CAPAL Scholar Spotlight Jeremiah Azurin ’19


Jeremiah Azurin comes to public service from data + design, overseas backpacking, and long-distance cycling. His research combines technological capital in civic engagement and social impact to study the rise of innovation labs in government. A CAPAL Public Service Scholar this summer, he’s examining how innovation contributes to the State Department as an intern in its Office of eDiplomacy. He studies Computer Science, Art, and Psychology at Harvard and will graduate in May 2020.


What are the projects that you’re working on this summer?

I’m writing an article that’ll hopefully get published in an undergraduate journal, preparing my senior thesis topic on digital governments, and also organizing a hackathon in France called Vatican Hacks. Within the AANHPI community, I also started a summer book club and am part of a Filipino Law mentorship program in DC. Finally, each week I’m also trying to have coffee with at least one person whose career that I find interesting (or career path that I admire).

What are you excited to learn about during your internship this summer? 

I’m excited to see how human-centered design and technology guide civic engagement to answer what a digital (or more connected) government might look like. Along with a few other components in social impact, security, and development, this is largely a large part of my senior research project.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

“Onwards and Upwards” and “Trade your passport in for a diploma”.

What is something that people usually don’t expect or know about you? 

People expect that, as a college student, I live and take classes on campus—but I don’t! In fact, I’ve only lived on my campus for two terms during my entire four years in school so far. I study remotely through online classes instead and spend each semester overseas as a Digital Nomad. Most recently I’ve lived and worked in the Vatican, Pittsburgh (2x), Mexico, Indonesia, Cambodia, South Korea (5x), the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Spain, and Peru, among others. Now I’m spending a summer in Washington, DC (where I’m from) for the first time in eight years!

What are you most excited to do in Washington DC this summer?

I hopped on the scooter fad and love zooming around the city. I also live in Arlington and NoMA so I’m happy to have a short biking ride to biking to and from work. And since I’m from here but spent the last eight years away working, I’m glad to finally have a summer to catch up on missed birthdays and trips with my huge family (including my dog).


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 Sukhanjot (Sukhi) Kaur is a rising senior at the University of Nevada, Reno majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Accounting. She is currently deciding between a master’s in higher education and political science, but hopes to go on to work for a nonprofit focusing on women and education after graduation. Sukhi served as the Service Officer for Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. the past year. She was greatly exposed to Sikh American representation through her involvement in with the Sikh community in Nevada and having grown up in Punjab until early childhood. Sukhi hopes to promote Sikh American leadership with her commitments and organize more involvement in the Sikh American youth in her community.