Hi guys! My name is Elise, I’m an incoming senior studying economics, and am currently doing research for a professor at the University of California-Irvine for the summer. When doing my internship search, I wanted to be in SoCal because it’s a good place to have connections after graduation and also I can see myself living here (it’s so beautiful!). I emailed several professors at this university, and this professor seemed to line up very well with my interests in the field. He mainly researches trade and trade policy, and its effects on wealth distribution in developing countries, which aligns nicely with my interest in fair trade regulations and distribution of benefits. Instead of working under one of his students, he is allowing me to explore my own interests. Although he primarily has focused on tax policy outcomes on this topic, I want to learn more about fair trade and its effects. My goals for this is to explore whether a PhD program would be something I would be interested in doing in my career and to learn more about trade and trade policy. As this is still the beginning, I have been reading academic publications to learn about what needs to be researched and current findings, and after I have developed some questions, I will find data which aligns well with them. I am hoping that this application of my knowledge obtained in my major will help me in any future endeavors, even if they don’t turn out to be research oriented. I foresee that my internship will lead to a network of individuals to communicate with and to build a strong professional relationship with, which will hopefully aid in my job search for after I graduate in December.
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