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2020 Longwoods Fellows

Adam Cohn
BA International Studies; minor, Entrepreneurship ‘21
Internship, Zeller Realty Group

I was a virtual intern this summer on the Capital Markets Team at Zeller Realty Group, a Chicago based real estate group. I worked specifically on Zeller’s back-end functionality, and gained exposure into the numbers that move the business forward. Two main assignments occupied my time this summer—importing data from Microsoft Excel into Property Asset Management software in order to create a visual representation of the 401 North Michigan Avenue cash flow, and extracting data from two commercial real estate softwares, ARGUS Enterprise and FUEL (Property Asset Management) into Microsoft Excel to determine which software works best for the Capital Markets Team. I am certain that without the funding, my internship would not have been as accessible, so I am especially grateful to PICS, Dr. William Siegel and Ms. Margaret Swaine, and Zeller for providing me with an incredible growth opportunity.

Hannah Kuriakose
BA International Studies; BA Environment, minor, Writing ‘21
Independent Research Project for PICS Honors Thesis

This summer, I began researching an independent project that would serve as a basis for my senior Honors thesis—an international comparative study in Detroit, Michigan, and Toronto, Canada, that focuses on urban farming as a tool to mitigate food insecurity. The goal of this project is to create accessible food for residents in urban areas, learn about the inner workings of such initiatives, and to strategize on how to improve the efficacy of such urban and community-based projects. During the process, I coordinated remote interviews with local experts, analyzed the respective country’s food, environment, and sustainable policies, and compiled this research to present to my advisors. In late July, I was able to showcase my research and prior experiences working on an urban farm on the @UMichPICS Instagram account. 

As I continue the research for my senior Honors thesis, I will be putting a larger emphasis on understanding how food security impacts international affairs, and use it as a scope for potential recommendations regarding the United States’ recent efforts to include food security in its national security. Dr. William Siegel and Ms. Margaret Swaine, I am so very grateful for your support that has allowed me to conduct my independent research this summer.

Claire Lacey
BA International Studies; BA Russian ‘21
Internship, Brevia Consulting

This summer I had the privilege of participating in an internship with Brevia Consulting, a public affairs agency in the United Kingdom. During my time there, I gained valuable experience in the realm of public affairs—something I didn’t think I would encounter until much later in my career. The work I completed for Brevia was very writing-intensive, which exposed me to new styles of writing and allowed me to become comfortable with creating policy briefings—a skill which will be necessary for my career in government post-graduation. Not only that, but I was also able to be a key participant in the construction of Brevia’s new website, which went live to the public in early September. Thanks to the support of Dr. William Siegel and Ms. Margaret Swaine, I’ve come away from this summer with a bolstered resume, cover letter, and professional portfolio.

Patricia Lee
BA International Studies ‘21
Social Media Internship, Breaking Taboo

Throughout this summer, I had the opportunity to work remotely as a social media intern at a mental health nonprofit organization, Breaking Taboo. The remote and social media heavy nature of this organization expanded my perception of what mental health awareness can look like on a global level. I had the opportunity to work on various projects during my experience, such as the anti-Asian American racism campaign for which I created a mental health infographic tailored to a myriad of communities. In addition to that, I participated in multiple calls with organizations as we brainstormed ways to collaborate and promote our fundraiser, with proceeds going towards mental health and racism education. I’d like to thank Dr. William Siegel and Ms. Margaret Swaine, whose generosity alleviated my worries about financing this experience, allowing me to pursue an internship which enriched my University of Michigan education by revealing the global nature of health at its core.

Georgia Wood
BA International Studies ‘21
Research Assistant, CoronaNet Research Project focusing on Spain

During my three-month long experience as a Research Assistant for the CoronaNet Project, I was able to broaden my understanding of international policy, develop my professional skills, as well as strengthen my Spanish-speaking abilities. As an intern, I was tasked with coding how the federal government of Spain had responded to the coronavirus. Since many of the policy announcements had been published only in Spanish, I had to rely on my language abilities in order to effectively include them in our CoronaNet dataset. In addition to that, by looking at policy through a qualitative analysis lens, I was able to develop a data-driven understanding of international policy issues. The entire experience allowed me to see how we can use data to positively influence effective policy making in the United States, and prompted me to apply for a virtual internship with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence—where I will be working as a Counterintelligence Digital Communications Intern this fall.

I would like to thank Dr. William Siegel and Ms. Margaret Swaine for their incredible support throughout this experience, whose generosity allowed me to become better prepared for my professional career.