In addition, Nikhil served as a College Access Mentor at the Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center, helping low-income high school students in New York City navigate the college admissions and financial aid processes. He also served as Co-President of Club Zamana, Columbia’s foremost organization for South Asian students, organizing cultural events and political discussions on the issues of Asian-American identity, anti-Blackness in the South Asian diaspora, and Hindu nationalism in the subcontinent and beyond. He further served as a tour guide for Columbia’s Undergraduate Recruitment Committee, taught classes on civics and the Constitution to New York City high school students, and played violin in Columbia Bach Society.
Prior to joining Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP in June 2022, Nikhil worked as a Pro Bono Intern for Proskauer Rose LLP, helping the firm advocate for LGBTQ asylum seekers persecuted for their sexual orientation in their home countries. He also worked in the district office of Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), where he helped constituents navigate the federal bureaucracy to access government services and researched the promotion of religious freedom in U.S. foreign policy.
Originally from New Jersey, Nikhil enjoys playing and listening to classical music, playing tennis, and exploring New York City’s cultural life in his free time.