MoPA Introductory Video

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The Student Experience

 

Gabriela Rivera

Gabriela Rivera

Alma Mater: UC San Diego, Political Science and International Relations
Internship Placement: 50+1 Strategies

“Prior to starting the Master of Public Affairs program I was a community organizer. I focused on several aspects of civic engagement including: political campaigns, family reunification around issues of deportation within immigrant families, and access to opportunities in higher education for under represented/non traditional student populations. Gaining this type of experience has motivated me to pursue a Master's degree in Public Affairs because I eventually want to create a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged communities access higher education. I want to ensure equality and justice for those members of society who may be ignored due to their financial and/or legal status, or English competency."

Katie Scally

Katie Scally

Alma Mater: University of Portland, Political Science and Communication Studies
Internship Placement: Liccardo for Mayor 2014 Campaign

“After interning at all three levels of California government, I found a passion for local government, politics and public policy. I specifically chose this program because it combines public policy, governmental affairs, law, politics, and campaigns all into one single program. I wanted to attend USF for the university's commitment to the common good, democracy, and social justice. An added benefit is working with, and learning from, fellow classmates who are passionate about the same issues that I am."
Alexander Archer

Alexander Archer

Alma Mater: University of San Francisco, Politics
Internship Placement: Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth

“My past experience included various internships at local government and nonprofits. These experiences and training spurred me to acquire additional skills and knowledge to make me an authentic and professional leader in whatever community I end up working. I chose the Public Affairs Program because it prides itself on creating ethical public officials. My favorite experience in the MoPA Program has been the faculty. They all have unique stories – and with small class sizes we really have the opportunity to discuss and deeply explore subject matter."
Mike Calevski

Mike Calevski

Alma Mater: Kent State University

“As a Political Science major in undergrad and after 6 years of working in the public sector, I decided to continue my education to strengthen my background as well as develop skills in additional areas. I chose the Master of Public Affairs because of the wide range of classes offered, with the skill sets and knowledge that they involve. I’ve benefitted from the small class sizes – and the rich background and expertise of the professors.”