Lara Banner 

Class of 2012, Economics and Psychology
The German Marshall Fund of the US
Boston, MA


Lara BannerWestminster senior Lara Banner, the 2011 Emerson Fellow, spent the summer at the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. in Washington, DC, as a Development Intern in the Economics Program. 

The German Marshall Fund of the United States is a nonpartisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues. GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working in the lara Bannertransatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, and by providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship. In addition to its DC headquarters, GMF has seven offices in Europe: Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, and Warsaw. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.

Lara, a double major in economics and psychology, said this about her summer experience. “My favorite part of my internship was attending a government-to-government workshop bringing together officials from the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, German Embassy, Millennium Challenge Cooperation, U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Treasury. I was able to help with the preparation and organization of the event, as well as participate in the breakout sessions and network with participants.”