Inaugural year for Schaeffer Center summer internship program

By Niles Wilson

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.


Pictured: Dr. Zissimopoulos and interns meet on the first day of the summer program.



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