Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, December 2, 2016

Garrett Martin, MIPA

Garrett Martin, MIPA


La Crosse, Wisconsin

Undergraduate education

Bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater

Expected graduation date

Spring 2017

Why an MPA?

For me, the work experience I gained early on through various federal government internships really opened my eyes to the plenitude of opportunities that one can pursue. With so many options, I knew I couldn’t go wrong with furthering my education of policy and public affairs.

Why the La Follette School?

It was always a dream of mine to attend the University of Wisconsin. For me, the La Follette School was a no-brainer.

Summer internship

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. In this position, another intern and I were tasked with completing a retirement analysis aimed at evaluating the entire FDIC workforce for trends and forecasts for future staffing needs.

Which experiences and skills helped you get the internship?

Outside of my accounting and finance background, I must’ve had a pleasant talking voice on the phone.

In what on- or off-campus volunteer activities do you participate?

Last spring break, I went on a trip with our campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity to southern Alabama where we worked on a home for the week. I did this every year during my undergraduate studies, and I plan to do it again this spring as well.

Paid employment

I work at the Department of Justice in the Firearms Unit where I assist with maintaining the criminal history registry. It doesn’t directly relate to any of my coursework, but I get to improve my typing skills.

Career goals

My career goals are fuzzy in terms of what I want to do professionally, but in the short term, I would like to do some international volunteer work and personal development before settling down into a career of any sorts.

Advice to prospective La Follette School students

Try to find time to read recreationally among all your school work. It’s tough, but it’s also mentally freeing.

Most rewarding experience at the La Follette School

The opportunity to attend classes and continually grow and learn from the breadth of knowledge provided by my fellow classmates.