Chelsea Kazlauskas, from Battle Creek, Michigan, is a Michigan State University alumna with a degree in economics. As a second-year student in the Master of Public Policy program, Chelsea successfully completed an internship at the Citizens Research Council of Michigan this past summer. The Citizens Research Council is a not-for-profit public affairs research organization that has the mission of providing factual, unbiased, independent information on significant issues concerning state and local government organization and finance.
Chelsea was tasked with researching and mapping the status of public health in Michigan. Primarily, she examined the myriad different services required at each level of government and their funding streams. At its core, the mission was to look at how Michigan spends money on public health and to determine if its organizations are receiving adequate funding, with the end-goal of making public health policy recommendations. Chelsea said that she welcomed the opportunity to see how research is done outside of academia and enjoyed the dynamism of such an organization.
Upon graduation, Chelsea is interested in working in research organizations or think tanks on either public health or her other passion, environmental policy.