Alex Stegbauer (MPP ‘19) spent his summer outside the classroom, learning valuable skills and assisting local Detroit residents in navigating tax policies in his internship with Quicken Loans through the InnovateGov Internship program. Alex, a second year Master of Public Policy student at MSU, is passionate about public policy because he knows how closely it can affect every aspect of our lives; over the summer, Alex saw first-hand the positive impact public policies can have on local communities.
Alex was found his internship through the InnovateGov Internship program. During his time with the Quicken Loans’ Community Fund Housing Stability team in Detroit, Alex helped 20 community groups run workshops to assist Detroit residents applying for property tax exemptions. Alex enjoyed the real world experiences his internship provided and feels more aware of the issues facing Detroit residents. Alex’s most important advice for those entering a internship or new job is to always make yourself available and willing to help, even if it falls outside of your specific job responsibilities – you might learn new skills and strengthen your working relationships in the process. He advises first-year MPP students to begin researching and applying to potential internships early in the year to find the right fit.
Alex’s main policy interest is election policy, with a specific focus on voter ID requirements and how these may affect voter behavior. He hopes to eventually work in policy evaluation to measure the effectiveness of policies and to one day have a positive influence on future policy. Alex loves nature, and enjoys hiking in his spare time and playing with his cat. In the future, Alex would like to live out west, near the Rocky Mountains. His most memorable trip was to Isle Royale National Park, where he studied the local wolf and moose populations. Alex is on track to graduate this spring from the MPP program.