Learn About the Current Interns
International Budget Partnership
Andy is a communications intern with the International Budget Partnership. He holds a BA in History from the College of William & Mary, and recently finished up his Master of Arts in Religion at Yale, where he focused on the interplay between religion and politics in America. A DC area native, Andy is happy to be back in the area after two rather chilly years in Connecticut
State Fiscal Project
Austin Davidson is an intern with the State Fiscal Project. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Western Washington University and is currently a law student at Georgetown University. Austin previously interned at the National Immigration Law Center. He also assisted Peter Edelman with the research for his book So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America.
Brianna Sainte hails from Miami, Florida and is currently a junior at the University of Pennsylvania. She is studying PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) and plans on attending law school after receiving her BA. She is an intern for the legislative affairs division and has a particular interest on the inner workings of the government. ?
Justin Corvino is an intern with the Outreach team at CBPP. He is originally from the Chicagoland area and graduated from The University of Dayton with a degree in Political Science. As an undergraduate, Justin took a semester off from school in order to work seven months as a field organizer for President Obama’s reelection campaign in Ohio. Justin also completed an internship with Capital Development Board in Chicago. His policy interests include health care and education policy.
Kathleen Masterson is an intern with the Nutritional Assistance team. She is originally from New Jersey and graduated from The College of William and Mary with a dual major in History and Political Science. She also holds a Masters in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. She worked in China as an English teacher for a year and previously interned with the Arms Control Association. Her interests include nutritional assistance policy, gun control, and health care reform.
Laura Schiemichen is a Communications and Media intern at CBPP. She is originally from Germany and recently graduated from Wellesley College near Boston, MA. Having majored in economics and sociology, her interests lie in public policies that help the poor. Laura previously interned at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, where she worked on international trade and gender equality policy for a German politician. She is now exploring domestic public policy issues at the Center.
Lauryn Quick is an intern with the Federal Fiscal Policy team. She is originally from Indiana and holds a B.A. in Journalism, Political Science, and Sociology from Indiana University. During her undergraduate career, Lauryn studied at the Institut d’études politiques d’Aix-en-Provence (Sciences-Po) and interned with Samaritans, a UK-based suicide awareness charity. She is particularly interested in the history and public opinion of antipoverty programs, comparative welfare research, and the impact of labor market trends and fiscal policies on low- and moderate-income Americans.
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Lia Gao is an intern with the Computer Department at CBPP. She recently graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Administration. Lia previously interned as an IT intern at Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project with Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. She is currently interested in computer software and programming.
DC Fiscal Policy Institute
Marco Guzman is currently a resident within the District. He graduated from Arizona State University, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Human Communication, and is now in his second year, pursuing his Masters of Public Policy at George Mason University’s School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. There, he is focusing on U.S. economic policy, although he enjoys following a wide range of issues relating to fiscal and housing policy. Prior to joining DCFPI, Marco spent time on the Hill, as an intern for Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter.
Income Support- Data
Misha Hill is an intern with the Family Income Support team. She received her Bachelor’s in Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a Masters of Public Policy candidate at The George Washington University. She has previous work experience with non-profits in the healthcare and direct social service industries.
She is interested in social policy and gender equality.
Paul H. Stanford
Paul comes to CBPP after running a successful foreclosure prevention program in metro Detroit with Community Housing Network. In this role, he assisted 137 homeowners avoid mortgage and property tax foreclosure, and helped homeowners access over $1.1 million in Hardest Hit Funds.
Prior to his experience at Community Housing Network, Paul served AmeriCorps terms at Habitat for Humanity of Michigan and Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM), where his host-site won CEDAM’s AmeriCorps Program Host Site of the Year.
Paul also spent hundreds of hours volunteering on committees and general volunteer roles at several non-profit organizations in the Detroit area and Canada.
Paul has a B.S. in communication with a minor in business from Eastern Michigan University and is currently attending Central Michigan University for a master degree in public administration, but intends to transfer to Virginia Tech to continue his MPA studies. Paul is interested in a career in low-income housing administration and development siting his experience in growing-up in low-income housing as a factor.
State Fiscal Project
Rebecca Park is a communications intern with the State Fiscal Project team. She is from Yorktown, Virginia and graduated from University of Mary Washington with an economics degree in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Prior to interning with CBPP, she was an economic research intern at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in D.C and taught ESL to adult refugees at Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services in Virginia. Rebecca is interested in economic and health policy issues that affect low- and middle-income families.
Samantha Carter is an intern with the Development team at CBPP. She is originally from Minnesota, and is participating in a 5-year BA/MA program at Johns Hopkins University. She just finished her first three years at the undergraduate campus, where she majored in International Studies and Economics, and will begin her studies at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) this fall. Samantha has previously interned at the Minnesota office of Senator Amy Klobuchar and at Mano a Mano International, a small non-profit based in St. Paul, MN. She is particularly interested in incentives and individual decision-making.
DC Fiscal Policy Institute
Sean Wood is currently finishing his last year at American University pursuing a B.S. in Economics, a minor in Sociology, and a minor in Arabic Language. Sean has previously interned with local labor unions as well as Public Citizen and is excited to have the opportunity to explore urban fiscal policy through both research and advocacy. In his spare time, Sean supports on-campus social justice organizing at American University.
Born D.C. and raised in western Maryland, Sean’s two passions are food and activism, his appetite for the former only outweighed by his commitment to the latter, often to the surprise of his friends.
Valerie Marshall is a doctoral student studying child and family policy at the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University. She is interested in exploring the intersection between intergenerational mobility in low-income families and youth development and how it is impacted by federal and state social welfare policies, such as TANF, SNAP, and public health and housing programs. The inspiration for this work stems from her research, policy, and advocacy background that involved studying the impact and dynamics of poverty in a variety of sectors, including the criminal justice system, family shelter systems, evaluations of behavioral health programs, and providing one-on-one assistance to vulnerable populations. In 2006, Ms. Marshall earned her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on political science and women’s studies, and after serving a year in Americorps, she entered an applied sociology program at Boston College where she earned a master’s degree in 2012.
This fall, Ms. Marshall will be working with the Health Policy team on issues related to Medicaid expansion and CHIP. She is excited to continue to deepen her knowledge about the multiple barriers low-income families and individuals face and their connection to federal and state health policies.