Meet Our Summer 2023 Interns: Ean Amberger & Grey Beaubien

The Sycamore Institute is excited to host three excellent interns this summer. We’ve asked Ean and Grey to share a little about themselves below. A post about our third intern, Fiona, is also forthcoming.

Now, let’s meet Ean and Grey!


Ean Amberger

Name: Ean Amberger

School: American University

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies: Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, & Government

HometownIndianapolis, IN

Why did you want to intern at the Sycamore Institute?

Once I transition out of the Army, I would like to assist in developing federal policy. One of my jobs in the military was to research certain international policy issues. The research highlighted my interest in domestic policy. I appreciate the Sycamore Institute’s nonpartisan, approachable voice and am excited about the ability to work on economic policy issues.

Where do you want to be in 15 years?

In 15 years, I hope to be settled down with a family out in the DC area. Hopefully, I will be working to influence economic federal public policy on issues like taxes, revenues, or other similar topics.

What are your interests and activities outside of school?

I enjoy cooking in my free time. I am not the best cook, but I love experimenting with recipes on YouTube.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I own a leopard gecko.



Grey Beaubien

Name: Greyson “Grey” Beaubien

School: Rice University

Major: Social Policy Analysis and Statistics

Hometown: Dickson, TN

Why did you want to intern at The Sycamore Institute?

In a social policy class last semester one of my professors brought in a guest speaker from an organization called January Advisors. He talked about how he and his colleagues use data to help governments and nonprofits work to find solutions to housing insecurity and evictions. I thought it was a super interesting intersection of two things I am passionate about and I wanted to find somewhere that was doing similar work closer to home. The Sycamore Institute checked these boxes because of its data-driven approach to policy writing, rigorous research standards, and nonpartisan approach.

Where do you want to be in 15 years?

Both of my parents work in public education, and I have gotten to witness firsthand the life-changing impact public schools can have on students and a community. I am also influenced by Matthew Desmond’s ethnographical research on housing, poverty, and eviction. In 15 years, I want to work in some sort of public policy field focused on education and housing policy. This could be in government, a think tank, a research organization, or something else entirely. Whatever it is, I want to be developing the skills to analyze and recommend policy decisions that make people’s lives better.

What are your interests and activities outside of school?

Outside of school/work, I enjoy being active, distance running in particular. I love watching sports, especially college football and Formula 1. I am also a devoted listener of This American Life and NPR.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

Public policy isn’t the only thing I am working on this summer. When I am not at the Sycamore Institute, I work as a barista at a coffee shop in Dickson called House Blend.

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