Named Internship Profile Summary - Alexis Zavras (Class of 1954)
Alexis Zavras 13 attended the Holton-Arms School inBethesda, MD where she was editor-in-chief of the literarymagazine and president of the in-school service society. AtDartmouth, Alexis is a Government major, with a focus oninternational relations and political theory. She is alsopursuing a minor in Arabic Languages and Literature, andstudied abroad her junior fall on the Arabic Language FSP inTangier, Morocco. During her time at Dartmouth, Alexis hasco-founded Sugarplum, a contemporary dance performancegroup. She also spearheaded Dartmouth’s first-ever Arabicaffinity housing. In her junior year, Alexis served as aPresidential Scholar, researching the history of nationalism in the United Kingdom. Mostrecently, Alexis completed an internship with the U.S. Mission to the U.N. in Geneva,Switzerland, where she worked directly under Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, theU.S. Permanent Representative to the Human Rights Council. After Dartmouth, Alexis plans toattend law school and pursue a career in public service.Alexis was funded by the Rockefeller Center for a summer 2012 internship, with generoussupport from the Class of 1954 in honor of John G. Christy ‘54.Executive Summary from Alexis’s final report:The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is a section of the Criminal Division in the U.S.Department of Justice. OIA is responsible for assisting with evidence gathering and coordinatingextradition of international fugitives with foreign countries.In more practical terms, OIA receives requests from foreigncountries looking for bank records, internet records,incorporation records, interviews with U.S. residents, etc.,that would help those foreign officials investigate a criminalcase that happened in their country or involved one of theircitizens. Additionally, OIA attorneys work in tandem with theState Department to negotiate or update treaties with“Working for the Departmentof Justice has truly changed myoutlook on federal agenciesand strongly influenced mydecision to one day return toWashington, DC.”[JOHN G. CHRISTY ’54 ROCKEFELLER CENTER INTERNSHIP PROFILE]
foreign countries, which establish the terms of our mutual legal assistance in internationalcriminal matters.During my time at OIA, I worked on the Europe Team, which dealt specifically with incomingand outgoing requests for legal assistance or extraditions with both eastern and westernEuropean countries. The Europe Team was unique in that most of the western countries haveestablished treaty relationships while many of the eastern countries do not. Since these treatiesdictate the type of assistance we can offer a foreign country, the way in which we respond torequests from different countries varies greatly. As an intern, I was given the opportunity toreview incoming requests for the first time, and decide whether or not OIA could provide theforeign country with assistance. If the treaty obliged, I then would draft a letter referring therequest to either the FBI or the appropriate Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA). If arequest required internet records, I was responsible for contacting the appropriate InternetService Provider to ensure the preservation of those records during the time it took for us torefer the request to the AUSA in their district.All of the requests had great similarities, but no two were the same. As a result, for the first twoweeks, I asked a lot of questions. However, as I became more comfortable with myresponsibilities, I was able to review a case and make recommendations to my supervisor as tohow we should deal with it. Oftentimes my approach was different from my supervisor’s, butnot necessarily wrong. In fact, my supervisor appreciated my creativity and differentperspective when it came to referring cases. From this experience, I learned to trust myinstincts and defend my conclusions, which are skills that I will carry with me throughout therest of my professional career.Alexis Zavras ’13 (center) stops by the Supreme Court before heading tothe Department of Justice on the morning of the historic healthcare ruling in June 2012.