Intern Spotlight: Lizzy Steffensmeier

Author: Staff

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 Summer 2021 intern class includes 14 of Notre Dame’s best and brightest students. Meet one of them now. 

Meet Lizzy

Class of 2023

Lizzy Steffensmeier

Coming in as a new member of the LEO undergraduate team this summer is Lizzy Steffensmeier, a rising junior from Columbus, Ohio, studying economics and political science. As a Project Development intern, she works in the beginning stages of the research pipeline helping identify and assess the work of organizations that are fighting poverty. 

We asked Lizzy why she was interested in working with LEO: “I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to intern with LEO so that I can work toward improving the well-being of others by helping to generate evidence useful for providers and policymakers to use in the fight against poverty.”

When she’s not working with LEO, Lizzy is involved on campus with the Jubilee Initiative for Financial Inclusion (JIFFI), which is a non-profit emergency microlender in South Bend. 

We also asked Lizzy about her favorite spot on campus: “You can often find me at the benches around St. Joseph's lake, which are my favorite spots on campus (and in the world), or hammocking on North Quad.”