Matt Franz ’25 never pictured himself going out on his own for two months, working thousands of miles from home in a foreign country, and living with other college students from around the world who barely spoke the same language.
But the rising sophomore from Johnstown, Ohio, did that this summer as an intern for the Austrian Economics Center (AEC).
Franz credits the confidence he gained and the skills he learned during his first year at Wabash for motivating him to take advantage of the opportunity in Vienna, Austria.
“Before the semester ended, I knew I had two choices. I could spend another summer working as a manager at McDonalds, or I could take a chance working for a think tank — something I had never done before and knew little about,” said Franz, who is studying economics. “I couldn’t pass up on an opportunity like that.”
With the help of Lewis McCrary, special advisor to the president for public policy opportunities, Franz was able to land a fully-funded summer internship with the AEC, a politically independent research institute that considers public p …