Follow Along With Our Nathan Scholar Summer Interns

The Nathan Scholars Program is an exclusive internship opportunity at University of the Pacific. Thanks to a generous gift from Dr. John C. Beyer ’62, two students will receive course credits while gaining real-world experience this summer at Dr. Beyer’s Virginia-based economics consulting firm, Nathan Associates, Inc. The internship will enhance Pacific’s commitment to experiential learning by relating classroom theory to the world of work, and will help to deepen the understanding of economics and its practical application to our daily lives.

We invite you to follow along this summer as our Nathan Scholar interns, Courtney Bye and Kaya Dantzler, blog about their experience.

Meet the Interns

Courtney Bye 




Major: Applied Economics, Minor in Chinese Studies
Hometown: Blaine, MN
Career Aspiration: To work in the International Development field on poverty alleviation and sustainable development. A dream career would be to work for the United Nations Development Program.
What She’s Looking Forward to Most: I’m looking forward to gaining experience in the professional consulting world using economic analysis and research. I’m also excited to simply learn as much as possible from my coworkers and our projects about how to use economics to help solve some of the biggest problems around the world.





Kaya Dantzler 




Major: Development and Cultural Change, Economics
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Career Aspiration: Diplomat in the Economics Division stationed in West Africa
What She’s Looking Forward to Most: Exploring the city and delving into American History with experiential activities via visits to monuments, memorials, and museums. My weekend schedule will probably resemble that of the average primary or middle school field trip schedule, so I’ll be sure to wear my bright orange Pacific shirt with my permission slip in tow every week. I also hope to gain a greater perspective regarding what it takes to plan and implement successful development projects overseas. Ultimately, I wish to gain more insight on how private industry can be an engine for positive and progressive socioeconomic transformations in all societies. I also anticipate Independence Day in the nation’s capital will be an extraordinary experience.





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Click here to learn more about the Nathan Scholar’s Program.

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