LEO’s undergraduate interns gain real-world experience working on research to better understand and unleash effective poverty interventions. They work on all aspects of our projects including exploratory research, data analysis, project management, marketing and communications, and administration.
Our 2021 Academic Year intern class includes 12 of Notre Dame’s best and brightest students. Meet one of them now.
Class of 2023
Charlie is a Finance and Economics double major from Portland, Oregon returning to his role on the LEO undergraduate team as a Research Assistant. After spending the summer helping conduct program evaluations for homelessness prevention programs, this school year he looks forward to working on projects that may ultimately prove essential to getting people back on their feet after COVID. “Hopefully our research can also build general knowledge around how to give people a boost after a difficult economic event, so we can help people out more the next time the economy suffers a blow,” said Charlie.
When asked about why we wanted to work at LEO, Charlie went on: “I wanted to come work at LEO because it is a perfect intersection of my skills in economics and my desire to help people at the margins of our society. At LEO, I believe I can really help people while also honing my skills in economic analysis and research in general.”
Beyond LEO, Charlie has been involved on campus with a program called Moneythink, which promotes financial literacy for students in the area. For Moneythink, before the pandemic, he went into local South Bend high schools and taught basic financial literacy such as how credit and debit cards work, how to make a savings plan, and how personal banking works.
We also asked Charlie about his favorite spot on campus: “My favorite spot on campus is St. Mary's Lake--I love going for runs around the lake.”