News: Student Profiles
There is no policy school in the Midwest that offers more rigorous quantitative classes than the La Follette School.
I’ve always been interested in international affairs, development, politics, and governance. La Follette’s MIPA is great with all of them.
I chose to pursue an MPA and an MS in urban planning to gain a deeper understanding of the policies that shaped the social environments I encountered in my work.
My internship at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) gave me the opportunity to work for a quasi-federal agency and gain valuable experience evaluating bank regulations, risk-management strategies, and consumer protection practices.
The networking opportunities and feedback regarding professional development provided by the school have been particularly helpful in defining my career goals and supporting my career search.
The interviewers at the Government Accountability Office were extremely impressed by the coursework that is offered at the La Follette School. Specifically, Professor Moynihan’s public management course, as well as Professor Wallace’s statistical analysis course.
La Follette has incredible faculty who have provided me insight into the ways in which science can be changed – whether through economics, management, or incentive structures. Those are all possible levers to be pulled when thinking about policy change, and without the faculty and La Follette it’s hard to imagine understanding the true breadth of possible policy routes to take.
I chose the La Follette School for the emphasis on policy-making skills (quantitative analysis courses and in-depth policy-analysis), the quality of instruction in economics/political science, and the flexibility to tailor a program that best suits me with electives in the MIPA program.
Something that drew me to the La Follette School was The Wisconsin Idea, and I feel (the Family Impact Seminars and Committee Connect) truly exemplify that mission.