This summer, our remote interns were in pursuit of their degree programs. Forty-nine of our students were in the final years of their bachelor’s degree program. Forty-three students were in pursuit of a master’s degree, the majority studying towards a master’s in library and information science to become future librarians! We also had three law students pursuing a J.D. and even one Ph.D. candidate!
Sharon MacNett is a current M.L.I.S. student at San José State University, where their focus is on information retrieval and academic librarianship. They have a B.A. in history from California State University Dominguez Hills, with a concentration in Russian and Soviet history. This summer, they’re writing a thesis proposal, learning Korean, and watching the sunrise as often as possible.
Aleena Malik is a senior at the University of California, Irvine, majoring in business administration and economics. She is passionate about learning about the law and hopes to work as an attorney one day.
Jen Malone is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Reynolds School of Journalism, U.C.L.A.’s fiction writing program, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science at the University of Washington. She strongly believes that access to clean water, technological resources, and connection to the digital world are imperative, modern-day human rights. She has a passion for craft cocktails, music, and a good story.
Nicole Marcinkus is a student currently pursuing her B.A. in English and political science at the University of Notre Dame. She is interested in studying law after undergrad, and is passionate about free access to knowledge, especially in regard to resource availability through libraries in local communities. Her current research interests include the legal history of conservatorships and the evolving privacy laws of online media platforms. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing and baking.
Lindsey Matthiesen is a summer intern in the Law Library’s Digital Resources Division. Previously, she wrote for the Daily Cardinal newspaper at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lindsey is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in political science from Barnard College of Columbia University.
Casey Mazzoli is currently finishing her M.L.I.S. through Kent State University. She has her B.S. in English and writing from Indiana Wesleyan University and has professional experience in public libraries and magazine publishing. As an intern with the Law Library, she has been researching fair use determinations as well as repatriation laws covering art and cultural artifacts.
Miranda L. Miranda is a current U.C.L.A. Extension student, studying to become a paralegal. Originally from New York City, she moved across the country and found her home in the Tehachapi Mountains where she is currently studying remotely. This summer she is finishing her course and expanding her knowledge further by enrolling in a Google project management course concurrently with her paralegal studies. Being a part of the Law Library of Congress internship program is an honor she is proud to have.
Jacquelyn Molloy (she/her) is a current undergraduate student at Vassar College, majoring in political science with a correlate in Africana studies. She is excited to be interning with the Law Library of Congress this summer.
Jessica Munis is a rising senior studying history with minors in Spanish and international studies at American University. Originally from Philadelphia, she currently resides in Washington, D.C. Outside of her intern work, Jessica serves as president of her sorority and hosts a college radio show. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing, and learning French.
Joseph Myron is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is currently pursuing his B.A. in history and philosophy from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. After completion of his degree, he hopes to further his education by pursuing an M.L.I.S degree. He is interning with the Law Library of Congress this summer as he intends to specialize in law librarianship.
Annette (Russell) Nakshbendi is an M.L.I.S. candidate at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Before pursuing her degree, she spent two years co-teaching second and third-grade social studies at Nysmith School for the Gifted in Herndon, Virginia. She is a D.C. native who loves using materials from the city’s museums and libraries as writing prompts for her first through eighth-grade language arts tutoring clients. Before beginning to teach, she earned her B.A. in history (with a focus on medieval studies) from Georgetown University in 2016. Currently, Annette works and studies at the intersection of education and technology. She believes that the application of digital tools and resources in the K-12 social studies classroom proves the discipline can complement a STEM education and is the best way to demonstrate the value of history to young students in this “digital age.”
Gregory Navasarkian graduated summa cum laude from U.C.L.A. in 2021 with a B.A. in history with plans to attend law school in 2022. Gregory is also the founder and president of Computers for Schools Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides computers and other school supplies to under-served students in Los Angeles.
Courtney Nomiyama (she/her) is pursuing an M.L.I.S. at the University of Washington. She is interested in telling stories through libraries, whether that’s through knowledge organization, digital humanities, or creative publications. Her past work experience includes special collections and state government. She aims to become an academic librarian with a focus on building equitable collections.
Hayley Park (she/they) is pursuing an M.L.I.S. degree at the University of Washington with an interest in digital scholarship. Her academic background is in film studies; her professional experience includes working at public and juvenile detention libraries. She currently works as a graduate assistant at the Open Scholarship Commons at the UW. She is interested in working with open data as a creative storytelling medium and is excited to be interning with the Law Library of Congress this summer.
Sarah Parker is a rising senior at the University of South Carolina’s Honors College. She is majoring in history and political science with a minor in anthropology. Sarah is most interested in issues of criminal justice and civil rights movements.
Kelly Pedigo is a historic preservation major and digital studies minor at the University of Mary Washington. She works as a historic interpreter at a few museums in her hometown of Fredericksburg, Virginia. She loves sharing history with others and exploring how digital tools can be used to make our stories more accessible. Kelly’s research topics are varied but relate to special interests in colonial history, women’s history, and preservation law.
Camille Penman is a current senior at Syracuse University studying political science and photojournalism. She is thrilled to be working with the Law Library of Congress this summer researching mental health and disability rights. Aside from her research, she has been spending her summer fulfilling her position as VP Media for Syracuse University CHAARG, studying for the LSATs, and enjoying upstate New York with her friends. She is also excited to use this opportunity to aid in the completion of her honors thesis in the fall.
John Perales Jr. (he/him/his) is a student at Northwestern University where he is currently majoring in political science and philosophy. At Northwestern, he spends his time participating in extracurricular activities such as the “Wildcat” marching band, relaxing with friends, studying for classes and the L.S.A.T., and preparing for his senior thesis. After graduation, he hopes to attend law school and later pursue a career as a lawyer. He has enjoyed interning with the Law Library of Congress both over the summer and during the school year and has also interned in other areas such as with California Assemblyman Robert Rivas.
Leah Pomerantz is an entering senior at the University of Oklahoma. Leah is originally from New Jersey, which is where she is spending her summer. She is majoring in mathematics and economics, while also working on an M.A. in economics. Leah enjoys cross-stitching and spending time with family and friends in her free time. She is spending the summer researching some of the most important women in American history, and is so excited to get to share their stories with others through story maps and blog posts!