Over the past two years, the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy has leaped 26 spots on the list of top graduate programs.
"Further down the line I may consider running for public office. I try to not set limitations on my goals and understand that I need to look at every opportunity that is presented to me. That is how I got to where I am now, and I wouldn’t do it any other way."
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"I hope to be able to apply what I learn at the School of Public Policy towards advocacy and policy development that promotes social and economic welfare in urban environments."
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.