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Current Academy Interns

2017 Interns

William Dede, American University
Placement: Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB)

William is currently a Master of Public Policy candidate at American University.  He previously served as a program analyst for the Veterans Health Administration; in his role, he assisted medical centers implement and utilize veteran-directed home and community-based services.  He has also worked in the private sector as a health care policy consultant for Applied Self-Direction.  William received his Bachelor of Arts in political science and history at Randolph College.  He sees this internship as critical to achieving his goal to work in the federal government in the Health and Human Services Department.

Eunice Im, Keck Graduate Institute
Placement: Community Catalyst

Eunice is an aspiring physician who is interested in social insurance support for people with autism.  She is from, Pasadena, California. Eunice just completed a Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in May at the Keck Graduate Institute.  In 2011, Eunice graduated from the University of California-Los Angeles where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in World Studies and minor in Disability Studies.  Eunice has been an advocate for social insurance expansion.  She spoke before Congressional leaders Xavier Becerra and Judy Chu at the 2016 Federal Disability Policy Conference in support of social insurance programs.  She also researched the impact on the UCLA Medical Center’s closure of social and recreation programs for children with autism.  Her project was awarded the Jesse Alpaugh Senior Prize by the UCLA Disability Studies department.  Eunice sees the Academy internship as an experience that will help her gain more knowledge of disability policy and be an impactful healthcare leader in the future.

William Kay, Carleton College
Placement: Center for Global Policy Solutions

William is a rising senior at Carleton College studying political science and international relations.  His research interests as a student are the governance of unions, the U.S. political economy, and comparative studies of social insurance programs using qualitative analysis.  William was previously a Research Assistant at the University of Vermont.  He has also been involved in political activism and volunteering.  Last summer he worked as a Coordinated Campaign Intern for the Vermont Democratic Party.  He also dedicated time participating in the Project Friendship mentorship program as a volunteer.  As a Shelburne, Vermont native, William looks forward to building professional connections in Washington, D.C. and looks forward to eventually working for an NGO or serving as an elected official.

David Maddy, The New School
Placement: National Academy of Social Insurance

David is a Brooklyn, New York native who will be contributing to the Academy’s research on Workers’ Compensation policy.  This year he received his M.S. in Economics from The New School.  He studied labor economics, specializing in American social insurance programs.  David’s dissertation focused on the workers’ compensation “opt-out” movement impacting Oklahoma’s and Texas’ labor markers and the implications of this movement in other states.  Last year he was a research assistant at the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies.  He has been an associate editor for The New School Economic Review and a University Student Senator during his graduate studies.  David will be presenting his paper “Ludwig Von Mises’ Theory of Economics and Public Opinion” at the 2017 History of Economics Society Annual Conference.  He wants to work in academia as an economics professor with a focus on social insurance.

Daniel Marthey, University of Maryland
Placement: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC)

Daniel is a currently a Masters of Public Health candidate at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.  He is a native of Massillon, Ohio.  In 2012 he received a B.S. in Public Health and Public Health Administration from Kent State University’s College of Public Health.  Daniel is interested in learning how social insurance is connected to health policy and reform.  Prior to graduate study, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi.  He worked with local communities to implement malaria prevention programs and improve HIV/AIDS services.  Daniel sees the Academy internship as an opportunity for him to get practical experience with the creation and implementation of social insurance policy so that he can work to improve both the access and quality of health care as a professional.

Yufei Shen, Columbia University
Placement: Long Term Quality Alliance (LTQA)

Yufei is a Somers Intern originally from Beijing, China.  She is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.  Yufei has studied social welfare systems across multiple developing countries and worked as a research assistant on a project highlighting China’s long-term care policies.  She has also completed policy and research-based internships at Southern Weekly, the China Philanthropy Research Institute, and the China Development Research Foundation.  Yufei received a B.A. in Psychology and Bachelor of Law in International Politics at Peking University.  She aspires to be a policy analyst who helps improve the social and economic well-being of the aged population.    

Chloe Steffensmeier, Iowa State University
Placement: National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD)

Chloe is a graduate student in gerontology at Iowa State University.  Last year she graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Child, Adult, and Family Services.  Since 2015, Chloe has been a Caregiver and Temporary Supervisor for Consumer Choice Options where she offers assistance to adults with disabilities.  Last year she worked as an Activity Intern for Northcrest Community – a long-term care center before being promoted to an Activity Aid.  Chloe is a member of the Gerontological Society of America and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  Her long-term goal is to work in policy evaluating programs affecting older Americans.    

Michele Tolson, University of Massachusetts - Boston
Placement: The Buffin Foundation

Michele is an Academy intern from Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  She is an aspiring public policy researcher interested in retirement income security, environmental justice, women and leadership, and individual risk exposure.  Her research has focused on how these research areas connect to occupational pensions in the United States and the Netherlands.  She has presented her work at academic conferences in the United States, Ireland, and Belgium.  Michele has also worked at the Pension Action Center which serves retirees, workers, and their families.  She is a member of the Gerontological Society of America, the International Association for Feminist Economics, and the Eastern Economics Association.  She looks forward to working with The Buffin Foundation this summer.  

Meredith Yinger, Emory University
Placement: Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB)

Meredith is a MPA Health Policy and Management student at Emory University’s School of Public Health.  She is from Potomac, Maryland.  As a former Emergency Medical Technician, she witnessed firsthand how social insurance programs provided patients with adequate insurance coverage which contributed to their improved health.  Her experience working for the Georgia Autism Assessment Collaborative also exposed her to various issues health care providers face when offering coverage to patients.  She is particularly interested in how long-term services and supports can be financed and made more affordable for the aged and disabled populations and their families.  Meredith wants to familiarize herself with the policy issues associated long-term care programs in the hopes of proposing solutions both now and over the course of her contributions to the social insurance field.