2022 Interns

Ori Ben-Ari, College of William & Mary
Placement: The National Academy of Social Insurance 

Ori Ben-Ari is a rising junior at the College of William & Mary studying public policy and philosophy. Growing up in Israel, he was surrounded by an infrastructure of Social Insurance vastly different from the one he encountered when he moved to the United States. Wanting to further explore these differences in political decision making, Ori looks forward to diving into the technical details of the American Social Security system to understand the decisions that shape American Social Insurance. As a Solvency data analyst at Solvencyiiwire, and Merton C. Bernstein Intern on Social Insurance, Ori hopes to bring his analysis and writing skills to the National Academy of Social Insurance to facilitate effective communication and discussion of current Social Security metrics.  

Sarah Burt, Georgetown University
Placement: National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) 

Sarah Burt is a Master of Public Policy candidate at Georgetown University. She is interested in policies that promote equity and help people who are systematically disadvantaged. Her time at Georgetown has been spent studying various ways power is consolidated in the market then used to favor certain groups, and how to remedy these situations, most notably through an emerging concept called “administrative burdens.” This summer, she is a Merton C. Bernstein Intern on Social Insurance with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare working on policy development and advocacy related to prescription drug pricing in Medicare and Medicaid. 

Monica Chase, Salisbury University
Placement: The Century Foundation (TCF) 

Monica Chase is currently completing her Master of Social Work at Salisbury University. Monica’s innate humble viewpoint and understanding of different cultures of the world has led her to an interest in social work. She has gained micro experience working with the aging population at a senior living facility during her undergraduate career. This experience led Monica to pioneer a partnership with the School of Social Work and the May Literacy Center at Salisbury University where she researched and developed needs assessments, cultural humility, and anti-racism initiatives to serve the Spanish-speaking population participating in the program. Monica aims to bring a humanistic, social work perspective to economic policy issues such as unemployment insurance and hopes to further develop her research skills with The Century Foundation this summer as a Somers Research Intern on Long-Term Care and Aging. 

Ciannah Correa, Emory University – Rollings School of Public Health
Placement: Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)

In the fall of 2022, Ciannah Correa will begin a Master of Public Health degree in health policy and management at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. As a pre-med undergraduate student at Pomona College, Ciannah was drawn to issues of inequity and policy, especially surrounding the United States health insurance system and disparate racial and socioeconomic health outcomes. This led to her current interest in health economics by further exploring these issues in her economics and science courses. As a Rashi Fein Intern in Health Policy, Ciannah will work with the Kaiser Family Foundation to compare and understand differences across Medicare Advantage plans offered by private insurance companies.

Amanda Katchmar, Boston University School of Public Health
Placement: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC)

Amanda Katchmar is a Master of Public Health candidate at Boston University School of Public Health, obtaining a dual certificate in health policy and law, and epidemiology and biostatistics. Through her work, Amanda aims to improve access to health care through social insurance as a means to increase health equity. As a Rashi Fein Intern in Health Policy, Amanda will work on projects analyzing state payments and accessibility of state Medicaid applications with the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission.

Caroline Morehouse, Oberlin College
Placement: SCAN HealthPlan 

Caroline Morehouse is a rising senior at Oberlin College majoring in neuroscience and Hispanic studies. Caroline forged a passion for serving older adults by working with residents at an assisted living facility throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. These experiences led her to investigate the environmental impacts on healthy aging as the student intern at the Cleveland Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Her lifelong goal is to improve elderly care through research and compassionate policymaking. This summer, she will transition toward developing policy that provides healthcare and social services to older adults as a Somers Research Intern on Long-Term Care and Aging at SCAN HealthPlan.  

Jaymaba Ndiaye, University of Pennsylvania 
Placement: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) 

Jaymaba Ndiaye is a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health and societies with a concentration in public health. Growing up in an underrepresented immigrant household, supported by social welfare programs, she witnessed firsthand how crucial it is to have equal access to healthcare. Her firsthand experiences ignited a passion to find new ways to offer equitable care for others from underserved communities and in effect, create healthier populations. As an intern at the Mutter Museum, Jaymaba fostered dialogue across Teen Health Week about various health topics. This summer she will be the inaugural Leeba Lessin Intern on Health and Medicare Policy at the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. 

Hannah Orban, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Placement: The Century Foundation (TCF)

Hannah Orban is a Fulbright Student and Master of Public Policy candidate at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She is committed to improving the lived experience of people with disabilities through public policy, and believes that social insurance, education, and employment are critical areas of reform. Hannah received her undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Sydney, and prior to graduate school, she worked on initiatives for students with disabilities in the New South Wales Department of Education. As the Eileen Sweeney Graduate Intern in Disability Policy, Hannah is thrilled to be working with The Century Foundation on disability and economic justice initiatives.

Marco Ramirez, University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy
Placement: House Committee on Ways and Means

Marco Ramirez is a current Master of Public Policy student and Kohn Scholar at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. Growing up in California’s poverty-stricken Central Valley, Marco witnessed and experienced first-hand the inequities in social insurance faced by his community and family. It has since spurred a life-long passion to spotlight and eliminate these health insurance inequities from the collective society. Marco’s policy experience is wide ranging. He has held positions as a researcher, consultant, data analyst, public service fellow, and policy liaison for various organizations across California and Massachusetts. As a Congressman Pete Stark Health Policy Intern, Marco will work on the House Committee on Ways and Means focused on their health portfolio.

Adam Snyder, Columbia University
Placement: The National Academy of Social Insurance

In the fall of 2022, Adam Snyder will begin a master’s degree in healthcare administration and policy at Columbia University. His interests in healthcare education and the various social determinants of health as well as his passions for research and advocacy led Adam to study abroad in Tanzania, learning local healthcare development strategies and tropical medicine. With support from Kaiser Permanente medical school faculty and Tanzanian government officials, Adam formed Kaivision, a program enriching medical education in developing nations by teaching students advanced research/medical subject matter. This summer, Adam is the inaugural John Burton Intern on Workers’ Compensation at the National Academy of Social Insurance.