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Paul Franklin, Wallerstein Scholar

Paul interned in the Cooper Center for Economic and Policy Studies, learning how to forecast Virginia electricity demand and analyzing the effects of coal tax credits. 

“The experience...set me up for success on the job hunt. I had great interviews with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the IRS- they were really curious about my [internship] experience."

Paul Franklin

Center for Economic and Policy Studies Intern

Paul was a fourth-year undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying Statistics and History, when he completed his internship.

Why did you choose the Wallerstein Scholars Program?

I chose the program because it offered one on one time with economics and statistics experts and university faculty. I also really enjoyed the interview with Dr. Gunter.

What projects did you work on as a Wallerstein Scholar?

I worked on two projects. The first was with Dr. Shobe, who showed me how to forecast Virginia electricity demand with a state space model. Later on, I piggy backed onto Dr. Rephann’s project. He conducted difference in differences analysis to deduce whether coal tax credits affect production and employment across the country.

What was your favorite part of the internship?

I loved learning cutting edge statistical models. It was also exciting to understand economic trends across vast areas. The Center gave me access to tons of data I couldn’t have found elsewhere. It was really satisfying contributing to the body of environmental economic knowledge.

What did you learn as a result of this internship?

I learned to be confident with my research findings and to take every opportunity to learn from experts.

Would you recommend the Wallerstein Scholars Program to future students?

I would VERY highly recommend the Program. It set me up for success in my undergraduate classes. I was much better at coding by the end of the summer. The experience also set me up for success on the job hunt. I had great interviews with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the IRS- they were really curious about my experience that summer.