Panel welcome summer interns
The Inspection Panel this week welcomed summer interns Micaela Bullard and Jessica Depies.
Jessica recently graduated, magna cum laude, from Boston University, where she double majored in International Relations and Economics. She is interning at the Panel as a member of the 2016 class of Truman Scholars. During her undergraduate career, Jessica worked for nonprofits serving refugee and immigrant communities in her native Albuquerque, New Mexico; spent a year as assistant program director of an educational nonprofit in Boston; and led multiple student organizations centered around service both within Boston and abroad. Additionally, Jessica studied sustainable development as a Boren Scholar in Fortaleza, Brazil; interned for the Political Office of the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru; and completed a senior honors thesis on the ability of international development policy to address the myriad issues faced by informal settlements located in environmentally sensitive areas. She will continue this research in 2018 through a Fulbright Research Grant to Brazil. Jessica hopes to pursue a graduate degree in public policy, with the aim of prioritizing local voices and rigorous research to address global poverty.
Originally from Lima, Peru, Micaela is a rising senior at Yale College, where she is double majoring in Global Affairs (specializing in international development) and Latin American Studies. Before moving to the US to study, Micaela worked at the Peruvian headquarters of Latin American NGO TECHO, implementing community development projects related to volunteer training, housing, and education in Lima shantytowns. The experience kindled her interest in international development, Latin American institutional history, poverty alleviation, and human rights issues. At Yale, Micaela serves as co-editor-in-chief of The Yale Globalist, the college’s international affairs publication, and has conducted on-the-ground reporting from Bosnia, Serbia, Israel and Peru. After completing her internship at the Panel, Micaela will conduct research for the International Finance Corporation on the impact of small and medium-sized firms on the economies of fragile states and is considering attending law school to further her knowledge of international law and human rights issues.