A few years out of college, Bickey Rimal found his professional interests shifting from chemistry to public policy, and he decided to pursue formal training at the La Follette School of Public Affairs.
The practicality of the La Follette School program has stood Grant Cummings in good stead. In his position as an analyst with the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Cummings finds he has used something from nearly every course he took at La Follette, even though he has been on the job for less than a year.
When Jake Schindler's partner at the small real estate brokerage firm mentioned his retirement plans, Schindler knew the time had come to think about a career change. He earned a master's degree in public affairs at the La Follette School in May 2010 and joined the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau shortly afterward.
First-year student Alex Marach likes solving problems and building solutions, and the practice of policy analysis and recommendations will enable him to do just that.
La Follette School student Jen Winter spent much of her summer going to meetings and trying to schedule meetings. As an intern with the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium, she gained an up-close introduction to the U.S. State Department, the European Union and the life of a foreign service officer.