This summer, Sarah Bates ’11 will get to see firsthand how the passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February has begun to affect Americans as an intern with the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA, an independent agency of the federal government, works to stimulate small business growth by encouraging lenders via loan guarantees. Bates is working in the New Hampshire District Office in Concord.
“Being an economics major at HWS, I wanted to gain a sense of how the U.S. government is working toward pulling Americans out of these economically challenging times,” says Bates.
Her internship will provide her with a unique perspective on the country’s economic recovery. “This experience is invaluable; I am seeing how the United States government is trying to help Americans,” she says. “With my strong interest in business, I am getting a better understanding of all the legalities and challenges of starting one, but also how the Small Business Administration can truly make a difference.”
Among other duties, Bates is creating spreadsheets that report on some of the SBA’s data. Her position is ideal, as she gets to experience all the workings of the office. “I am so fortunate to be here, learning how the organization is reviving the small business community through loan guarantees.”
Bates is an economics and environmental studies double major. She is treasurer of the Campus Activities Board, the Career Services liaison for the newly formed Gendernomics club, and student intern for the William Smith Athletic Department.