Marissa Dwyer

Marissa Dwyer

New York, NY, US




Worldwatch Institute, Washington, DC, US, Research Intern

Research and write articles about current food sustainability initiatives and agricultural challenges around the globe, with a focus on the urban environment; draft opinion editorials, policy briefs, and press releases

Dec 2011 - current

Blackbaud, Charleston, SC, US, Professional Services Intern

Conduct 100 research interviews with clients in order to determine level of interest in a certification program for non-profit professionals based on software competency; deliver presentation for recommendations in creating a General Markets certification program to boost training subscription and promote company offerings

Jun 2011 - Aug 2011

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Research Assistant, Political Science Department

Research incidents of violations of humanitarian law in civil wars around the world since 1988 using US State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, UN documents, newspaper articles, and reports from international NGOs

Jun 2010 - Aug 2011

Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, Philadelphia, PA, US, Energy Outreach Intern

Conduct research and assist in assembling materials for conference on wind energy; carry out database management responsibilities

Mar 2011 - May 2011

Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA, US, Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program Intern, Project Co-Leader

Lead research group by conducting weekly meetings and overseeing projects; draft case studies and edit manuscript US presidents and think tanks’ relationships; conduct literature reviews on recent articles and publications related to think tank involvement in domestic and foreign policy; communicate with think tanks around the world to assemble annual survey responses completed by 220 think tanks; analyse findings and pinpoint trends from surveys to prepare a draft report ; research issues facing think tanks in the US and around the world

Aug 2009 - Apr 2010

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Investment Services Assistant

Create trust sheets for 300+ of the university’s endowment funds ; prepare for audit preparation by analysing endowment contracts for agreement details; become trained in and utilise Atlas database to find relevant donor records

Jun 2008 - Dec 2009

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Communications, Marketing, and Development Assistant

Manage database of letters sent by the University President to donors and alumni; draft letters and edit materials for scholarship reports that are sent to donors

Jun 2008 - Aug 2009


London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, GB, Masters, Urbanisation & Development

Coursework includes: Urban Planning and Policy, Planning for Sustainable Cities, Urban Policy and Practice in the South, Economic Appraisal and Valuation, analysis project on London Area Action Plan

Sep 2011 - current

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Bachelors, International Relations

Coursework includes: The Modern City, Sustainability in Action, The City in South Asia, completed a consulting project on developing new farmers’ markets in Philadelphia for a non-profit focused on urban food deserts, wrote a 90 page thesis which analysed the role of civil society organisations in shaping Israeli identity

Sep 2007 - May 2011


Dean's List, Award

Member of the University of Pennsylvania's Dean's List from 2008 to 2010