FIRE 2011 Summer Interns

FIRE’s Summer Internship Program is a paid, ten-week program for intelligent and energetic current undergraduates who are interested in FIRE’s mission and work. FIRE interns help with administrative tasks, write about FIRE cases and issues, and develop strategies for protecting open discourse on their own campuses. Interns also participate in weekly seminars with FIRE staff and other prominent experts on civil liberties.

Meet the 2011 FIRE Summer Interns!

Rachel Cheeseman
Rachel Cheeseman is a rising senior from DePauw University, where she is a member of the Media Fellows Honors Program majoring in biology and political science. She is currently managing editor of The DePauw, the campus newspaper, and received a grant from the university to work as a political reporter for Oregon Capitol News, a news website based in Portland, Oregon. Rachel is also cultural chair of the Alpha chapter of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and has served as a Resident Assistant for two years.

David Deerson
David Deerson comes to FIRE from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), where he is a rising junior pursuing a double major in history (U.S.) and philosophy, with a minor in philosophy, politics, and economics. David is also Vice President of the UNC-CH College Libertarians, and he previously interned with the North Carolina GOP.

Emily Kraus
Emily Kraus is a rising senior at Brandeis University, where she is currently majoring in English and politics with minors in legal studies and philosophy. She is editor in chief of Brandeis’ independent student newspaper, The Justice, as well as a member of the Brandeis University Mock Trial Association. Previously, Emily has interned for the City of Philadelphia through the Mayor’s Internship Program and for the Anti-Defamation League as part of the JEVS Ash Internship Program.

Elizabeth Jacobs
Elizabeth Jacobs is a rising senior at Hillsdale College, where she majors in political science with a concentration in founding history and American politics. Elizabeth is the president of her sorority, Chi Omega (Rho Gamma chapter). She also serves on the executive committee of Greek InterVarsity, a Christian ministry specifically designed for members of fraternities and sororities.

Alex Lewis
Alex Lewis is a rising senior at Rutgers University, where he majors in Political Science and Journalism & Media Studies with a minor in Arabic. He is the Executive Director of the Rutgers Model Congress, which promotes civic engagement and empowerment for high school students. Alex also founded the BrosUniteD autism mentorship program through his fraternity, Theta Delta Chi.

Oliver Rosenbloom
Oliver Rosenbloom is a rising junior at Brown University, where he majors in history. He is an opinion columnist for the school newspaper, the Brown Daily Herald, and is an editor for the Brown Journal of History. Oliver also volunteers as a college advisor and enjoys playing soccer and frisbee.

Kenny Tan
Kenny Tan is a rising sophomore at Vanderbilt University, where he majors in Computer Science with a minor in Financial Economics. Kenny is also president and founder of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at Vandy and a frequent contributor to campus publications The Vanderbilt Torch and The Vanderbilt Hustler.

Mallika Vinekar
Mallika Vinekar is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Urban studies with a minor in legal studies and history. At Penn, she has developed an interest in education policy and its intersection with the law. She works as a writing fellow at Penn’s Critical Writing Center, is a member of the Penn Student Government’s Nominations and Elections Committee, and serves as president of Penn Alternate Spring Break.