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DIVYAPSUNDARAM

5855 Altschul, Barnard College ・ New York, NY 10027 ・ 505.903.0000

dps2136@barnard.edu ・ www.divyapsundaram.com

EDUCATION

Barnard College of Columbia University, New York, NY                           Expected May 2017
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, GPA: 3.77/4.00

Focus in International Relations; Economics Minor

    Honors:        Dean’s List: Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

    Activities:     Secretary and Marketing Chair of the Columbia University Pre-Law Society (2015-2016)
            Community Outreach Co-Chair of South Asian Feminism(s) Alliance (2015-2016)

            Secretary of Columbia Moy Yee Kung Fu Club (2015-2016)

            Editor of Columbia Undergraduate Law Review (2014-2015)

 

EXPERIENCE

Barnard College Career Development, New York, NY                          Sept. 2015 - Present

New York City Civic Engagement Program (NYCCEP) Fellow

Help plan and lead NYCCEP's (Extended Barnard Reach Out) EBRO program. EBRO is a program designed to encourage Barnard students to think critically about how they will engage service in their lives, both personally and professionally. 

Includes engaging speakers to speak on various social issues, planning direct service projects and site visits.

 

Kennedy Kennedy & Ives, LLC, Albuquerque, NM                               June 2015 - Present
Intern/Law Clerk

Creating presentations and visual exhibits/graphics to be used in court and in settlement/mediation hearings.

Assisting firm's lawyers in client meetings and depositions; corresponded with clients for case updates; collected and organized files for cases.

Helping process and catalogue information relevant to cases received from depositions and subpoenas. Researched and compiled reports on different issues for various cases.

Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York, NY                          January - May 2014

Intern, Constituent Services Department

Worked under a constituent services liaison to help NY citizens who reached out to the Senator’s office. Portfolio of issues included: social services, transportation, IRS/tax refunds, education/student loans.

Work included calling constituents to gather information and provide them with updates on their cases; drafting correspondence to various government agencies to request aid on behalf of constituents; filing, updating, and maintaining case files; organizing and assisting with events and press conferences.

Domenici Law Firm, PC, Albuquerque, NM                  June - July 2013; June - July 2014

Intern/Law Clerk

Assisted Mr. Domenici in client meetings and court hearings; corresponded with clients for case updates; collected and organized files for cases.

Majority of work consisted of extensive research of various issues and case law for different cases.

 

Office of Senator Tom Udall, Albuquerque, NM                        April - May 2013

High School Intern

Worked with field representatives to attend various meetings across New Mexico as a representative of Senator Udall’s office, interacting with constituents and various advocacy groups.

Helped with day-to-day operations of the office: answering phone calls of constituents and responding to constituent inquiries and concerns; filing and organizing constituent service casework; researching different groups and issues for field representatives.

SKILLS/PERSONAL

Advanced proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office Suite

Intermediate proficiency in Hindi; elementary proficiency in Tamil

Professional proficiency in Writing/Researching, Correspondence, Phone Etiquette 

Freelance graphic design work (www.divyapsundaram.com)

Martial Arts enthusiast: Moy Yee Kung Fu; Black belt in Kenpo Karate

EDUCATION
Barnard College of Columbia University, New York, NY                                                                  Expected May 2017
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, GPA: 3.81/4.00
Focus in International Relations; Economics Minor
Honors:    Dean’s List: Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015

School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, NY                          Expected May 2018
Candidate for Master's in International Affairs
Accepted into Barnard/SIPA Dual Degree Program 

EXPERIENCE
Hillary for America, New York, NY                                                                                                       Jan. 2016 - Present
Intern, Correspondence Department

  • Engage and correspond with potential voters who support Sec. Clinton’s presidential bid, seek more information on her platform, or hope to share compelling personal stories. 
  • Collaborate with campaign staffers and interns to complete crucial tasks and duties to support the campaign.

Barnard College Career Development, New York, NY                                                                    Sept. 2015 - Present
New York City Civic Engagement Program (NYCCEP) Fellow

  • Help plan and lead NYCCEP's (Extended Barnard Reach Out) EBRO program to encourage Barnard students to think critically about how they will engage service in their lives, both personally and professionally. 
  • Engaging speakers to speak on various social issues; plan direct service projects and site visits for students to directly engage with issues.

Kennedy Kennedy & Ives, LLC, Albuquerque, NM                                                                             Jun. 2015 - Present
Intern/Law Clerk

  • Create presentations and visual exhibits to be used in court and in settlement or mediation hearings. Generate graphics to condense complex case information.
  • Assist firm's lawyers in client meetings and depositions; correspond with clients for case updates and to gather information.
  • Process and catalogue information relevant to cases received from depositions and subpoenas. Research and compiled reports on different issues for various cases.

Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York, NY                                                                                 Jan. - May 2014
Intern, Constituent Services Department

  • Worked under a constituent services liaison to help NY citizens who reached out to the Senator’s office. Portfolio of issues included: social services, transportation, IRS/tax refunds, education/student loans.
  • Coordinated with constituents to gather information and provide them with updates on their cases; drafted correspondence to various government agencies to request aid on behalf of constituents; organized and assisted with events and press conferences.

Domenici Law Firm, PC, Albuquerque, NM                                                                     Jun. - Jul. 2013; Jun. - Jul. 2014
Intern/Law Clerk

  • Assisted Mr. Domenici in client meetings and court hearings; corresponded with clients for case updates; collected and organized files for cases. Extensively researched various issues and case law for different cases.

Office of Senator Tom Udall, Albuquerque, NM                                                                                       Apr. - May 2013
Intern

  • Worked with field representatives to attend various meetings across New Mexico as a representative of Senator Udall’s office, interacting with constituents and various advocacy groups.
  • Helped with day-to-day operations of the office: answering phone calls of constituents; filing and organizing constituent service casework; researching different groups and issues for field representatives.

 

LEADERSHIP & ACTIVITIES
Columbia University Pre-Law Society                                                                                               Sept. 2014 - present
Secretary and Marketing Chair (Apr. 2015 - present); Publicity Partner (Sept. 2014 - April 2015)

  • Create flyers, maintain social media presence, and coordinate other marketing efforts to publicize Pre-Law events.
  • Designed logo and developed brand identity for the organization; doubled social media viewership and general body membership through marketing efforts. Continue to grow membership with consistent marketing tactics.

Barnard and Columbia South Asian Feminism(s) Alliance (SAFA)                                               Sept. 2015 - present
Community Outreach Co-Chair

  • Develop partnerships and networks with South Asian organizations across New York City to support SAFA’s goals of creating a space for discourse and activism with regard to issues facing the Barnard/Columbia South Asian community.

SKILLS/PERSONAL

  • Advanced proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Intermediate proficiency in Hindi; elementary proficiency in Tamil
  • Freelance graphic design work
  • Martial Arts enthusiast: Moy Yee Kung Fu; Black belt in Kenpo Karate