Author: Amy Suntoke

Start Early and Be Creative in Your Internship Search

I spent the summer interning at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), an independent, non-partisan think tank in DC that conducts research on migration, immigration and demographic issues. MPI also publishes an online journal, the Migration Information Source, which provides up-to-date information on migration-related issues.    During my internship, I worked primarily with the Communications Team. Using social media, I helped disseminate new research the institution published. I also helped the Migration Information Source editor review and edit articles for publication. In some instances, this involved repurposing longer pieces to fit the required style and length requirements. At other times, this simply involved editing for style and substance. Finally, I helped research and co-author an article for the Migration Information Source about the intersection of migration and development policy in Canada, Europe and the United States.    I’ve always been interested in working at a think tank, and this internship was a perfect opportunity to learn how a public policy organization functions and how policy research is generated. Getting an inside view of the research process that goes into producing reports and briefings at a think tank made me realize that I really enjoyed the think tank environment and the process that goes into producing reports and briefings. In addition, all staff members at MPI, including senior staff, were more than willing invest in the interns, providing career advice and...

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Can We Tax Our Way to Health?

According to the CDC, about one-third of American adults are obese, and obesity-related diseases are becoming a leading cause of death in the United States. Lack of exercise, increased portion sizes and a variety of other factors has led to increasing obesity rates in the United States. It has become one of the largest public health challenges facing the country. There are a variety of options to combat this problem, one of which is a tax on unhealthy food. But what would it look like, and how would it work?   Nearly a month ago, Denmark instituted a national tax on foods with high levels of fat, and other European countries are considering similar options. The tax works like any other, increasing the price in the hopes of driving down the demand. While the tax in Denmark did stir some debate, it generally had broad support among politicians and citizens. The Danish government hopes a tax on unhealthy food will discourage poor eating habits and improve the general health of its citizens. In addition, the tax would generate much needed revenue for governments facing large deficits.   There are many reasons why such a tax was passed in Denmark without much resistance. One of the prime reasons is the idea of the welfare state. Denmark, like lots of other countries in Europe, has a high tax rate, with some...

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