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Sam Rusling-Flynn, Madeline Leue and Jacob Binnall making a presentation in class

Students Pitch Policies to "President" in SPP Course

“The Oval Office project stretched our policy and politics muscles to the max,” said Master of Public Policy student Adrienne Nunez, whose team presented a carbon pricing policy.

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Internship Spotlight: Caterina DiBiase, The Pioneer Institute

"I’m studying public policy because I want to be able to make a positive impact on the broken healthcare system we have in the United States."

Group of School of Public Policy students outside the Massachusetts State House

Beacon Hill Project Offers Students Networking Opportunities

On SPP's most recent trip, students visited the Massachusetts State House, met with professionals working in the environmental and health policy and co-operative business fields, and heard about career opportunities in municipal government.

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SPP Hosts Workshop on "Imposter Syndrome"

The Dec. 7 workshop by Valerie Young, author of "The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women," is sponsored by the School of Public Policy and the Women's Fund of Western Mass.

Olivia Laramie talking with a student in Honduras

Internship Spotlight: Olivia Laramie, Pure Water for the World

"I believe that working in the policy world will allow me to work from the inside to make the changes I hope will help our country as well as other countries. I am most interested in making changes to the way we treat refugees, asylees and immigrants."

Headshot of Alphoncina Lyamuya

Internship Spotlight: Alphoncina Lyamuya, Center for Strategic and International Studies

"I’m studying public policy to gain a further understanding and focus on immigration policy, as well as practical experience on the interplay of this policy area to other important policy areas such as the economy, criminal justice, and education."

Logo of NASPAA Batten competition

SPP Hosts Student Simulation Beta Test

The January 25 event, part of the international NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition, focuses on sustainable cities and transportation policy.

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Internship Spotlight: Liz Berman, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

In her fellowship, through the Civic Action Project, Berman researched legislative initiatives, crafted strategic messaging, wrote testimony to present to the Massachusetts Legislature — and gained experience and connections that helped her land a job as a legislative aide. 

Lenore Palladino testifying before the House committee

Palladino Testifies Before Congress on Stock Buybacks

Palladino, a new member of the School of Public Policy faculty, testified in favor of a corporate stock buyback ban in front of a U.S. House Committee on Financial Services subcommittee.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) alum Michael Havlin

Alumni Profile: Michael Havlin, MPPA 2016

An economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Havlin also is the chief statistical consultant for the start-up political polling company Point Blank Political.