Washington, D.C.

Meet the summer 2018 Washington, D.C. PPIP interns!

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Claudia Borovina
Air Force Public Affairs

About Claudia

Claudia Borovina is a native-born Texan but grew up in a military family. She graduated high school in Stafford, Virginia, and has lived in 5 different states. At Texas A&M University, Claudia serves as the Communications Director for the Texas A&M College Republicans, as treasurer for the Texas A&M Mock Trial competition team and is a member of the Liberal Arts Student Council. Claudia also serves as the East Region Vice Chair for the Texas Federation of College Republicans. Last summer, Claudia had the pleasure of interning in the office of Congressman Conaway. It was through this internship she realized her passion for public service. She would like to continue to work in public service as a staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives following graduation. Eventually, Claudia hopes to help in writing legislation. Claudia is excited to be interning the Air Force Department of Public Affairs this summer and expects the experience will help her to learn about communication methods used to help government agencies interact with each other. Additionally, Claudia is looking forward to learning about communication strategies, and how to best portray a federal agency’s policies to the public.

Ashley Bradley
U.S. Department of Justice

About Ashley

Ashley R. Bradley is a sophomore double major in psychology and sociology from Riverdale, Georgia. Set to graduate from Texas A&M in May 2019, Ashley serves as the social coordinator for the campus chapter of the national non-profit, UNICEF. Ashley is also employed as a student fundraiser with the Association of Former Students and works to raise funds for the betterment of academic programs and scholarships for the university. Ashley has an interest in social change and advancement to society. Through her internship with the Department of Justice Office of Legislative Affairs, Ashley hopes to gain exposure to fast-moving issues and is excited to see what’s happening inside the government.
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Lexie Cooper
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

About Lexie

Lexie Cooper is a member of the Texas A&M class of 2019. She is a biomedical sciences major and english minor from Aledo, Texas. While at Texas A&M University, Lexie joined Chi Omega, a sorority that helps members grow through a focus on service, community and philanthropy. Through Chi Omega, she was able to become active in their philanthropy, Still Creek Ranch. Still Creek is a nonprofit organization that provides Christ-centered homes for neglected children. Lexie tutored these girls, working with them after school on homework while getting to know them on a personal level as well. At A&M, Lexie has also had the chance to serve as a Muster host, a cycling and pilates instructor at Texas A&M’s recreation center, and a member of Texas A&M’s MSC L.T. Jordan Institute. Through the Jordan Institute, she was able to intern in London with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as an information and support team intern. The internship in London gave her firsthand experience with the European model of healthcare and prompted her to apply for the Public Policy Internship Program. Lexie hopes that while working in Washington, D.C. this summer, she will gain a greater understanding of why our healthcare system is structured the way it is, as well as what should be done to improve it. Lexie will be applying for medical school in May, and hopes to use what she learns this summer to become a better informed physician someday.

Chandler Dawson
U.S. Department of Commerce

About Chandler

Chandler Dawson is a senior political science major from Dallas, Texas. While at Texas A&M, Chandler has been actively involved in several student organizations such as F.L.A.R.E and MSC SCONA, helping both mentor new students, as well as, bring about greater understanding of problems plaguing our nation. Beyond student organizations, Chandler also works for two different institutes, The Project for Equity Representation and Governance and the Mosbacher Institute. He has worked on several projects regarding health, education, and economic issues. Additionally, Chandler is also an Undergraduate Research Scholar, producing an undergraduate thesis on education inequality over the past year. He is excited to use the skills that he has developed on these projects at the Office of Trade and Economic Analysis this summer. This internship will give him a valuable insight into data science and public policy. Following this internship, Chandler will be getting his Master’s degree in Data Science for Public Policy and hope to continue his career in Washington, D.C.
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Hannah Fisher
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute

About Hannah

Hannah Fisher is a rising senior from Plano, Texas, majoring in interdisciplinary studies and minoring in Spanish and psychology. Beyond her studies, Hannah is an active member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, serving in 2017 as the chapter’s Vice President of Philanthropy and currently as the Alumnae Relations Chair. Additionally, she is a member of CARPOOL, Texas A&M University’s student-run designated driver program. During her time at Texas A&M, various experiences have developed Hannah’s passion for children and families. Through her major, a teacher certification program, she has spent a great deal of time in local elementary schools working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Her employment at a local law firm confirmed her desire to apply this experience to a career in family law. She will spend this summer learning more about issues within this field as a Development Intern with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. After graduation, Hannah plans to attend law school to further prepare for a career advocating for children and families. Having lived in Texas all her life, she looks forward to experiencing law school in a different state and embracing the opportunities and culture of a new place.

Weston Fisher
House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology

About Weston

Weston Fisher is a sophomore Political Science major and Philosophy minor from San Antonio, Texas. Weston is a member of Company L-1 in the Corps of Cadets. As a sophomore Cadet, his efforts were recognized, as he was selected for the position of First Brigade Sergeant Major for the 2018-2019 academic year, and will be held personally accountable over the management and development of approximately 200 Cadets. Additionally, Weston currently serves as a Student Senator representing the College of Liberal Arts in the 71st Session of the Texas A&M Student Senate. He also served the College of Liberal Arts as a Student Senator in the 70th Session, where he was a member of the Legislative Affairs Committee and worked with his fellow students to pass bills and resolutions to be sent to Members of Congress in both Austin and Washington, D.C. His chief areas of political interest are legislation pertaining to taxation, budgeting, and capital punishment. Before applying to the program, he interned as a Staff Assistant for U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith’s San Antonio District Office, where he mainly handled constituent affairs. With an internship in Washington, D.C. through the Public Policy Internship Program, he hopes to expand his work experience and policy knowledge to better represent his fellow Aggies on the state and national stages. In coming years, he hopes to attend law school and pursue a career of public service.
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Bethany Irvine
Texas A&M University System Office of Federal Relations

About Bethany

Bethany Irvine graduated from Texas A&M University with a double major in Political Science and Communication in May of 2018. During her time at Texas A&M she was involved in a variety of student organizations. She has been a member of the National Collegiate Honors Society, a writer and editor for "The Battalion", as well as writer and editor for the Texas A&M Chapter of the online publication "HerCampus". Bethany has also interned at the United Way of the Brazos Valley and served as the campaign manager for Off-Campus Student Senate. She recently completed her second internship in the Marketing and Public Programs office at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum where she worked in their communication and event office. She is excited to join the team at the Texas A&M Federal Relations Office as an intern this summer and pursue her dream to work in the nation's capital.

Matthew Kalinoski
U.S. Department of Commerce

About Matthew

Matthew Kalinowski is a senior double major in economics and history from St. Charles, Missouri. Matthew is a proud brother of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and served as their secretary on the Executive Board. He is also involved with the Economics Society and Habitat for Humanity at Texas A&M. During the summer of 2017 Matthew had the opportunity to study abroad with the Summer European Academy and political science professor, Dr. Robertson. During the trip, he was able to meet with several political figures, and see how the European Union functions. Some of the cities he visited were Munich, Warsaw, Brussels, London, and Paris. The trip helped Matthew realize his passion for public policy. Working in the public sector and learning about the everyday duties of our government has always been a goal of his. Matthew has a passion for helping others and hopes to use his degree to help make an impact in the world. He is extremely excited to intern with the Department of Commerce and learn more about the role they play in public policy. After graduating from Texas A&M, Matthew plans to pursue a master’s degree in economics.
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Miranda Lindsey
Office of Congressman Michael McCaul

About Miranda

Miranda Lindsey graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2018 with bachelor’s degrees in international studies and French. While at Texas A&M, she had the opportunity to serve the student body as the Chief of Staff of the Student Government Diversity Commission, working to promote diversity, inclusion, and an improved campus climate at Texas A&M. Additionally, she was a member of MSC Freshman Leadership International, and the Texas A&M Chapter of the Women’s Bakery, working to expand students’ knowledge of international policies, global issues, and international social enterprises. She also had the pleasure of befriending, mentoring, and learning from international students from all around the world through her membership in the International Student Mentors Association. She also spent a summer studying abroad in Paris, France and Dakar, Senegal where she advanced her cultural understanding and cultivated her French language skills. Miranda was a Peer Counselor for the Texas A&M Study Abroad Programs Office for three years prior to her graduation. Miranda will be interning with Congressman Michael McCaul’s office as a Congressional Intern in the U.S. House of Representatives. Following this internship experience, Miranda will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service. She is exceedingly grateful for this internship opportunity, and is looking forward to learning more about the policy-making process and learning as much as she can from Congressman McCaul, his staff, and the other public servants she meets in Washington, D.C. this summer.

Mariah McBride
Environmental Protection Agency

About Mariah

Mariah Parks McBride has always strived to leave a positive and impactful impression on the world around her. Through personally transformative experiences, Mariah discovered that she has the ability to direct this desire towards something very meaningful to not only herself, but her community, the nation, and the world. At the age of twelve, she became SCUBA certified. She recalls becoming immediately captivated by the colorful flora and fauna that surrounded her. Following her certification, she and her family made it a point to visit their favorite coral reef each year in the Caribbean. As the years went by, she witnessed firsthand the degradation of this great reef in the matter of one decade.  This personal experience inspired her to become a defender of our environment so that those who follow can appreciate the earth as she has. Once she pinpointed her motivation, she determined that the most authoritative stance she could encompass would be through immersing herself in the practice of public policy. She concluded that a position of regulatory and political influence will place her at the heart of the decision-making activities responsible for maintaining the sanctity of our earth. As a Public Policy and Communication’s major at Texas A&M at Galveston, Mariah aims to protect and preserve the environment through innovating policies centered around sustainability. Specifically, she aspires to achieve viability through the contemporary application of environmental economics.
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Connall McCormack
Senate Republican Conference / Office of Senator John Cornyn

About Connall

Connall McCormack is a junior political science major with minors in business administration and Spanish from Fort Worth, Texas. A member of Company E-2 in the Corps of Cadets, Connall has had the opportunity to serve as an assistant handler for Reveille, the University’s mascot, as well as a member of Parsons’ Mounted Cavalry. He has also served as a member of Traditions Council’s Bonfire Committee through which he assisted in the planning of the annual Bonfire Remembrance Ceremony as well as Silver Taps. In his spare time, he works part-time for the Texas A&M equestrian team and enjoys reading historical non-fiction, fishing, and baseball. After graduation, Connall plans to attend law school and ultimately pursue a career in public service at the federal level. He discovered a passion for government and policy while working for Governor Greg Abbott’s 2014 campaign, and hopes to further develop this passion during his time with both the Senate Republican Conference and the office of Senator John Cornyn.

Sarah McKeen
Woodrow Wilson Center

About Sarah

Sarah McKeen is a political science and sociology double major from Ottawa, Illinois. During her time at Texas A&M, Sarah has been actively involved inside and outside the classroom. She has served on various Aggie Research Scholars teams as a member and team leader which enabled her to volunteer in the community while becoming actively involved in sociological research. Sarah has also been a research assistant in the Department of Geography where she works with faculty to understand Middle Eastern immigrants in Scandinavia. Outside of research, she has been the Director of Media and Director of Marketing for two years in MSC Wiley Lecture Series and has served as President of American Association of University Women at Texas A&M. Through her experiences at Texas A&M, Sarah has developed a passion for research and foreign policy. Specifically, she is interested in the way culture and society impacts governmental policies. Sarah hopes to pursue a graduate degree in either political science or sociology and continue working in the field of scholarly research. She is very excited to have the opportunity to intern at the Wilson Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative this summer in Washington D.C.
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Kelli Meyer
U.S. Agency for International Development

About Kelli

Kelli Meyer is joint-degree student with The Bush School of Government and Public Service from Lake Jackson, Texas. She is set to graduate in May 2019 with a BA in international studies and a Master of International Affairs, with a concentration in American foreign policy and diplomacy and a certificate in international communication and public diplomacy. Once starting at A&M, she immediately became and remained involved on campus, assuming leadership roles in ASSIST, a Freshman Leadership Organization, IMPACT, the Student Conference on National Affairs, Breakaway, and is currently serving on the SGA International Connections Committee and Ambassadors Council at the Bush School. She spent a semester working at the front desk of the Memorial Student Center and is now the Project Manager for a new initiative being launched from the marketing branch of the Division of Student Affairs. As much as she’s enjoyed being involved on campus, her favorite parts of college took place overseas. Kelli spent one summer interning with a NGO in Sevilla, Spain that served refugees and migrants. She also spent seven months in Chengdu, China, studying the language and working for the American Chamber of Commerce. These experiences have been instrumental as she pursues fluency in both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Interested in a career that includes diplomacy, development, and human rights, Kelli is excited for her internship with the Public Engagement office of USAID to further understand how US aid impacts other nations.

Michael Miguad
Environmental Protection Agency

About Michael

Michael Migaud is a graduating senior majoring in political science and philosophy from Denton, Texas. During his time at Texas A&M, Michael has served as the founding president of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, and as Treasurer for the Class of 2018 where he was tasked with representing the 10,000+ students in the Class of 2018 by raising money for the class gift and organizing traditions on campus. For the 2018-2019 academic year, Michael will be serving on the Executive Cabinet of the Student Body President as the Vice President of Academic Affairs with the responsibility of interfacing with University deans and administrators as the chief representative of the 60,000+ members of the student body on academic-related issues. While working for the Office of the Vice President for Research, Michael grew a passion for research and was awarded a Texas A&M Energy Institute Fellowship where he conducted research for the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy (ISTPP) at The Bush School of Government and Public Service over renewable energy incentive policies. Now with the ISTPP, Michael collaborates with faculty on a multitude of research projects. After his summer internship with the Environmental Protection Agency, Michael will be attending The Bush School to pursue a Master of Public Service and Administration. He hopes to concentrate his education around energy, technology, and space policy.  His career goal is to eventually earn a Ph.D. in public policy, and become a professor so he can educate others and continue his passion for research.
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Rock Morille
U.S. Department of Commerce

About Rock

Rock Morille is a sophomore at A&M working on a finance major with a minor in philosophy. Rock is from Houston, Texas where he serves as the logistics director for Texas Quiz Bowl Alliance, a small organization that hosts tournaments for academic competition. In addition, he has been a resident adviser at the White Creek apartments since the beginning of this year. Rock’s love for his school and concern for his generation fueled his passion for politics, specifically pertaining to foreign relations, international trade, and socio-political theory. He hopes to learn as much as he can about the regulation of trade and the factors that affect it this summer during his internship with the Dept. of Commerce (He hasn’t ever been to DC so he’s pretty excited about that too). Rock serves as the PR Director for the Aggie Investment Club and hopes to start a club-specific investment fund by the end of his senior year. He enjoys all kinds of philosophy, hunting, fishing, cooking, and cold brewed coffee.

Caroline Stout
U.S. Department of Commerce

About Caroline

Caroline Stout is a senior political science major from Houston, Texas planning to graduate in December 2018. Throughout her time at Texas A&M University, she has concentrated her studies in global policy and foreign affairs and has earned a certificate in international relations. She has previously interned in Chicago, Illinois for Turning Point USA, an issue advocacy non-profit, and subsequently worked as their editor during her sophomore year. Caroline considers her work with Turning Point USA to be a significant experience that taught her the values of professionalism and the importance of voter education. During her time at Texas A&M University, she has been involved as an Impact Retreat Counselor and as a Field Director for Turning Point USA. Through her courses in international political economy and international relations, she has developed a keen interest in the benefits of international trade and the policies that connect global markets. She is passionate about professionalism, current events, and working towards the greater good. After graduation, she hopes to pursue her goal of obtaining her law degree to work toward promoting positive economic development. Caroline is eager and humbled to take part in the processes and impact the global community through her internship with the Department of Commerce.
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Valentina Tovar
White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

About Valentina

Valentina Tovar is a junior political science major with minors in history and economics, originally born in Colombia but moved to Austin, Texas when she was younger. During her time at Texas A&M, Valentina has been a member of the Legislative Relations Committee in the Student Government Association, which focuses in advocating for higher education issues on campus to local elected officials in the state and federal level. Next year, Valentina will be serving as Executive Vice President of the student body and is incredibly excited to serve Aggies in a deeper level. She also finds it important to empower women her own age and is therefore has been a YoungLife leader where she mentors teen moms from the Brazos Valley. She is incredibly passionate about equity in education and is hoping to obtain a holistic experience about this in the department of educating during her time interning in the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in Washington D.C. this summer.

Samira Traore
Global Cold Chain Alliance

About Samira

Originally from Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, Samira Traore is a public health major with a minor in urban and regional planning. Samira and her family currently reside in Houston, Texas, where she spent much of her childhood. She will be graduating in December 2018. Throughout her time at Texas A&M, Samira has been involved in various student organizations, and has been a student worker with the University Libraries. This year, she served as the Vice Chair of MSC Freshman Leadership International, one of three freshman leadership organizations housed within the Memorial Student Center. Through her work with this organization, Samira has developed a deep interest in global and cultural health issues, which has helped supplement her public health education. Her previous experiences as the YMCA of Greater Houston’s Community Health Intern and the United Way of the Brazos Valley’s Communication and Community Impact Intern have helped solidify her decision to pursue a career in global health policy and development. She will be interning this summer with the Global Cold Chain Alliance, and aspires to eventually go to law school before getting her Master’s in Public Health.
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Zachary Vincent
Global Cold Chain Alliance

About Zachary