VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota student JoElla Kleinhesselink has been selected for the prestigious Peter G. Peterson Foundation (PGPF) Fiscal Internship program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Washington, D.C.
Through the PGPF Fiscal Internship program, interns work at leading think tanks in Washington to conduct research and analysis on some of the nation’s most pressing fiscal and economic issues.
“I feel quite honored to have been selected, and I am excited to represent USD and demonstrate to everyone that our programs here can compete with some of the top colleges in the nation,” Kleinhesselink said.
Kleinhesselink, a rising junior political science and economics double major and history and mathematics minor and Honors student, will do research for 10 weeks with experts in economics and public policy at the Mercatus Center.
“The Mercatus Center's mission statement is to enhance our understanding of economics and apply it to public policy, which I see as the perfect combination of my two majors,” Kleinhesselink. “I look forward to doing research with some of the most creative minds in the political economy sphere and trying to find my niche and determining what direction I want to take with my life.”
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas — bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is a non-partisan organization dedicated to addressing America’s long-term fiscal challenges to ensure a better economic future.