Meet our Interns

Meet our Central Student Government Executive Internship Program Participants!

David Schafer, Class of 2016
Intern to the President

David is an avid campus policy and climate geek. He is passionate about college affordability with particular focus on Student Fees and equity in sphere of student leadership. Originally from New Jersey, he has fallen in love with the University of Michigan and wants to make it better and show it off to the world. He is a Peace and Conflict Studies major, and hopes to apply the synergies between his academic and leadership experience by joining the NYC City Fellows program after graduation from the University of Michigan.

Sierra Taylor, Class of 2021
Intern to the Chief Programming Officer

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.29.08 PMSierra is passionate about creating unity and maintaining traditions at the University of Michigan. Originally from California, she is looking to improve campus particularly in the areas of campus safety and student health. As a business major in the Ross School of Business, she is constantly searching for problems to solve. She has specific interest in the world of Sport Business and has joined Michigan’s Sports Business Association. She is continuing her ski racing career as a member of MSKI, Michigan’s competitive ski and snowboard race team. And finally, she has joined the Delta Gamma Fraternity on campus to advance her philanthropic involvement and make connections with fellow Wolverines.

 

Zack Schwartz, Class of 2021
Intern to the Senior Policy Adviser to the President

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.29.16 PMZack is enthusiastic to see what the next 4 years have in store for him. Although he is a business major, he is extremely passionate about politics at all levels. He would like to work in the private sector for the beginning of his career before he moves to the economics sector of public policy. In addition to Central Student Government, he is involved in Model UN. He loves Michigan football and basketball, and has been playing soccer since he was 3 years old.

Alex Johnson, Class of 2021
Intern to the Chief of Staff of the Vice President

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.29.22 PMAlex has a passion for writing and politics, leading him to apply to this position. Originally from Utah, he has quickly fallen in love with the inclusive and diverse campus at the University of Michigan. As a Communication Studies major in the college of LS&A, he is always looking for an opportunity to write, especially if it has a political spin to it. After graduation, he hopes to work in Washington D.C. or Chicago before going to law school, with the ultimate goal being to become a political speechwriter and to orchestrate political campaigns. Outside of school, he enjoys hiking and exploring nature (which he thinks is much better in Utah than Michigan) and exploring volunteer opportunities, as well as local restaurants in Ann Arbor.

Erin Haley, Class of 2021
Intern to the Chief of Staff of the President

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.37.18 PMErin enjoys a good political debate and loves working with numbers; she is excited to combine these passions through her CSG internship with data driven research applying to policy and politics. As a student in LSA and Ross, she is pursuing a dual degree in business and either statistics or computer science. Originally from a suburb of Boston, Erin hopes to move to the city post-graduation and work in consulting or finance, with the eventual goal of getting an MBA. Along with CSG, she is involved in a consulting group on campus. She also enjoys hiking and climbing, competitive swimming, basketball, and exploring bookstores and cafes.

Jacqueline Sun, Class of 2021
Intern to the Senior Policy Advisor and Treasurer

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.37.24 PMJacqueline has a passion for social activism, and is extremely excited to be involved as both intern to the Senior Policy Advisor and Treasurer. Originally from California, she is a business major in the Ross School of Business, but also hopes to minor in Political Science. In addition to CSG, Jacqueline is involved in a few business clubs, sits on the Student Organizing Funding Commission, and on the Finance Committee of Lean In– a women’s empowerment club. In her free time, she is an avid golfer and beach goer. After graduation, Jacqueline hopes to work in corporate finance back in California.

 

Camille Mancuso, Class of 2021
Intern to the Senior Policy Advisor of the Vice Pres.

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.37.31 PMCamille is incredibly passionate about social justice and is committed to bringing ideals of equality and acceptance to campus. She is very excited to serve as Olivia Gunther’s intern this year and work to make campus more accessible and academically beneficial for everyone. Camille is currently in the Honors Program in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts but plans to pursue a degree from the Ford School of Public Policy. After graduation, Camilly hopes to possibly go to law school and run for a government office. Camille is originally from Columbus, Ohio (I know, but don’t worry, my allegiance is to the Wolverines). Aside from CSG, she is involved with College Democrats, ETC (catch me at your Change it Up workshop), and HeForShe. In her spare time, Camille enjoys theatre, singing, and purchasing/putting on makeup. Fun fact: Camille was in an episode of Dancing with the Stars (bonus points if you can find which one).

Riley Dehr, Class of 2021
Intern to the Chief of Staff to the President

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.40.23 PM.pngRiley is immensely passionate and active in issues concerning the environment, working with Keep America Beautiful and starting an environmental school at his high school. He is also very passionate for women’s rights and economic equality. He is very interested in politics and thinks political polarization is the biggest issue within current events. He is planning on majoring in political science and environmental science and pursuing work abroad fighting for environmental rights in developing countries. He was raised by a single mother and her group of LGBTQ friends, creating his view that different is good and struggle is necessary. He loves music and is rarely seen without his headphones. He is from the small railroad town North Platte, Nebraska. He is currently in Michigan Community Scholars Program and College Democrats.

Joel Danilewitz, Class of 2021
Intern to the Senior Policy Advisor of the Vice Pres.

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.40.30 PMJoel Danilewitz is very excited to be working as a part of the Vice President’s policy team to help promote ideals of social inclusion, justice, and easily accessible resources for all students with all types of needs. He is very excited to work on behalf of Olivia Gunther this year and help create policy that serves the students of Michigan. He is highly involved and invested in social justice issues including LGBTQ+ equality, race relations and criminal justice reform, and women’s rights among several other prominent topics. He is planning on majoring in political science or public policy, and intends to pursue a career working on the issues he is passionate about. He loves to read, listen to music, and distract his friends who are trying to work in the Ugli. He is from Haverford, PA and aside from CSG he is involved in Think-M, Hillel, and is pledging the fraternity Pi Kappa Phi.

Usha Yeruva, Class of 2021
Intern to the Senior Policy Advisor of the Vice Pres.

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.40.37 PMUsha is incredibly excited to be working on the Vice President’s policy team as Shavon Edwards’ intern this year and hopes to use this opportunity to bring her values of social justice, equity, and accessibility to campus. Usha plans to study either Political Science and Economics or pursue a degree in Public Policy through the Ford School. She is passionate about government transparency and issues of economic inequality and hopes to pursue these interests through the law or a career in legislative affairs. Outside of CSG, Usha is involved with College Democrats, the Michigan Journal of Political Science, and the Roosevelt Policy Institute. Usha hails from Troy, MI and spends her free time listening to podcasts, pretending to like running, and critically analyzing television shows with her friends.

Caitlin Ju, Class of 2021
Intern to the Treasurer

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.40.43 PMCaitlin is very passionate about the STEM and finance gender gap and political and social activism and is incredibly excited to be involved in Central Student Government as the intern to the Treasurer. She is originally from the Bay Area in California and is a business major in the Ross School of Business. Outside of CSG, Caitlin is involved in Phi Chi Theta business fraternity, a consulting group, Michigan Journal of Business, Student Organization Funding Commission, and Michigan Community Scholars Program. Caitlin loves to read psychology non-fiction books, paint, play tennis, and frequent aesthetic coffee shops. She hopes to either pursue consulting or finance in the future.

Benjamin Schuster, Class of 2021
Intern to the Chief of Staff to the President

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.40.58 PMBenjamin is very enthusiastic to join Central Student Government (CSG), as his passions for social justice and equity parallel CSG’s commitment to serve the University of Michigan community. As an intern to the Chief of Staff, he is excited to work with both President Anushka Sarkar and Vice President Nadine Jawad to carry out their agendas as representatives of the student body. Hailing from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, he has interests in both political science and business. Beyond CSG, he is involved as a Building Manager at the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service, a research assistant for Dr. Luis Sfeir-Younis’ project on the relationship between economics and compassion (with an emphasis on corporate social responsibility, positive business efforts, and social innovation), and a member of the Michigan Community Scholars Program (catch him in West Quad). After U-M, Benjamin hopes to pursue a career in business or law.

Evan Taylor, Class of 2021
Intern to the Communications Director to the President.

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.41.11 PMEvan has a strong passion for public policy; especially in regards to inner city reform. He is elated to be a part of the CSG executive team so he can learn more about the University he has loved since he was a kid. He hopes that in his time here, he may help his fellow classmates in reaching their full potential by fighting to help minority and disadvantaged students integrate into life at U-M. Born and raised in the 810, he has spent most of his life living in a small town known as Swartz Creek, only a few miles outside of Flint, MI. He is currently in the school of engineering with the intention of majoring in civil engineering. Evan has a passion for running, reading, and getting involved in political campaigns. He is excited to be part of the communication team because he believes that an administration’s success is determined by how well they can communicate with their constituents. He looks forward to using the knowledge he gains from this experience in urban areas across Michigan.

Margaret Cooney, Class of 2021
Intern to the Chief of Staff to the Vice President

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.41.17 PMMargaret is passionate about the environment and mental health on campus. As an intern to the Chief of Staff to the Vice President, she hopes to use those passions to create a better campus climate, and she hopes to gain knowledge about government and campus policy-making. In addition, she is a member of BLUElab, an on-campus group focused on sustainability and education. Margaret is from Milford, Michigan and is studying Electrical Engineering with the possibility of a minor in Economics. After graduation, she plans to go to law school and move to New York to practice Intellectual Property Law.

Riley Langefeld, Class of 2021
Intern to the Chief of Staff to the Vice President

Riley is extremely excited to join the Central Student Government and is passionate about the positive impact that government work can have on people, especially in the area of college affordability. To this end, he is working on CSG’s textbook affordability initiative, helping to gather information and implement reform in the University’s textbook system. Originally from Illinois, he is happy to be a part of the academic community at Michigan. In addition to working at CSG, he writes for the Michigan Daily’s news team. He is majoring in Economics and Political Science, and he hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in government after graduation.

Aashika Shetty, Class of 2021
Intern to the President

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.48.21 PM.pngAashika is currently studying Political Science in the College of LSA. She loves problem solving, and thus anything politics related. She is originally from the Bay Area, California, and is super excited to go to college so far from home, and experience everything Michigan has to offer (especially an actual four seasons). She would love to attend a law school in a big city after undergrad, and hopefully work in politics after that. Besides CSG, Aashika loves being part of the Indian American Students Association. She also loves her Eno and will use any excuse to break it out. Most importantly she’s excited get to know all of you guys throughout the year!

Evie Winter, Class of 2021
Intern to the President

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.48.27 PMEvie is very excited to be working with CSG this year as an intern to the president. She is currently studying Political Science and intends to pursue law school after her time at the University of Michigan. She is passionate about social activism, specifically women’s issues, and is looking forward to helping improve campus climate this year. Outside of CSG, Evie enjoys working in the Social Comparisons Lab on a project regarding romantic relationships and competition, volunteering for Voters Not Politicians, journaling, and eating feta bread from Pizza House.

 

Jason Higdon, Class of 2021
Intern to the Chief of Staff to the President

Jason is a policy nerd with strong opinions about criminal justice reform. Hailing from right outside Kalamazoo, Michigan, he is very glad to be at U of M. Jason is currently looking forward to working alongside his fellow interns at CSG to help make Michigan a better place for learning and for community. He’s studying Economics and Arabic language at the College of LSA while hoping to attend law school afterwards, and he is also an executive member of the South Quadrangle Hall Council. Jason enjoys listening to podcasts, playing tabletop games with friends, and not having any pictures of himself.

Chase Glasser, Class of 2021
Intern to the General Counsel

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.48.35 PMChase is a freshman Political Science major in the School of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Chase has a passion for law, politics, and free speech. He is excited to have the opportunity to work as an intern for the General Counsel. Chase hopes to use his position to advocate for the advancement of free speech on Michigan’s campus, and to ensure that all political viewpoints and opinions are heard and valued. Chase enjoys his summer job working as a case assistant a law firm near his hometown of Milford, Michigan. At the University of Michigan, Chase is involved in a number of intramural sports, student organizations, and advocacy groups. He is excited to see what his time at the University of Michigan holds, and looks forward to getting more involved in CSG.

Eden Blutstein, Class of 2021
Intern to the Chief of Staff to the President

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.48.45 PMEden is a first-year student currently studying Earth and Environmental Science in the School of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She hopes that in her time at the University of Michigan she will gain the leadership experience and resources to help her make the world a “greener” place. Eden is originally from the suburbs of Washington D.C., where she enjoyed hiking the Potomac River and exploring the museums the city has to offer. In Ann Arbor, she’s excited to get involved with CSG, the LSA Honors Program, greek life, and a variety of community service clubs.

Julia Stavreva, Class of 2021
Intern to the Senior Policy Advisor to the President

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.48.55 PMJulia is extremely excited to be working as a CSG intern this year! She hopes to use her position to indulge her passion of preserving the mental and physical safety of students on campus, and she is confident that she will gain a unique set of problem solving skills from this experience. Julia is Bulgarian, but she lives in Washington D.C. She has been adjusting well at her new environment at the University of Michigan. Julia loves to draw, play volleyball, spend time with her family and friends, and to travel. Although Julia has not yet decided on her major, she is exploring her options through a wide variety of classes, and she knows that she will work tirelessly at whatever field she chooses to pursue at Michigan and beyond!

Nichole McMaster, Class of 2021
Intern to the Treasurer

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.48.59 PMNichole is very excited to be working as an intern to the treasurer of CSG this year! She is from Birmingham, Michigan and is in love with Umich so far! Nichole is studying business at Ross and hopes to pursue a minor in Chinese. In addition to CSG, Nichole has joined SOFC, Michigan Business Women’s Club, Delta Gamma and Club Swimming. After graduation, Nichole hopes to move to New York and work on Wall Street, but doesn’t want to rush her four years in Ann Arbor!

Sarah Jang, Class of 2021
Intern to Vice President

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.49.07 PMFrom southern New Jersey, Sarah is excited to experience the genuine kindness of the Midwest. While she is currently in LSA as undecided, she hopes to one day become a health professional who helps those with stigmas against them. As she is undecided, she is interested in taking courses to simply learn, and is thrilled that college offers courses beyond the regular (and rigorous) academic classes. During study breaks, Sarah enjoys taking walks, and eating sushi with friends on a Friday night!
Sarah hopes to become more involved any way possible this year, and is excited to be a part of CSG.

 

 

Lakelan “Lake” Periman, Class of 2021
Intern to the Chief Programming Officer

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.49.20 PMLake is immensely passionate about issues of social (in)equality and college affordability. He is a freshman in the Ross School of Business and is hoping to pursue a minor in Computer Science. He is originally from Orlando, Florida, and is not at all prepared for a Michigan winter. He hopes to use the intern position to help promote fairness at the University of Michigan and make life better for his fellow Wolverines.

Sara Campbell, Class of 2021
Intern to the General Counsel

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.49.29 PMSara is a first-year student looking forward to working with CSG this year! She is hoping to major in Public Policy after applying to Ford her sophomore year, and continue her education in law school after her time as an undergraduate student at Michigan. Outside of CSG, she is a member of the Division 1 Water Polo team, enjoys spending time outside, watching Steven Furtick, and eating at Piada.

 

 

Michael Blakeslee, Class of 2021
Intern to the Chief of Staff to the Vice President

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.49.34 PMMichael is looking forward to seeing how big of an impact he will have on the university’s CSG over the next 4 years. He is in the LSA honors program and hopes to be admitted into the PPE program year. Michael is from a suburb of Washington D.C. and is considering pursuing a law degree. He is extremely interested in addressing income inequality and social issues that exist on campus and across the country. Besides CSG, Michael serves on the LSA Student Gov. environmental committee and enjoys attending meetings for the UM Ceramics Club.

 

Caroline Nguyen, Class of 2021
Intern to the Chief of Staff to the President

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.49.47 PMCaroline is excited to work with CSG this year, and can’t wait to see how she can have an impact on the campus. She is currently in the engineering school and hopes to get a minor in Spanish, however, she is undecided as to what kind of engineering she plans to study. Caroline is from a suburb of Washington, D.C. and is looking forward to volunteering in Ann Arbor and having a positive impact here. Along with CSG, Caroline has joined Michigan GIVErs, Relay for Life, Alpha Chi Omega, and hopes to do club swim next semester.

 

 

Sandra Dubaisi, Class of 2021
Intern to the Vice President

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.49.53 PMSandra is extremely humbled and enthusiastic to be working with CSG this year, and hopes to use her work to increase diversity within CSG and inclusiveness across campus. She is currently studying Biomedical Engineering, with a possibility of minoring in either Political Science or History. Sandra is passionate about sustainability, social justice, public policy, and the environment. Originally from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, Sandra also loves to read, write, ice skate, and jog with her friends on her free time. Outside of CSG, Sandra is also a part of M-Heal, Timmy Global Health, Motley Crew, and the Bioethics Society. She cannot wait to work with and get to know all of her fellow interns!

Miriam Chung, Class of 2021
Intern to the Chief of Staff to the Vice President

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.49.58 PMMiriam is extremely excited to be given the chance to work with CSG and possibly make a larger impact on campus! She currently is undecided but is excited to try out courses in fields that range from English and International Studies, to Environmental Studies and Journalism. She is extremely passionate about sustainability and environmental law and loves reading and writing in her lifestyle blog for leisure. Miriam is originally from a suburb close to downtown Chicago and hopes to gain experience in creating policy in CSG to possibly apply the skills in the future. Outside of CSG, she is involved with Girl-Up, CURE, UROP, AISEC and can’t wait to continue to work with CSG and her fellow interns!

Kacey Connolly, Class of 2021
Intern to the Chief of Staff of the President

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 7.50.04 PMKacey is passionate about politics, and loves a polite and informative political debate, as well as being educated on new aspects of government and policy. A native of Washington DC, Kacey has fallen in love with the University of Michigan, and hopes to be able to give back to it. She is particularly interested in working on women’s rights on campus, as well as LGBTQ issues, and race relations. Kacey is planning on majoring in Economics and Political Science. In her free time, she loves reading, listening to music, hiking, and hanging out with friends and family. She cannot wait to work with her fellow interns!