Value of an Internship
Internships allow students to explore career possibilities, develop contacts, learn new skills and expand on existing experience. Our team works throughout our students' first year to direct them toward the best internships given their specific career interests. Interns have worked all over the world in a wide scope of jobs and specialties.
Sector & Industries
Graduates found employment in the private, public and non-profit / multilateral sector while others pursued further education. Our graduates are employed in a wide range of industries throughout the word. Following is a sampling of key industries.
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Chaoran Li, MCEPA ’21
A Better Community, Hangzhou, China
“I worked as a project consultant at A Better Community (ABC), where I met friends from diverse backgrounds. Our goal was to deliver a solution to help the NGO improve internal team management efficiency, external business processes and marketing effect. During the first two months, I conducted internal and external research and participated in client interviews. With the help of the project manager, I also established a team experience sharing system, designed questionnaires to collect members’ interests in topics and formulated a schedule. I organized two sharing meetings every week with the team partners to share our experiences and what we are good at. I enjoyed it a lot.”
Yaosheng Xu, MIA ’21
Center for China and Globalization, Beijing, China
“I served as a research assistant at CCG, a Chinese think tank based in Beijing. It is dedicated to the study of Chinese public policy and globalization, and conducts research in a wide range of social science disciplines, including global migration, foreign relations, international talent development, foreign trade and investment, homegrown multinational corporations and global governance. According to the “2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index” by the University of Pennsylvania Think Tank and Civil Society Program (TTCSP), CCG ranked 94th of the top think tanks worldwide, and the 119th Foreign Policy and International Affairs Think Tanks. My task was to do research on two topics: quality control measures of American think tanks and youth internet content management.”
Kexin Zhang, MIA 2021
China Telecom, China
“China Telecom is a large-scale and leading integrated intelligent information services operator, providing wireline and mobile telecommunications services, internet access services, information services and other value-added telecommunications services primarily in the PRC. During my internship, I was mainly responsible for the operation of public enterprise and the WeChat management platform, data analysis support and event planning. I was able to use skills and knowledge I gained from GPS, and also learned a lot from the internship such as how to use different events to promote the growth of users, how to effectively communicate with others, be more creative and think more logically. Meanwhile, I strengthened my data analysis skills. It was really an amazing experience for this special summer!”
Joe Bettles, MPP ’21
The Nature Conservancy, remote from Copenhagen, Denmark
“I was able to secure an internship with The Nature Conservancy working with a group of researchers on a paper that examines best practices to increase the adoption of agroforestry globally. My fiance got tired of hearing me explain how trees incorporated into farming can save the world. I had the opportunity to draw on the political science, economics and environmental policy classes I took at GPS. The Nature Conservancy researchers guided me through the process and helped me learn how to put my skills into real-world practice. I am so grateful for the funding that allowed me to take advantage of this opportunity. I came away with valuable skills and maybe even a new career path.”
Caitlyn Khuu, BA/MIA ’21
“Emzingo is a benefit corporation that provides workshops and programs for businesses on how to become socially responsible leaders in their industries. This summer I worked with Aequales, a business that provides tools and services to other companies on how to improve their gender equality. Working with my teammates, we created a digital marketing and sales strategy. Through my experience, I was able to gain a better understanding of the challenges that businesses face, especially in a start-up setting where resources may be limited. It taught me how to be creative and flexible. It was also great to gain more experience in working in an international setting and learning how to deal with the challenges that come with it.”
Rachel Rozak, MIA ’21
“I got to work for Emzingo, a social enterprise that connects post-graduate students with opportunities to do real-world consulting work for organizations outside of the U.S. This year, Emzingo created the Virtual NexGen Social Impact Lab to accommodate our inability to work abroad because of COVID. Although I wasn’t able to travel, I was still able to work on a hands-on consulting project with a Peruvian start-up company named Aequales. Aequales is an amazing company that works to promote gender equality in the workplace through workshops, individual consulting sessions and an internationally recognized ranking system that allows companies to evaluate how gender-equitable their practices are and how they can improve them. My team and I worked with Aequales’ marketing manager to develop a cohesive brand image for the company’s new chapter and helped identify potential channels Aequales can use to find new clients as they navigate the challenges of the global pandemic.”
Camila Urzúa, MIA ’21
Fundación Interpreta, Santiago, Chile
“Fundación Interpreta is a Chilean NGO dedicated to social listening and especially focused on hate speech and harassment towards women, immigrants, LBGTQI+ community, indigenous and black people. During my internship, I focused on social listening of the constituent process of Chile. The Chilean parliament proposed quotas for women and indigenous people that want to be constituents, so my first job was to analyze and make recommendations about the data already recollected by Interpreta. I also coded a query (like an algorithm, but less complex) to be able to collect information about harassment towards women constituents.”
Vanessa Zweifel, MPP ’21
“This summer I was part of the virtual NexGen Lab run by Emzingo U. The field partner I got to work with was a nonprofit organization based in Lima, Peru called Fresko. Fresko engages in sustainable catering, the distribution of upcycled snacks and educational workshops focusing on healthy diets and food waste reduction in the kitchen. My role as an intern was to create a marketing plan to introduce the organization’s educational workshops in a virtual setting since they had lost their two other income streams almost entirely due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together with my team, we conducted a SWOT analysis, a benchmark analysis and a competitor analysis in order to figure out where Fresko’s strength lie and which sector of the market they’d stand out and perform best.”
Dominic Palazzolo, MIA ’21
Global Mangrove Trust, Singapore
“My summer internship was with Global Mangrove Trust, a non-profit organization based in Singapore that is combating climate change by making mangrove forestry accessible for both individual and corporate sponsors. They do this by empowering a global network to contribute to and participate in community-based mangrove forestry efforts. I worked as an assistant project manager with the data science team at DBS Bank to support the build of the Forestry Smart Ledger (FSL). The FSL uses satellite imaging to verify biomass growth in forests to support more sustainable land-use and robust quantification of carbon capture and biodiversity support. I researched the current state of the remote sensing technology and working with partners at NASA on data scalability and accessibility. I have also helped pursue grants for the organization.”
Samantha Beu, MIA ’21
38 North, Stimson Center, Washington D.C.
“This summer I interned remotely for the Stimson Center’s 38 North Program. The Stimson Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank in Washington D.C., which is recognized as a global leader for enhancing international peace and security. The 38 North Program is devoted to providing informed analysis of North Korea. I had the opportunity to work with the program’s NK Leadership Watch to research and analyze developments within North Korea’s Politburo following the suspected outbreak of COVID-19 and Kim Jong Un’s brief disappearance, among other projects. This experience has provided me with important insight into the inner workings of North Korea’s political and military structures in order to inform U.S. policymakers and the greater public.”
Alana Laanui, MIA ’21
Center for Asia Pacific Strategy (CAPS), Washington D.C.
“This summer I did a remote internship at the Center for Asia Pacific Strategy (CAPS), a newly established bipartisan think tank in D.C. dedicated to promoting discourse in the Asia-Pacific region. Their work focuses on providing strategic research and resources that can be utilized by the general public. As an intern, I had the chance to work on a project focused on planning and preparing for their annual conference next year. This challenged me to find solutions for the uncertainty that comes with the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, I had the chance to author a research paper focused on securing the rare earth element (REE) supply chain. My time with CAPS allowed me to utilize the skills I have taken from UC San Diego and apply them to real world problems.”
Austin Le, BA/MIA ’21
RTI International, North Carolina
“RTI International is an independent, nonprofit institute that provides research, development and technical services to government and commercial clients worldwide. In fact, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) accounts for 35% of the research and services performed at RTI. As an international project management intern for the Governance and Youth Economic Opportunities division, I was responsible for supporting and learning a multitude of projects, from Local Capacity for Local Solutions in Barbados and the East Caribbean to the Governance for Local Development in Senegal to the Center of Nutrition in Laos. I learned a ton about RTI and USAID, from their practices and regulations to the intricacies of the international development world.”
Rachel Lietzow, MCEPA ’21
Center for Asia Pacific Strategy (CAPS), Washington D.C.
“I interned remotely with CAPS, a newly established think tank that aims to promote intellectual discourse among leaders in policy and military regarding innovative solutions to strategic issues in the Asia Pacific. I had the opportunity to use my academic experience in studying China and foreign policy, culminating in presentation material for the think tank’s outreach initiatives, as well as a published paper. I was responsible for creating a library of ‘Round Table’ topics and slides for CAPS to present to diverse audiences, including senior military leaders, regional experts, diplomats and scholars. I provided policy recommendations for U.S. policymakers in the situations of the Hong Kong National Security Law, the role that ASEAN plays in the Asia Pacific and Cross-Strait relations.”
Mikenna Montgomery, MIA ’21
The Stimson Center, Washington D.C.
“The Stimson Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington D.C., which specializes in enhancing international peace and security through research and collaboration. The Stimson Center’s Southeast Asia Program works with development partners all over the world to create policy solutions that promote economic development and regional energy trade in the Lower Mekong. I had the opportunity to work with the Southeast Asia Program in expanding the Mekong Infrastructure Tracker – an online database that collects information on energy, water and transportation in China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam. My research will contribute to the program’s goal of protecting the riparian ecosystem while simultaneously meeting the region’s energy demand.”
Josh Paull, MIA ’21
U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Washington D.C.
“My internship is with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, an independent agency in Washington D.C. USTDA assists the U.S. private sector connect with emerging global markets to construct their physical and digital infrastructure. As part of my internship, I work in the Latin America and Caribbean regional team and the Global Procurement Initiative where I research the procurement processes and identify export opportunities in Central, South American and Caribbean countries. As a result, I get public sector experience supporting the development of key industry sectors and promoting anti-corruption and lifecycle cost-analysis in partner nations around the world.”
Sohee Kelly Wun, BA/MIA ’21
Digital Media Engagement Team of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington D.C.
“The Digital Media Engagement Team of the Department of Veterans Affairs (DME) is part of the Virtual Student Federal Service program, which strives to promote ideas to assist government communication with the veterans. DME’s primary focus is to develop social media production for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ social media outlets. I worked in the Researchers Department to analyze information to ensure the accuracy and suitability of information disseminated before uploading on social media. I became the department head of the Researchers Team. I assigned weekly tasks to the teams, ensured weekly responses to the teammates and organized interns’ reports into the team database. I was able to strengthen my leadership skills.”
Rolando Almada Reyes Couret, MCEPA ’21
Institute of the Americas - Energy Transition Initiative Program, San Diego, Calif.
“The Institute of the Americas promotes sound public policy and fosters cooperation between public and private sector stakeholders across the hemisphere. The institute aims to be a catalyst for promoting economic development and integration, emphasizing the private sector’s role as a means to improve the economic and social well-being of the people of the Americas. The institute’s Energy Transition Initiative Program aims to shape and inform public policies and regulatory frameworks related to the energy transition and enable the region’s shift to a more sustainable energy mix. I researched China’s role in Latin America’s energy finance, and published a white paper on the issue for the Madrid Energy Conference.”
Alejandra Chaidez, MPP ’21
SEIU-United Service Workers West, San Diego, Calif.
“I served as a policy intern at SEIU-United Service Workers West, a union for workers in the janitorial, security, airport and entertainment industries. All of these workers have been impacted by COVID-19 at different levels. I collected, processed and analyzed qualitative and quantitative data to support the efforts of SEIU-USWW in pushing for policies and regulations that protect unionized and non-unionized workers. We collected stories from our members, informed and prepared members with COVID-19 updates at the state and county level, organized and led lobbying meetings with senators and started discussing potential endorsements and additional involvement for the election. I am truly grateful for the opportunity of interning at SEIU-USWW where I got to directly work with and for essential workers of color.”
Becky Christofferson, MIA ’21
Campaign for Terra Lawson-Remer for San Diego County Board of Supervisors, San Diego, Calif.
“Terra Lawson-Remer is a Democrat running to flip San Diego County from red to blue. She supports clean energy, housing for the homeless and affordable childcare. I ran the door drop campaign. This entailed organizing walkable areas for volunteers to hand out campaign information. In addition, I ran a texting campaign. The most interesting part of the internship was helping Terra craft policy with regards to Black Lives Matter. I combed through the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department handbook to see what policies are being implemented and what needed to change. From this experience, I learned about the inner workings of campaigns.”
Austin Dickey, MIA ’21
UC San Diego, La Jolla, Calif.
“For my internship position, I worked mainly under Professor Khanna at UC San Diego. I helped build information that would be presented to the State Government of Kerala in India. The majority of the information that I handled was related to COVID-19 — anything from tax codes, to raw numbers of COVID cases or geographical information concerning India’s lockdown zones. Most of the time it was a rather low pressure environment that allowed me to ask questions and receive feedback. That is not to say that it was not challenging. In my view though, there is no better way to grow than to be faced with a healthy amount of adversity, and I’m thankful that I had my position to provide me with that challenge.”
Claudia A. Fernández-Calleros, MPP ’21
UC San Diego Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, La Jolla, Calif.
“My summer internship was at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies based at GPS, the go-to policy research institute on bilateral relations between Mexico and the U.S. I enjoyed the opportunity of coordinating working groups that promote the intersectoral collaboration needed to overcome the impacts of COVID-19 through regional, evidence-based efforts. This has shown me the great value of the academic sector as a key facilitator of dialogue among stakeholders in policymaking while allowing me to stay updated on current events from the greatest experts in the field on both sides of the border.”
Marianna Garcia, MPP ’21
Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Los Angeles, Calif.
“This summer, I interned with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, a nonprofit dedicated to providing youth with workforce development opportunities in conservation work. As part of a program called the Youth Adult Corps, people primarily ages 18-25 and from communities of color can participate in professional development and employment opportunities to help them prepare for careers in environment conservation. I implemented a Corpsmember Experience project where I evaluated the experience of program participants via surveys, data analysis and staff interviews. My final report included an analysis of program trends and recommendations to improve the Young Adult Corps program and overall engagement with Corpsmembers.”
Yi Geng, MIA ’21
Marni von Wilpert for San Diego City Council Campaign, San Diego, Calif.
"The City of San Diego is facing a $350 million budget deficit due to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, the City has been facing a recruitment and retention crisis of key personnel like firefighters, police officers, city attorneys and civil engineers, because of the lack of competitive pay and benefits. My research project was to comb through our city's budget and find ways to cut out wasteful spending and maximize the resources so that San Diego attracts and retains qualified, experienced leaders in these positions while balancing the budget.”
Erim Gulum, MIA ’21
U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Honolulu, HI
“This summer, I interned as a student fellow with the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM). I worked for the J455: Environmental Security Program which is within the office of Logistics and Engineering. My job was to help build an environmental security partnership across the Indo-Pacific region from the Maldives to Hawaii. We are currently working to build the infrastructure that makes this partnership work. This is vital since it is through this office that U.S. allies and partners reach out for help in shoring up their environmental security, including battling the effects of climate change.”
Elise Hanson, MPP ’21
UC San Diego, La Jolla, Calif.
“This summer I have been working as a faculty research associate for Professor Kate Ricke. Together with Professor Gaurav Khanna and post-doc Marena Lin, Prof. Ricke is investigating human migration as a response to climate change. My role in the project is analyzing intra-national migration utilizing IPUMS International’s survey and census data. IPUMS International collects, harmonizes and distributes survey and census data free of charge, making analyses like mine possible. This has been an exciting opportunity for me because it has allowed me to engage in research that can have widespread policy implications in the face of a changing climate.”
Ming-Ju (Tony) Hsieh, MIA ’21
UC San Diego, La Jolla, Calif.
“I interned remotely as a research assistant for GPS professor Gaurav Khanna, who is conducting a research project on India’s economy. The project’s goal is to understand the economic impact of COVID-19 on Kerala. My role as a research assistant involved analyzing data. I worked on quantifying the impact on the trade levels for three main categories: interstate transactions, imports and exports before and after COVID-19. It was an excellent experience to be conducting research on current issues of keen importance to a prominent Asian country. This internship opportunity allows me to gain a better understanding of what I want to pursue for my future career, while applying key skills I learned in GPS courses over the past year.”
Chandler Katschke, MIA ’21
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego, Calif.
“I interned at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce as an international business affairs intern. I had the opportunity to research and write on COVID-19 and binational U.S./Mexico policy/business happenings that may impact the companies affiliated with the chamber. I was on the cusp of policymaking both internationally and domestically, attending and observing city council, chamber, consulate and public policy meetings. I was also given charge of updating our binational policy priorities webpages explaining current issues such as immigration, trade, border security and infrastructure, and Tijuana River Valley pollution. Working with the chamber helped me delve deeper into the business and non-profit worlds simultaneously.”
Carmen (Yingying) Lai, BA/MIA ’21
Hannah’s House, San Diego, Calif.
“My summer internship was remote with Hannah’s House San Diego, a non-profit organization that protects children and heals families experiencing the trauma of a family breakup, divorce and loss. The network of family programs addresses the mental, behavioral and social problems resulting from family breakdown. The goal is to teach parents to co-parent peacefully and break the destructive cycle of dysfunction and abuse, allowing children to have a safe, healthy relationship with both parents. My role as a digital marketing intern involved writing blog posts to raise awareness of co-parenting issues, and digital marketing with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to expand their client base.”
Tu Le, MIA ’21
San Diego Workforce Partnership, San Diego, Calif.
“This summer, I interned with the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP). Designated by the City and County of San Diego, SDWP acts as the local workforce development board for the region. Its primary purpose is to fund and deliver career training programs for job seekers in the greater San Diego area. As part of the revenue team, I assisted in searching for funding opportunities, both private and public, that can help SDWP in its mission. I also provided briefs to the team concerning different grants and funders. Furthermore, I was also asked to give presentations on whether or not a grant is feasible to various SDWP partners and interest groups. This internship gave me more insight into how federal funding works and how a successful non-governmental organization should structure its funding streams.”
Elissa Levy, MIA ’21
UC San Diego Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology (JFIT), La Jolla, Calif.
“This summer I worked with the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology (JFIT) as a marketing intern where I promoted its website and activities as well as TheJapanologist.com, a website created by Professor Ulrike Schaede, the director of JFIT. To accomplish my tasks, I learned how to use Square Space, Google Analytics and Google Console. I set up a professional LinkedIn page for JFIT where I promoted its Japan Zoominar @ UC San Diego, and Other related news articles. I was able to learn about website design and optimization and also had the opportunity to create and manage professional social media accounts. This internship has taught me invaluable lessons on the benefits and challenges of working in the marketing field albeit, remotely, and I believe it has helped me immensely towards my future goals.”
Aurora Livingston, MPP ’21
UC San Diego, La Jolla, Calif.
“The primary focus of my research as a graduate student researcher/intern with Professor Zoltan Hajnal was looking at how the timing of local elections in the U.S. impacts voter turnout. Moving local elections to coincide with the dates of state and national elections (also known as on-cycle elections) can dramatically increase voter turnout, reduce city election costs and ultimately create a local government body that is more representative of the population, specifically for racial and ethnic minorities. This internship gave me the opportunity to conduct research, improve my writing and communication skills, and work with policymakers and their staff.”
Ari Michelson, BA/MIA ’21
Scott Peters for Congress 2020, San Diego, Calif.
“This summer, I interned with the campaign of Scott Peters, San Diego’s local incumbent representative for the 52nd congressional district. My role was primarily to conduct research and outreach efforts to help Representative Peters be elected in November. I had a regular schedule of outreach to constituents to hear what issues were affecting them and to help them get acquainted with Representative Peters, and I took on other tasks as the needs arose. My time here taught me how a political campaign is run, allowing me to understand the means by which someone can enter the American political system to address the issues that plague it.”
Eli Mogel, MPP ’21
UC San Diego, La Jolla, Calif.
“This summer, I assisted Professor Gaurav Khanna and co-authors on research relating to firm-to-firm interaction in India. The research focused on how the caste of a CEO of one Indian firm could inhibit or facilitate trade with other firms. My job was largely related to building a dataset of firms across India to match a caste to each business. This required me to use many of the technical skills I learned over my first year at GPS. This summer position was great! The experience will be especially helpful for my capstone and as I move past GPS and into the professional environment.”
Kathryn Nelson, MIA ’21
Orange County Immigration Alliance, Santa Ana, Calif.
“Orange County Immigration Alliance (OCIA) is a forming nonprofit founded by a group of seasoned immigration legal service providers and immigration advocates from Orange County. They are dedicated to increasing access to legal immigration services, education and resources for immigrants. My responsibilities as an intern included assisting with the initial start-up phase, including helping with the alliance’s web presence and brand development, as well as early fundraising efforts. I also supported the Public Law Center with immigration services including DACA initials, renewals and screenings, as well as DACA clinics. Overall, this internship has helped me gain experience working in the nonprofit sector and knowledge of immigration law and services.”
Martín Olvera, MIA ’21
Blue Latitudes Foundation, San Diego, Calif.
“This summer, I am interning with the Blue Latitudes Foundation (BLF), an environmentally focused NGO that seeks to raise awareness of issues concerning the ocean by involving the community, the government and industry to work together to preserve the world’s oceans. I was assigned to look at California’s AB2503, also known as the California Marine Resources Legacy Act. This 2010 law laid down the foundation for a ‘Rigs-to-Reefs’ program which would convert aging offshore oil platforms into artificial reefs for marine wildlife to prosper in. However, since it was passed, no oil companies have participated in the artificial reef conversion process. My task at the Blue Latitudes Foundation was to find out why the CMRLA has not worked as intended.”
Seth Patton, MPP ’21
UC San Diego, La Jolla, Calif.
“I worked this summer as a research assistant for Professor Dr. Maria Carreri. My work was focused on analyzing how managerial styles and practices in local governments across the U.S. lead to differences in priorities and outcomes. I also prepared a report to be distributed to the local leaders who participated in the survey containing key findings. This experience has helped me learn how to become a better data scientist, as well as how to identify and explain important trends in local government, which I believe will directly contribute to my ability to be an effective local government practitioner in my career after GPS.”
Ethan Roseman, MIA ’21
Double Loop Solutions, San Diego, Calif.
“Over summer, I worked with Double Loop Solutions (DLS). From traversing the steps to create a legally recognized U.S. entity for the company to representing DLS in high-level international working groups such as the Ellen Macarthur Foundation and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), I learned and developed replicable strategies of how a more circular economy can be achieved via product design, waste reduction and repurposing materials. A highlight of my internship was learning that not only can a more eco-friendly world be achieved, it can be done without compromising profitability.”
Ashley Schmidt, MIA ’21
The San Diego Foundation, San Diego, Calif.
“I had the opportunity to intern with The San Diego Foundation (TSDF), a 45-year-old organization that is counted among the 40 largest community foundations in the U.S. I have been responsible for researching the 100 largest community foundations in the U.S. to discover and identify unique and interesting programs. I then presented my findings to The San Diego Foundation leadership team and suggested initiatives the organization could potentially pursue.”
Chomphel Tenzin, BA/MIA ’21
East West Center’s Young Professionals Program, Honolulu, HI
“My summer internship was with the East West Center’s Young Professionals Program, which was established by U.S. Congress in 1960 to be a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise and develop policy options. The Young Professionals Program (YPP) offers an internship to provide first-hand experience to students in U.S.-Asia research and education. My remote internship provided me with a variety of tasks and experiences, such as researching and developing articles for the center’s blog, reaching out to external organizations to support new projects and updating various U.S.-Asia databases.”
Alexander M. Wyckoff, MPP ’21
Scott Peters for Congress 2020, San Diego, Calif.
“My summer internship was with the CA-52 Congressional Campaign for Scott Peters. Whereas ordinarily a campaign focuses primarily on sending interns into the field to canvass neighborhoods, COVID-19 forced the campaign to get creative. My primary responsibilities included making cold calls, writing communications for Congressman Peters and helping plan events. I was also responsible for conveying accurate information to potential donors and voters about Congressman Peters’ platform and his stances on key issues currently in the mainstream political spotlight.”
Qiao Ye, MCEPA ’21
San Diego Workforce Partnership, San Diego, Calif.
“This summer, I interned at the Research and Evaluation team at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. As a research assistant, I had the opportunity to participate in research designs using surveys and conduct research on local labor policy upon internal or external stakeholders’ research requests. Additionally, I spent a lot of time working on Tableau. Based on SDWFP’s internal Salesforce database, I updated and recreated live charts that reflect real-time distribution of those received unemployment notices under the impact of COVID-19. This helps me become more familiar with data visualization and dealing with time series data.”
Sara Zhang, BA/MIA ’21
Refugee Health Unit, San Diego, Calif.
Justice Love Foundation, Raleigh, North Carolina
“I worked with the Refugee Health Unit, an organization within the UC San Diego Center for Community Health. Its mission is to protect, promote and improve the physical, mental and financial well-being of the refugee population in San Diego. I had the opportunity to work closely with staff to prepare materials and communicate with organization representatives to organize the San Diego Refugee Communities Coalition. I also worked with the Justice Love Foundation, a group of philanthropists and community leaders that supports systemic changes in our nation. I had the opportunity to assist in building an event and its supporting materials that focused on finding community-centered solutions in the Southeastern region of the U.S. My time with both organizations has reminded me of the importance of looking to those who are directly affected by systemic issues and to listen, make space for, and empower them to create solutions that they believe will best reform their communities.”
Jiaqi Zhu, MPP ’21
School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, Oregon State University, Ore.
“Oregon State University is a public research university located in Corvallis, Oregon. This summer I collaborated with the Kelly Lab in Oregon State University’s Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering program. We researched rural wastewater treatment for the benefit of rural communities, and did data analysis, cleaning and visualization of wastewater data. Our project is to determine the optimal time for small cities in Oregon to transit from septic system into centralized wastewater system.”
Yunting Zhu, MPP ’21
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.
“This summer, I participated in the Data Science for Public Good program at Oregon State University. I cooperated with a team of undergraduate and graduate students from Oregon universities. Our team focused on wastewater treatment in rural communities of Oregon. We mainly used Excel and QGIS to do the data analysis, cleaning and visualization of wastewater data. Meanwhile, we had several meetings with local stakeholders, including the Oregon Association of Water Utilities (OAWU) and DEQ. At the end of the summer internship, we submitted two papers, one to a student journal and the other to an academic journal. We will also attend a national conference in the fall for the presentation of our findings.”