• Erin Massey

    It was crucial for me to get an internship my first year because I had zero public sector experience. I worked very hard to get an internship at NYC Office of Management and Budget, and partly got it because I was willing to work unpaid. I then worked at CHPSR my second year in a research function, which was huge for me.

  • Juliana Tillema

    I find working full-time while going to school part-time creates a good system of checks and balances in terms of how things work in the 'real' world, and it provides an opportunity to bring new skills from the classroom to my job.

  • Amy White

    My internships looked good on my resume, as they showed that I was eager to make a career change and that I wasn't wasting any time.

  • Juliana Tillema

    Serving on the WSA executive board has provided an invaluable learning opportunity with regard to understanding how high-functioning groups operate, how to be a leader and a follower, and how to translate student complaints into concrete suggestions for enhancing the Wagner program.

  • Elizabeth Norman

    I have been volunteering to do taxes for low-income people for a few years, before I developed an interest in finance. That work helped demonstrate my ability to work with numbers. The Earned Income Tax Credit is popular right now, and I have applied for some advocacy positions or city positions dealing with tax policy, so the volunteer work has been helpful.

  • Cary Hirschstein

    Being Co-Chair of Wagner Environmental Policy & Action (WEPA) was really a great experience to work with other students, faculty and experts who were passionate about similar issues. I not only felt like my efforts were worthwhile in bringing important issues to light for students at Wagner, but also provided a great personal learning experience.

  • Monique Boyce

    I have an interest in youth development, so I seized the opportunity to mentor court involved males ages 14-19 with the Looking Ahead Mentoring Program sponsored by the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services.

  • Seth Rosen

    If you keep seeing job postings in your field asking for skills you don't have, it means it's time to assess yourself and see what you can do to improve.

  • Prescott Chow

    What I value most about my time at Wagner has been the opportunity to balance both reflection and action in managing my career. As a planner by nature and profession, I tend to gravitate in theory towards straightforward approaches: set a goal and then figure out how to accomplish it. However, I realize that in practice, I don’t even know the meaning of linear. The Composing Your Career approach gave me the opportunity to be thoughtful in my decision-making and yet still be open to new, expansive opportunities that came my way.

  • Sarah Dannan

    I usually "check-in" with myself after each semester as a way to strategically plan my future. I process what I've learned in the classroom or at an internship, and assess how what I've learned will strengthen my skills. I also evaluate what I liked/did not like about a particular job/organization and apply that to my goals for the future and as direction for pursuing other internships. This process has showed me that it is okay to be interested in many different things (i.e., management, policy, public health) and that it is possible to find a career that encompasses all of those interests. I have also realized that the field of health is much broader than I ever thought, and there are many possibilities out there to pursue.

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