Kiera Cupid is a senior studying economics with a minor in business administration at Towson University, where she also works as a student intern for the Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI). She gains real-world experience by conducting research, extracting and analyzing data, and reviewing client proposals.

RESI provides an array of economic and policy analysis services to better serve Maryland and our region. During her time with RESI, Kiera has worked on a number of projects she considers rewarding. “The most interesting project that I have worked on was for Mallows Bay, a local park in Charles County. The project determined the economic impact of transforming the area into a national marine sanctuary. I was given the opportunity to assist in conducting interviews with stakeholders in the area to add more relatable accounts to the report,” said Kiera.

Kiera’s advice for other students looking to gain real-world experience during college? “Take advantage of every opportunity and use your resources. There are so many internship, volunteer and job opportunities available for students, but you have to put yourself in a position to be marketable and take the time to research those opportunities. Also, be confident in your skills and yourself!”

After completing her degree, Kiera plans to pursue amaster’s degree in business administration and hopes to work for a large financial institution once finished.



  • What are two apps you can’t live without? Instagram and Gmail
  • If your life was a movie, what would the theme song be? Ain’t It Fun by Paramore. I heard this song when I was moving into my college dorm and leaving my family for the first time. It reminds me of my college journey and entering adulthood.
  • What would your superhero power be? Time travel—aving the ability to see the future or the past and experience a new way of life.
  • What is a fun fact most people don’t know about you? Most people don’t know that I am a first generation American and my family is originally from Trinidad.