• Amanda Miller

    I use academic assignments to explore areas of professional interest. While researching a paper for my Intro to Policy course, I made contact with several international organizations. Each conversation provided new insight into my field of interest, and a couple of contacts encouraged me to stay in touch. Taking this approach grounds my experience in current practice and provides great opportunities to refine my career path and build important contacts in the field.

  • Danny Manitsky

    Use OCS Walk-In Hours to their fullest. I have had my resume revised and revised and revised – they’re great at helping you hone your message.

  • Kate Bender

    Wagner alums are everywhere! I feel like I run into them constantly, especially in my current job. I found my job last year through a current student, my supervisor now is an alum, and I plan to talk to other alums before seeking future internships.

  • Carrie Hasselback

    “I made a two year plan with every class I would take until graduation. I stuck to the first year without any changes so that I would do all of the core courses and prerequisites first. The second year I left open to change and actually changed it a little based on what I had heard from other students and which professors I particularly liked, and issues that I had taken more interest in.

  • Gabriel Verdaguer

    During the Intro to Policy class we were given an assignment to draft a strategy memo for a policy advocacy campaign. The assignment was given with considerable flexibility, in particular, with regards to the selection of the policy issue. I fell upon a topic within the issue of juvenile justice that really caught my attention. I immersed myself in the project and felt that I had found an issue that I wanted to explore further. This assignment prompted me to attend a career panel on working within the justice system, which then led me to get a summer internship with the Vera Institute of Justice.

  • Kristin Gilliss

    We should all be very conscious that we are building new networks right now. Active involvement with student groups and activities or engaged discussions with peers outside of the classroom is personally just as important to me, if not more, than my classes.

  • Nick Molinari

    I came to Wagner pretty much knowing that I wanted to work in environmental and open space planning. Since many of the internships in this field are unpaid, I took the ‘survival job’ path: throughout my Wagner career, I had part-time survival jobs which were not in my field of choice but allowed me to accept very exciting unpaid internships specific to my area of study.

  • Sarah Dannan

    Once I knew I had been accepted to Wagner I began to craft a plan to take my prerequisites first. Declaring my specialization as policy also set the direction for the courses I scheduled. I planned my courses according to their availability (Fall, Spring) and also made sure to enroll in the required specialization courses ASAP so that I could begin taking elective courses for my specialization.

  • Deborah Kerson

    Holding an internship and part-time job during my time at Wagner really helped me link theory to practice.

  • Laurie Price

    I used assignments in class to find out more about education issues. For example, I wrote my policy memo in Intro to Public Policy on No Child Left Behind. I wrote my evaluation proposal for Program Evaluation on the NYC Leadership Academy (which trains prospective principals). I also used the Policy Memo in Policy Formation and Analysis to learn more about the Mayor's relations with the United Federation of Teachers. I was able to speak about these papers in cover letters and use them as writing samples for internship applications. To push myself with a challenging area - statistics and education funding - I signed up for the team to analyze the article related to education funding in Stats II.

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