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Tom Perez '83 ─ Studying and Working in Washington DC

Thursday, October 11, 2018

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Kim Koo Library

Registration is required. Register here.

Registration is required. Register here.

Join Senior Fellow Tom Perez '83, current chair of the Democratic National Committee, to discuss the benefits of studying and working in Washington DC and answer your questions. The conversation will be moderated by Joelle Sherman '19, a participant in the Brown in Washington spring 2018 cohort and former intern at the DNC, and Catherine Nacier '19, a participant in the Brown in Washington spring 2018 cohort.

Joelle Sherman is a senior at Brown University concentrating in political science with a focus on American politics. She is interested in political processes and public policy as opportunities for community empowerment. She is particularly passionate about advancing voting rights and equitable representation in government. Joelle has worked to recruit, train and elect Democratic women as a fundraising and development intern at Emerge Massachusetts. She worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign as an organizing fellow, finance intern and co-president of Brown Students for Hillary. At Brown, Joelle serves on the Title IX committee, is a member of the Brown Political Review media team and volunteers in Providence high schools with the Sexual Health Advocacy Through Peer Education (SHAPE) program. While in DC, she interned at the Democratic National Committee.

Catherine Nacier is a senior at Brown University concentrating in Anthropology and a student in the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME). Catherine is interested in increasing diversity in high powered fields and reforming marijuana policies. She spent the past summer as a Client Relations intern for GEX Management where she helped small businesses and nonprofits, particularly those run by owners from underrepresented backgrounds, grow their organizations. On campus, Catherine is a part of the New Scientist Collective where she mentors underclassmen of color pursuing STEM careers. She is also a Recruitment Chair for Varsity Women’s Rugby and a member of the Student Marijuana Alliance for Research and Transparency (SMART). Nacier interned at NORML while in DC.

More Information

Student Events

Want to spend a semester in Washington D.C., earning credit for your internship experience while completing a full course load? Come learn more about the fellowship program from program staff and former student participants. 

The priority deadline for applications for the spring semester is October 19th. The final deadline is November 2nd. To apply, please fill out the Brown in Washington online application here.

Previous internship placements include:

  • Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • Embassy of Canada to the U.S.
  • Democratic National Committee
  • Executive Office of the Mayor: My Brother's Keeper Initiative


  • Junior or senior while in the program
  • In good academic standing
  • Open to all concentrations

For any questions about the program or application, please feel free to contact us:

Jennifer Romano, Associate Director of Academic Programs: Jennifer_Romano1@brown.edu

Program e-mail: washington@brown.edu

Phone: (401) 863-3638