Week VIII: 07/18/2022 - 07/22/2022

During my eighth week at IFES, I finally gained some momentum on a variety of projects from comparative research to video editing. In addition, I continue to edit cases for the case summary database. Furthermore, I make my second, and likely final, visit to the IFES office in Crystal City.

I finished my comparative research project on regulating attorneys. I found the research to be difficult because the problem of election lawsuits has only recently began to gain global attention. However, a combination of LexiNexis and Google made this research easier because most of the research required searches on news articles that would eventually lead to a case judgment on LexisNexis. For the last two weeks of my internship, I will be working on another comparative research project involving benefits for elected officials.

I also finally gained much-needed momentum on my video editing projects. For a while, the Adobe Rush program was not functioning because it prevented certain videos from being rendered in the program. However, the program appeared to stop obstructing my work this week. Consequently, I edited video interviews with judges in Albania, Kenya, and Zambia. I hope that I can carry this momentum into the next week.

In addition, I continued to work on edits for the case summary database. Considering my work on other projects, I did not have as much time as I would have liked to edit my summaries. However, I believe that finishing the case summaries will become a top priority during my last two weeks at IFES.

Finally, I made my second, and likely final, visit to the IFES office in Crystal City. I had mixed feelings about this visit. On one hand, virtual work has been more accommodating for my personal life because I was able to wake up at a later time and avoid the commute during a hot Virginia summer. On the other hand, virtual work may have hurt my career prospects because I was unable to make more meaningful connections in the office.