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

The 2013 Class

Matthew Alonsozana is a rising senior at Boston College and is a member of the Presidential Scholar and Honors programs. He is studying Economics and Biology, and aspires to attend law school and pursue an eventual career in public policy. Matthew has been engaged in diverse activities reflecting his interests in business, politics, and the Asian-Pacific region. He earned a Boren Scholarship for advanced studies in China and received recognition for researching health and social systems in China and the Philippines. On campus, Matthew is a noted student government leader and has started small businesses ranging from college counseling to consulting.

Charlotte Brown, originally from Winter Park, Florida, is a rising senior at Rice University. She is studying Mathematical Economic Analysis and Political Science. She enjoys being involved in college government and advising during new student orientation. After growing up in the high-stakes swing state of Florida, she gained an interest in national politics. She has been a US Senate Page and an intern in US Senator George Lemieux’s office. She spent the summer and fall of 2012 working for the Public Opinion Strategies’ team handling the polling and focus groups for the Romney presidential campaign.

Dominic Dougherty is a rising junior at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, where he is majoring in Politics and History with a concentration in International Studies.  He was recently elected vice president of the UD Student Government.  His extracurricular activities  include working as an apprentice electrician and volunteering with a local Knights of Columbus council, of which he is Deputy Grand Knight.  This past semester, he enjoyed studying abroad in Rome, Italy.  Dominic looks forward to this great opportunity for learning more about public policy with AEI in our nation’s capital. 

Jillian Frost is a rising sophomore at Centre College where she is majoring in English and Spanish. She is a Brown Fellow, campus tour guide and prospective student host for Colonel Corps, and contributor the Cento newspaper. As a member of Centre Republicans, Jillian volunteered at the Centre 2012 Vice Presidential Debate for the Romney-Ryan campaign. Jillian is from Orange County, California, where she enjoyed raising three puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Jacob Glenn graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in History and Philosophy in April 2012. He specialized in the history of US foreign relations and has published articles on international affairs and domestic politics in BYU Political Review and the BYU’s history journal, The Thetean. Jacob also spent two years as a missionary in Mexico City where he learned both Spanish and Mexican Sign Language. He currently teaches English, History, Mathematics, and Spanish at Meridian School.

Jennifer Hamilton is a rising junior at the George Washington University, where she is majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Africa and minors in public health and economics. Jennifer has worked as an intern at No Labels and as an editorial assistant at the Elliott School of International Affairs’ Institute for International Economic Policy. As a member of the International Affairs Society, she participates in collegiate model United Nations conferences, serves on staff and secretariat for GW-hosted conferences, and mentors high school students. Jennifer also serves as a GW Student Admissions Representative. She grew up in Tampa, Florida.

Jacob Hawkins is a rising junior at Bryan College where he is studying history, politics, and government. He is preparing to serve in the US military following his graduation. In addition to being involved in athletics and Student Government, Jacob has appeared on the Dean’s List several times and has been awarded the Outstanding Underclassman History Award at Bryan College. He is attending the Summer Institute in order to gain a more thorough understanding of American foreign and economic policies and how they impact the manner in which the military operates and functions effectively. 

Zach Ingber is a rising junior at Brown University concentrating in History and Political Science. His interests include counter-terrorism, global security, and the intersection between international law and American constitutional law. Last summer he conducted extensive research at the Henry Jackson Society, a London-based foreign policy think tank, on al-Qaeda related terrorism in the United States. Zach is involved in Middle East politics on campus and is an opinions columnist for the Brown Daily Herald. In his free time, Zach loves to play the guitar, hang out with friends, and play intramural softball.

Kelsey Jackson is a rising junior at Saint Louis University, where she is pursuing a double major in Economics and Finance, and is in the Pre-Law program. Her work experience includes internships with various political campaigns, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Bank of America, and several nonprofit organizations. She is a member of College Republicans and Political Round Table, as well as Phi Alpha Delta.  Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Kelsey grew up in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and lived in Wisconsin and Frankfurt, Germany. She also studied abroad in Madrid for a semester. Her interests include constitutional politics, economic development, and macroeconomics, and she hopes to enter the field of economic research for a career. 

Henry Joyce is a rising sophomore at Dartmouth College from Arlington, Virginia. He is an Economics major with minors in public policy and religion. In Hanover, Henry is active in the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Entrepreneurial Society and serves as a campus tour guide. He also enjoys singing with his a cappella group and hunting, fishing, and hiking. Last summer Henry worked for the Virginia Victory coordinated campaign and plans to work on Capitol Hill this summer after completing AEI’s Summer Institute. In high school, Henry was an Eagle Scout and he remains an avid DC sports fan.

Dan Kuhr is a graduating senior Cornell University.  He studies Policy Analysis and Management in the College of Human Ecology and has a strong interest in health policy.  Last spring, he studied public health and international relations abroad in Geneva, Switzerland and was an Adolescent HIV Intern for the World Health Organization. On campus, Dan serves on the Student Assembly, and sings with the Cornell University Glee Club, the men’s choir on campus, and its a cappella subset, The Hangovers.  Dan will be matriculating into the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in the fall where he plans to pursue both his M.D. and a Master of Public Health.

Shannon Mann is a graduating senior at the University of Richmond. She developed a strong interest in US foreign policy during her introductory political science courses, finally focusing on Sino-American relations. While studying Mandarin at Peking University during her junior year, she sought opportunities to speak with rural villagers, in order to understand how their everyday speech reflects their unique culture and tradition. The receipt of a Boren Scholarship in 2011 allowed Shannon to extend her studies to three semesters. During the AEI Summer Institute, she looks forward to consolidating her studies from the past four years and framing her graduate school studies.

Gabriel Noronha is a rising junior at the University of Virginia where he majors in Foreign Affairs and Economics while studying Russian and Chinese. His research projects include US foreign policy and diplomatic rhetoric in Central Asia, US immigration policy, and the political economy determinants and effects of language policies in post-Soviet countries. Gabriel organizes speakers and debates on Chinese politics and East-Asian international relations with the Virginia East Asia Society. He enjoys reading political philosophy and Russian literature. Having competed as a Division 1 middle distance runner, Gabriel tries to fit a daily run into his schedule.

Nicole Noyes, originally from upstate New York, is a rising senior at Cedarville University, where she studies Political Science and History with a minor in Public Policy.  She is a Dean’s Honor student, as well as a member of Pi Sigma Alpha and Young Women for America.  During her years at Cedarville, Nicole has also participated in local and overseas service programs.  In the fall of 2012, she served as a legislative intern for Concerned Women for America, where she focused on policy issues related to national sovereignty and religious liberty.  After graduation, she hopes to combine her passion for public policy with her interest in humanitarian aid and economic development by pursuing a career in a nonprofit organization.

Alexander Sappington is a rising junior and an economics major at Princeton University. He is a National Merit Scholar who has received the Siemen’s Award and the Shapiro Award for academic excellence. He serves on the Whitman College Council and chairs the scholarship and philanthropy committees of the Sigma Chi Fraternity at Princeton University. Originally from Florida, Alexander enjoys travel and a variety of sports, including tennis and basketball.

Carter Skeel is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is majoring in Philosophy.  He enjoys sports, philosophy, and making people laugh, ideally all at the same time.  He considers Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Gaffigan to be his main comedic influences.  While not debating his mostly liberal friends about politics, Carter moonlights as an intramural basketball and football player/coach.  He is an editor of Common Subjects, Penn’s Christian journal, and teaches seventh and eighth grade Sunday school at his church.  He has yet to settle on the best answer to the question “So what are you going to do with philosophy?”

Jeremy Sawyer is a second-year student studying Law, Letters, and Society at the University of Chicago. He is the editor in chief of the publication Counterpoint and a member of the Student Advisory Council of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. He has previously worked as an intern for the Koch Institute and the Americans for Tax Reform foundation.

David Sipprelle is a rising senior at Trinity College, where he is studying Comparative Politics and Hispanic Studies, while minoring in English. David is fluent in Spanish, and is currently researching his thesis on comparative political theory in Spain and Latin America. He has studied at the San Fernando Institute in Cádiz, Spain and spent last summer as project coordinator for the Southern Africa Sustainable Development Initiative in Cape Town, South Africa. He has also worked as an editor and contributor for an entrepreneurship online magazine, Genius Country, and as the social media and advertising coordinator for his father’s 2010 Congressional campaign. At Trinity, he is a Faculty Honors student, serves as the representative of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity on the Inter-Greek Council, writes for the school newspaper, and is involved with various extracurricular and community-building organizations.

Andrew Smith is a rising junior at Furman University, where he is pursuing a double major in Economics and Political Science. He serves as vice chairman of the South Carolina College Republicans Federation and as an aide to the university president, and is also a member of the Tocqueville program. In addition to volunteering as a tutor to students learning English as a second language, he also serves on the Corporate Relations Committee for CARE for Aids. Previously, Andrew worked as Deputy Campaign Manager for the Brad Staats for Congress Campaign. Andrew grew up outside of Nashville and enjoys watching the Atlanta Braves and listening to the Avett Brothers.

Victoria Van Natten is a rising senior, Mathematics and Politics double major, and Johnson Scholar at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Through her university’s Washington Term program, last summer she interned for Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs firm. Her professional experience also includes work as a legal department assistant and data analyst. She is a captain of the varsity field hockey team, as well as chief executive officer of Kappa Alpha Theta.  This year she earned First Team All Old Dominion Athletic Conference honors as a member of the field hockey team and is a three-year member of the ODAC as well as the Division III All Academic Teams. A recent initiate of Omicron Delta Kappa, she is also a member of Phi Eta Sigma. After graduation, she hopes to work in Washington, DC and later pursue a master’s degree in public policy.

Evan Walter is the graduate assistant for the AEI Summer Institute. He has spent a significant time in Washington, DC and across the country working for conservative causes, including the RNC and the Heritage Foundation, and is a veteran of over 20 statewide and federal campaigns. After graduating with honors from Thiel College in Greenville, PA, Evan is now a master’s student at Northern Illinois University where he is studying congressional challengers and electoral stability.

Paul Wasserman is a rising senior year at Yale University, where he studies History and Russian and East European Studies. He spent last summer studying Russian language and culture in St. Petersburg, Russia. In addition to his studies at Yale, Paul is a goalkeeper on the Club 1 Soccer team, a sports broadcaster for Yale All-Access, and a member of the Yale International Relations Association. In 2010, Paul graduated from Maret High School, in Washington, DC. He has an identical twin brother Isaac who also studies at Yale.

Tom Weingartner is a senior at Taylor University, where he majors in Political Science. While at Taylor, Tom has worked with the honors program and served as president of the student senate. In spring 2012, he interned for AEI’s Political Corner. Having studied politics, philosophy, and economics, Tom is excited to see the ways in which AEI scholars interpret the intersection of these disciplines as it applies to public policy.

Christopher Winer is a rising junior Political Science major at Johns Hopkins University. He is from Connecticut. His passion for public service began when he served as a full-time intern for Senator Joseph Lieberman’s office last summer. In the fall, he participated in a public service program at Hopkins called the Aitchison Fellowship, which gave him the opportunity to work for The Federalist Society and take classes in DC. On campus, he is a staff writer for a political magazine, the JHU Politik. He enjoys weight lifting, playing basketball, and reading everything from The Economist to Dostoevsky.

Jesse Zamora is a rising sophomore at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he majors in Political Science with a minor in American Indian Studies.  Jesse is a 2012 Daniels Fund Scholarship recipient. He has volunteered for several political campaigns and for US Senator Michael F. Bennet.

Michelle Zavala-Cardona is a senior at Louisiana State University in Political Science and International Studies. She was born and raised for 17 years in the city of Tegucigalpa in the Central American country of Honduras. Michelle interned in the office of US Senator David Vitter, in the Public Health department for the National Autonomous University of Honduras, and as a reporter for the LSU broadcast channel Tiger TV. She is an active member in various charity organizations in Honduras, having established one when she was 15 and having participated in others such as Habitat for Humanity and UNICEF at LSU. She speaks English, Italian, and Spanish, having spent a semester in the spring of 2012 studying abroad in Milan, Italy at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Her career goals are to become part of a policy think tank in the United States that focuses on the economic and political issues of US-Latin America relations, and in the long run to become part of the Honduran diplomatic core as an ambassador.


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