2023 Fall Congressional Interns
Kristen Thalia St Louis
Congressional Intern, Presented By: Walmart
Hometown: Yonkers, New York
School: Yale University
Majors: English, History
Placement: The Office of Sen. Chuck Schumer
Kristen is a Trinidadian-American and Boricua who was raised in the Bronx. She comes from soca music at weddings, aguinaldos during Nochebuena, and whatever music is blasting from the car on the corner.
After commencing from the academic enrichment program Prep for Prep, Kristen attended Ethel Walker. There, she co-led the Latine-American Student Organization, founded an organization advocating for diversity in young adult literature, and received the Brown Book Award for English and Writing, and the Brandeis Book Award for Public Service. At her high school commencement, she received the highest honors of the Scholarship Prize and Beatrice Hurlburt Prize for Character.
Kristen is now at Yale double majoring in History on the social change and movements track, and English. Also interested in environmental justice, she is on track to receive an Energy Studies certificate. Kristen was recently awarded the Courageous Equity Leadership Fellowship, and is looking forward to being involved in racial equity work upon her return to campus. After undergrad, she will pursue a dual JD/MPP degree to better inform the work she will do in the social equity sphere, whether that be via a non-profit, civil rights firm, and/or through running for office.
As a CHCI Intern, Kristen aspires to learn more about the legislative process and to gain a better understanding as to if her unique skills and experiences can be best utilized in the world of policy so as to make some social change of her own instead of just learning about it.