Students in PPRS are required to do at least one summer internship in DC related to public policy. Penn Wharton PPI offers funding, on a competitive basis, for Penn students who secure a public policy internship. PPRS students are guaranteed funding for up to two summers, specifically for public policy internships that come with no or nominal pay.
Example Internship Experience
During her internship at the White House, Megha was given the opportunity to spearhead and develop multiple projects. In addition to managing the complete Personnel on boarding portfolio, she was tasked with streamlining the M&A processes and implementing time-saving measures. She organized speakers, trainings, and mentorships for White House staff through the Professional Development Initiative and drafted memos to be presented to senior staff. Finally, she designed and implemented marketing materials for the EOP-wide Health and Wellness Council Step Challenge, which included branding, email marketing, and general outreach.
“Interning at the White House was one of the best experiences of my life. Over the summer, I had the opportunity to meet and speak with some of the most influential people in the world, to watch history being made, and to do true, meaningful work.”
As a Capital Markets Initiative intern at Third Way, Yana worked on many diverse projects. One of her first assignments was to help design an infographic highlighting the effects of the Dodd-Frank Act on our financial system in the past five years. She also researched and drafted a report on credit rating agencies and their role in the financial crisis of 2008. Throughout the summer, Yana attended hearings, briefings and panel events at other think tanks and on Capitol Hill. She reported back to the Third Way Econ team to help keep them up to date on current issues in D.C. Finally, she helped the Capital Markets team prepare for their own events by making calls to advertise and compiling research materials about the invited speakers.
“I was lucky to work with a group of people at Third Way who gave me challenging assignments, were always available for support and guidance, and truly made me feel like my contribution to the organization was valuable.”
Housed under the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Management, the Office of Strategic Planning and Performance Improvement (OSPPI) strives to improve the operations of the U.S. Treasury in three areas: organizational performance management, consultative services, and continuous process improvement. Essentially, OSPPI is an “internal consultant” for Treasury. During her internship with OSPPI, Emily gained diverse experience. She developed recommendations to improve Treasury’s performance data quality, helped to re-design the Treasury employee off-boarding process, and advised the Secretary of the Treasury on the new design of the ten-dollar bill. Not only did Emily have a fruitful internship experience, she discovered how to better integrate her interests in healthcare policy and management.
“The most memorable accomplishment of this summer was carrying out my own project: developing recommendations to improve Treasury’s performance data quality.”