Test-Running a Career in Public Policy – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Test-Running a Career in Public Policy

Emma Lowenberg ’13 will spend her summer in Harrisburg, Pa., interning with the Keystone Research Center. Established in 1996, the Keystone Research Center is a collaborative effort of Pennsylvania citizens drawn from academia, labor, religious and business organizations, to propose workable policy alternatives to Pennsylvania’s problems.

“I wanted to do an internship that would allow me to get super involved, try lots of different things, and really allow me to test public policy as a career,” said Lowenberg.  “Keystone is small, active, influential, in tune with many of my political beliefs, and right across the street from the Pennsylvania state capital.”

As an intern, Lowenberg will spend most of her time researching different issues currently confronting Pennsylvania, such as rising healthcare costs, environmental issues, or budget problems. So far, she has attended lobbying visits to state senators, sat in on meetings, and written report summaries. She explained that her knowledge of software used for statistics and survey authoring, was especially beneficial in receiving the internship.

“I am really enjoying myself so far – public policy is passing the test,” she said. “This internship is also giving me valuable experience that I can apply toward future opportunities.”

Lowenberg is majoring in economics and public policy with a concentration in law. On campus, she is a member of the HWS Debate Team, secretary of the College Democrats, a resident adviser, and in both the Campus Peer Ministry and the Christian Fellowship. She also volunteers at the Geneva Community Center.