Jeff Amico ’12 is studying his home state’s healthcare system this summer. The rising senior is interning at the Pioneer Institute in Boston, Mass.
The Pioneer Institute is a public policy research firm. The independent organization is non-partisan and is privately funded to conduct research for the state. The Institute’s main objective is to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts, by investigating and developing solutions for the state’s major issues.
Amico is working in the group’s Health Care Initiative division. The unit looks at data concerning the state’s MassHealth laws. Amico is collecting the data and writing reports on his findings. He also posts to blogs and editorial venues, while compiling contact information to increase the organization’s outreach.
A double major in political science and English with a minor in public policy studies, Amico hopes to have a career in public policy or law in New York City or Washington, D.C. Last fall, he interned with Speaker of the House of Representative John Boehner (R-Ohio) in D.C., experiencing “the significance of politics and public relations in the legislative process.”
“As a student of American politics, I have learned that policymaking is comprised of two dimensions: politics and policy,” he says. “Working at Pioneer, I now have the chance to examine the more policy side of federal and state law.”