Named Internship Profile Summary - John Howard (Perkins Bass)


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Named Internship Profile Summary - John Howard (Perkins Bass)

  1. 1. John Howard, Class of 2015, is a native of Salisbury, New Hampshire and is a graduate of Proctor Academy in Andover, NH. At Proctor, John was valedictorian, a National Merit Scholar, and a United States Department of Education National Presidential Scholar semi-finalist. He captained several sports teams, including two years as varsity soccer captain, winning MVPs and Coaches’ Awards in three different sports. At Dartmouth, John is on the executive board of Mediation at Dartmouth, and he is Vice President of the Dartmouth Ethics Society and a member of the Ethics Bowl team. He is an Outing Club Freshman Orientation Trip leader (kayaking). As a freshman, John was selected as one of twenty-five emerging leaders and received a faculty nomination for the Churchill Prize class award. John is pursuing an academic path that will enable him to contribute at the intersections where history, science and economics meet law and public policy. John was funded by the Rockefeller Center for a Winter 2013 internship, with generous support from the Perkins Bass ’34 Public Affairs Internship Fund. Executive Summary from John’s final report: Support from the Perkins Bass ’34 Fund and the Rockefeller Center permitted me to accept an offer of a full-time internship on Capitol Hill with the Honorable Kelly Ayotte, United States Senator from New Hampshire. During this internship, I attended and wrote summaries on briefings on legislative issues in both the Senate and the House. I also contributed to reports prepared for Senator Ayotte, and conducted research related to potential legislation and to respond to constituent inquiries. My area of concentration was the federal budget and fiscal policy, but I was also able to work on issues related to the armed services, small businesses, health care policy, and education. I especially enjoyed meeting with small business owners from New Hampshire and learning how federal legislation affects them. Making deliveries to other Senators, obtaining their signatures, escorting constituents on the underground train from Senator Ayotte’s office in Russell Senate Office Building to the Capitol; these were all part of my daily “Having the opportunity to apply these principles in this working environment has enhanced my interest in serving the public in the future.” [PERKINS BASS ‘34 PUBLIC AFFAIRS FUND INTERN PROFILE ]
  2. 2. responsibilities. Attending hearings, including the hearing on the confirmation of the Secretary of Defense, were highlights of the internship that I will forever remember. The experience that I gained providing reliable information to policymakers and in observing how Senators prepare and interact with one another and with the public has inspired me to pursue public service. One extraordinary feature of the internship was the opportunity that it gave me to observe firsthand Senator Ayotte as she did deep dives into the details of fiscal policy, armed services issues, and other legislative priorities. I accompanied Senator Ayotte as she conducted legislative hearings, and also, at times, when she gave remarks at public events. Observing her effectiveness in her interpersonal relationships, and especially her emphasis on always being prepared, proved to be another valuable lesson. I found especially instructive her and the other Senators’ roles in confirming the nomination of the new Secretary of Defense, which I observed from start to finish. Clearly, the Senate takes very seriously the advice and consent role that the Constitution assigns to it, and I was fortunate to see that role in action on a real- time basis. I also thoroughly enjoyed conducting research to assist the legislative staff in keeping the Senator well-informed on policy issues that would come before her committees. I helped to analyze information provided by the Congressional Budget Office and summarized a range of economic reports. I also helped research certain defense-related issues. It was important to provide accurate information on a confidential basis, and I obtained satisfaction from gaining the trust of the legislative assistants as the internship progressed. John Howard ‘15 outside the office of U.S. Senator Kelly A. Ayotte (R-NH) during Winter 2013 internship