Aug. 18, 2015
Having the chance to attend college in the nation's capital provides a wealth of opportunities and members of the Georgetown University women's golf team, like most of their classmates on the Hilltop, try to take advantage of those opportunities as much as possible.
When the school year is down and the college golf season has ended, some members of the team continued playing, some traveled and some began internships that could help them in their post-graduate careers.
Rising senior golfer Patricia Lee (Lone Tree, Colo./Highlands Ranch) spent most of her summer in the District, working as a policy intern for the United States Tax Foundation, a position she said was "much more interesting than it sounds."
Most of Lee's work this summer focused on a project called "Putting a Face on America's Tax Returns." The Tax Foundation is the nation's leading independent tax policy research organization. It was founded in 1937 and the organization collects data and publishes research studies on tax policies at the federal and state levels.
The project she has been working on, "Putting a Face on America's Tax Returns," is a chart book that goes in-depth regarding individual taxpayer's money and looks at where it goes, income inequality, poverty and loopholes within the tax system.
"Overall, I have learned a tremendous amount of information and improved my research and writing skills," Lee said. "Most importantly, I realize how important tax policy is on the individual level and the direct impact it has on people's behavior."
A government major and sociology minor, this opportunity has given Lee the chance to look closely at the policy side of things, but she is hoping for a career on the political side working in campaigns and political consulting
The highlight for this project, of course, will be when the book is published.
In addition to her work, Lee took advantage of D.C. life and went to briefings and heard notable speakers, including Senator Ted Cruz, Nine Olson, Rep. Paul Ryan, Ambassador Dan Feldman and Elise Stefanik (the youngest elected Congresswoman at age 30). She also was able to see a pair of Supreme Court cases presented, Obergefell v. Hodges and King v. Burwell.
Georgetown had its most successful year in program history in 2014-15, winning a pair of tournaments and posting top-five finishes five times and placing among the top 10 seven times. The Blue & Gray won the Lady Blue Hen Invitational in the fall and their own tournament, the Hoya Invitational, during the spring. The Hoyas closed out the year with a runner-up finish at the BIG EAST Championship.