Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: MIPA

Nick Levine came to the La Follette School to pick up a few more analysis tools. "I have a background in the humanities, in East Asian studies with an emphasis on China," Levine says, "but my analysis suffered from a lack of understanding involving the economics, statistics and legal precedents used in the law and social sciences."

Rachel Polster is mapping her future. The international public affairs student is spending the summer in Ecuador on a community development project to increase resident participation in the governance of Ibarra, a city of 110,000 people.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Alumni association honors Khanal

The Wisconsin Alumni Association has honored alum Shisir Khanal for development work building international organizations from the bottom up.

2010 graduate Farha Tahir will discuss her experience looking for work in Washington, D.C., and international career options open to La Follette School students in a presentation on Tuesday, March 20, from 12:30–1:30 p.m. in 6201 Microbial Sciences.

After working for several years in refugee resettlement, Linda Collins decided to broaden her skill set by going to graduate school. "I wanted to prepare myself for positions of greater influence or responsibility for program and policy design," the second-year MIPA student says.

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.

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