Meet the Policy Fellows
2014 Policy Fellows with Advisor Prof. Irwin Nesoff (back row, center)
Intern for Rep. Carl Sciortino (D-Somerville)
Rachel is an Elementary Education and History major. She hopes to learn how to advocate for children and families in her future role as a first grade teacher. She also seeks to strengthen her collaboration and communication skills in order to support students and families with mental health or special needs challenges.
Intern for Rep. Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge)
Alicia is a Human Development major with a focus in Developmental Psychology. She aspires to be an occupational therapist in an elementary school setting and believes that people who work with children need a strong voice and advocacy skills.
Intern for Rep. John Scibak (D-South Hadley)
With an interdisciplinary Math and Science major, Ian is exploring career options that may include policy development and legislative action. As a community volunteer, Ian wants this experience to sharpen his leadership skills as an advocate for children and families.
Intern for Rep. Cory Atkins (D-Concord)
Jacky is a Communications Production major with a minor in Performing Arts. Her placement with Rep. Atkins, recently named chair of Tourism, Arts and Culture, allows her to advocate for reinstatement of important arts curriculum in the schools.
Intern for Rep. Peter Durant (R-Spencer)
Claire is a Passion for Action scholar with a double major in Visual Arts and Child Life. Hoping to work in one of the large Boston hospitals, Claire is looking to gain insight into healthcare legislation and the processes that affect community change.
Placed with Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose)
Asia is a Counseling/Psychology major whose greatest passion is self-esteem for girls. In her role at the State House, she looks forward to collaborating on critical mental health legislation and studying policy development.
Placed with Rep. Gloria Fox (D-Roxbury)
Ray is a sophomore double-majoring in Elementary Education and Political Science. Her interest in the Student Policy Fellows program is more than an interesting extra activity. She is considering law school or public service after graduation, specifically in reforming public education and healthcare.
Placed with Rep. Daniel Cullinane (D-Dorchester)
A double-major in Juvenile Justice and Psychology, Melissa was raised in the Dominican Republic and knows first-hand that language barriers can impede student success. She is passionate about helping juveniles in detention and immigrant children through her experience at the State House and beyond.