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Jessica Pham

Jessica Pham

M.A. Candidate and Pickering Fellow

Johns Hopkins SAIS and U.S. Department of State

M.A. Candidate at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in International Economics, International Relations, and Southeast Asia Studies, specializing in Emerging Markets. Recent Stanford graduate with a B.A. in International Relations. Thomas Pickering Graduate Fellow with the U.S. Department of Stat...

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“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and dea...
Interests

All things political, international relations, and travel.

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The White House

Office of the Vice President Intern

• Supported National Security Staff to the Vice President on research and administrative tasks.
• Researched East Asia, Western Hemisphere, Middle East, South Asia, and Eurasia for advisors to the Vice President.
• Assisted Executive Secretary team with logistics for VP trips and meetings, including on Asia, Mexico, and Panama.

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U.S. Department of State

U.S. Embassy Rangoon Intern

• Assisted Democracy, Human Rights, and Religious Freedom portfolio in Political/Economic (PE) section on projects including sectarian conflicts, prisoners, freedom of speech and protest.
• Assisted Rakhine and peace process portfolio in PE.
• Assisted civil societies portfolio in PE.
• PE liaison to Public Diplomacy (PD) section, namely on projects to promote religious tolerance. Also, research for social media use in-country.
• Outreach at the American Center, including mentoring Burmese students interested in applying to US colleges and universities and youth leadership.

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U.S. Department of State

Foreign Affairs Campus Coordinator

• Organized information sessions on student and career opportunities with the Department of State (DOS).
• Represented DOS at career fairs.
• Distributed information via email and at international relations events on the structure of, fellowship opportunities, career options, and Civil vs. Foreign Service with DOS.

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Stanford University Branner Dormitory

Public Service Focus Assistant

• Led 40 students in at-Stanford and post-undergraduate public service career planning.
• Organized and implemented career oriented workshops, liaising with the Haas Public Service Center and the Career Development Center.
• Mentored students on studying abroad, applying to internships, and taking advantages of Stanford resources for public service development.

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National STAND (Student Movement to End Mass Atrocities)

Media Coordinator

• Amplified STAND brand-name using social media, blogs, national emails, and news sources (e.g. PolicyMic, Huffington Post).
• Coordinated with Outreach team to train grassroots on media techniques.
• Worked with Education Coordinator to get weekly updates and blog posts and national emails out.
• Worked with Student Director and Advocacy Coordinator to set organization's policy and campaign priorities for the issue areas we work on: Syria, Burma, Sudan/South Sudan, and DRC.

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Stanford Association for International Development (SAID)

Conference Director

• Created and implemented blueprint for March 2013 Conference on International Women's Issues.
• Coordinated with leadership team to reach out to potential keynote speakers, panelists, and moderators.
• Initiated and maintained collaboration with Haas Public Service Center to plan NGO networking lunch event at the conference.
• Selected and led a team of interns to carry out tasks for the conference.
• Organized transition period and materials post-2013 conference, in preparation for 2014 conference and conference team.

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Stanford in Government (SIG)

International Fellowships Director

• Oversaw logistics of 15 international fellowships.
• Liaised between SIG and fellowship placement supervisors.
• Connected with faculty mentors for Fellows.
• Organized fellowship outreach and workouts for potential applicants.
• Led team of interns to carry out tasks for each fellowship.

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Haas Public Service Center

Postgraduate and Alumni Program Student Assistant

• Researched post-undergraduate and post-graduate opportunities for students.
• Coordinated the Center's outreach to graduating students: raise student awareness of fellowships to apply for, career workshops, and networking opportunities.
• Liaised between the Center's professional staff and the University's student body: survey what services the students would like, and relay the information back to the staff.

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Stanford STAND (Student Movement to End Mass Atrocities)

Event Coordinator

• Planned annual Darfur Fast to raise awareness and funds for cook stoves in refugee camps, preventing rape and sexual abuse against women.
• Executed awareness, advocacy, and fundraising events for Syria, Burma, Sudan/South Sudan, DRC, Rwanda, and Uganda.
• Collaborated with other student organizations and media outlets.
• Utilized social media to raise organization's profile.

Career

U.S. Department of State

Demoncracy, Human Rights, and Labor Intern

• Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Office of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
• Researched Burma, North Korea, South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Pacific, and the UN.
• Planned programmatic events between USG officials and civil society organizations, including a Vietnamese-American information session and an LGBT Issues in Southeast Asia roundtable.
• Planned and attended meetings for internal and external organizations.
• Created daily cable highlights for office staff.

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Simelela (Mosaic)

Volunteer

• Managed data, summarize, and distribute information on domestic and sexual violence.
• Trained staff in data management.
• Observed workshops on health counselors' empowerment and on HIV/AIDS.

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Oral Communications Program

Tutor

Advised on designing effective visual aids, reducing speech anxiety, and practicing for job interviews.

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Center for Victims of Torture

Intern

• Collaborated with other human rights NGOs on anti-torture letters to Congress and Obama administration.
• Distributed news on US national security and accountability.
• Represented organization at Senate and House Foreign Relations/Affairs hearings and stakeholder meetings.

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Invisible Children

Student Organizer

• Organized movie screenings for various IC documentaries.
• Mobilized students to attend lobbying events, such as "Displace Me", "The Rescue" and "How it Ends" events.

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Committee on Conscience

Intern

• Facilitated "From Memory to Action" exhibition, which focused on contemporary genocides.
• Conducted literary review and monitored news on the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) cases to write a report on the ECCC and the international justice system.
• Prepped for and attended the meeting for the Working Group on the Responsibility to Protect, led by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
• Prepped for and attended the museum’s "Voices from Congo" conference, open to the public.
• Monitored news coverage on Obama’s Presidential Study Directive on Mass Atrocities (PSD-10).

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Hospital Universitario Clínica San Rafael

Volunteer

• Companion to infants and children on fourth floor, as well as to adults on first through third floors.
• Practiced Spanish language skills.

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Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee

Researcher

• Developed project on ethnic Vietnamese minority experiences of violence and genocide.
• Conducted 13 individual interviews and three group interviews with survivors, in Vietnamese.
• Transcribed 23 interviews from Vietnamese to English.
• Produced reports on ethnic Vietnamese’s lack of Cambodian citizenship and statelessness.

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Legal Aid Cambodia

Intern

• Surveyed collection of binders and documented important facts from 46 ethnic Vietnamese civil parties to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) witness statements.
• Discovered common reparation requests for Cambodian citizenship.
• Produced advisory report on the ethnic Vietnamese for the ECCC’s Witness Expert Support Unit.

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Education, Health, Training and Career Advancement Program

Tutor

• Tutored Beginning class on computer skills, including operating a laptop; typing; mouse usage; Internet Explorer web browsing; and Word Document.
• Tutored Advanced class on computer skills, including Internet Explorer web browsing; checking and sending emails; axess.stanford.edu usage to check health benefits; course enrollment; and checking wages and paychecks.

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WWII and Strategies of Persuasion in Wartime course

Project

• Searched Hoover Institution archives for primary sources of Nazi propaganda and documents.
• Produced 28-page paper on the Hitler Youth’s educational system.

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Foundation for Sustainable Development

Volunteer

• Implemented two workshops in Setrawa Village on general health on sanitation and nutrition, and two on women’s health on menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.
• Collaborated with ophthalmologist from Jodhpur to organize eye clinic in Setrawa; provided paid-for transportation to Jodhpur and paid-for surgeries.

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Wellness Room

Coordinator

• Collaborated with peer staff members to develop and execute programs and activities that addressed barriers to wellbeing, such as sleep deprivation, fear of failure, and stress.
• Implemented on-going assessments, through surveys and questionnaires, to ensure that the room met students’ needs and improvements for the future could be made.

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Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU)

Public Service Committee Executive Fellow

• Organized and executed “Service Summit” workshops for (1) global poverty, (2) human rights, and (3) environment.
• Organized and executed “Big Problems, Big Ideas” workshops, specifically for Education and Global Poverty and Development.

Career

Fountain Valley High School

Friends for Africa Founder and President

• Executed awareness events, such as annual movie screenings with Invisible Children.
• Mobilized club participation in advocacy events, such as annual Gulu Walk.
• Organized fundraising events, such as 30 Hour Famine events, Operation Christmas Child shoebox drives, and Change for Change program.

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Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

M.A., International Economics, International Relations, and Southeast Asia Studies

Stanford University

B.A, International Relations, Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and Spanish

Stanford in Cape Town, South Africa

International Relations

Stanford in Madrid, Spain

International Relations

Stanford in Washington, D.C.

International Relations

Fountain Valley High School