Levin Center Announces 2021 Congressional Interns

The Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School has selected five law students to serve as legal interns in congressional committee offices in Washington, D.C. this summer.

Due to COVID-19, the Wayne Law students will start their work remotely until congressional offices reopen.

Internships recipients are:

  • Thea Barrak – Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chair
  • Calder Burgam – Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chair
  • Fatima Dakroub – House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, Representative James Clyburn (D-6th SC), Chair
  • Yara Gayar – House Committee on Financial Services, Representative Maxine Waters (D-43rd CA), Chair
  • Benjamin Neumann – Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight Subcommittee, Margaret Wood Hassan (D-NH), Chair
  • Andrew Vailliencourt – Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation, Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA), Chair

Each position involves work with congressional staff from both parties and a bipartisan approach to oversight. Students work under the supervision of an experienced attorney who is engaged in conducting oversight on behalf of a congressional committee.

This is the sixth year for the 10-week internships. Collectively, nineteen Wayne Law students have participated since the program’s inception. Interns are supported by Levin Center staff during their placement.

Launched in March 2015, the Levin Center at Wayne Law educates future attorneys, business leaders, legislators and public servants on their role overseeing public and private institutions and using oversight as an instrument of change. The center is named in honor of former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan’s longest-serving U.S. senator, who retired at the beginning of 2015 after 36 years in the Senate. Levin serves as chair of the Levin Center and on the Law School’s faculty as distinguished legislator in residence.