Allison Becker
B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
 
 
Alex Greer
M.S. '12 and Ph.D. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
 
 
Andrew Haines
MPA '03 – An accomplished local government leader and appointed official.
 
 
Angela Gladwell
M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
 
 
Elizabeth Burland
M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
 
 
Chunjing Liu
M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
 
 
Cimone Philpotts
MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
 
 
Savannah Edwards
MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
 
 
Scott Murphy Eisenhart
MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
 
 
Taylor Hawk
MPA '17 - Graduate oversees every stage of policy development for Senate Majority Caucus.
 
 
Gwen Angalet
Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
 
 
Hira Rashid
M.A. '15, Ph.D. '20 – Fulbright scholar who studied global health economics and urbanization.
 
 
Katelyn Andrews (Hosey)
MPA '16 - Research assistant and Legislative Fellow experience help inform grad's career trajectory.
 
 
Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
 
 
James B. Goetschius
Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
 
 
Jenna Ahner
B.A. '12 and MPA '14 - Manages strategic priorities and provides legislative analysis
 
 
Jissell Martinez
MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
 
 
John Carney
MPA '86 – Governor of the State of Delaware
 
 
Kelsey Edmond
M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
 
 
Kirsten Jones
M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
 
 
Laura Keeley
Laura Keeley found success working as an Architectural Historian after graduating from the Public Planning and
 
 
Lindsey Interlante
MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
 
 
Mark D Stevens
MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
 
 
Matthew Garlipp
B.A. '13 - Enabling organizational accountability via performance metrics, evaluation, and strategic planning
 
 
Megan Wakelee
B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
 
 
Meredith Rubin
B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
 
 
Merritt Burke IV
MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
 
 
Evan Miller
MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career.
 
 
Natasha R. Nau
MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
 
 
Emma Odren
MPA '18 - From IPA fellow to research analyst, grad attributes workplace success to grad school experience.
 
 
Paige Gugerty
B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections between healthcare providers and resources.
 
 
Paul Ruiz
B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.
 
 
Ryan Burke
Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
 
 
Scott Beale
MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
 
 
Serita Porter
M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
 
 
Stephanie Ottino
B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
 
 
Fratern Masika Tarimo
MPA '09 - Supports nonprofit efforts to help communities in many African countries.
 
 
Thomas Martin
Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
 
 
Elizabeth Lockman
M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
 
 
Tom DeWire
MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
 
 
Vitaly Lee
MPA '97 - energy industry project development, regulatory and asset management
 
 
Yuliya Brel
M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
 
 
Zack Adinoff
M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
 
 
Mary Kuna
M.A. '12 - Among the youngest women in PA governement to hold her level position
 
 
Dan Henne
MPA, ’19 – Anticipates and analyzes critical events that could impact worldwide operations
 
 
Wanja Thuku
MPA, ’19 – Expanding the reach of the BDT across the nation through strategic partnerships
 
 
Alexandra Tarantino
Alexandra Tarantino is a University of Delaware Alumni who graduated from the Historic Preservation Master's p
 
 
Jeremy Rothwell
M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
 
 
Courtney Mogavero
B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
 
 
Janet Sheridan
M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
 
 
Melanie Ross Levin
B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
 
 
Dená Brummer
MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
 
 
Eric Anthony Johnson
Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
 
 
David Rudder
Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
 
 
Erin Kennedy
MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
 
 
Tom Friedman
MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
 
 
Mike Morton
MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
 
 
Jonathan Kirch
MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
 
 
Albert Shields
MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
 
 
Kim Gomes
MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
 
 
Erika Farris
M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
 
 
Mike Fortner
MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
 
 
Emily Gonce
MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
 
 
Bill Clark
MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
 
 
Barrett Edwards
MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
 
 
Benjamin Attia
MEEP'16 - Research and consulting on market trends in solar photovoltaics in Africa and the Middle East
 
 
Anastasia Kuzmina
MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
 
 
Wei-Ming Chen
Conducting renewable energy and electricity market researches
 
 
Michelle Kung
PHDUAPP'14 - Promoting innovation and technology through mentoring and investing technology startups
 
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UAPP 300 (Public Policy Field Experience)

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Course Description

Policy-oriented, experiential learning. Students will complete a 120-hour, approved internship experience.  During this experience, students will learn real-world, on-the-job skills, while assessing their own interests and strengths in the sector in which they are working.  Experiences can include independent placements in the world of practice with public agencies and nonprofit organizations locally or nationally or may be in an approved project led by Biden School faculty/Biden School public service and research centers. In addition to completing the required hours, students must complete written assignments and an exit interview with the instructor.

The course is offered during Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer II.  Students should secure an eligible placement prior to registration.  Instructor permission is required for registration.  The course is most appropriate for Juniors and Seniors.  In some instances, sophomores may be approved to register during their second semester.  The instructor for this course is Signe Bell.  While her office is in Wilmington, she meets with students on campus regularly.  Please contact her via phone or email with questions or to schedule a meeting.  It is generally expected that students will meet with the instructor prior to registration.

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UD Programs and Placements to fulfill UAPP300

There are several UD and Biden School Programs that can be utilized for this course experience:

Summer Public Policy Fellows: Classroom concepts and hands-on practical experience come together for students selected to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Public Policy Fellows program. Through this program, students conduct research with faculty and staff in one of the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration's affiliated research centersthe Institute for Public Administration or the Center for Community Research and Serviceon public policy issues such as aging, civic engagement, education, the environment, healthcare, healthy communities, homelessness, housing discrimination, land-use planning, poverty, transportation, welfare, and water resources planning. Fellows learn about policy issues from leaders in the field, network with practitioners, and witness classroom concepts come to life through research and public service. The Summer Undergraduate Public Policy Fellows Program runs for 10 weeks for a total of 300 hours. Fellows take a required UNIV course that includes two field visits outside of work hours and receive a $3,000 scholarship. Applications for Summer 2019 are due by April 8, 2019.

Spring Semester Washington DC Program:    Intern, live, and study in the heart of the nation's capital for the Spring Semester!  The Spring Semester in Washington, D.C. Program is a partnership among the Institute for Public Administration, the UD Department of Political Science, and the Institute for Global Studies. The program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to live in the heart of Washington, D.C. for the spring semester while interning in a placement of their choice. The internship constitutes six-credit hours with another six credits provided for in-classroom experiences. For more information about the Spring Semester in Washington, D.C. Program, contact Philip Barnes.

Legislative Fellows:   Begun as a partnership between the University of Delaware and the Delaware General Assembly in 1982, the Legislative Fellows Program is now sponsored in cooperation with Delaware State University and Wesley College.  For the students, who are selected through a competitive application process, the experience offers a valuable opportunity to observe and contribute to the political decision-making process. For the General Assembly, the program provides the research skills of the Fellows as well as a link to University resources.  Through their nonpartisan, in-depth research, Fellows assist legislators in addressing critical issues facing the state. In recent years, Fellows have worked on areas as diverse as land-use planning, education reform, and juvenile justice.  The Legislative Fellows Program is managed by the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration.   Lisa Moreland is the program manager for the Legislative Fellows Program.

Other Campus Placements:  Students may intern with departments within the Biden School and throughout the University.  In the recent past, students have interned with the Institute for Public Administration, Center for Community Research and Service, Disaster Research Center, Biden Institute, UD Office of Sustainability and UD Office of Human Resources and more.  As long as the internship is public policy related and provides at least 120 hours of work experience, it will likely be approved.  

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Independent Internships

Many students look for internships throughout Delaware, in Washington, DC or in their home state (over winter or summer).  As long as the internship is public policy related and provides at least 120 hours of work experience, it will likely be approved.  Approved internships have included working with or for:

  • Elected officials (all levels of government)
  • Federal, state or local governments
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Lobbying or advocacy organizations
  • Research firms
  • Law firms (typically with work focusing on environmental, immigration, housing or other public policy related specialty)
  • Other formal internship programs related to the student's public policy course of study
Questions about what types of internship experiences are a good fit or for assistance looking for a placement should be directed to Signe Bell, the course instructor.  She can be reached at signe@udel.edu .
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Other places to look for internship opportunities are:

  1. The Biden School posts internship opportunities that are shared with us. You can find them at on our job/internship listing page

  2. There are many resources through the UD Career Center.

  3. You may find opportunities on Linked In, Idealist.org and other job listing platforms.
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