Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Alumni

Friday, January 29, 2010

MIPA grad coordinates services in Sudan

To hear 2005 grad Bill Schmitt talk about his career, ending up in West Darfur, Sudan, was just a matter of good fortune.

This summer, La Follette School student Michael Rodriguez is taking his firsthand knowledge of how national transportation policies are developed on the road to Chicago.

Alumni Shelley Curran (class of 1998) and Peter Detwiler (class of 1972) shared staffing duties for an eminent domain reform bill that passed the California Legislature in 2006.

A two-year stopover in Wisconsin created lifelong friendships for Erin McGrath. She came to the La Follette Institute in 1993 with her husband, who enrolled in the economics department's master's program. "It was a two-year plan. We moved to Madison, lived there for two years and moved on," says McGrath, who 11 years after graduating, McGrath is still looking back.

Jamisen Rueckert got a taste of her dream job last summer and an idea of what it takes to land it permanently some day. The La Follette School student interned with the Commercial Law Development Program, housed in the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of the General Counsel in Washington, D.C.

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