Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, October 28, 2013

School bringing students to visit DC work sites, alumni

Through a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit workplaces and alumni, La Follette School students will gain insight into the array of career paths that a public affairs master's degree makes possible.

D.C. reception for alumni, friends

Thursday, November 7
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Capitol View Business & Conference Center
101 Constitution Avenue N.W.

Join students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends for conversation and hors d'oeuvres.

Many La Follette School faculty will be in D.C. for the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management conference. These professors plan to attend the reception:

The pilot "La Follette in D.C." program is bringing students to D.C. November 7-8 to connect with alumni, employers and friends of the school through visits to work sites, informational interviews, a career development panel lunch, and the school's reception for all alumni and friends. It builds on the success of group visits the La Follette School Student Association started organizing in 2010 to bring students into Madison workplaces to learn about career opportunities.

"We want to do something like this because many of the students want to work in D.C.," says Susan Yackee, director of the La Follette School.

Planned D.C. site visits include the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Congressional Budget Office, Government Accountability Office, Urban Institute and World Bank. Consultants from Grant Thornton, Manchester Trade and Concentric Energy Advisors will talk with students at a panel lunch.

Outreach and student services staff members are handling the logistics of the program. Outreach director Terry Shelton, outreach specialist Bridget Pirsch and student services coordinator Mary Treleven will go to D.C. to meet with employers and to staff the November 7 alumni reception at the Capitol View Business & Conference Center, 101 Constitution Avenue N.W.from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

"We appreciate the support and warm welcome from all the alumni and employers who agreed to host site visits, conduct information interviews and attend the reception," Yackee says. "These partnerships demonstrate the strength of our degree programs and the exceptional training and value of a La Follette School education."

Each participating student received a $300 award from the school to help defray expenses. Participants were selected by lottery after submitting applications. They were evenly divided between the Master of Public Affairs and Master of International Public Affairs programs.

Yackee says students and employers will evaluate the program afterward to determine if it is a good use of school resources.