As a health policy analyst at the Center for Health Information and Analysis, the recent graduate prepares reports used by stakeholders and policymakers across the Commonwealth.
“Like the nonprofit and social enterprises I study, I would like to make an impact on the world," Schmidt said. "Helping the next generation of leaders learn the tools to make their own impact is one way to amplify mine."
"Technology and governance is a key area of emphasis in the School of Public Policy,” said SPP Director Alasdair Roberts. “We're fortunate to have one of the world's leading experts on this topic on our faculty."
The Beacon Hill Project brings School of Public Policy students on monthly trips to Boston to meet with legislators, government officials, and advocacy groups; gain an inside look at the policy process; and make professional connections.
"Public policy and higher education are closely related and play a major role in college access. One of my goals is to get a better grasp on this larger context so that I can contribute to the development of these policies in order to guide students towards the best path of success."
“This trip introduced me to a variety of jobs ranging from state policy to ocean policy, proving that anyone interested in policy can find their niche in the nation's capital," said SPP student Jessica Sizer.
This summer's course offerings include a public policy seminar, public budgeting and finance, local government administration, and strategic fundraising and philanthropy.
The program, My Perfect Country, which examines successful public policies around the globe, spent three days with Professor Betsy Schmidt's “Making a Difference: Policies and Strategies for Social Change” class.
The new concentration is offered in conjunction with the College of Humanities and Fine Arts' Arts Extenstion Service, the nation’s leading provider of arts management classes and publications.