Internships are intended to provide young people with the opportunity to gain valuable professional knowledge and experience. Each year, interns flock to the nation’s capital ready to prove themselves and get a foot in the proverbial door. Some of a these hard working individuals succeed in transforming their internship into full-time employment. This summer, Christopher Yates of Western Kentucky University, was one such student.
Christopher spent eight weeks interning with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Mercatus is a university-based research center that strives to advance the knowledge of markets work to ultimately improve people’s lives. The institution trains graduate students, conducts research, and applies economic principles to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems. It is the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas, bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems.
Christopher was lucky enough to work on a variety of projects with the organization’s Outreach Department. His involvement with those assignments introduced him to a world of policy oriented economic research and taught him how organizations use research to influence and alter government policy. He also spent time working with George Mason scholars to research projects aimed to reform defense spending and promote long term sustainability while maintaining proper defense capabilities.
After a summer of proving his work ethic and abilities, Christopher’s supervisor, Jim Musser, extended him an offer for full-time employment. Christopher was offered a job on the outreach team set to begin upon completion of his undergraduate degree this coming spring.
When asked about Christopher’s influence on Mercatus during his eight week internship, Mr. Musser stated, “Christopher is diligent and hard working. He did a fine job researching issues and providing written briefs. His work is of the highest quality.”
Christopher also reflected on his time with the Mercatus Center this summer, commenting that, “My internship has been a dream job; nothing would have suited me better. Thanks to this incredible opportunity, I have been able to capitalize on my interest in economics and the politics of economic reform in a professional environment.”
Are you interested in interning in Washington, DC? Check out the LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. programs by visiting www.DCinternships.org.