The Junior Fellow Experience

The Pacific Council’s Junior Fellowship program is a great opportunity for students and recent graduates to gain valuable experience behind the scenes of a non-profit foreign affairs organization. Learn more about what our Junior Fellows do here at the Pacific Council by reading their profiles below, impact statements from the previous cohort of Junior Fellows, and the published articles by current and previous Junior Fellows here and here.

Also, check out our Facebook Live video presentations! Our Fall 2017 Junior Fellows presented on water scarcity while our Summer 2018 Junior Fellows talked about Los Angeles and immigration, Hollywood and the #MeToo movement, the environment, and the California effect for their Junior Fellow Term Project presentation.

Profiles of our Current Summer 2019 Junior Fellows

Impact Statements from our Spring 2019 Junior Fellows

Tamzin Astani is a recent high school graduate who has a passion for international policy just like her parents who have been members at the council for a long time. Tamzin worked as an intern broadly helping out the whole staff of the Pacific Council when help was needed. She did a range of projects from labeling the disorganized supply cabinets to logging data from charts into salesforce to prepping for events. For her Junior Fellow Term Project, Tamzin talked about the refugee crisis highlighting experiences from her recent trip to the Moria refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece. Following her internship, Tamzin will be attending the American University of Paris in the Fall and will continue to use the skills she learned at the Pacific Council.

Manjun Hao worked in the Spring of 2019 as a Special Initiatives Junior Fellow. She was a senior at Occidental College pursuing a Bachelors in Diplomacy & World Affairs and a minor in Urban Environmental Policy. At the Council, she conducted landscape analysis for the Mexico Initiative, the Leaders of Tomorrow Program, and other special initiatives concepts, in addition to compiling corporate interest lists and speaker lists for programs and initiatives. She also analyzed the high-growth industries in LA, supported events, and conducted research on climate equity for her Junior Fellow term project. Manjun wrote her undergraduate thesis on colonialist biases in US study abroad program materials, and aspires to tell stories and study the needs of the most underprivileged in the age of globalization by being a social anthropologist! 

Damian Ortega worked in the Spring of 2019 as a Development Junior Fellow. In May 2019 he will graduate from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a double minor in German Studies and Economics. As a Junior Fellow in the Development department, Damian compiled, visualized, and analyzed donor data for the sustaining membership portfolio for EOY 2018, giving insight into the performance of each giving level. Additionally, he researched corporate sponsorships for GLAS and provided support in sustaining member engagement tracking. For the Spring 2019 Junior Fellow term project, Damian researched the issue of sex trafficking in the Los Angeles area and conceptualized a potential partnership and speakership with a community advocacy group to tackle the issue of trafficking. After the Fellowship, Damian will be moving to the Washington DC area to work in non-profit development and subsequently apply to law school where he plans to specialize in International Law.

Gemma Stewart has worked as the Communications Project Fellow. Gemma is a SoCal native and has a Master of Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California, with a B.A. in International Studies and Communication from Boston College. Her love for diplomacy and international affairs began when she studied abroad in Glasgow University in Scotland and was the only American in a course titled, "The United States' Foreign Policy and the World." Since then, she has taught English in Costa Rica, worked at an immigrant rights NGO in Dublin, Ireland, and interned at the Mexican Consulate of Los Angeles in the Cultural and Educational Affairs Department. As the Communications Project Fellow at the Pacific Council, she writes newsroom articles, manages social media, and creates media lists and pitches for events. In addition, she has developed and managed a stakeholder analysis project for the Council. For the fellow term project, Gemma created a program proposal based on the issue of climate change and how the Pacific Council can engage with the local Los Angeles community on this issue. 

Impact Statements from previous Junior Fellows

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