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Student Development



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Ana Maria Zárate Moreno

Analyst, Inter-American Development Bank
World Bank Fellow, 2014

"The Center provided me with the analytical skills I needed, and gave me a sense of community as an international student."


Regulatory Studies Fellowship

Fellowship Brochure (PDF)

The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Fellowship offers a unique, cross-cutting perspective on how federal regulations are developed. Experience in the Office of Management and Budget is invaluable for anyone interested in working in or with the federal government, and the Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within OMB is the key policy coordination office for federal regulatory, statistical and information policy.

GW Regulatory Studies Fellows work under the guidance of OIRA policy analysts to coordinate interagency review of selected federal regulations under Executive Order 12866. Fellows analyze regulatory impacts (benefits, costs and qualitative effects) of selected regulations and collections of information, and coordinate with other federal agencies to ensure the regulations are consistent with statutory intent, administration policy and regulatory principles.

Applications for the Summer term will be reviewed on a rolling basis but must be received no later than 5:00 pm ET on February 1, 2022.

Successful applicants will:

  • Be enrolled in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration
  • Have completed PPPA 6014: Economics in Policy Analysis or equivalent coursework in applied intermediate microeconomics (Completion of PPPA 6015: Benefit-Cost Analysis and/or PPPA 6056: Regulatory Comment Clinic is desirable, but not required.)
  • Due to OMB rules, applicants must also be U.S. citizens.

To apply, submit:

  • Resume, including relevant coursework
  • Cover letter describing your interest in the fellowship
  • Name and contact information for two references (at least one should be a Trachtenberg School faculty member)

Please email application materials to [email protected]

Recipients of the GW Regulatory Studies Fellowship will receive $6,750 in three installments and are expected to complete 35 hours per week for 12 weeks during the summer term, or $4,500 in three installments for 20 hours per week for 13 weeks, during the spring or fall terms.

Interested in supporting this unique program for GW graduate students? You may make an online directed tax-deductible donation to the GW Regulatory Studies Fellowship fund. One hundred percent of your donation goes to providing the student stipends, not administration or overhead.

Thank you!

Featured Recipients:

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John Bertino

John Bertino was the Regulatory Studies Fellow in the Fall of 2019. John interned with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and is currently a Graduate Assistant with the Regualtory Studies Center.

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Lindsay Abate

Lindsay was a Regulatory Studies Fellow at OIRA in 2015, and was also a Graduate Assistant with the Regulatory Studies Center in 2014. Lindsay is now a Policy Analyst at OIRA.

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Joe Nye

Joe was a Regulatory Studies Fellow at OIRA in 2014, and is now a Policy Analyst at OIRA.

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Ana Maria Zárate Moreno

Ana Maria was a Regulatory Studies Fellow with the Doing Business unit at the World Bank. Ana Maria was also a Graduate Assistant at the Regulatory Studies Center and is currently a Technical Advisor of the Strategic Development Program for Institutions at the Inter-American Development Bank.

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Tanner Daniel

Tanner was a Regulatory Studies Fellow in 2012 at OIRA, and he is now Vice President for Congressional Relations at the American Bankers Association.

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Michael McManus

Michael was a Regulatory Studies Fellow in 2015 at OIRA, and was also a Graduate Assistant with the Regulatory Studies Center. Michael is now a Policy Analyst at OIRA.

Courses at the George Washington University

GW's Dept. of Political Science recently asked students about their favorite classes and professors at GW.  Carl Rothenhaus said the following:

"Professor Steven Balla's regulation elective class, because I feel like I use the knowledge from that class the most in my everyday life.

Carl Rothenhaus

Major: Political Science
Class of 2021, with Honors

Professor Susan Dudley is a former administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a role commonly referred to as the “Regulatory Czar” in popular media. GW students interested in learning from a leading expert in regulatory policy, with regular guest speakers from congressional offices, executive agencies and other important institutions, are encouraged to enroll in PPPA 6056: Regulatory Comment Clinic.

Other courses comprising the Regulatory Policy field of the Trachtenberg School are available on the school's website.

The Regulatory Studies Center supports a number of professors currently teaching courses at GW with students who are leading candidates to be employed at government agencies and other public service offices. Here are just a few excellent courses GW students can take from our faculty members:

PPPA 6056

Regulatory Comment Clinic

Susan Dudley leads this course which teaches students how to effectively analyze and submit comments on rulemaking activity.

PPPA 6015

Benefit-Cost Analysis

Joseph Cordes instructs students on how to conduct and review benefit-cost analysis of regulations.

PPPA 6003

Economics of Public Decision-Making

Christopher Carrigan develops students critical thinking and analytical skills to be better potential managers of public institutions.

PSC 8217

Executive Branch Politics

Steven Balla helps students understand the structure and operation of government bureaucracy.


Graduate Assistants

In addition to the Regulatory Studies Fellowship and the courses taught by Center scholars, we also offer graduate assistant opportunities for students to work with our staff.  These opportunities give students first-hand experience with the rulemaking process, develops their analytical capabilities, and helps build on the professional development skills they are learning at GW.  Many of our graduate assistants have gone on to work for the Center full-time, or have landed great employment opportunities connected to the work that they did at the Regulatory Studies Center.  Here's just a few of the great students that have been or are currently graduate assistants, and please feel free to contact the Center if you would like to learn more.

Current Graduate Assistants

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Layvon Washington

Layvon is a PhD Candidate in the GW Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Administration, and a Research Assistant with the GW Regulatory Studies Center.

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Dylan Desjardins

Dylan is a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science student at GW, and a Research Assistant at the GW Regulatory Studies Center.


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Varun Shah

Varun is a Master of Science in Data Science student at GW, and a Research Assistant with the GW Regulatory Studies Center.

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Timberley Thompson

Timberley is a Master of Public Policy student at GW, and a Research Assistant with the GW Regulatory Studies Center.

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Emily Levin

Emily is a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a Minor in Economics student at GW, and a Research Assistant at the GW Regulatory Studies Center.



Former Assistants - What are they doing now?

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Sofie Miller

Sofie Miller was the Center's first graduate assistant, and after growing her role into a senior policy analyst at the Center she has gone on to work for two federal agencies.

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Zhoudan Xie

Zoey is currently a senior policy analyst at the Center and the skills she developed as a graduate assistant have helped her publish research in academic journals.

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Aryamala Prasad

Aryamala was a graduate assistant with the Center from 2015-2019. She recently published an article on public participation in the rulemaking process in an academic journal, and completed her Ph.D. in the Trachtenberg School.