[MCSPADDEN PUBLIC AFFAIRS FUND INTERN PROFILE]
Bridget Golob graduated from Harvard-Westlake School in
North Hollywood, CA, where she was a member of the Cum
Laude Society and National French & Spanish Honor
Societies. At Harvard-Westlake, she represented her class in
the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, was involved with
Model United Nations, and served as captain of her state
championship- winning cross country team. At Dartmouth,
Bridget is a Geography and Romance Languages (French,
Spanish) double major and Government minor. She is also
pursuing a Global Health Certificate. Bridget is Director of
Chapter Events for Alpha Phi International Fraternity and
President of the women’s group Link Up. She also serves as
a Diversity Peer Advisor, a current Rockefeller Center Program Assistant, and member of the
National Society of Collegiate Scholars. After graduating, Bridget hopes to focus on
international development and development policy.
Bridget was funded by the Rockefeller Center for a Summer 2013 internship, with generous
support from the McSpadden Public Affairs Internship Fund.
Executive Summary from Bridget’s final report:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) mission is to support our citizens and
first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our
capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.
The Office of Policy & Program Analysis at FEMA, and more specifically its Policy Division, leads
Agency policy, strategy and innovation in shaping FEMA
“I hope to apply my
and its role as a survivor-centric emergency- and natural
understanding of emergency
assistance, and disaster law
and policy to the
On a daily basis, I assisted with the integration and
oversight of coordinated policy development across the
agency and in accordance with the Government
Accountability Office (GAO) and Office of Inspector General
(OIG) requirements. I reviewed, edited and created policy
documents and briefs in relation to Policy, Directives and
Doctrine at FEMA, Climate Change Adaptation, preparedness outreach, insurance mitigation
responsibilities, international visits and implementation of the Sandy Recovery Improvement
Act of 2013.
A few of the greatest parts of my internship were the flexibility FEMA afforded me and the
exposure I got to the greater emergency management community. I was able to work on
projects with the Flood Insurance Mitigation Administration, External Affairs and International
Affairs offices within FEMA as well as with the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA’s
umbrella organization. Additionally, I had the opportunity to represent FEMA at local
emergency management-related events as well as meet with other partner organizations such
as the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Center for Naval Analysis
(CNA). Because of the support of the Rockefeller Center and Mr. Peter McSpadden ’52, I was
able to explore the Federal emergency management system and learn how policy drives this
field’s growth and transformation.
With my recent experience at FEMA, I hope to apply my understanding of emergency
management, humanitarian assistance, and disaster law and policy to the international sphere.
I plan to incorporate the knowledge gained here into my senior research papers. After
Dartmouth, I hope to pursue international development through the lens of emergency and
natural disaster management.
At FEMA's Headquarters, Bridget Golob '14 takes a seat at the conference table where the FEMA Administrator and the
President may coordinate operations during a presidentially declared emergency or major disaster.