Where do you go to school and what are you studying towards?
I am currently a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Urban Studies.
What attracted you to Reinvestment Fund for a summer internship?
I was drawn to the Reinvestment Fund because of the applied nature of its research; I could see that my work would be of use to others in the housing sector. Furthermore, I was attracted to the social orientation of the work because I am motivated by people and their quality of life, not solely money.
What are some of the things you will be working on for Reinvestment Fund during your internship? What do you hope to learn from your internship here?
I am working on several projects—PHFA Minority Homeownership, Mount Vernon Market Analysis, Childcare Project and the Eviction Study. For the first two projects, I am doing data analysis using SQL. For childcare, I am doing fishnet validaiton using arcGIS. Finally, for the eviction study I am undergoing qualitative analysis through participant observations in Landlord-Tenant court weekly. I am hoping to improve my coding skills during my time at Reinvestment Fund.
Share something interesting you have learned about Reinvestment Fund or the industry in your time here.
I have learned to write up my field notes the day-of observation, no later, because the detail and nuance of the write up dramatically decreases with time. Furthermore, I have learned that its okay not to know how to do something and Reinvestment Fund is just the place to learn new skills; the staff at Reinvestment Fund are great mentors and have given me space to self-teach and make mistakes as well as given me detailed feedback to improve my coding skills.
Is there anything else you would like to share that we didn’t ask you?
I am staying on next semester as an intern at the Reinvestment Fund to work on a study on the relationship between eviction and foreclosure as part of my senior thesis at UPenn.
College(s) attended: University of Pennsylvania for a degree in Urban Studies