CLOSUP in the Classroom - Internships
CLOSUP supports summer internships which are administered by the Ford School's Graduate Career Services Office. These internships place Master's students with state and local government offices and other external organizations working on state and local public policy issues, and are part of the School's Master's program which requires internships between the first and second years of study at the School.
Listed below are the most recent CLOSUP interns, from the summer of 2015. A list of prior interns, is available here.
Lauren is the Policy Research Analyst Intern at the Executive Office of Governor Snyder. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Policy at the Ford School and graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature. Lauren also works as a Research Area Specialist in the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit, a multidisciplinary health services research unit in the University of Michigan Health System. She is interested in the intersection of health policy and social welfare policy. As a CLOSUP-sponsored intern, Lauren hopes to gain a broader understanding of policy design and implementation at the state level.
Alexander (Sandy) Mervak
Alexander (Sandy) Mervak is interning with the Energy Program at the National Conference for State Legislatures (NCSL). Sandy came to the University of Michigan as a dual-degree MPP / MBA student after several years spent serving as development director for a nonprofit youth mentoring organization, The DREAM Program. He also completed an internship at an environmental conservation organization and working organic farm, Center for Whole Communities. Sandy graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in English and a minor in Environmental Studies.