Heinz Fellowship

Heinz Fellowship Committee Report
April 5, 2012

Representing the Class of 1960 on the Heinz Committee were Al Durfee, Rob Hanke, Pete Knudsen, Al Puryear, Tom Yamin, and Jay Coleman, who represented the Class of 1986. We began our day on March 27 with lunch at the Graduate Club with four of the five awardees from last year. Several worked for the US Department of State: Erin Biehl at the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; Katherine Carmody in the Consular Section in Taiwan; Jeania Ree V. Moore in the office of International Religious Freedom; and Peter Daus-Haberle in US Embassy in Australia. Noah Bokat-Lindell, who could not attend the luncheon, studied education policy at the US Department of Education. After each spoke gratefully about their experiences, we presented Certificates of Achievement to each on behalf of the Class of 1960.

We began our interviews of this year’s applicants at the Yale Center for International and Professional Experience at 1:30 PM and completed interviews at 3:15. We gave awards totaling twenty thousand eight hundred dollars as follows:

Natalia Emanuel will work at the New York City Department of Probation to gain an understanding of the incarceration system with the goal of improving it. In her application she described the state of incarceration as an embarrassment and said that her life’s work is to remedy this.

Bridget Hatton will be interning at the US State Department at the Bureau of International Organization Affairs in Washington, D.C. This work follows previous study in Paris, Russia, Germany, India and China. She wants to focus her work on the interaction between the State Department and the UN.

Rory Marsh is interested in foreign service at the State Department. His summer internship is in Paris where he wants to expand his knowledge of the political dynamics of the European experiment, i.e. the common market. While at Yale Rory has built a refugee assistance program that supports thirty families.

Joshua Revesz has a summer internship at the new Consumer Financial Protect Bureau in the division of Consumer Education & Engagement. Joshua intends to work on the Bureau’s educational materials and will be applying his knowledge of statistics to analyze small-dollar and other consumer related bank practices. Joshua is currently coauthoring two papers with political science Professors Butler and Powell. Josh is the current president of the Yale Political Union.

We ended our deliberation at 4:30 PM having been uniformly impressed by the quality and commitment of this year’s awardees. Twenty-five students applied for Heinz Fellowships. We are confident that our support will significantly enhance the intellectual or personal development of each of these worthy awardees by their internships in Federal, State of local government, i.e. meeting the objective of the Heinz Fellowship. This year’s awardees stood out because each had a special commitment that spanned the variety of American governments.

Peter Knudsen, Chairman