Jennifer, High School internship – Government and Law

Jennifer is the Filomen M. D’Agostino Scholar for Women and Children, at NYU Law School. After she completes her law degree, she plans to further explore her interests in international development, law, and human rights.

We first met Jennifer when she was a high school student. We were so impressed with Jennifer’s determination to succeed, commuting a significant distance from Boston everyday to BB&N in Cambridge and at the same time, holding down a job after school. Because she was interested in government and law, we established an internship for her at the MA State House with Representative Jeffrey Sanchez.

Were are thrilled that Jennifer has stayed in contact with us over the years. She became president of her freshman class at Bryn Mawr, graduating cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science: Comparative Politics and International Relations.

Jennifer’s Career Path– Bryn Mawr, United Nations intern, Litigation Assistant Sullivan and Cromwell LLP, Human Rights Watch, Haitian Education and Leadership Program

During her high school internship with us at the MA State House, Jennifer’s direct mentor was a wonderful young woman of Hispanic origin who held the position of legislative aid. Noel arranged for Jennifer to attend hearings and listen to speakers with both the Black Legal Caucus and the Women’s Caucus where she learned about issues pertaining to HIV, issues for welfare mothers, and speakers on the environmental impact of current state-wide legislation. She learned about the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship program which provides training and job placement for college students in non-profit and governmental agencies. She saw government in action, watched as a bill was passed, and was treated with the college interns to a “thank you” lunch hosted by State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez.

While at Bryn Mawr, she interned with the United States Mission to the United Nations and was selected as a Princeton University Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow, where she co-wrote a 50-page policy recommendation.

In college, upon Jennifer’s request, Dr. Jabbawy personally contacted the principals of Ladders for Leaders in New York City, helping her to secure a highly competitive internship. Later, she worked at Human Rights Watch as a Senior Associate, assisting in research and advocacy efforts focusing on the rights of women and children with disabilities, and the right to health for sex workers, among other issues. For the past two years, Jennifer worked in Haiti designing and facilitating seminars for university students that emphasized civic duty, community development, and social change. She also created a women’s empowerment program in Haiti, where participants received mentoring from women professionals and attended workshops focused on leadership development.

Jennifer was one of our first students, and feel gratified that we could give her a start in government and law.

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