Andrew Cassino, Staff Writer

This summer, students participated in internships ranging from working for politicians in Israel to learning about legal nonprofits in New York City.

Julia Hornstein (12) worked for Representative Josh Gottheimer, the Democratic congressmen from New Jersey’s 5th District, in his Washington DC office.

During the school year, Hornstein applied to work for Gottheimer. She admired his work as the co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group made up of about forty-eight members equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, she said.

Hornstein spent time answering calls and writing letters to constituents, writing bill memos for the legislative staff, and giving tours of the Capitol, along with the occasional salad pickup, she said. She also attended briefings, hearings, and a press conference outside the senate chamber where she saw Senator McConnell of Kentucky, Senator Booker of New Jersey, and Senator Schumer of New York, as well as other senators, speak.

“I learned so much about how much responsibility not only the congressmen but also everyone in the office has. We met with Josh, and he talked a lot about how he’s constantly meeting with people from 6 AM to 12 AM and how he’s always working for the people of his district,” Hornstein said.

Hornstein hopes to work on Capitol Hill again as she enjoyed being involved with current events, she said.

Roey Nornberg (11) also interned in politics, working for Merav Ben Ari, a member of the Israeli Parliament. He spent five weeks translating between English and Hebrew in addition to helping with her reelection campaign, he said.

“I filled in the cracks of anything she needed help with. I thought of ways to proactively improve her standing,” Nornberg said.

For example, Nornberg came up with a spreadsheet system where he recorded prospective voters, he said. He also enjoyed experiencing a day in the life of a congresswoman and getting to see the Israeli political system up close, he said.

Whitney Dawson (11) worked in Midtown at the International Senior Lawyers Project, a nonprofit that provides governments with limited resources with pro-bono legal aid.

“I was really interested in the organization, but I didn’t see an internship program on their website, so I just emailed one of the staff members and asked if they were interested in having an intern. They said they had never had one before and that I could work over the summer,” Dawson said.

Dawson learned about relations between countries she never knew of before, spending her time researching potential projects. She mostly researched Chinese investment in Latin America and Africa as well as corruption in the Ukrainian government, she said.