Intern Spotlight: Michael O’Loughlin

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 Michael

Class of 2023

Michael Oloughlin

Joining the LEO team for the first time this summer is Michael, an Economics and Political Science double major from Norfolk, Massachusetts. As a Data Planning intern, he will be researching administrative data sources, creating a database of details on state level administrative data, and supporting LEO’s work to design and execute impact evaluations that use administrative data to analyze outcomes.

We asked Michael why he chose to work for LEO.

“Working at LEO provides me with the unique opportunity to apply what I’ve learned in the classroom as an economics student at Notre Dame to serve people in need,” he said. “I chose to study at Notre Dame because I believe in the importance of learning for the purpose of applying my knowledge for the betterment of others. LEO, with its collaborative and innovative approach to fighting poverty with empirical research, has given me the opportunity to do just that and to work toward becoming a force for good in the world.”

Outside of his work with LEO, Michael is involved with various Notre Dame music groups on campus. He’s in both the Band of the Fighting Irish, where he plays saxophone and is a member of the Irish Guard, and also the Notre Dame Glee Club, where he is a baritone and serves as one of the Secretaries.

We also asked Michael if he has a favorite place on campus. “My favorite spot on campus is the Grotto,” he said. “It’s the perfect place to reflect, pray, or just enjoy a few quiet moments away from the busyness of life at Notre Dame.