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Student Service Corps

Program Description

Student Service Corps (SSC) is a program that promotes the growth of civic responsibility and a mindset of service among youth in the United States. SSC accomplishes this through two main components: 1) encouraging young people to serve their communities through government agencies and nonprofit organizations, and 2) promoting career choices in public service. 

Students who contribute at least 100 service hours at a government agency — at any level of government — or a nonprofit organization are eligible to qualify for a public service fellowship. The fellowship will support opportunities for college students to intern at government or nonprofit organizations during the summer and will include a stipend of up to $5,000 to offset the costs of expenses of the internship/service opportunity or tuition. Students must be published in our student journal, Public Service Review, to be considered for a public service fellowship.

2023 Public Service Fellows

Matthew Baharmest, Brandeis University

Matthew Baharmast was a volunteer research fellow at a nation-wide environmental policy NGO and an academic researcher at Brandeis University. Matthew served as a legislative intern in Congressman Jake Auchincloss’s (MA-04) office. In 2022, he represented his university and was internationally broadcasted as a presenter within the Research and Independent Non-Governmental Organizations at COP27. He has been a research assistant on Latin American decarbonization policy and predictions, a Brandeis University research initiative funded by the Inter-American Development Bank. Matthew has also held a federal affairs internship with Orsted, a global alternative-energy leader. Matthew grew up and continues to reside in the Washington, DC area.

Matthew Baharmest

Tatyana Mayo, Howard University

Tatyana Mayo was a sophomore legal communications major, international affairs minor at Howard University when she was selected. She is from Las Vegas, Nevada by way of Los Angeles, California. Her on campus involvement included being a member of The Howard University Mock Trial team and Jewels Incorporated, a non-profit organization catered toward mentoring young girls in the D.C. community, as well as being a Howard University Student Association Senator. Off campus, she served as a legislative intern in Senator Cortez Masto’s office and interned with the Clark County District Attorney’s office. She is committed to public service and has volunteered with multiple non-profit organizations including the Salvation Army, Just One Project, and Boys and Girls Club of America. After graduating she hopes to continue her passion for public service while pursuing a masters in foreign affairs and a subsequent juris doctorate.

Tatyana Mayo

Samina Patel, Georgia Institute of Technology

At the time of selection, Samina Patel was an undergraduate senior and Stamps President’s Scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, where she majored in aerospace engineering with a minor in international affairs. Samina served on the School of Aerospace Engineering Student Advisory Council and as an AE Ambassador. In these positions, she promoted empathy, support, and engagement within the aerospace community. Additionally, Samina served in leadership roles in her university’s Society of Women Engineers and Astronomy Club. In the fall of 2022, she was awarded the Federal Jackets Fellowship and served on the Hill as a digital intern with the Office of U.S. Senator Gary Peters. It is Samina’s objective to combine her passion in aerospace with policy; in the future, she hopes to research and develop solutions to increase sustainability, inclusion, and equity within aerospace.

Samina Patel

2022 Public Service Fellows

Tanner DeYoung, Mississippi State University

Tanner DeYoung is a master’s student and Fulbright Scholar at Utrecht University, majoring in the history of politics and society. Driven by an ambition to be an agent for positive change, Tanner’s passion for public service has manifested through internships at the United States Helsinki Commission, the Mississippi Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Governor of Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and minors in political science and chemistry. He served in the Mississippi State Student Association for all four of his undergraduate years, advocating for students to administrators and other student leaders. He is honored to be selected as a 2022 Public Service Fellow. 

Tanner DeYoung

Jagaar Halverson, Grand Canyon University

Jagaar Halverson is a student at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, where he majors in government with an emphasis in state and local policy. He currently serves as the executive chief of staff at Grand Canyon University and previously served as a member of the Freshman Class Council and Assistant Senate Director of the Associated Students of Grand Canyon University. In the summer of 2022, Jagaar served on the Hill as a former congressional intern in the Office of U.S. Representative Randy Feenstra and as a participant in the Stennis Program for Congressional Interns. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career in public service.

Jagaar Halverson

MAJ Matthew Romanowski, Princeton University, U.S. Army

MAJ Matt Romanowski recently graduated from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. He received a master’s degree in public affairs with a concentration in international relations and a Science, Environmental and Technology Policy certificate. At Princeton University, he served as a graduate fellow at the Center for International Security Studies and as president of the Student Veterans Organization (SVO). As SVO president, Matt organized events that enabled student veterans to share their experiences with civilian classmates. He continues to serve as an active-duty officer, working as a Taiwan and Mongolia policy advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. He completed two combat tours in Afghanistan and multiple operational and training deployments in the Indo-Pacific.

MAJ Matthew Romanowski

2021 Public Service Fellows

Anusha Natarajan, Arizona State University

At the time of her selection, Anusha Natarajan was a junior at Arizona State University where she studied sociology and history with a minor in Spanish and certificates in human rights and international studies. Driven by change and hard work, Anusha likes to be involved in her community domestically and internationally. She served as the civic-engagement coalition chair and an Andrew Goodman fellow at her university, advancing voter education. As the Director of Advocacy of her honors college council, Anusha worked extensively with the Deans to increase civic engagement and racial justice. She helped develop the first racial justice Task Force at the honors college, which brings together faculty, staff, and students to come up with solutions to improve diversity and inclusion on campus. Passionate for culture and education, Anusha helped create an education nonprofit called Culture Talk, which provides resources for teachers and schools to use to diversify their curriculum in social studies. In the future, Anusha wants to work for the Department of State in the Bureau of Human Rights, Democracy, and Labor.

Anusha Natarajan

Carl Lasker, Yale Law School

Carl Lasker was an incoming J.D. candidate during the time of his selection and a member of the Yale Law School class of 2024. He discovered his passion for public service through a Mitzvah project in seventh grade when he led elementary school kids from his local Boys and Girls Club in a lesson about Judaism and went door-to-door on weekends to raise over $2,000 for club activities. Carl previously served as a classroom assistant, tutor, and near-peer mentor in an under-resourced D.C. public school with City Year AmeriCorps. He wrote about his decision to serve in the Stennis Center for Public Service’s inaugural edition of Public Service Review. Before serving with City Year, Carl served as a legislative intern in the office of Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, a math and public health tutor for eighth graders in South Africa, and a classroom shadow for students with special needs in Northern Virginia. Carl graduated summa cum laude from the College of William & Mary in 2010 with a B.A. in public policy. He was honored to be chosen as a member of the Stennis Center’s Student Service Corps.

Carl Lasker

One Research Boulevard, Ste. 104, 

Starkville, MS 39759

(662) 325-8409

201 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Ste. C-7, 

Washington, D.C. 20002 

(202) 546-1837