Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, May 20, 2010

Russell to attend conference on career placement for public affairs students

Career development coordinator Mary Russell has received a professional development grant that she will use to attend a conference for career professionals in December in Pittsburgh. She is one of two La Follette School staff members to win the grant in a campuswide competition.

Outreach director to use professional development grant for legislative conference

Outreach director Terry Shelton is one of two La Follette School staff members who won professional development grants in a universitywide competition. Read more …

The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration organizes the annual conference to bring together the people doing career placement for master's degree students at public affairs schools. "We learn about hiring trends, best practices from our colleagues around the nation and ways to help students enter the job market," Russell says. "While the basic skills of the job search translate across disciplines, the specifics of getting a local, state, or federal government job, non-profit work, international development or primate consulting are unique to the area of public policy."

The up-to-date best practices in public affairs hiring and navigating the job application process will help Russell better assist students as they secure internships and jobs, she says. "No other career conference or training looks specifically at working with the domestic and international public affairs student population."

Russell is on the planning committee for the 2010 NASPAA conference in addition to her duties as president of the campus Student Personnel Association. In February she chaired a conference that drew about 90 people from units across campus to learn, part, about helping students make the transition to becoming professionals; facilitating students' cultural, emotional and academic growth; and using personality traits to improve the work environment.

The Student Personnel Association creates cross-campus connections among people who work with students, bringing together employees socially and intellectually for campuswide affirmation and recognition, for professional development and for support of the university's learning mission.