Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Student Profiles

For Farha Tahir, gender analysis is the key to helping impoverished communities, even those she has never visited. "Good international development policy must consider the different roles men and women play in the communities the policy seeks to help," the La Follette School student says.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hunter adds food policy to career menu

September was busy for Jonny Hunter. Not only did his start his second year of graduate school in the Master of Public Affairs program, but he helped to prepare a meal for author Michael Pollan the night after the writer lectured to 8,000 people as part of the University of Wisconsin–Madison's Go Big Read program.

Sarah Hurley finds she has little trouble pacing herself as she starts her pursuit of a Master of Public Affairs degree with a focus on education policy.

Colleene Thomas has a lot of context for her classroom learning at the La Follette School. The first-year Master of Public Affairs student is nearing the end of her two-year term on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.

Erik Viel is no stranger to disaster. The public affairs student has more than five years of experience as a paramedic and ambulance dispatcher, aiding people in the midst of personal crisis.

Second-year student Gail Kiles Krumenauer got a new perspective on her career interests in the intersection of local economic development and domestic social policy.

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.

Throughout her academic career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Carissa DeCramer has been narrowing her focus. As an undergraduate, she double-majored in international relations and political science. As a graduate student at the La Follette School of Public Affairs, she followed the domestic track.

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.

Bryan Gadow has accepted a yearlong internship with the city of Kansas City, Missouri. The LP Cookingham Management Internship Program is one of the most competitive in the country. Applicants come from some of the nation's largest public affairs schools.

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