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Get to Know IWPR'S Outstanding 2012 Summer Interns

by Ann DeMeulenaereWeedon and Caroline Dobuzinskis


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IWPR’s summer 2012 interns. Back(from left): Ann DeMeulenaere Weedon, Katherine Ditzler, Jaqui Logan, David Song, Maureen Sarna. Front (from left): Anlan Zhang, Namalie Jayansinghe, Ami Wazlawik, Tonia Bui.

Tonia Bui, Research Intern on women in green jobs in the U.S. labor market. MPP student American University School of Public Affiars; BA in Mass Communications and Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Tonia is a graduate of the WeLEAD Women’s Leadership Training program from the Women & Politics Institute at American University. "I believe IWPR plays a significant role in the political dialogue to help advance the status of women in the labor force. IWPR gives me the opportunity to see how research can shape legislation impacting America’s women."

Katherine Ditzler, Research Intern on the Student Parent Success Initiative. MPP student, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan; BA in Social Relations and Policy, Michigan State University. "I chose IWPR because I wanted to contribute at an organization with such a reputation for getting the word out that women need to be considered in policy. I’m really happy with what I’ve learned about research and using information as a policy lever."

Namalie Jayasinghe, Research Intern on women in politics. Ph.D. student, School of International Service, American University; MSc in Environment and Development, London School of Economics; BA in Economics and French, New York University. Namalie’s previous experience includes volunteer work at a rural women’s microfinance group in Uganda and work with the United Nations Development Programme in Sri Lanka. "Interning at IWPR has allowed me to have a close look at the scale and the quality of work that goes into producing high-caliber research. At IWPR, I learned how to juggle multiple tasks, conduct qualitative research, and to improve my writing. This experience has hopefully helped me to grow into a stronger researcher."

Jacqui Logan, Research Intern on Social Security and unemployment. MPP student, University of Southern California, also pursuing a graduate certificate in Gender Studies. Jacqui previously interned with the Feminist Majority Foundation in their Los Angeles office. "Working at IWPR has given me the chance to combine my passion for feminist activism with the analytical skills garnered through my academic experiences. Seeing how rigorous academic research, particularly quantitative work, can be used to tell a story that can lead to social policy change has made this experience worthwhile!"

Maureen Sarna, Research Intern on the Status of Women in the States project. MPP, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, with a focus on social and economic policy; BA in Government, Smith College. Maureen previously served as the Special Assistant to the Chief Membership & Workforce Officer at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. "I joined IWPR because of the quality of its research and the multi-disciplinary background of the staff."

David Song, Research Intern on the Student Parent Success Initiative. MA student in Economic Policy Analysis, University of Maryland at Baltimore County; BA in Economic Policy, Washington University in St. Louis. Before interning at IWPR, David worked on projects for assisting transfer students to succeed in STEM fields. "As an economic policy student, I’m interested in finding a synthesis between my interest in gender- and education-related economic issues, and in developing skills in doing rigorous research and quantitative analysis. The Student Parent Success Initiative at IWPR has been a challenging and educating project, where I’ve applied my education as a student of economics and public policy while learning the policy landscape in Washington, D.C."

Ami Wazlawik, Research Intern on Social Security asset-building (participating in the National Academy of Social Insurance’s Washington Internship on Social Insurance program). MPP, The Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; BA in Psychology, University of Minnesota. Ami was previously a literacy tutor with the Minnesota Reading Corps. "I wanted to intern with IWPR to learn more about policy issues affecting women and families while practicing skills that will be useful to me in my career. It’s been an enlightening and exciting experience to be part of an organization that has a positive impact on public policy."

Ann DeMeulenaere Weedon, Communications Intern. Ph.D student in American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University (BGSU); MA American Culture Studies, BGSU; BA in English, Indiana University South Bend. Ann worked for BGSU’s Institute for the Study of Culture and Society and served as Assistant to the Deputy Editor of the journal Gender & Society. "Working for IWPR has given me the opportunity to draw on both my personal and academic experiences. There are misconceptions and there are realities about the lives of women and IWPR strives to bring to light the realities for the betterment of everyone. I couldn’t be happier to have played a role in the important research being done here." Read Ann’s personal story as a student parent on the next page.

 Anlan Zhang, returning Research Intern on women in green jobs in the U.S. labor market and the Status of Women in the States project. MPP, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute; Bachelor’s degree from Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, China. "I love working at IWPR because they are so open about giving interns opportunities to learn new things and to improve ourselves in many ways. Coming from a faraway country, I find these opportunities even more precious. I have benefitted immensely from my time here. I believe the impact of this experience will extend beyond this summer."

Namalie chatting with guests at intern party

IWPR staff members and interns enjoyed the festivities at the IWPR Summer Intern Party, hosted annually by IWPR and the National Council of Women’s Organizations.



Heidi accepting cake at 25 anniv. IWPR President Heidi Hartmann and Vice President Barbara Gault accepted a cake from the IWPR interns in honor of IWPR’s 25th anniversary.



kate and sylvie at intern party


IWPR Research Intern Katherine Ditzler with her daughter.




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