2023 Interns

Vered Ben-Gideon, Brandeis University
Placement: The National Academy of Social Insurance 

Vered Ben-Gideon is a rising senior at Brandeis University studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. This year Vered studied at Oxford University to better understand international social insurance institutions. Vered’s passion for social insurance is guided by the Jewish value of Chesed that emphasizes the performance of acts that help others and affirm the dignity of our fellow human beings. Through her work, Vered aims to reduce poverty and economic inequality. This summer, as the John Burton Intern on Workers’ Compensation, Vered will be working at the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Gabrielle Clerveau, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Placement: KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation)

Gabrielle Clerveau is a rising sophomore studying Health Policy and Management with a minor in Statistics and Analytics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is interested in the role of social insurance in advancing access to health care. As a certified application counselor with the Student Health Action Coalition at UNC, she assists uninsured individuals with applying for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. As the Leeba Lessin Intern on Health and Medicare Policy at KFF, Gabrielle will apply her knowledge to analyze supplemental coverage options for Medicare beneficiaries. 

Stephanie Costelloe, University of California, San Francisco
Placement: House Committee on Ways and Means

Stephanie Costelloe is a Master of Science candidate at the University of California San Francisco, specializing in Health Policy and Advanced Public Health Nursing. Stephanie is currently a critical care nurse working in the Intensive Cardiac Care Unit at UCSF Medical Center. Throughout her experience, she has seen the vast inequities in healthcare due to the social determinants of health and the intersecting disparities that exist between race, class, and gender.  This has motivated her passion for the expansion of social insurance programs and hopes to pursue research in expanding palliative care in the future. As a Congressman Pete Stark Health Policy Intern, Stephanie will work on the House Committee on Ways and Means focused on their health portfolio.

Rose Lee, Duke University
Placement: Alliance for Retired Americans

Rose Lee is a rising senior at Duke University majoring in Biology and Public Policy. Her interests lie in improving palliative care, strengthening caregiver policies, and building a better support system that guides patients beyond diagnosis and treatment and promotes human flourishing. She has explored these interests through her internships at the National Institute on Aging and the National Human Genome Research Institute. As the Somers Research Intern on Long-Term Care and Aging, she will be working at the Alliance for Retired Americans on Medicare and Medicaid policies for the aging population. 

Diya Patel, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 
Placement: SCAN HealthPlan

Diya is a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill double majoring in Health Policy and Management and Political Science. Diya intends to pursue a law degree towards her goals of a career in health law and advocacy in the future. Her research experience has focused on the disparities in the receipt of early and adequate prenatal care for Black mothers. The findings highlighted the necessity of social insurance programs in mitigating inequities and has motivated Diya’s interests. She hopes to witness how a value-based approach can improve the health of Medicare beneficiaries during her summer. As a Rashi Fein Intern in Health Policy, Diya will work at SCAN to develop policies that promote the best provider and care delivery models possible for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries.

Taylor Reilly, Emory School of Law
Placement: National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)

Taylor Reilly is a rising second year student at Emory School of Law. Taylor identified her passion to be a disability advocacy attorney from an early age having to care for a disabled loved one and has sought out unique experiences to achieve this goal. While interning for a social security disability law firm in Florida, she was disheartened to witness the number of individuals denied benefits without just explanation. As the Eileen Sweeney Graduate Intern in Disability Policy, Taylor is excited to work with the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and learn more about social insurance and how best to fight for those with disabilities.