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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 2013. A list of prior interns, is available here.

Cassarah Brown

Cassie is currently completing her Master of Public Policy degree at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. She received a Master of Engineering in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 2012 and has bachelor's degrees in physics and political science from SUNY Geneseo. Her previous work has focused on nuclear radiation detection technology development. She is interested in nuclear nonproliferation and energy policy issues. Cassie is participating in a CLOSUP sponsored internship with the National Conference of State Legislature's Energy Program this summer and intends to study Ohio's hydraulic fracturing policies this fall with CLOSUP.

Tyler Sawher

Tyler graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a BA in Economics. After graduation he went into the MPP Program at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Throughout his academic career he has worked on research in many fields including agriculture, health care, and a current project on criminal reentry and sentencing. Prior to his internship he was a Policy Analyst for the Michigan Department of Education and looks to continue in that role after the summer. As a Policy Strategy Intern for Governor Snyder he is working on energy, education, and the economy. His interest in working with Governor Snyder comes from his reliance on data-driven policy decisions.

Brian Sheldon

Brian is a 2005 graduate of Central Michigan University, completing majors in computer science and physical science. He is currently pursuing his MPP at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where he focuses on energy and environmental policy. Presently, he is conducting research on the feasibility of implementing sustainable, autonomous vehicles into the public transportation system. Before coming to the Ford School, Brian worked as a high school Earth science teacher in Maryland, and he also spent time working in the software development and marine transportation industries. This summer, with the help of funding from CLOSUP, Brian will be interning with the Environmental Protection Agency. At the EPA, he will be monitoring domestic coal mining operations and working to determine federal water jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.

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