CEPM Research Internships

Jackson Hole internship at CEPM

Since the founding of the Center for Energy Policy and Management at Washington & Jefferson College in 2012, students have had opportunities to complete research projects and internships through the Center, and with outside organizations, industry leaders, scientists, and advocates, among others.

Examples of completed internships include:

Jack Myint '16

Hla Hpone "Jack" Myint
Class of 2016
Major: Political Science; Economics
Achievements: 2014 Energy Policy Fellow

Jack Myint is a 2014 Energy Policy Fellow at Washington & Jefferson College's Center for Energy Policy and Management (CEPM). He is also an Admission Assistant for International Recruitment at the W&J Office of Admission. Prior to joining the CEPM, Jack worked as a Southeast Asia policy intern for the U.S-ASEAN Business Council in Washington, DC. From 2012 through 2013, he served as a Political Columnist for the Red & Black newspaper and from 2011-2012, worked as a legislative intern for Member of Parliament the Hon. Myint Kyi at the newly established parliament in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar (Burma). Currently in his sophomore year at Washington & Jefferson College with a double-major in Political Science and Economics, Jack is a recipient of the Washington Presidential Scholarship. He is also a Magellan Scholar '13, Prospect Burma (Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel Peace Prize Fund) Scholar '13, a Soros Foundation's Open Society Scholar '13 and a U.S Department of State SEAYLP scholar '10. Originally from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), Jack is fluent in Burmese and English and knows limited working proficiency German.

Maxwell Chomas '15Maxwell Chomas
Class of 2015
Major: Mathematics; Economics
Achievements: Internship with the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs; Research Internship with the W&J Economics Department on Housing Prices in relation to shale gas drilling in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

“The time I spent at the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs (JHCGA) was nothing short of enlightening.  Activities such as the Foreign Policy dialogue at the library and meetings with the affluent members of Jackson over breakfast taught me a great deal about what level of engagement an organization needs in order to establish a vital link to its surrounding community. Not only this, but conversations with my supervisors were chalked full of wonderful insight on what it takes to make it in the world of policy and global affairs. More formally, my daily routine of hunting for funding, attending meetings with board members and staff, along with strategizing on how to get the two proposals we were working on fully funded and ready to go was excellent preparation for any professional job I may hold in the future.”

Alexander Mey '14Alexander Mey
Class of 2014
Major: Economics
Achievements: Research Internship with the CEPM and the W&J Department of Economics on various state severance tax policies with comparison to Pennsylvania’s Act 13

“The research internship I was able to participate in was a great opportunity for me to apply my study of economic theory to a real world topic. I researched various state severance tax policies and compared them to Pennsylvania's Act 13. The internship enabled me to develop the tools and policy knowledge necessary for my future career endeavors in the field of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. These include an understanding of the various externalities associated with severance tax policies' methods of generating revenue. Other than practical research experience, I was able to develop a great working relationship with W&J's Center for Energy Policy and Management and an understanding of their mission at the college. I was also able to develop the communication and time management skills crucial for the completion of professional research and analysis.”

Baleigh McMenaminBayleigh McMenamin
Class of 2014
Majors: Economics, Environmental Studies

Achievements: 2014 Washington & Jefferson College Environmental Studies Prize; 2014 Economics Research Competition, 2 nd place, Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank; 2013 Recipient of the Cargill Grant Award to work with the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; 2013 Research Assistant Intern for the W&J College Center for Energy Policy & Management

Throughout her four years at W&J, Bayleigh McMenamin was involved in a variety of organizations throughout campus, including honor societies, student-run clubs, and innovative committees for sustainable change at the College. In the years 2013-2014, her interest in energy was piqued, sparking two years of intriguing study in all things energy-related. For three weeks during Intersession of 2013, she researched natural gas vehicles with David Wendt and Olivia Meigs in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Says McMenamin, “David and Olivia provided me with such a unique experience in Jackson. I fell in love with not only the breathtaking backdrop of the Teton mountain range, but also the essential mission of Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs: mitigating climate change through cleaner energy practices.”

Ten days after returning from Jackson, McMenamin flew to Lismore, Australia, where she studied Ecological and Environmental Economics at Southern Cross University for four months during the spring semester. Here she learned of “coals seem gas,” which was poorly regarded by many locals within the New South Wales community. “The contrast in attitudes and perspectives towards natural gas extraction in Washington County, Pennsylvania and New South Wales, Australia was extremely educational. It added an entirely new dimension to my study.”

After her semester abroad, McMenamin accepted a position with the W&J CEPM as a Research Intern for the summer and fall of 2013. In this pursuit, she investigated aspects of the “Resource Curse” literature, determining ways in which Washington County could sustainably benefit from Marcellus Shale revenues in the long run. Simultaneously during her senior year, she attended all CEPM lectures and enjoyed networking with energy professionals throughout the tri-state region.

Bayleigh would like to thank Diana Stares, Dr. Leslie Dunn, and Dr. Robert East for supporting her endeavors with the CEPM throughout her time spent at W&J.

Heather Painter '13Heather Painter
Class of 2013
Major: German; English; Political Science
Achievements: 2013 Student Energy Leader Award recipient

Heather Painter, the 2013 recipient of the Center for Energy Policy Management’s Student Energy Leader Award, majored in German, English, and political science and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Washington & Jefferson College. As a student she lead the W&J Model United Nations delegation to their first ever recognition at the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference, where she worked as a committee member on the Ad Hoc Committee on Energy Development representing the country of Vietnam. Heather also won third place in a national essay contest sponsored by the German embassy for her insights into the way American energy policy could be and currently is impacted by existing German policies. She says that the Center for Energy Policy Management provided her with a lot of the research and knowledge she used to secure both recognitions, and is delighted to see that the Center continues to educate the community about many energy related topics. Currently, Heather is a Teach For America corps member at KIPP Delta Elementary Literacy Academy in the Arkansas Delta, where she is an elementary school teacher. Heather enjoys teaching her students creative ways to recycle, among other things, as recycling services are not provided in her area. She also proudly wears her W&J presidents gear on her school’s college t-shirt Fridays!