Nick Buffie, Class of 2014

Major: Economics and Hispanic Literatures; Organization: Economic Policy Institute (EPI); Location: Washington, DC

Nick Buffie, Class of 2014

My summer at EPI has been quite a rewarding experience. Before I started my internship, I was worried that I might find myself just doing repetitive, mind-numbing intern activities—fetching coffee, running errands, etc. Instead, I learned how to properly work with economic data and developed a strong appreciation for EPI and its ideals.

It’s notable that EPI’s public mission aligns quite closely with Wesleyan’s. Wesleyan makes an active effort to nurture responsible citizens who contribute to the world around them; President Roth constantly promotes equality and inclusiveness in his speeches. Similarly, EPI’s main mission is to promote public policies that help working-class Americans; what better place for a Wesleyan student to intern?

During my 10 weeks at EPI, I studied the economic effects of various climate change proposals, the Affordable Care Act’s (Obamacare) effects on employment, the rise of student debt, and the economic problems facing the American Indian community. I also edited various policy analysts’ papers, updated data sources, and met a number of high-profile economists and policy analysts. The highlight of the summer came when research I did on the ratios of job openings to unemployed workers in various sectors ended up being cited by the editorial board of the New York Times.

My summer at EPI was tremendous. I’m grateful to Wesleyan for the opportunity provided to me through the Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant, and I fully recommend that other Wesleyan students apply to intern with EPI in the future.