“I’m interested in a lot of topics on a national level,” said policy/economics major Abby Boettcher ’21. “And I’m getting to see it all play out on a local level.”
As a 2019 APPLES summer intern with Wake County Commissioner Matt Calabria, Boettcher spent a summer conducting policy research on a variety of issues, including increasing voter registration and reducing gun violence. Made possible by the sponsorship of retired director of the Office of Economic and Business Development Jesse White, this internship experience both developed Boettcher’s skills and influenced local policy.
“What Abby’s been doing is going to fuel a lot of my work for months,” said Calabria. “It’s been very easy to trust Abby with serious issues, and I think she’s responded in kind by producing high-level, thoughtful work. That will fuel policy outcomes in the future.”