Cooper Center Interns

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Sarah Benda, intern for Center for Economic & Policy Studies

Sarah completed an independent study on solar energy with the Energy Transition Initiative. She conducted extensive research, wrote several reports, and participated in an energy policy simulator project.

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Savannah Quick

Savannah worked for the Demographics Research Group on numerous projects from assisting with a report on the demographic impact of the Civil War to helping to develop a blog post on fertility trends in Virginia.

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Kim Dinh, Center for Survey Research intern

Kim worked for the Cooper Center for Survey Research as a research assistant on a range of projects from writing methods reports to doing statistical analysis to learning how to be an interview caller. 

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Jamie Newton

Jamie completed an internship with the Sorensen Institute. As part of her internship, she helped to recruit students to the High School Leaders Program and developed a  presentation of Sorensen recruitment efforts for Board members.

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Lauren Coppins

Lauren completed an internship with the Cooper Center Energy Transition Initiative. She worked primarily on helping to develop the Clean Energy Dashboard for the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy.

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Thomas Callen

Thomas worked for the Cooper Center for Economic and Policy Studies on a variety of projects including developing a web application for the SolTax program that allows localities in Virginia to estimate tax revenue by investing in solar.  

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Nadezhda Droujinsky

Nadezhda worked for the Center for Survey Research on client-based projects as a telephone interviewer and has gained a deeper understanding of survey data collection and ethical practices when conducting surveys.   

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Alexis Freitas, Center for Economic & Policy Studies intern

Alexis worked for the Cooper Center for Economic and Policy Studies, Energy Transition Initiative, creating visualizations for an energy dashboard and simulating ways to supply Virginia's electricity demand with renewables.