Current position: Knowledge and Data Management Analyst, U.S. Department of Education
Favorite internship: Public policy assistant at Baker Donelson, a policy advising firm. I got to research topics ranging from health care to Superfund, and cover Hill briefings, the 2008 elections, and think-tank events.
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Current position: Director of State Government Relations, University of North Carolina systsem
Favorite aspect of program: My fellow students were diverse, smart, and engaging.
Career tip: Be aggressive in your job search, starting soon after beginning the program.
Hometown: Smithfield, VA
Current position: Project Manager, U.S. Census Bureau
Favorite class: Social Policy with Prof. Jacknowitz
Career tip: Work hard and build healthy relationships with those who are working in the positions that you want to reach.
Hometown: Washington, DC
Current position: Senior Monitor, Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit
Favorite internship: National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, where I worked as a research associate on various issues that impact Latinos throughout the U.S.
Favorite course: Public Managerial Economics
Hometown: Sheffield Lake, OH
Current position: Communications Manager, Coalition for Smarter Growth
Favorite aspect of program: In retrospect, it is learning to write concisely.
Favorite class: Nonprofit Management
D.C. tip: Who you know is just as important as what you know. Network, network, network!
Michael V. Palinkas
Hometown: Painesville, OH
Current position: Management Analyst, NASA
Favorite internship: Targeting Department at the Democratic National Committee
DC tip: Live in it! Move around to different neighborhoods; meet people outside of your career field; go to local music and art shows; go to as many events as possible.