Inaugural Year for Schaeffer Center Summer Internship Program

Tuesday, July 8th marked the beginning of the Schaeffer Center’s summer internship program, a highly-individualized program designed to offer students the opportunity to gain experience in health policy and economics. Housed at USC, students from a variety of backgrounds and educational experiences will work closely with faculty and staff over the course of a month.

“The Schaeffer Center offers a uniquely engaging summer internship experience,” says Schaeffer Center Associate Director Julie Zissimopoulos. “Students will be able to delve into substantive work with the hands-on guidance of first-rate faculty and scholars.”

The program pairs each student with a mentor from the Schaeffer Center who will challenge, advise, and guide their mentee in creating an independent research project. Additionally, each week, interns will meet with Dr. Zissimopoulos to discuss their progress and address any questions or concerns. At the end of the four weeks, interns will have the chance to present their
research project to other students and mentors.

This year, eight interns at various stages of their academic careers are participating in the program: three high school students, two undergraduate students (including an incoming USC freshman), two graduate students, and a pre-doctoral student.

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