May 9, 2012
This is my first post of my first blog ever. For all of my talk about loving writing so much, I have somehow never gotten around to making one of these nifty things. Nonetheless, here I am!
First, I’d like to introduce myself and then give a little background about my summer internship. I am currently a Master in Public Policy student at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Much of my previous work and research experience has centered on gender issues. Namely, I have spent the last few years focusing on issues of domestic violence, human trafficking, and gender inequality in the workplace. At the Kennedy School, I have tried to fill my time with activities related to the advancement of women. I am on the leadership team of the Women and Gender Caucus, a primary editor on the Women’s Policy Journal of Harvard, and a mentor scientist at a local school as part of the Science Club for Girls program. I have also worked with the Law and International Development Society at Harvard Law School on a project related to women’s property rights in Laos.
This summer, I will be working at Catalyst in New York City. At Catalyst, I will be conducting and participating in a range of research projects related to corporate governance. Catalyst’s corporate governance research centers on the underrepresentation of women on boards and executive teams of companies and organizations, including the underrepresentation of minority women. Specifically, I will be involved in the writing of research reports, conduction of literature reviews, and designing of various research methodologies related to women’s representation on boards and as officers of companies in the U.S. and globally.
In terms of what I am doing to prepare for my internship, I have spent the last semester researching women’s ambition levels in the workplace and salient external constraints on women’s leadership advancement (as part of an independent research project at the Kennedy School). Through this research, I have been able to better understand the theoretical frameworks surrounding gender gaps and the practical realities facing women in today’s workplace.
I have been an adamant supporter of Catalyst’s work and have immense respect for their research, so it is a dream come true to have the opportunity to work for them. None of this would have been possible without the incredibly generous support of the Roy Family Internship Fund and the Women and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School.
I will be writing more soon about my upcoming move to NYC and internship highlights!