Home > News > IPAs Legislative Fellows Program Is a Proven Training Ground for Students

More News

djph-ddl

IPA Brief Published in Delaware Journal of Public Health

Authored by Leann Moore, Dabney Brice, and Kelly Sherretz, the brief highlights the role of libraries in connecting Delawareans with social services and recommendations to streamline service provision.
 
myra-icma

Myra Ray-Howett (MPA 21) Featured in ICMAs Public Management Magazine

Myra shared how she hopes to build equitable and resilient communities in her future career in public administration.
 
covid-19-response-and-recovery

New Episode of First State Insights Podcast

Michelle Taylor, United Way of Delaware, and Dr. Henry Smith III, Wilmington Community Advisory Council, discuss the impacts of the pandemic on households and communities and response efforts throughout the state.
 
CONNECT
FacebookTwitterMake a GiftEmailStay Informed
Donate to CHADCenter for Historic Architecture and Design (CHAD)
twitterfacebookflickrIPA PodcastMake a Gift

IPAs Legislative Fellows Program Is a Proven Training Ground for Students

Image Picker for Section 0
Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Image Rendition

Change the way the image is cropped for this page layout.

Media Size

Cycle through size options for this image or video.

Original
50%
66%
100%
Fixed Portrait 1
Fixed Portrait 2
Cancel
Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Insert Image

Open the image pane in this body section. Click in the image pane to select an image from the image library.

Insert Video

Open the video pane in this body section. Click in the video pane to embed a video. Click ? for step-by-step instructions.

Remove Image

Remove the image from the media panel. This does not delete the image from the library.

Remove Video

Remove the video from the media panel.

Political Experience

 

2011 graduates Damian DeStefano, Lauren Cutajar-Wynne, Heather Lehman and David Bentz are now part of the Delaware General Assembly staff.

2:12 p.m., Jan. 6, 2012--As the new legislative session prepares to kick off Jan. 10 in Dover, four of last years 12 University of Delaware Legislative Fellows are gaining their initial post-graduate experience working for the Delaware General Assembly. They earned their degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences.

David Bentz, who received his master of public administration degree with a concentration in state and local management, is working for the House Majority Caucus.  Lauren Cutajar-Wynne and Damian DeStefano, who each received an undergraduate degree in political science, are working for the House Majority Caucus.  DeStefano received an economics degree in 2011 as well.  Heather Lehman, who also received her bachelors degree in political science, is working for the Senate Minority Caucus.

Each had worked during the 2011 session through UD's Legislative Fellows Program, a competitive internship that provides students the opportunity to assist legislators in dealing with critical issues facing the state.  Last year the program celebrated its 30th year of partnership between the Delaware General Assembly and the University.  

Legislative Fellows is a flagship program of the University and is managed by the School of Public Policy and Administrations Institute for Public Administration (IPA).

The Legislative Fellows Program is a wonderful example of the value of collaboration, says Joseph Pika, CAS associate dean for the social sciences. IPA recruits outstanding students from across the college; those students gain valuable work experience in state government, learning important life skills including the value of public service. Ultimately, students benefit, legislators benefit and the public benefits.

Historically, many former fellows have secured post-college positions within the state government, IPA Director Jerome Lewis says, though most go on to successful careers elsewhere. 

Lewis adds, The fact that a third of last years fellows were hired immediately by the General Assembly speaks volumes not only about this programs importance to the state but of the high caliber of University of Delaware students chosen. Were very proud of them, and they serve as role models for current and prospective fellows.

In fact, Lehman, who works directly with State Senators Joseph W. Booth, Colin R.J. Bonini and David G. Lawson, had so impressed as a fellow that she was hired last March, prior to graduation.  Reflecting a bit of the angst within the current job market, Lehman says, I feel very fortunate to have found something within my field of interest. and quickly adds, Having Legislative Fellows on my resume was really a plus.

Bentz echoed that sentiment. Having been a fellow makes you more qualified than other applicants.  DeStefano added, You have a real leg up in state government, in that youre familiar with [the legislators], and theyre familiar with you.  Bentz works directly with State Representatives Earl G. Jaques, John A. Kowalko and Teresa Schooley, and DeStefano with Representatives E. Bradford Bennett and Darryl M. Scott.

Whereas the other three graduates work for particular legislators within their respective caucuses, Cutajar-Wynne holds a specific position within the House Majorityspecial projects and data manager. I am so grateful to be a staffer for the House Majority Caucus, she says, and I know the cohort of new Legislative Fellows will find their work in the state legislature transformative.

Selected through a competitive University-wide process, fellows are assigned to work directly with the states policymakers in one of the legislatures four caucuses. Carpooling to Dover three days a week during the legislative session, fellows provide in-depth, nonpartisan research on issues of concern to the states legislators and citizens, staff committees, and respond to constituent concerns. The broad range of public policy issues they research includes energy assistance to low-income households, credit fraud and identity theft, and education reform. 

According to IPA associate policy scientist Lisa Moreland, co-manager of the Legislative Fellows Program and a former Legislative Fellow, the assembly entrusts its fellows with an unmatched level of responsibility. The kind of research our fellows are involved in is usually done by full-time professionals in other states. It's a fantastic opportunity for our students and a good value for the legislature, she says.

Twelve new Legislative Fellows will be working with the 146th General Assembly during its current session.  They are profiled on the Legislative Fellows Program website

Article and photo by Mark Deshon

Originally published by UDaily.

Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Image Rendition

Change the way the image is cropped for this page layout.

Media Size

Cycle through size options for this image or video.

Original
50%
66%
100%
Fixed Portrait 1
Fixed Portrait 2
Cancel
Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Insert Image

Open the image pane in this body section. Click in the image pane to select an image from the image library.

Insert Video

Open the video pane in this body section. Click in the video pane to embed a video. Click ? for step-by-step instructions.

Remove Image

Remove the image from the media panel. This does not delete the image from the library.

Remove Video

Remove the video from the media panel.

 

 
Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Image Rendition

Change the way the image is cropped for this page layout.

Media Size

Cycle through size options for this image or video.

Original
50%
66%
100%
Fixed Portrait 1
Fixed Portrait 2
Cancel
Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Insert Image

Open the image pane in this body section. Click in the image pane to select an image from the image library.

Insert Video

Open the video pane in this body section. Click in the video pane to embed a video. Click ? for step-by-step instructions.

Remove Image

Remove the image from the media panel. This does not delete the image from the library.

Remove Video

Remove the video from the media panel.

 

 
Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Image Rendition

Change the way the image is cropped for this page layout.

Media Size

Cycle through size options for this image or video.

Original
50%
66%
100%
Fixed Portrait 1
Fixed Portrait 2
Cancel
Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Insert Image

Open the image pane in this body section. Click in the image pane to select an image from the image library.

Insert Video

Open the video pane in this body section. Click in the video pane to embed a video. Click ? for step-by-step instructions.

Remove Image

Remove the image from the media panel. This does not delete the image from the library.

Remove Video

Remove the video from the media panel.

 

 
Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Image Rendition

Change the way the image is cropped for this page layout.

Media Size

Cycle through size options for this image or video.

Original
50%
66%
100%
Fixed Portrait 1
Fixed Portrait 2
Cancel
Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Insert Image

Open the image pane in this body section. Click in the image pane to select an image from the image library.

Insert Video

Open the video pane in this body section. Click in the video pane to embed a video. Click ? for step-by-step instructions.

Remove Image

Remove the image from the media panel. This does not delete the image from the library.

Remove Video

Remove the video from the media panel.

 

 
Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Image Rendition

Change the way the image is cropped for this page layout.

Media Size

Cycle through size options for this image or video.

Original
50%
66%
100%
Fixed Portrait 1
Fixed Portrait 2
Cancel
Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Insert Image

Open the image pane in this body section. Click in the image pane to select an image from the image library.

Insert Video

Open the video pane in this body section. Click in the video pane to embed a video. Click ? for step-by-step instructions.

Remove Image

Remove the image from the media panel. This does not delete the image from the library.

Remove Video

Remove the video from the media panel.

 

 
Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Image Rendition

Change the way the image is cropped for this page layout.

Media Size

Cycle through size options for this image or video.

Original
50%
66%
100%
Fixed Portrait 1
Fixed Portrait 2
Cancel
Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Insert Image

Open the image pane in this body section. Click in the image pane to select an image from the image library.

Insert Video

Open the video pane in this body section. Click in the video pane to embed a video. Click ? for step-by-step instructions.

Remove Image

Remove the image from the media panel. This does not delete the image from the library.

Remove Video

Remove the video from the media panel.

 

 
Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Image Rendition

Change the way the image is cropped for this page layout.

Media Size

Cycle through size options for this image or video.

Original
50%
66%
100%
Fixed Portrait 1
Fixed Portrait 2
Cancel
Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

Insert Image

Open the image pane in this body section. Click in the image pane to select an image from the image library.

Insert Video

Open the video pane in this body section. Click in the video pane to embed a video. Click ? for step-by-step instructions.

Remove Image

Remove the image from the media panel. This does not delete the image from the library.

Remove Video

Remove the video from the media panel.

 

 
Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

 

 
Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

 

 
Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Move Down

Move this whole section down, swapping places with the section below it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

 

 
Move Up

Move this whole section up, swapping places with the section above it.

Code Cleaner

Check for and fix problems in the body text. Text pasted in from other sources may contain malformed HTML which the code cleaner will remove.

Accordion is OFF

Accordion feature turned off, click to turn on.

Accordion is ON

Accordion featurd turned on, click to turn off.

Media Right/Left-Align

Align the media panel to the right/left in this section.

 

 
News Story Supporting Images and Text
Used in the Home Page News Listing and for the News Rollup Page
As the new legislative session prepares to kick off Jan. 10 in Dover, four of last years 12 University of Delaware Legislative Fellows are gaining their initial post-graduate experience working for the Delaware General Assembly.
1/6/2012
 
If not blank, this overrides the Sorting Date but ONLY for the CCRS home page
Page Settings and MetaData:
(Not Shown on the Page)
Page Settings
IPAs Legislative Fellows Program Is a Proven Training Ground for Students
SPPA; IPA
No
External News Source
Used to link to non UDaily stories
 
 
MetaData for Search Engine Optimization
IPAs Legislative Fellows Program Is a Proven Training Ground for Students