Major: Government Minor: Religion GPA: 3.88
Honors and Awards: Phi Beta Kappa, Dean’s List, Pi Sigma Alpha, 2013 James Gardner Buttrick Prize recipient.
Study Abroad Experience: Jerusalem, Israel (Summer 2011). Studied religious and political history of city in the context of global community. Interned at Jerusalem Post.
University of Alabama
Aug. 2008-Aug. 2010
Majors: Communication Studies and Political Science
Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Psi Omega, Presidential Scholar, International Honor Student, University Honor Student, Dean’s List, Cardinal Key Honor Society
Study Abroad: Brussels, Belgium (Summer 2009). Studied international conflict & judicial systems.
Research and Conferences
Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (Presidential Fellow)
Research: “Terrorism” as an ideograph and its impact on political rhetoric and foreign policy.
Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (Student Delegate)
Research: “Long Live COIN? Dealing with Insurgencies and Internationalized Conflict on a Budget.”
Women in Public Service Project
Attended as part of Sec. Clinton’s initiative to achieve gender parity in public service by 2050.
Insight Dubai Conference
Gave presentation on human trafficking and child brides. Emceed closing ceremonies.
Relevant Work Experience
College Democrats of America (Natn’l Communications Director)
Oversaw communications team, worked directly with DNC to craft an original communications strategy. Wrote blog posts and oversaw website. Managed social media and press relations. Sat on executive board and served as official spokesperson for CDA. Prepared remarks for members of DNC, including the Chairwoman, and wrote floor speech for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
(Traditional Media Coordinator)
Apr. 2011-Nov. 2011
Issued press releases, wrote and edited blog posts, and assisted with media relations.
U.S. Department of State (Public Affairs Intern)
Jan. 2012-Apr. 2012
Served at U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Assisted with organization of events; managed social media; and wrote memos and prepared remarks for U.S. Ambassador Betty E. King and other mission officials.
Jerusalem Post (News intern
Jun. 2011-Jul. 2011
Contributed to daily newspaper with an international audience. Wrote for both print and online editions. Assisted reporters both in the newsroom and in the field with interviews and research.
CNN Washington Bureau (Assignment desk intern) Jun. 2010-Aug. 2010
Contributed to nationally televised stories by conducting research, performing and assisting with interviews, and assisting producers, reporters, and writers. Wrote, contributed to stories, and took photos for CNN.com. Wrote and produced package.
Alabama Public Radio (Student Reporter)
Mar. 2010-May 2010
Active in entire reporting process, from researching and brainstorming to writing and recording pieces to be broadcast. Conducted on-air interviews, edited recordings, and assisted show hosts.
Smith Student Gov’t Association (Vice President)
Presided over 50+-member student Senate, calling and setting agenda for all meetings. Met weekly with assistant dean of student affairs. Served as member of Cabinet, giving weekly reports on Senate activities and filling in for SGA President as needed.
Member of student-run disciplinary board. Heard cases of students who violated campus, local, state, and/or federal laws. Worked to develop new methods of educational reprimands.
(Cabinet, Diversity Chair)
Apr. 2011-Jan. 2012
Oversaw 15-member Diversity Board, as well as Diversity Representatives from each of Smith’s 35 student houses. Worked with student organizations and administration to implement comprehensive program to ensure diverse racial and socioeconomic representation in all facets of student life. Worked to develop understanding and appreciation of religious diversity at Smith.
Smith College Newman Association (President)
Dec. 2010-Dec. 2011
Oversaw weekly meetings, organized events and outings, and worked with department of Religious and Spiritual Life to foster a deeper tolerance and understanding of Catholicism in the Smith community. Helped strengthen relationship between Smith students and Northampton’s St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.
Smith College Democrats (Vice President)
Mar. 2011-Dec. 2011
Supported the President in running the largest organization on campus through event programming, running weekly group and executive board meetings, sending weekly emails, communicating with other progressive organizations on campus, and coordinating with Democratic organizations within the state, region and country.
(First Year Representative)
Sept. 2010-May 2011
Duties included voicing matters important to new members, presenting “This Week in Politics,” helping with voter registration, and voting on executive board decisions.
Smith College Debate Society (Secretary)
Sept. 2010-May 2011
Met weekly to plan tournaments, discuss fundraising, etc. Took minutes, voiced novices’ concerns, and voted on all executive board decisions.
University of Alabama Forensics Council and Debate Team
Aug. 2008-May 2010
Team consistently ranked among the top ten in the nation. Held the distinction of being the only female to compete in both Individual Events and Parliamentary Debate. Ranked among Top 15 Debate Teams at NPDA Novice Nationals in 2009.