Brown University
Public Policy

Policy Work

January 29, 2015

Graduate interns, Spring 2015

Left to right: Xiaofan Wei MPA ’15, Samuel Klarich MPA ’16, Qing Tian MPP ’15, Joyce Huo MPP ’15, Emily Yan MPA ’15

“I am hopeful that this experience will enable me to grow into a future US policy maker – one with both the ability and discernment to aid structuring effective American legislation.”

Samuel Klarich MPA ’16

Five public policy graduate students are pursuing internships at high-level policy organizations in New York City, Geneva, and Washington, DC this semester. Of course, all of the students are excited to put their policy studies into practice and forge their career paths. Sam Klarich and Xiaofan Wei are in Geneva working at the United Nations Joint Inspection Unit (JIU). “My internship will supplement the American public policy component of my degree with a greater understanding of international policy, politics, and governance.  I am hopeful that this experience will enable me to grow into a future US policy maker – one with both the ability and discernment to aid structuring effective American legislation,” says Klarich.

Wei sees her internship as step forward on her career path as well. “JIU has a unique mission of investigating cross-cutting issues, being an agent for change across the system, and promoting administrative efficiency. I’ll have the opportunity to find out how UN systems work and enhance my knowledge of cross-cutting issues, policy analysis, program evaluation, and public communications,” she says.

Here is more on where our public policy graduate students are working, and what they are focusing on.

Joyce Huo MPP ’15

Bank of China, New York City

I am learning practical methodologies for corporate managerial decision-making and macro financial policy regarding exchange rate and its influence on cross-country relationships. This is my second internship related to macro financial policy. I am planning to pursue my career in macro financial consulting or strategy consulting area.

Samuel Klarich MPA ’16

United Nations Joint Inspection Unit, Geneva, Switzerland

I am researching and analyzing a participating organization of the United Nations system to help them meet their governance responsibilities concerning management of human, financial, and other resources by the secretariats. I am part of a team of three, including a UN inspector and assistant inspector, tasked with drafting reports, notes, and confidential letters that will serve as recommendations to improve effectiveness and coordination between UN organizations.

Qing Tian MPP ’15

World Bank, Global Environment Facility, Washington, DC

I am supporting GEF’s efforts to enhance its system of knowledge management, including how to ensure that the lessons and best practices from GEF-financed projects are captured and made available to the Secretariat and other stakeholders. During my undergraduate years, I focused on development economics and I have a strong interest in environmental policy, so I hope this experience toward my career goal of working for an international organization connected to those fields.

Xiaofan Wei MPA ’15

United Nations Joint Inspection Unit, Geneva, Switzerland

I am doing research related to ongoing projects of the UN’s annual work program report. My work entails analysis of key issues for the review, including comparative analysis of the work of the 25 participating organizations, analysis of information received, participation in interviews, and preparation of analytical charts, graphs, tables.

Emily Yan MPA ’15

World Bank Group, Washington DC

I am working on the Enabling the Businesses of Agriculture project, a World Bank initiative to provide governments and policymakers with information to create agriculture policies that will result in a modernized, more productive commercial agriculture and agribusiness sector. The project is assessing how laws, regulations, policies and infrastructure affect the ability of producers of all sizes and types – from small farmers to large agricultural producers, agribusiness dealers and suppliers of other agriculture services – to produce, sell and buy their products, and deliver affordable food to a growing population.