2016 Public Policy Interns: By The Numbers
July 29, 2016
The types of internships and host agencies also vary widely, with positions in the executive branch, the legislative branch, think tanks, independent federal agencies, and more (see below).
In addition to financial support, Penn Wharton PPI offers a series of programs to build community among the interns, further develop their knowledge of DC, and better prepare them for careers in the public sector. Students benefit greatly from these internships and we look forward to sharing their experiences through a series of blog posts and intern profiles.
We aren’t that good with money… or at least not as good as we think we are. As with traditional economics, conventional finance is based on theories that assume people behave rationally and predictably in their decision-making processes. Through observations and practice, academics have become aware of anomalies in behavior that do not align with these rationality-based theories and, similarly to behavioral economists, have sought to explain these true-to-reality actions rather than stress the theories of the “economic man”, Homo economicus.
Beyond a shared history and language, the United Kingdom and the United States have cherished uniquely friendly relations over the past century in what has been referred to as the “Special Relationship.” Forged in war and facilitated through commerce and diplomacy, the Special Relationship has ensured close Anglo-American cooperation over the years. Yet, with the “Leave” campaign’s success in the Brexit vote, these ties are very much in danger.
This past winter, California had its first rain-filled season in four years. The El Nino winter led California’s largest water reservoirs to recover to almost full capacity. Governor Jerry Brown lifted many state restrictions and removed mandatory cuts on water use. Farmers have enough water to harvest this year, and home owners can water their lawns again. The drought has seemingly passed. However, the negative effects of California’s drought are far from over.
As an intern at the Office of Public Affairs at the Treasury Department, one of my most important tasks is staying up to date on government legislation and pertinent issues that are garnering media attention. I pay specific attention to news that pertains to the ways in which the United States spends its money domestically and overseas. A crisis that has amassed particular media attention has been the ongoing debt crisis in Puerto Rico.
Emerging research continues to link poor housing quality and stability to poor health outcomes, high healthcare costs and higher utilization of expensive public services. Conversely, the presence and availability of safe and affordable homes show a marked reduction in these high costs and chronic diseases, leading to healthier families and communities.
2016 Host Agencies
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