Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 07:15

Cancian, others sharing expertise at APPAM

Eleven La Follette School faculty and staff members will present their research at the 2017 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Annual Fall Research Conference from November 2 to 4 in Chicago.

Associate Professor J. Michael Collins of UW–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs and School of Human Ecology, received the inaugural Ketchum Prize from the FINRA Foundation in September. He was honored for his outstanding service and research to advance investor protection and financial capability in the United States.

Even modest increases in the net worth of those who save the least for retirement would greatly improve retirement readiness and reduce government spending on public assistance programs, according to research conducted by La Follette School faculty member J. Michael Collins and three graduate students on behalf of AARP Wisconsin.

Five La Follette School faculty members and several faculty affiliates presented their work on a wide range of issues at the 2016 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Annual Fall Research Conference from November 3 to 5 in Washington, D.C.

Monday, 11 January 2016 15:11

Collins honored with Vilas Associates Award

Associate Professor J. Michael Collins received a 2016 Vilas Associates Award for his project “Financial Capabilities and Medication Persistence and Adherence: A Randomized Trial.”

Monday, 04 August 2014 00:00

PA 869 Workshop in Public Affairs

Workshop in program and policy analysis taught through student teams working on real problems for public agencies and organizations; teaches analytical skills, report preparation and writing; and presentations of results.

Workshop reports and information about how the course fulfills the Wisconsin Idea are available online.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00

PA 827 Administrative Internship

Students may receive up to three graduate course credits by successfully completing PA 827 Administrative Internship. Enrollment may be during the fall, spring, or summer terms, and must be approved by the Career Services Coordinator. Students assume responsibility for any travel and housing arrangements associated with an internship that requires relocation. Students who wish to enroll in the course and receive credit for an internship must:

  1. Search and apply for internships (many internship opportunities are on the La Follette School website). 
  2. Accept an internship offer.
  3. Fill out the PA 827 Administrative Internship Agreement form, and email the completed electronic form (fillable pdf) to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    The Career Services Coordinator will review the form and, if approved, will notify the student and the La Follette School’s Student Services Associate, who will give the student permission to enroll in the course.

  4. Determine the appropriate number of credits for PA 827 based on the work hour guidelines below.
  5. Enroll through the Student Center.

With approval from the Career Services Coordinator, students may enroll in PA 827 for 1 to 3 credits, meeting the following minimum work hour guidelines:

  • 3 credits: minimum of 320 hours over at least eight weeks
  • 2 credits: minimum of 240 hours over at least six weeks
  • 1 credit: minimum of 160 hours over at least four weeks

PA 827 is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Students complete a 2,500-word paper on policy or public management issues related to the internship. The purpose of the internship paper is to allow a student to reflect on his/her internship experience and to apply his/her theoretical and course-based knowledge to the internship responsibilities. 

Students also complete a 250-word summary of their experience (see PA 827 Administrative Internship Summary Form), which will be posted on the La Follette School website.

For additional, important details about PA 827, including paper guidelines, students should consult Section 10.2 of the Student Handbook, Internship Credit.

Summer Internship Support

The La Follette School Summer Public Affairs Learning Experience Award Program encourages students to strengthen their career preparedness and broaden their placement opportunities by actively seeking rewarding and prestigious internships in federal government agencies, international organizations, or national offices of non-governmental organizations, when these internships offer little or no salary compensation. The support is intended to defray some, but not all, of the higher costs of investing in these sorts of internship experiences in Washington, D.C., New York City, other major metropolitan areas in the United States and foreign countries. Summer internship support funds are limited. Students are encouraged to invest in the most suitable experience to advance their career goals, even if they are not selected for an award. To receive internship support, students must enroll in and pay tuition for PA 827 Administrative Internship.

Students should refer to the Student Handbook, section 10.3, La Follette School Summer Internship Support for full program details and requirements.

Spring 2019 Syllabus


Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

J. Michael Collins

Professor of Public Affairs and Human Ecology
Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance

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