Our Interns

We attempt to assemble some of the brightest young minds from local universities to provide support to our clients and projects. Interested in joining this group? Find out more about our internship program.

Current Fourth Economy Interns

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Luke D. Taylor

Research Associate
May 2014 – Present

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Luke joins Fourth Economy Consulting as a Summer Research Associate through October 2014. Before coming to Pittsburgh, he spent his youth in “the best location in the nation” Cleveland, Ohio and its inner-ring suburbs. He maintains that being raised in Cleveland and the Rust Belt is the source of his passion for economical and sustainable community and economic development strategies. His driving professional and academic interests include public sector administration, operations improvement, urban and regional policy and development, as well as social entrepreneurship and social sector innovation. He brings skills in project management, policy and political analysis, research, writing and editing, economic development strategies, and strategic planning. Luke earned his master’s in public policy and management from the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University, and graduated Cum Laude from Malone University in Canton, Ohio with a bachelor’s in Political Science.

 

Past Fourth Economy Interns

Chrystal Alexander

Research Associate
May 2012 – August 2012

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Chrystal Alexander is a graduate student at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a 2013 candidate for the Masters in Public and International Affairs degree with a major in International Political Economy and a minor in Policy Research and Analysis. Chrystal has been awarded the prestigious Urban Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh where she currently serves as a Teaching Assistant for Intermediate Multivariate Statistical Methods and a Graduate Student Assistant at the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership. In her spare time, Chrystal is an editor for the academic journal the PITT Policy Journal and the treasurer for the International Political Economy Society at GSPIA and the International NGO Clinic-Friends of Daya. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BBA in Political Economy from the H.E.B. School of Business at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. Chrystal has leadership experience as both a manager in the telecommunications industry for six years and as a leader on-campus for four years. She has published three papers in academic journals and presented her work at four conferences including the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) hosted by Ithaca College and the refereed Conference on Business and Sustainability hosted by Portland State University. Chrystal will working as a Research Associate in an internship position with the Fourth Economy team.

Claire Bissa

Research Associate
January 2013 – May 2013

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Claire Bissa is a junior in the College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh working on a major in Finance, with minors in Economics and Leadership and Ethics. Her past internship experience has working to develop the business plans of assistive technologies  at Human Engineering Research Laboratories in Pittsburgh, as well in developement in her hometown of Detroit.

Sabrina Haran

Marketing Coordinator
May 2012 – August 2012

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Sabrina will be the Marketing Coordinator for Fourth Economy throughout the summer of 2012. As a senior in the College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh, she studies Marketing, International Business, Economics, and Italian Studies. To further dive into academia, she has studied abroad in Florence, Italy and Augsburg, Germany.

Professionally, Sabrina interned with Fourth Economy conducting research in the spring of 2011 and has returned with a marketing focus. Previous to interning at Fourth Economy the second time around, Sabrina has interned with Fidelity Discount and Deposit Bank as a Marketing Intern, The First Tee of Pittsburgh as a Marketing Communications Intern, as well as being employed by The College of Business Administration to teach freshmen students the basics of business.

James Kimmel

Research Associate
January 2012 – May 2012

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As an intern with Fourth Economy, James has focused on providing background research for multiple projects, as well as conducting member outreach and recruitment. Before joining Fourth Economy, James had interned with the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, a non-profit economic research firm in Center City Philadelphia that focuses on public policy initiatives. Additionally, he founded the Innovative Economics Initiative at the University of Pittsburgh, where he designed and implemented behavioral economics experiments. Notably, his work with the organization was featured in Fast Company magazine in November of 2011.

Holding a B.A. in Economics, James is heading to New York City to join ideas42, a behavioral and experimental economics organization that focuses on applying behavioral and economic insights into executive education classes, product and service design, government efficiency and poverty alleviation programs.

Ying Lee

Research Associate
September 2012 – December 2012

Ying Li is a second year graduate student at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh with a major in International Political Economy. She received her bachelor degree in International Politics and a minor in Business Administration in China and was awarded National Undergraduate Scholarship. Her thesis entitled “Political Risk Analysis on China’s OFDI to Developed Countries: the Case of China’s OFDI to the United States” was awarded Outstanding Thesis of Bachelor Degree in Hubei Province in 2011. With international educational background and studying a international-focused major, Ying has a keen sense in looking at community development, economic policy analysis, and regional economic competitiveness from a global perspective. Her past internship experience includes research work in regional investment center in local government in China, managerial assistance and grant development in IMANI HOUSE INC. Liberia program, and oversea volunteering in Cambodia.

Julianne Norman

Research Associate
January 2013 – May 2013

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Julianne joined Fourth Economy in January 2013 as a grant writing and research intern. Currently, Julianne is a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs where she is pursuing a Masters of Public and International Affairs with a concentration in Human Security. She is the Vice President of the European Union and the World student organization in GSPIA and serves in her program’s student cabinet. Before attending the University of Pittsburgh, Julianne spent ten months in rural France teaching English.

While an undergraduate French and religion major, Julianne successfully wrote and won two competitive grants from her university funding independent research projects in Hanoi, Vietnam and Delhi, India. She spent significant time abroad as well while studying in Paris, France and interning at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. During her senior year, she was accepted to present her senior research thesis at the Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures.

Andrea Ortu

Research Associate
May 2012 – August 2012

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Andrea Ortu joins Fourth Economy as a student at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College where she is studying to receive her M.S. in Public Policy and Management with a concentration in policy analysis. She received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Economics from the College of New Jersey. Her past internship experience includes work in government and legislative affairs, and economic research in the areas of health, finance, and government assistance programs.

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Laura Ross

Research Associate
August 2013 – Present

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Laura is an intern at Fourth Economy where she supports the team by assisting with various research and writing projects, such as performing data collection for economic impact studies and compiling information on community programs. She is currently a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, where she is pursuing a Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management. Ultimately, she plans to leverage her degree and experience to work in social sector consulting on issues of sustainability and economic development. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Laura worked as a paralegal for the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, where she performed legal research and assisted with case development and management . She has also worked as an intern for various non-profit organizations, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and Poverty Resolutions in State College, PA, where she oversaw the establishment of a micro-finance initiative in Haiti.
 

Frank Sottile

Marketing Coordinator
May 2013 – August 2013

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Frank joins Fourth Economy as a Marketing & Communications Intern for the Summer of 2013. Frank recently completed his second semester in Point Park University’s Journalism & Mass Communication (JMCMA) Master’s degree program. Prior to graduate school, Frank spent many years as a Graphic Designer and Art Director. He has experienced a variety of work environments from print shops to agencies. Most recently Frank spent nearly nine years as Senior Graphic Designer for the City of Falls Church, Virginia supporting all functions of the City government including creating and maintaining consistent branding for the City. He also supplied the visuals for the City’s annual budget document, as well as the Economic Development Office and Planning Department collateral materials including comprehensive and small area plan proposals. His particular area of interest is branding and creating consistently effective visual messaging to reinforce the integrity and authenticity of a particular organization, corporation or other group.

Alison Wakefield

Research Associate
May 2012 – August 2012

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Alison is a Research Associate at Fourth Economy as she pursues her Masters in Community Planning at the University of Maryland College Park where she is exploring links between economic development approaches and social equity. Prior to her graduate studies, Alison implemented and managed international development programs focused on strengthening the private health sector’s role in the health systems of numerous African and Asian countries. She holds two Bachelors degrees in American Studies and French from the University of Maryland College Park.

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Nikki Williams

Marketing Coordinator
January 2013 – May 2013

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Nikki Williams joins the Fourth Economy team for the Spring 2013 semester as the Marketing Coordinator. She is a Junior at Point Park University, currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Communications. She has taken classes in Journalism, Desktop Publishing, Information Graphics, and Social Media.

She was a member of the United Student Government for a year and a half where she served as Press Secretary for a semester and focused on social media strategy, writing press releases, and marketing for events.

Nikki also interned at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership where she worked as the Marketing/Communications/Events Intern for the Summer of 2012. She contributed to the weekly e-newsletter as well as updated the Facebook, Twitter, and website for the organization. She also helped with planning and advertising for Downtown events.

Nikki hopes to continue working in the fields of marketing, social media, and graphic design.

Maia Woluchem

Research Associate
September 2012 – December 2012

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Maia joins Fourth Economy as a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, working towards a B.S. in Economics and a minor in French. She has also been a student of the School for International Training in Geneva, Switzerland and Rabat, Morocco, where she studied Global Health and Development Policy and presented independent research on interventions for smallholder agriculture. Before joining Fourth Economy, Maia held an internship with the Lawrenceville Corporation and conducted research with both the Department of Economics and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh.