Welcome 2020 Intern Class

Sagamore is committed to developing the next generation of young leaders with a creative vision to pursue the common good and advance human flourishing. We welcome the following students who share a passion for championing free enterprise, fostering individual opportunity, and expanding democracy. 

Learn more about Sagamore's internship Program by watching this video, featuring one of our alumna discussing her experience.

Meet Our Interns

Jared Baker | Policy Center Research

Jared Baker is a rising senior at Anderson University, double majoring in PPE (Political Science, Philosophy, Economics) and Psychology. He is an active member of his college community, having worked as a residence hall assistant for two years, and currently serving as a member of the student government judiciary. In his free time, Jared likes to read and play basketball.

Mary Brunette | Africa Rising Research

Mary Brunette is a 2019 graduate of Taylor University, where she majored in Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics, and minored in Ethics. In the summer of 2018, she interned with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission in Nashville, Tennessee, which was one of the most unique and valuable experiences of her life. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she began law school in Chicago before moving to Indianapolis in 2020. After law school, she hopes to pursue a career in either health law or corporate compliance. Her main interests include ethics, philosophy, and theology.

Taylor Burns | Elevate Indianapolis

Taylor Burns is currently a student at IUPUI, majoring in political science and minoring in Spanish and African American Studies. She has previously interned in Congress and plans on becoming a defense attorney. She coaches volleyball at her alma mater, North Central High School, and has volunteered for organizations like Mozel Sanders and the Riley Ronald McDonald House. In her free time, she enjoys painting, singing, playing the piano, and writing music.

Zuri Cassell | Africa Rising Research

Zuri Cassell is a rising sophomore at Indiana University Bloomington, majoring in International Relations. He has previously interned with Sagamore Institute, performing research on conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa. He forward to extending my research experience of the impact and potential of global policy and culture. After he graduates, he plans on pursuing a law degree and is interested in corporate and constitutional law.


Jacob Daniels | Africa Rising Research

Jacob Daniels is a senior at IUPUI, studying History and Political Science. Since August of 2019, Jacob has volunteered at the Sagamore Institute as a research volunteer with Donald Cassell. He also works in maintenance at Merchandise Realty. When Jacob is not studying or working, he is an avid basketball fan.

Ethan Dillman | Criminal Justice Research

Ethan Dillman is a rising senior at Indiana University. He is majoring in Law and Public Policy and pursuing a minor in German. He is also a member of an acapella group on campus called “Another Round.” After graduating, Ethan plans to attend law school to further his legal studies. In his spare time, he enjoys singing and watching his favorite sports and TV shows

Ali Hasan | Africa Rising Research

Ali Hasan was born and raised in Indiana and is a rising junior at UC Berkeley where he majors in political science. He serves as the editor-in-chief of an international relations platform, and he has a research background in developmental politics and democratic legal theory. He enjoys reading, listening to music, and following local politics. After graduating, Ali intends to pursue a law degree and work in public interest law and policy.

Alex Honigford | Commonwealth Impact Investing

Alex Honigford grew up in Indianapolis before attending college at Tufts University in Boston, where he is a rising senior majoring in Quantitative Economics and minoring in Chinese and Finance. He is a member of the men’s golf team at Tufts and served as a Residential Advisor before studying abroad in China during the fall semester of 2019. Last summer, he served as a Governor’s Summer Intern in the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. He is looking forward to working with Sagamore’s Commonwealth platform this summer to make impactful community investments.


Rebecca Peach | Research Assistant

Rebecca Peach is a recent graduate of Anderson University, where she majored in Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics and History with a minor in Religion. During her time at Anderson, she was a fellow in the Center for Public Service, president of AU’s chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society, and student body president. She is interested in the fields of public service, policy making, and higher education. She plans to obtain her PhD in Political Science and Religion and serve in higher education as a professor of Political Science. 

Jonathan Ralstin | Policy Center Research

Jonathan Ralstin is a rising junior at Indiana University studying economics and mathematics. Last summer, Jonathan interned  at Purposeful Design, where being part of the Brookside neighborhood community helped grow Jonathan’s desire to apply economics research to assist the marginalized in society. In Jonathan’s free time, he likes to practice viola and play board games with friends and family.

Elle Rogers | Policy Center Research

Elle Rogers is an incoming J.D. candidate at the University of Chicago Law School. She has interned with the Heritage Foundation, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the office of United States Senator Ben Sasse. Most recently, she was a fellow at the John Jay Institute, where she spent four months studying over 50 books on theology, philosophy, and the American tradition. Elle is also a 2020 Publius Fellow with the Claremont Institute and holds a B.A. in philosophy from the King’s College, where she graduated as valedictorian of the class of 2019.