Students in PPRS are required to do at least one summer internship in DC related to public policy. 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
As a summer intern at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Alexa was involved in a variety of tasks including the evaluation of whether or not legal filings could be considered a regulatory violation; researching pre-exam subjects to determine if individuals involved in a case should be flagged for further investigation; and cross-referencing firms advertising themselves as municipal advisors, looking for potential fraud.
“Learning about the various investigations and suits the SEC is filing against firms and individuals gave me a better sense for the variety of financial crimes happening in this country and the work the SEC is doing to fight it.”
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.”