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MPA Candidates Visit Washington, DC for Career Day

Meghan Pierce, MPA '18
November 15, 2016

On Friday, November 4, 2016, Fels MPA candidates visited Washington, DC, to meet with representatives of prominent federal and nonprofit agencies throughout the city. Students were able to select appointments with a wide variety of groups, including the White House Office of Management and Budget, the Environmental Protection Agency, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the National League of Cities, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Office of Delaware Governor Jack Markell.

During a busy and exciting day, Fels students were briefed by agency representatives (many of them Fels alumni) on their personal career trajectories as well as the work of their organizations. Miles Owen, a dual degree MPA/City Planning candidate with a focus on green infrastructure, said of the experience: “The classes at Fels are great, but being able to talk to working professionals who are implementing the theories we study really puts everything into perspective. I particularly enjoyed our session with John Thomas, Division Director Office of Sustainable Communities at the EPA. He is currently doing great work in an area I am passionate about and is someone I can learn a lot from as I begin preparing for my post-grad school life.”  

Alumni also enjoyed the chance to connect with the next generation of Felsians. Andrew Moore, Director of the Institute for Youth, Education and Families at the National League of Cities, said “I really enjoyed meeting future public sector leaders from Fels and sharing my work experience at NLC and other organizations. They asked great questions and – in keeping with the practical spirit for which Fels gets attention – portrayed a range of solid goals driving their studies.”

After a day packed with meetings and a lunch at the City Club of Washington, Fels students returned to Philadelphia with new connections and ideas for potential summer internships. With networking in DC behind them, Fels students look ahead to a trip to NYC in the spring. Fels is grateful to the engaged alumni who make these trips possible and help keep the Fels MPA experience personal and practical.

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