Named Internship Profile Summary - Ishita Kala (Rosenwald)
[ROSENWALD PUBLIC POLICY INTERN PROFILE] Ishita Kala ’13 is from Waterford, Connecticut, and attended Waterford High School, where she was editor- in-chief of her high school newspaper and played on the varsity tennis team. At Dartmouth, Kala is pursuing a double major in Government-- with a focus in International Relations-- and Psychology. On campus, Kala is on the executive board of the Dartmouth Parliamentary Debate team and works as a research assistant in the Government department analyzing non-traditional threat data. She also works as an Undergraduate Advisor in her dormitory and is a member of Milan-- Dartmouth’s South Asian Organization-- through which she directed a fundraiser for sustainable sanitation in South Asia. Kala spent her freshman summer interning with the Mayor ofNew London, CT. Kala will spend her sophomore spring interning with Congressman JoeCourtney (D-CT) in his Washington, DC, office.Ishita was funded by The Rockefeller Center for a Spring 2011 Internship, with generous supportfrom the E. John Rosenwald, Jr. 1952 Public Affairs Internship Fund.Executive Summary from Ishita’s final report: As a spring intern for Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) in his Washington, D.C. office, I workedclosely with legislative staff members to provide administrative, legislative, andcommunications support. Congressman Courtney is a third term member of the U.S. House ofRepresentatives from the second district of Connecticut and serves on the Armed Services andAgriculture committees. Throughout the spring, I was responsible for handling constituentcorrespondence and relations. This was done through telephone correspondence, written communications, and guiding tours for constituents from “By being proactive and working the district. I was also responsible for assisting legislative hard on all work that I was assistants in research, such as shellfish farming and meat assigned, I was soon trusted with packing standards (for upcoming Agricultural committee more difficult and important tasks, legislation), submarine funding for the Armed Services and greater responsibility.” committee, procedures of I-9 audits, and aspects of the
2011 federal transportation reauthorization bill. I also had the opportunity to writecongressional record statements for notable individuals and events in the district.In addition to my work in the office, I represented Congressman Courtney at legislative briefingsand receptions and prepared reports on the information presented at these events that wouldbe helpful to our office or district. By being proactive and working hard on all work that I wasassigned, I was soon trusted with more difficult and important tasks, and greater responsibility.I would like to end by thanking the Rockefeller Center and Mr. E. John Rosenwald Jr for theRosenwald Named Internship Award, which made this rewarding internship experiencepossible. Ishita Kala at her internship with Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) in his Washington, D.C. office.