As a Penn Wharton PPI Summer Intern, Megan works in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Megan is a dual degree student at Penn majoring in Finance and Political Science. It is no wonder that the Student Honors Program at the SEC was her “dream internship,” as the position perfectly ties finance and policy together. DERA brings financial economics and data analysis to the Commission’s work, allowing interns the opportunity to see all aspects of the organization, from rule-making to compliance.
What areas of public policy interest you?
“My primary interests are economic and social policy but I like learning about public policy in general.”
What is the first thing you do when you get to the office every morning?
“Say ‘hi’ to the interns who beat me there. Then I check my email, maybe catch up on the morning news, and get started with my day. It’s been an amazing internship so far, especially since there’s a wealth of specialized information and hard skills (like coding and data analysis) that I am exposed to. This is pretty unique for a government/policy related internship. It’s also motivating to feel that the work I do and support has such potential for impact. DERA also holds training sessions for us and professional seminars where economists and professors from all over come to present their work. It’s just a great learning experience.”
What does a typical day in DC look like for you?
“Wake up at 6:15 AM and go for a run. Take the metro to the office and arrive around 8:30 AM. Intern! Go home, eat dinner, sleep relatively early - I aim for 10:30PM…does admitting that make me an old lady? Rinse and repeat on weekdays. On weekends I try to meet up with friends and grab lunch or coffee, maybe catch a movie. I’m trying to hit up all the food places people have recommended I try, but there’s too many!”