Photos: Lisa Fan (left) and Soobean Jo (right).

GOV/LAB interns from MIT, Wellesley, and other Boston area schools work on a variety of research tasks, including literature reviews, data cleaning and analysis, writing, and more. Interested students should email GOV/LAB manager Alisa Zomer (azomer(at) to learn more.


Lisa Fan is a senior majoring in Political Science and minoring
in Economics at Wellesley College. At GOV/LAB, Lisa is examining government
accountability actors, as well as citizen engagement and voter behavior in East
Africa. She spent her junior year studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
at the University of Oxford. Over the summer, Lisa interned at Global Trade
Watch, a public interest group, and researched investment arbitration
provisions in trade agreements. Following graduation, she hopes to further
develop her research skills and interest in the global political economy by
pursuing graduate school in the future. Contact Lisa at yfan(at)

Soobean Jo is currently a sophomore at Wellesley College,
studying Economics. She hopes to pursue a career focused in public policy. Soobean was actively involved with the recent presidential election,
campaigning in New Hampshire, and interning at the State of New York’s
Commission on Judicial Conduct. At MIT GOV/LAB, she is working under PhD Candidate Leah Rozensweig, exploring the role of traditional leaders on citizen decision making in
East Africa. Aside from academics, Soobean volunteers at Mission Hill Afterschool
Program as a counselor and tutor throughout the school year. Contact Soobean at sjo(at)