Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Taubman Center

2024 Interns

Alissa Simon

2024 Noah Krieger '93 Memorial Intern

Alissa is a rising senior concentrating in Political Science and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Outside of class, she works at the Brown Daily Herald and the Pembroke Center Archives and has previously interned at the Rhode Island House of Representatives and the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project. This summer, Alissa is working as an undergraduate intern at the Department of Justice Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA). At the OLA, she is responsible for tracking legislation relevant to the Department’s functions and ongoing investigations, preparing background research for congressional hearings, and attending briefings between Department officials and House and Senate staff. 

Alissa is looking forward to learning more about the Department’s legislative priorities and the interplay between the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. She is excited to be back in D.C. working with a team of attorneys, paralegals, and legal interns as she continues to explore career pathways in government and public service.

Everton Prospere

2024 Noah Krieger '93 Memorial Intern

Everton E. Prospere is a rising sophomore at Brown University from Valley Stream, New York, studying Political Science and Hispanic Studies. Everton is passionate about voter advocacy, particularly for underrepresented voices in the United States. Pursuant to that end, Everton is President of Brown’s chapter of Every Vote Counts and also serves as the Director of Legislative Advocacy on the organization’s National Student Board. In addition, he performs with the Brown Band as a tuba player and junior conductor. In his free time, Everton remains active by playing tennis.

This summer, Everton is honored to have been given the opportunity to intern with his local Assemblymember Michaelle Solages, the Deputy Majority Leader in the New York State Assembly. As an intern, Everton will work in the district office, assisting with day-to-day operations, researching legislation, aiding with constituent casework, and helping organize public events. He is excited to learn more about the intricacies of state government and closely shadow the Assemblymember’s district team to positively impact the local community. Everton is extremely grateful for the Taubman Center and the Noah Krieger ‘93 Memorial Internship opportunity for funding and supporting his summer.

Nene Mokonchu

2024 Noah Krieger '93 Memorial Intern

Nene Mokonchu is a Political Science (Pre-Law) major. She is a first-generation Cameroonian-American, and is enthralled with the opportunity to intern with the Law Offices of Giselle M. Rodriguez, a prospering immigration law firm in Boston, Massachusetts. Immigration law deeply compels NeNe, not only because she has experienced it firsthand, but as a socially and politically awakened student, she eagerly envisions a future of implementing empathetic policies through legal frameworks. NeNe looks forward to working alongside fellow interns, paralegals, and practicing attorneys who bring unique perspectives to their invaluable work.  Alongside such capable peers, she looks forward to fighting for and humanizing our diverse clientele, treating their cases and lives with the sacredness so often denied to them.

mcconnell bristol

2024 John Hazen White Sr. Intern

McConnell Bristol, is a rising junior concentrating in Political Science and Economics, and he is an intern in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. As a liaison between Congress and the Treasury, McConnell Bristol hopes to learn more about the ways economic policy is formulated, expressed, and implemented, as well as the varied political forces that impact and inform this process. He looks forward to doing in-depth and timely work in the many different policy areas that interest him, including economic and tax policy, public debt management, and international finance and development. Above all, McConnell is excited at the chance to play a small part in the administration’s mission to improve lives by promoting strength, stability and prosperity in the U.S. economy.

Alexander Lee

2024 John Hazen White, Sr. Internship

Alex is a rising senior studying IAPA and Environmental Engineering. This summer, he is interning with the United States Attorney's Office in Boston, as a Legal Support Intern in the Appeals Unit. There, Alex is helping federal appellate attorneys with legal research, writing, and oral argument preparation on a wide variety of legal issues. Alex hopes to learn more about trial and appellate advocacy procedures; how to assist victims and witnesses in the pursuit of justice; and how public interest litigation operates in Massachusetts, on a federal and state level.

Evan Tao

2024 John Hazen White Sr. Intern

Evan Tao is a rising sophomore from Cambridge, Massachusetts, concentrating in International and Public Affairs. At Brown, he is a staff writer for the non-partisan student-run publication Brown Political Review, an admissions tour guide, and a proud member of Brown Debating Union. In his free time, he loves cooking Chinese food and playing Irish folk music. He is passionate about immigrant rights and hopes to be an immigration attorney or state policymaker in the future. 

This summer, Evan is interning full-time at Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, a nonprofit refugee resettlement agency in Providence. As a case management assistant, he assists professional case managers with every step of the resettlement process, including welcoming new arrivals at T.F. Green airport, providing English-Spanish interpretation, helping clients with navigating Rhode Island's public benefits and healthcare systems, and assisting with daily cultural orientation classes.

He is very grateful for the John and Mary Hazen White Internship which has allowed him to fully pursue this commitment to the public interest