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Summer Fellowships

The fellowship program was established to assist MIA and BA/MIA students at GPS in conducting high-caliber summer internships related to research on economic growth, equality and market change in the Pacific region.

The Center will help fund two to four GPS students each year for work broadly related to economic analysis and policy research. Awards will range from partial to full support, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Find out more about the fellowship.

2018 Summer Fellows

  • Paola Aleman Ordaz, MIA '19

    Paola Aleman Ordaz, MIA '19

    Paola Aleman Ordaz, MIA '19, interned in Brasilia, Brazil at the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA). As a trade intelligence fellow at CNA, she worked on articles which analyze and compare trade partnerships, such as Brazil-China and Mexico-U.S. By the end of the internship, Aleman Ordaz finalized an analysis on Brazil’s trade potential with Mexico and Canada, and an analysis of Brazil’s tariff preferences with other Latin American countries. At GPS she studied international economics and international politics, with a regional focus on China.

  • Matthew Heiden, MIA '19

    Matthew Heiden, MIA '19

    Matthew Heiden, MIA '19, interned in Geneva, Switzerland at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). As an intern in the Africa section, he worked on one of UNCTAD’s flagship publications, the Economic Development in Africa Report. The 2018 version of the report is focusing on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, and Heiden did quantitative research on how the agreement should be structured to generate the greatest possible increase in welfare for the continent. At GPS he studied international economics, with a regional focus on Latin America.
  • Kangyu (Mark) Wang, MIA '19

    Kangyu (Mark) Wang, MIA '19

    Kangyu (Mark) Wang, MIA '19, interned in Washington, D.C. at the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI’s) for political economy chair Nicholas Eberstadt, who is a demographer and North Korea expert. Wang noted that all the effort that he put into figuring out every Stata command was valued and appreciated when dealing with much larger and more complex databases at AEI as well as writing detailed memos. At GPS he studied international economics, with a regional focus on China.
  • Liana Wong, MIA '19

    Liana Wong, MIA '19

    Liana Wong, MIA ‘19, interned in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Treasury in the Office of International Affairs within the South and Southeast Asia desks. Since Treasury leads U.S. engagement in Multilateral Development Banks, Wong learned about the current economic environment of emerging markets in the region from a U.S. and multilateral perspective. In addition to extracting data to update charts and background reports, Wong conducted quantitative and qualitative research on contemporary issues such as fintech development through Chinese foreign direct investment in the region. At GPS she studied international economics, with a regional focus on Korea.