Student Spotlight: Sammy Flitton


Originally a Salt Lake City local, Sammy joined the Sorenson Impact Center as an Impact Fellow from his studies at Oxford University in the U.K.

Graduate Degree: MPhil; Politics, University of Oxford
Concentration: European Politics and International Relations
Anticipated graduation: June 2018
Undergraduate Degree: BS International Studies, University of Utah
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

What is the most interesting project you've worked on during your time at Sorenson Impact? 

One of the most interesting projects I was involved with was working on a new student loan program for the University of Utah. Often, upperclassmen don't finish their degree because they've taken the maximum amount of federal loans, and they can't pay tuition and fees for their last few semesters, so they leave school with lots of debt and without the benefit of a degree. Sorenson Impact and the University of Utah are trying to improve college completion rates by increasing access to funding for students. I was involved in researching alternative loan programs and researched the Income Share Agreement loan program piloted by Purdue University; I then helped develop economic models to see if this alternative program would be viable at the University of Utah. It was a great hands-on experience.

What do you hope to do after graduation?

I'd like to work in public policy. I want to do something in a similar space to the projects I've been involved with at Sorenson Impact.

What is a cause you're passionate about?

I am really interested in global water issues. I was lucky enough to also work on a sanitation and water project conducting research about financing strategies for sanitation initiatives in India, which gave me some important experience I need to work in this sector.

Why did you get involved with Sorenson Impact?

Sorenson offers the opportunity to work with real money on real projects that have measurable impacts. No other internship program I've come across offers the same opportunities.

What are your hobbies?

I love skiing and soccer. I'd also consider myself a cheese connoisseur.

Claire Thomasstudent, impact fellow