Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: MPA

La Follette School alumni have been extremely helpful as mentors and prospective employers during my time here.

Nonpartisanship is essential to communicating impartial information to policymakers. It is essential to a functioning democracy. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have opinions—but when I put on my professional cap, they matter less than providing nonpartisan service to the public.

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

The American Academy of Political and Social Science this week named Maria Cancian its 2018 John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow.

One of Danny Benson’s career goals has been to contribute in a substantive way to policies and programs he felt were important. The La Follette School helped put him on the path to achieving that goal.

In the current issue of Our Lives, former teacher – and first-year La Follette School student – Abby Swetz reflects on the triumphs and travails of the classroom and why she left teaching to pursue her master’s degree in public affairs.

Summer internships took La Follette School students to Germany, California, Missouri, Chicago, India, Washington, D.C., and other locations during 2017. Several students stayed in Wisconsin, gaining valuable experience at government agencies, with nonprofit organizations, and in the private sector.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs is seeking client-based projects for students in its Workshop in Public Affairs and Workshop in International Public Affairs courses. Applications for domestic and international projects from public, nonprofit, or private-sector organizations are due November 17. Alumni are encouraged to apply.

Graduating students at the La Follette School of Public Affairs addressed household financial management, educational approaches for disadvantaged children, economic development strategies, and other challenging issues through the school’s capstone courses.

Two weeks before receiving her master's degree in public affairs (MPA), Karina Virrueta was honored with the 2017 Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Graduate Student award from the Morgridge Center for Public Service at UW–Madison. Associate Director Hilary Shager nominated Virrueta for her dedication to community-based learning and research.

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