This summer when I was searching for an internship, I knew I wanted to explore finance, a field I had no previous exposure to other than through Wharton classes. I was able to do this, and much more through my summer internship with the Wharton Public Policy Initiative.
My internship experience was truly great largely due to the professor I was paired with. I worked with Krista Schwarz of the Finance department, and I assisted her in her research primarily focusing on the effects of quantitative easing. In addition to learning about quantitative easing, a topic that I had no previous exposure to, I came away from this summer with much more. I learned a new statistical language (SAS) from scratch. I greatly advanced my excel skills (skills that will definitely be helpful in any future work I do). I gained familiarity with using a Bloomberg Terminal to download pricing data for securities of interest, and I learned how to use FactSet to create time series of historical pricing data. Coming away from the summer with such an increase in my technical skills and my financial knowledge was amazing, and the amount I learned is one the biggest reasons why I found my summer so rewarding.
In addition to the great research and learning opportunities, the Public Policy Initiative Program offered other ways to learn. Every week, we had a “Lunch and Learn” session where Andrew Coopersmith, Managing Director of the Wharton Public Policy Initiative, would bring in fascinating speakers to speak on a wide range of issues, ranging from lobbying to disaster prevention. During these sessions, while we ate delicious catered food, we were able to see examples of how economic public policy has a part in so many different professions and industries. Finally, the program ended in grand fashion with a private tour of Capitol Hill, a place I had never been to before. Along with the other interns in DC, we toured, snapped pictures, learned history, and finished our public-policy summer experiences together.
I would strongly recommend anyone interested in research or policy to apply for this program, and I am really glad I spent my summer as an intern with PPI. If you have any questions about the internship or my experience, please don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.