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ATL or Houston - Public Policy Career

Between both cities, which would you say is better to pursue a career in public policy? I know these jobs can be found nationwide and ideally, it’s DC, but between Atlanta or Houston, which would you recommend and why?

Thanks!

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2024/07/14
13:48 UTC

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Undergrad Internship Advice

Hi everyone. I’m going into my second year of university (majoring in econ and data analytics). I’m really interested in policy but want to gain experiences in many different facets of public policy. Last year, I interned at my state house of representatives and now am working on a campaign for the rep i interned with in the spring. To gain more broader knowledge on the area of public policy, what would be some good experiences I should apply for within the next few years of my undergrad? thank you!!

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2024/07/12
11:38 UTC

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History/political science major or just history

I’m entering college as a history major (and intend to minor in math) because history is my passion. I can’t say that I’m passionate about policy, but I think it’s one of the careers I’m best suited for. I would just go about my life as a history major and get an MPP, but most people seem to recommend getting a few years of work experience before getting a master’s. So I’m worried about finding a job in policy with a BA in history. If I were to end up doing something unrelated, there would be no point in going back to school for an MPP. My does school offers a joint history/political science major and I’m lukewarm on political science. Is it worth it to do the joint major or can I get an entry-level job in policy with just a history degree and relevant internships? I want to do research and analysis or consulting and am specifically interested in US gov and international relations.

Other advice would be appreciated too. How long should I spend in the workforce before I go for my MPP? What are good jobs for poli sci and/or history majors eventually seeking an MPP?

4 Comments
2024/07/12
08:30 UTC

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Having unrelated volunteering and experience on the CV for MPP

Hi, I was wondering whether it is advisable to put these things on my CV. Before attending my current undergrad institution, I transferred from a medical school (I am from Europe and we dont have pre-med, just 6y med school). There I was for 2 years and did clinical shadowing and hospital participation with patients (doing all the clinical things), one lasted for a few weeks and the other for ~6 months.

I am wondering whether I can put this on my CV, will it be interesting to those overseeing the applications or is it a bad thing?

6 Comments
2024/07/11
11:36 UTC

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Public Administration Major + Economics Public Policy Major OR Sustainability Major

Hi! I am a freshman majoring in Public Administration this year. Being someone who wishes to move towards Public Policy in future, my plan has always been to take a double major in Public Administration and Economics with emphasis on public policy, however it seems that public policy is going to be highly oriented towards solving climate problems in future. Thus, could you all advise me on whether I should take two of them as majors and one as minor or drop any of them. I am just very confused atm.

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2024/07/11
09:50 UTC

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Best undergrad for public policy?

hiii every1 i'm a rising senior whosee super passionate ab a future in public policy + public affairs!! i was just wondering which schools are the best for public policy? a few google searches seemed a bit unproductive so just wnated some input.

i've looked at northwestern + uchicago (esp w access w. harris school), as well as harvard + princeton (although like it's harvard + princeton so i want a more realistic option).

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2024/07/11
00:43 UTC

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Which route would be the best to take?

Hello, I recently have been accepted to a MPP program near me but was conflicted if I should accept my admission status and officially enroll. The main reasons being:

  1. Financial - the out of pocket costs would be quite a lot but I am willing to pay them off if the masters would help me obtain a leadership position in the long run. I am currently living with my parents and would like to eventually move out but don't think it would be possible any time soon considering I will be focused on paying off my student loans if I enroll into the program this Fall.

  2. I recently have been hired in the non profit sector which I throughly enjoy but would like to eventually move up within my career. I do enjoy research and think an MPP would help here but I was informed by other staff near my age (late 20s) who have high ranking positions an MPP wouldn't be necessary in comparison to the experience I can gain from my current organization. Although I am happy with my job, I don't want to be in my position or organization forever.

I am passionate about advocacy, research and social justice but don't know if government is the best fit for me. I see that policy can be implemented into the non-profit or private sector which is more appealing than government but don't know how everything intertwines. For context I have worked at my current nonprofit position for a year and have previous paralegal experience which I didn’t enjoy.

Does anyone have any experience with an MPP in advocacy organizations? Do you feel like this has helped you in the long run?

I would appreciate any insight here, thanks!

3 Comments
2024/07/10
01:06 UTC

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comparative public policy book recs

i need good book recommendations on comparative public policy making. any suggestions?

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2024/07/07
22:04 UTC

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GPS in Canada?

Hello,

Currently in my fourth year of my bachelor’s in public policy. I have B level proficiency in French and have worked in the provincial government of Nunavut for 8 months as a policy analyst.

Currently working with the federal government in Immigration intelligence and enforcement but I’m wondering what the options are for private sector consulting in Canada?

I don’t have many quant skills aside from some basic knowledge in R and STATA so I was looking at ESG type roles. Do roles like Deloitte GPS exist readily in Canada for new grads/ interns as only have a combined 1.5 years of experience.

Thanks !

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2024/07/07
16:33 UTC

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Give more more options!

Hello! I already made a post about chancing me for Princeton.

Since then I have talked with my advisors a lot more about my choices. My advisor includes my director at my current workplace (a professor with 20+ years of experience), my boss at my previous internship (UN), and my professor who is American. They will also be my recommenders. My bio is below.

Status: international student

CGPA: 3.63

Majors: Sociology and pol sci (I have some quant courses, one in statistics, 2 research methods courses, and a quant thesis. I did drop 3 courses, and redid 1 of those dropped courses. This was due to COVID)

English language score: IELTS academic 9 reading, 8 speaking, 8 listening, 6.5 writing (I messed that one up a bit). My overall is an 8. All programs require an overall 7 so I am clear there.

GRE: I am hovering around the 160 mark on my test exams. I will take the GRE in late October.

Work experience: 2 internships, one with a regional NGO on inter-faith harmony, and 1 with the UN office in my country on the rule of law and human rights. Currently working full time (been 6 months) in a position where I work with major development donors in my country (US entities included). I take care of intentional partnerships, I work as the narrative lead for for project proposals. I also coordinate some project activities. I am taking more roles to make a better CV, including co-managing a project with a major international org on women empowerment.

Volunteering: Helped a friend get governmental connections for their orphanage and taught at the place for 4 months. I still offer some consulting help pro Bono.

My current list is:
Princeton (dream school)
UMICH
DUKE
UW Madison
LSE (for local economic development/Gender Globalization and development)
A few UK unis like UOBirmingham etc. Depending on what CSC scholarships are available.
A few apps in Europe too, just in case.
Erasmus Mundus Public policy and development programs (for scholarships only).

I wanted to know more options in terms of the US that are known to be generous with funding. As far as I understand UMICH isn't really known to be generous with funding and I might have to switch to mostly Private unis.

I have to give a list to my recommenders by mid-July so that we are all on the same page. They will have to write a lot of letters so I don't want to over burden them given they manage such large portfolios.

The reason why I am pushing for a Master so soon without much work experience ( I will have at most 1 year and 10 month of work experience) is that I want to apply for the YPP/JPA programs. Due to working if my family business I have lost a few years of relevant work experience. Hence I only have 4 years eligibility left. I also want to go to the best program available to me in terms of financial assistance or price.

2 Comments
2024/07/07
14:52 UTC

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Phd queries

Hi everyone, I have a few questions in mind and I hope you all can help me with it. I want to do my PhD abroad, in Public Policy/Environmental Policy. I wish to pursue it in universities like Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard or LSE.

How difficult do you think it will be to get a seat in one of these colleges? I've always wanted to study abroad but due to financial constraints I couldn't go during my master's. But for my PhD, I want to be in one of these universities. I know that there will be candidates applying who will have more experience than me, but what are some things that I can do to make my candidature stronger?

My qualifications : starting MPP course this year in India.

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2024/07/07
10:43 UTC

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Is an MPP/MPA a portable degree?

I'm considering master's programmes currently. I want a career in policy so I've narrowed my search down to three fields: Law, planning, and public policy/administration. Law, however, is not a very portable degree. Planning degrees are typically more portable, but still very focused on domestic matters. I don't know much about MPP/MPA degrees though. If I were to get an MPP in Canada, would I be able to work in, say, France? Or should I be pursuing something more like political science which is more theoretical?

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2024/07/07
07:39 UTC

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Thoughts on concentrations for MPP/MPA degree?

Hi everyone!

I'm currently a PPIA student this summer and I am thinking a lot about what graduate program I want to attend after I graduate with my Bachelor's in Public Policy next year. I am very interested in both energy and environmental policy, however I want my main focus when I start my career to be on management in the public sector with the added bonus of knowing about energy and environmental policy.

I've heard contrasting thoughts about doing a concentration during a MPP/MPA and I wonder if anyone here has any thoughts. My current thinking is not to do a concentration because I've heard they do not show up on diplomas and I don't want to just be able to do jobs in energy/environmental policy.

Any thoughts or comments would be helpful!

4 Comments
2024/07/07
02:42 UTC

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Got into NLSIU Banglore and *maybe* TISS Hyderabad. What do I do?

I'm beyond my wits. I've called up so many alum of both schools, pulled up various excel sheets to compare curriculum and extra-curriculars, weighed the internships offered, the qualifications of the faculty at both - I cannot make up my mind between the MPP programme at NLSIU or the PPG programme at TISS.

I might sound paranoid or even disgustingly overconfident to choose between these two when I haven't even gotten the results out for TISS yet, but honestly, there are very few contenders in my category and I've performed quite well so...

Adding to this I've already paid the fees at NLS, and I've only got until the 15th of this month to have it refunded. It's a pretty penny, as is expected from an NLS, and I'm too broke to just let it go - results at TISS can drop any time from today till the 14th - I'll barely have any time to apply for refund and pay it up over there, if I selected and choose to go. Hence all this ahead of time. I want to be sure with a choice before, and I want it to be the right one. Which I can't seem to make. Help a girl out?

6 Comments
2024/07/07
01:36 UTC

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Undergrad to PhD - for Government Research career (crossposted to r/PhD)

Hello! First time poster, apologies for the long paragraphs - I'm a recent undergraduate looking for some advice and direction, as I'm looking to find a Public Policy or Public Health program for a research director career.

I graduated from a well-respected US liberal arts college with a BA in economics this May, but my grades weren't the best (I had a lot of burnout/mental health stuff, so it's mostly an assortment of high As to low Bs and a random C or two in more difficult coursework). So no honors/awards, even for my research.

My grades were never a problem in the greater context of finding a career, and I had some decent internships/fellowships (and an undergrad research project my senior year). But I came out of school with the understanding that I hadn't done remotely well enough to get a career in research. The job market is tight, and I was happy to find ANYTHING after hundreds of nonresponses, let alone a research-based position.

But now, only a few months later, my situation looks a lot different, and I'm considering if getting a PhD makes sense for my career after all.

I landed a position as a data analyst in the department head's office for a state government agency, working directly under the director of research. After a month of working there, I've realized that I have more than just a passion for research - I want to dedicate my life to it.

In this job, I not only get to do a lot of traditional data analysis work, but also create some public facing data visualizations, and will probably get the opportunity to research and co-author some papers with my boss. As long as I keep getting my work finished quickly and with quality, it seems like there are endless other projects that I can help out with. I'm more motivated to do work than I've ever been before in my life.

I would love to eventually be the director of research in any kind of similar agency. I used to think this dream wasn't possible, and I'm still very afraid of how competitive similar positions can be. But if I am understanding things correctly, this position gives me some very valuable experience for both career & for grad school. Additionally, I would love to get in/out of school as fast as I reasonably can, so I'm looking at programs that bridge straight from a Bachelor's to a PhD.

I was hoping anyone could provide me any advice of what I should do -

  • I'm thinking I'll stay in this position for a year or two (both to get experience and because I love it!) and then go straight to a PhD program. Is that dumb? I'm very passionate about this career, so I was wondering if there were any reasons I should wait longer (outside of "you need more time to decide!!"). Additionally, if what I'm trying to do is impossible, a reality check would be appreciated.
  • Is it unrealistic to expect to find an open position at a similar gov. agency? Or is it so competitive that there's almost no probable shot of any government research positions.
  • What programs would be best for an undergrad planning to jump straight into an Public Policy/Economics/Public Health/Other relevant Social Sciences PhD? Ideally it would be in New England or the Southwestern US, but I would go elsewhere for a great program.
  • What else can I do when applying for an MPP or PhD to make up for mediocre undergrad grades (outside of excelling at my current job)? Is there a test I should begin studying for now, or anything else I should do years ahead to give me the best shot at admissions possible?

If anyone has any other advice, please let me know!

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2024/07/06
19:16 UTC

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People working in the legislative space in India: Who are some of the best MPs to work under as legislative assistants?

MPs under whom one can get good exposure, experience, network etc which can pave the way for future opportunities?

2 Comments
2024/07/06
05:49 UTC

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How relevant are Public Policy PhDs?

I'm considering pursuing a PhD and I'm torn between Public Policy and Political Science, specifically focusing on environmental policy. My initial interest was in Economics, but it seems nearly impossible for me to get into a program. I'm curious about how empirical the work in a Political Science PhD is, particularly in environmental policy, and whether a Political Science PhD would be more advantageous in the academic job market compared to Public Policy. I'm also interested in understanding the potential disadvantages of choosing Political Science over Public Policy and whether there are non-academic career opportunities available for Political Science PhDs similar to those for Public Policy PhDs. Any insights or experiences would be greatly appreciated!

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2024/07/06
05:24 UTC

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How to Learn to Write a Policy Memo for Coursework

I'm currently working on course that requires writing a policy memo on a environmental issue, and I could use some guidance on how to structure and write it effectively. Are there any helpful videos or materials you could recommend? I've looked through some basic guides but would love more targeted resources to ensure I'm on the right track.

6 Comments
2024/07/05
10:09 UTC

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Future consequences of participating in the Stand Together Koch Internship Program/Associate Program?

Hi all,

I'm sure many know the negative connotation with the Koch Brothers. I'm not looking for a lecture on how evil they are, I frankly agree that much of the partisanship they sowed in the past was awful. However, I'm a rising undergrad econ student interested in working at a think-tank or as an economist later in my career and I'm looking to set myself up with a strong portfolio and network before grad school and for the future. I'm curious if Stand Together still carries the same negative connotation as the organizations that preceded it? The reason I even ask is these programs (at least on the surface) appear no strings attached and it's just doing a capstone project and getting paid for it.

Would appreciate candid thoughts. Don't want to look like a grifter because I am left leaning.

(the program)
Koch Internship Program - Stand Together Fellowships

15 Comments
2024/07/04
22:22 UTC

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How can I prepare for a final interview for a Policy job? How can I make myself stand out from the other applicants?

^^^

4 Comments
2024/07/04
14:56 UTC

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Looking for someone to review my essays

Hi, I have written my MPA/MPP essay draft and looking for someone to review it. Anyone who is available this weekend to do the same, please DM.

4 Comments
2024/07/04
12:34 UTC

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Public policy books?

Considering in two years going to get my PhD in public policy administration preferably at GWU. Would love a long reading list of your favorite public policy books

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2024/07/02
18:55 UTC

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Opportunities for Recent Post-Grad Looking to Transition Into Public Policy

Hello,

Some facts about me:

  • Graduated in May with a BA in linguistics
  • Two years experience as a research assistant in computational linguistics building machine learning models
  • Currently interning on a local campaign and volunteering tutoring while on the job search
  • Interested in tech policy and education policy

I've been applying to internships for Fall 2024 but as a recent graduate, I have a lot less opportunities than if I were still in school. Volunteering on the campaign has taught me more about local politics, but it's giving me no experience in actual policy work. I've also been applying for entry level research assistant roles at think tanks, but when I go on LinkedIn, everyone who has a similar role has a Masters degree. I plan on going to grad school within the next two or three years but I want to stay home and save some money before I move out permanently. Should I just work a regular, non-relevant job and wait until grad school or are there opportunities out there for post-grad? If I don't find anything by this fall I plan on working part-time to save money and continue volunteering/self-learning on my own until grad school.

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2024/07/02
16:25 UTC

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Balancing Work and Grad School in Columbia NYC– Seeking Advice!

Hi everyone,

I'm considering applying to SIPA's MIA program and was hoping to get some insights from those currently in the program. Specifically, I'm curious about balancing work and study:

  1. Is it feasible to hold a job while completing the MIA program?
  2. How intensive are the class schedules?

I'm really passionate about pursuing this degree but will need to keep working to support myself. Any experiences or advice you could share would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

9 Comments
2024/07/01
20:01 UTC

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Interview prep- policy/ social research executive

Hi all, i'd really appreciate some advice. I have gotten through to the final interview stage of a graduate policy research job. The company undertakes social market research for government agencies, public regulators, & private companies. There is an interview, a group stage and a data task. Does anyone have any good resources for preparation, particularly in regards to qualitative and quantitative analysis that will be needed in this role? This is a similar role for context: [https://ipsos.pinpointhq.com/en/postings/b48142ef-5d0b-41f8-a1fa-8ba3c85a344d] but there will be some quants involved (primarily qual)

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2024/07/01
11:23 UTC

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What did you do with your Public Policy degree?

Interested to see the career path individuals took who are in public policy....

16 Comments
2024/07/01
08:52 UTC

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I am an MPA student in Canada and want career guidance. Can someone please connect with me?

I am a business undergraduate and halfway through my MPA. I am a little confused about things outside school and would highly appreciate if someone can be a mentor and help.

1 Comment
2024/06/30
19:21 UTC

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Considering Masters in Public Policy or Masters in Public Administration ?

I’m a 22(F), I’ve completed my Bachelors in Sociology and graduated in 2023. I’ve took 1 year gap to think about which subject will be good for my masters and after completing my masters I also need a job and to be employed because I also need to support my family, for that choosing the right masters is very important for me because I’m not doing masters for any kind of privilege or to just show people how many degrees I got it is far more important for me to be employed right after my masters. That’s why I’m very confused which one should I choose. And there is one more important thing I’m from social science background, I’ve studied maths last in class 10 so, that’s why I’m also very scared about that which masters should I choose MPP or MPA and wanna know what kind of maths level they got in the masters. Can anyone please help me I’m very confused.

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2024/06/30
15:43 UTC

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Which school has the best program if I want to get into the defense, national security, or intelligence community?

Former intern for a federal agency here, and a former coworker of mine is pursuing a Masters of Strategic Studies that I was interested in, but it is at a DOD affiliated university that is only for federal employees. I have an undergrad degree in urban planning / GIS. Which graduate programs would have the strongest concentration, if I want to pursue those fields full time?

2 Comments
2024/06/30
02:27 UTC

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