Jessica’s Resume

Jessica Laycock

219 Tenth St. SE ~ Washington D.C. 20003 ~ ~ (415) 225-2618

Qualifying Skills:
Advocacy, Outreach & Lobbying
Research and Strategic Campaign Planning
Bilingual fluency in Spanish Language


Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, MA in International Relations, May 2017

● Syracuse University Study Abroad Internship Program, Brussels, Belgium, Summer 2016
● IR Strategic Simulation, Head of Delegation: China, Syracuse, NY Summer 2016
● Graduate Student Representative, Fall 2016
● Public Diplomacy, Comparative Foreign Policy, Political Leadership, Economics & Statistics

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, MS in Public Relations, May 2017

● Association for Public Diplomacy Scholars (APDS), Treasurer
● PR Writing, Theory, Research, Management, Campaigns, Graphic Design and Communications Law

Whittier College, Bachelors of Arts 2013, Political Science and Spanish, Summa Cum Laude

● Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honors Society
● Whittier College Debate Team
● American Government and Politics, Comparative Politics, Normative Political Theory, International Relations, International Organizations, Political Methods, Politics of Diversity in Latin America: Race, Religion and Gender, Seminar on Women in International Relations, Social Psychology
● Institute for Study Abroad Butler University, Semester Abroad: Buenos Aires, Feb – July 2013, Buenos Aires, AR

Relevant Experience:

February 2017 to Present
Mintwood Strategies, Lobbyist, Washington D.C.
● Build mutually-beneficial two way symmetrical relationships with Members of Congress and their staffs.
● Attend and record Congressional hearings.
● Attend and represent DCMJ at media and public events

January 2017 to February 2017
U.S. Senator of DC Paul Strauss, Legislative and Public Policy Intern, Washington D.C.
● Attended and represented the office at media and public events
● Attended and helped record Congressional hearings

May 2016 to July 2016
Human Rights Watch, Communications Intern, Brussels, Belgium
● Researched and crafted daily media monitoring of human rights news for European nations
● Assisted with improving the press lists at Human Rights Watch via Vocus by meticulously corroborated
hundreds of journalist contact information
● Researched and crafted media market overviews of key media outlets in Latvia and Estonia
● Updated Twitter count for graphing purposes, weekly
● Assisted with pitching embargoed reports and multimedia productions to reporters
● Supported an intern run initiative to create a human rights report on the need for reform of the HRW unpaid internship policy, attended the Conference on Fair Internship Policy at the EU Parliament and attended a meeting with the high-level staff to discuss the progress made in reforming the internship policy

October 2014 to April 2015
WildAid, Communications Intern, Virtual
● Assisted to form advertising campaigns to raise awareness about ivory poaching
● Crafted contact lists and biographical information of participants
● Composed invitations for awareness and fundraising events

March 2014 to July 2014
Global Learning Initiatives, Social Media Director, Virtual
● Crafted weekly stories for publishing on Facebook and Twitter
● Invited organizations to fundraising and awareness events
● Edited all organization documents before publishing
● Sought out new contacts and followed them on social media

January 2014 to May 2014
International Conservation Caucus Foundation, Capitol Hill Outreach Fellow, Washington D.C.
● Educated congressional caucus members on conservation
● Formed dialogues with Members of Congress and other organization leaders
● Organized fundraising and awareness events
● Translated documents from Spanish into English
● Arranged international briefings and itineraries
● Crafted weekly press clips on news relevant to internal goals
● Sought out new contacts and organized internal contact system

February to April 2011 & 2012
Model UN FarWest Conference, Representative/President of the EU, San Francisco, CA
● Researched and wrote policy statements and speeches for assigned nations
● Presented to nearly 100 other representatives in open conference
● Practiced weekly mock sessions in class for preparation
● Met with UN guest speakers, members of the actual UN organization

January 2009 to March 2009
Assemblywoman Fiona Ma’s Office, Communications Intern, San Francisco, CA
● Kept clear work environment & sorted mail
● Meticulously crafted document with over 1,000 constituent contact information

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