CREC Internship Profile: Jaleel Reed
Each year, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) hires a number of interns who help the organization during the busy summer period. Each is offered an opportunity to learn how the organization helps municipalities, states, and regions respond to changes in local job markets; and CREC specifically works with undergraduate and graduate students who need academic credit. Most internships attract students who major in economics, public policy / administration, urban planning, and governmental affairs. As part of a series on student learning, CREC looks back on conversations with interns who discussed their passion for helping regional competitiveness.
Intern name: Jaleel Reed
Graduate Program: Dual Master’s in Community/Regional Planning and Environmental Studies
School: University of Oregon
1. What brought you to CREC?
• I initially joined CREC as an intern after applying to a posting forwarded to me from a regional planning colleague based in Washington D.C.
2. What professional passions have you been able to further grow while interning at CREC?
Professionally, my passions include assisting communities in their respective capacities to be economically resilient, whether that be weathering the storms of shifting economies or exploring economic diversification, as well as supporting communities in their making critical decisions pursuant to improving the quality of life of their constituencies. While interning at CREC I was able to take steps toward exploring and analyzing data that could provide such support.
3. As an intern, you worked on CREC’s project with the Progress Lakeshore Foundation. Tell us about that experience.
The Progress Lakeshore Foundation of Wisconsin tasked CREC with developing an in-depth Value-Supply Chain Analysis of Industry Clusters in the Lakeshore Sub Region of the New North. Specifically, I assisted with the analysis of the supply chain, in addition to suggesting supplier and market opportunities, for the metal fabrications portion of the region’s manufacturing industry sector.
4. Tell us about the research you have been able to do on the California Community Colleges System project.
As a full-time employee with CREC, I worked on CREC and the LMI Institute’s project for California Community Colleges to determine the prevalence of certifications and licenses in California’s workforce. Through my participation on this project, I learned how the data I analyzed could support program and policy analysis/decision-making for various economic and workforce development institutions.