Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Two graduating public affairs students reached the finalist stage of the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows Program that places recent graduates with federal agencies for two-year assignments.

Miriam Palmer is ready for anything. After a summer internship researching tax policies for a Mexican think tank, the second-year student knows she is building a strong set of quantitative skills that are preparing her to work in different aspects of international public affairs.

Since graduating from the La Follette School in 2010, Allie Bagnall has been researching and analyzing sovereign wealth funds, international banking regulation, international finance, reserve accumulation and balance of payments, and other macroeconomic topics for the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C.

Eleven alumni and an instructor carried out mock interviews with 41 first-year La Follette school students, giving them practice at interviewing for a job or internship.

Alum Andria Hayes-Birchler's employer has recognized her efforts to weave gender equity into decisions about whether the United States should give a country development aid.

Monday, 07 November 2011 09:58

School plans admissions web chat

The La Follette School will host an admissions Q&A web chat on Monday, December 19, from 5 to 6 p.m. Associate director Don Moynihan, admissions and advising coordinator Mary Treleven and student services associate Mary Mead will answer questions from prospective students about admissions and the graduate program. Visit the event web page to participate and sign up for event reminders.

In the end, cultural differences do not stand in the way of friendship and diplomacy, Kelsey Roets has found. The first-year student is pursuing a Master of International Public Affairs degree as a step toward a life of international public service that builds on her undergraduate experiences in Latin America and graduate studies at the La Follette School.

Student Colin Christopher's documentary on microfinance in India, A Sinking Ship, Microfinance and the Andhra Pradesh Crisis, is available on YouTube.
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 11:45

School plans admissions web chat

The La Follette School will host an admissions Q&A web chat on Thursday, November 17, from 3 to 4 p.m. Associate director Don Moynihan, admissions and advising coordinator Mary Treleven and student services associate Mary Mead will answer questions from prospective students about admissions and the graduate program. Visit the event web page to participate and sign up for event reminders.
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 09:50

McGuire to head to Afghanistan with Navy Reserve

Andy McGuire, who earned a Master of International Public Affairs degree in 2009, is in his second year with the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau, where his assignments have included audits of the Medicaid, Family Care and FoodShare programs. He will be shifting his focus back to international issues in January when he begins a one-year mobilization to Afghanistan with the Navy Reserve.
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