Meet Ryan Regan, Graduate Intern

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Last summer’s launch of an internship program at North Carolina’s Southeast helped create a credible roadmap for how the region can reach foreign direct investors. A year later, Ryan Regan, a graduate student in public administration at UNC-Chapel Hill, is taking that work into its next phase. “I’m working on a cost analysis for the international marketing strategy, comparing the cost of doing business in Southeastern North Carolina with similar regions in Canada, the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany and Japan,” Mr. Regan says.

A Lumberton native, Mr. Regan spent much of his youth in suburban Washington, DC, prior to attending UNC-Pembroke as an undergraduate student. He majored in business administration and political science there. In a previous internship, Ryan assisted on economic development issues where he became familiar with N.C. Southeast and its work. He eagerly pursued the 12-week internship in order to broaden his practical exposure to regional economic development. As he enters the second of his two years in the MPA program in Chapel Hill, Mr. Regan is laying the groundwork for a career in regional and statewide economic development here. “I want to stay in North Carolina,” he says. “This is my home.”