Annual Washington D.C. Networking Trip

Each year SPP graduate students visit Washington, DC as part of the Professional Development Seminar or Prosem. The Prosem has become an integral part of both the MPPA and MPP curriculum. This seminar offers students opportunities to sharpen their job-seeking and networking abilities in sessions that enhance their skills in writing cover letters and resumes, public speaking, interviewing, social networking and more.  The trip to DC is designed to give students exposure to the wide range of professional opportunities that are available to them as graduates of our programs.  Students meet SPP alumni and other policy professionals who are working in a variety of government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

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January 2016 Trip

This year, SPP’s annual Prosem trip to Washington took place January 12-14, 2016.

The trip gave graduate students who participated the opportunity to get acquainted with employees in a range of organizations and agencies where they might have the opportunity to work after graduation.

Satu Zoller, SPP’s Associate Director for Academic Programs, brought the group to the Center for Equitable Growth, the White House, and Congressman Jim McGovern’s office. 

SPP also co-hosted a Networking Happy Hour with the UMass Alumni Association, which brought together many SPP and UMass alumni and the visiting graduate students for discussion and networking.

According to Palista Kharel, an MPPA student at SPP who attended the 2015-2016 trip:

“Visiting the agencies and having in-person conversations with staff -- many of whom were SPP alums -- gave me the inside scoop on engaging in both domestic and international policy areas.

I've learned about some diverse and remarkable work that policy professionals in DC are currently pursuing. The trip has further introduced me to a variety of potential career pathways among public policy graduates in DC and beyond.”