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Institute for Emerging Issues

Meet Adam, IEI’s New Communications Intern

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University is excited to welcome NC State undergraduate student Adam Sichel as its new communications intern. During the 2023-24 academic year, Adam will be writing stories, creating digital media and documenting IEI events as it relates to the Talent First Economic Community Cohort.

Major: Political Science 
Graduation year: 2024
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Extracurricular activities: Hillel @ NC State, Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, intramural sports
Hobbies: Playing guitar, trying out new recipes, exploring hidden gems across the state

Q: What interests you about working with IEI as a communications intern?

A: Working with IEI as a communications intern will allow me to get a close-up view of the social change happening within this state. It is one thing to learn about policy development and local government in class, but it is another to get to work with leaders at the ground level who are affecting real change in their community. I am excited to not only report on these change-makers within the state, but to highlight the ways in which IEI is supporting marginalized communities in creating sustainable economic futures.

Q: What do you believe is the biggest emerging issue facing our state?

A: I believe that the biggest emerging issue facing our state is the lack of proper investment in North Carolina’s marginalized/most vulnerable communities. From people with IDDs (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) unable to access quality jobs, to immigrant communities struggling to navigate the education system, I believe that the fate of North Carolina rests on how both the private, public and non-profit sectors address the multitude of issues facing the state’s most vulnerable populations. Addressing these issues would not only impact communities who are often not considered within economic and education policy, but would also allow these communities to become more active civic participants and lead educators on oft-ignored issues.