Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Career Development

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Kelsey Maria Gordon, MPA

Before I started the program, my career goals were focused on working in or with a school district or advocacy organization to create and implement community-based, just policies. After taking Public Management with Professor Tana Johnson and Education Policy in Context and Action with Professor Annalee Good, I am considering work focused on program evaluation and participatory action research.

Nineteen graduate students participated in the La Follette School’s third career exploration visit to Chicago in October 2019. Over two days, students visited four employers and learned about career paths during a panel discussion with alumni.

Megan Stritchko (MPA '09) and Marie Koko joined the La Follette School staff in September – Stritchko as the School’s administrator and Koko as senior career services specialist.

The La Follette School is hosting an Alumni and Friends Reception in Chicago on Thursday, October 10. Theresa Mintle (MA ’91), interim vice chancellor for public and government affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will offer a few remarks and welcome nearly 30 students and staff to the Windy City.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs is seeking a full-time career services coordinator for its student services team. Applications are due Friday, July 26.

A whirlwind trip to Washington, DC, gave 26 La Follette School students numerous opportunities to learn about working and living in the nation’s capital. Dozens of alumni also shared information with students about their careers and experiences during the school’s fourth La Follette in DC career development program since 2013. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

MIPA alumna Lorenze joins staff

Katie Lorenze (MIPA ’14) joined the La Follette School of Public Affairs as department administrator on Monday, August 13. Lorenze replaces Steve Kulig (MPA ’14), who became associate director in May.

Nearly 20 La Follette School students visited the Legislative Audit Bureau and Legislative Fiscal Bureau on January 26 to learn about career opportunities at the nonpartisan legislative services agencies. Numerous La Follette School alumni work at the agencies in downtown Madison.

Twenty-one La Follette School students learned from alumni and other policy professionals during the La Follette in Chicago career development program in November 2017. During the two-day program, students visited four organizations, participated in two panel discussions, and attended a networking reception with alumni, faculty, and staff.

Two La Follette School students gained wide-ranging experience during summer fellowships with the Chicago Mayor’s Office from June through August 2017.

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