Meet Our Summer 2020 Interns: Morgan and Lauren

Summer 2020 Sycamore Institute Interns

The Sycamore Institute would like to offer a warm welcome to two new interns who are working with our staff this summer. We asked Morgan and Lauren to share a little bit about themselves below.

If you or someone you know are interested in an internship with The Sycamore Institute, please visit Applications for Fall 2020 internships are due August 15.

Now, let’s meet Morgan and Lauren!


Morgan Hartgrove sqName: Morgan Hartgrove

School: Undergrad: University of Tennessee Law School: University of Cincinnati College of Law

Major: College Scholars- Health Policy and Public Health

Hometown: Maryville, Tennessee

Why did you want to intern at The Sycamore Institute?

The Sycamore Institute stood out to me because of their data-driven, nonpartisan approach to address issues affecting Tennessee’s health and prosperity. I’ve seen firsthand that when we engage with policy on the forefront, we can create better outcomes for others, and I want to work towards a Tennessee where health and well-being are tangible for all. I’m looking forward to learning more about state government operations and growing my experience in the policy field.

Where do you want to be in 15 years?

I want to be back in my home state of Tennessee using my legal and analytical skills to advocate for research, resources, and effective policies to promote health and well-being.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I love making charcuterie boards for friends and family!


Lauren Mitchell sq

Name: Lauren Mitchell

School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Major: Masters in Public Health Policy

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee


Why did you want to intern at The Sycamore Institute?

As a lifelong Tennessean, I am passionate about what we can do to improve our state. While Tennessee faces certain challenges, we also have unique resources and a resilient spirit. I figured the best way to employ both my passions and my talents would be to intern at the Sycamore Institute.

Where do you want to be in 15 years?

I would like to be creating and influencing health policy either at the local, state, or national level.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I like to collect magnets from everywhere I travel—my fridge is covered!

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