Welcome to the Summer 2010 Tax Foundation Interns!

June 15, 2010

We are in the process of welcoming our summer 2010 interns! While here, they will assist with research and data work along with many other miscellaneous tasks. Working closing with our team of economists and policy analysts, each will contribute substantively, to the blog and other written work.

Here’s a little bit about each of them:

Megan Arnold recently completed her sophomore year at American University as an economics and anthropology double-major. During her time at American University, Megan was the vice-president of the American University Students for Liberty and an active member of the Free Market Society. She is now a rising junior and will be attending George Mason University in the fall. After graduation Megan hopes to teach economics before returning to GMU to pursue her masters in economics.

Ryan Forster is currently a junior at the University of San Diego pursuing a B.A. in Economics with an International Relations minor. During the Fall 2009 semester, Ryan interned at the Trans-Border Institute where he authored A Concise Background and History of the Punta Colonet Multimodal Project in Baja California. Currently, Ryan has been admitted to the Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems where he is taking summer classes relevant to both economics and public policy at Georgetown University. Following graduation, Ryan hopes to pursue a PhD in economics and public policy while working in federal or state government finance. Ryan’s internship is generously supported by the Fund for American Studies.

Kelli Gulite is a rising sophomore at the George Washington University. She is currently enrolled in the honors program and pursuing a BA in Business Administration. Kelli is a Bloustein Distinguished Scholar as well as a recipient of both George Washington University’s Alumni Award and Board of Trustees’ Scholarship. As a Project Director for the newly formed, but quickly rising, group of liberty-minded individuals, the Liberty Society at GWU, she has taken on the tasks of fundraising and press relations.

Aaron Merchak is a rising senior at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is double majoring in Economics and Mathematics and is planning on beginning a PhD program in economics after he graduates. Aaron has won several awards in his college career including the Economic Junior Scholar award and Ida Mae Garrott Memorial scholarship. His interests include development and labor economics, as well as statistical analysis. As a member of the Economic Honors Program at the University of Maryland, he is currently writing an honors thesis on the effect that the minimum wage has on teen pregnancy in the United States.

Steven Pahuskin is currently pursuing a JD/LLM at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to attending Georgetown Law, Steven earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, magna cum laude, at Binghamton University. Upon graduation, Steven plans on working in the private sector, focusing on Tax Law. Steven’s internship is generously supported by the Equal Justice Foundation.

Xander Stephenson completed an International Relations degree (BA hons) from Sussex University in 2008 with dissertations focusing on international networks both terrorist and financial, as well as the practical and legal implications of private military companies. In October 2010 he will commence a degree in Terrorism at Kings College London. Since graduating in 2008 he has worked as a researcher and consultant on issues surrounding public property and the government estate. In 2004, he worked at the Adam Smith Institute. He enjoys food and drink and looks forward to visiting the vineyards of Virginia. Xander’s internship is generously supported by the Institute for Humane Studies Koch Summer Fellow Program.

Lawrence Summers is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Affairs degree at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University, Bloomington, concentrating in Public Finance and Policy Analysis. Before attending SPEA, Lawrence earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English Literature at DePauw University. After graduation, he plans on a career in the public sector informing legislators to make economically sound tax policy.

Of course, we’re able to host these remarkable and promising individuals thank to generous support from our donors. Please support our internship program here!

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