Students at SPP have been visiting Washington, DC and Boston as part of the Professional Development Seminar (Prosem) for many years now. The trips have become an integral part of the SPP experience, bridging the curriculum and the “real” world.
The trips are designed to give students exposure to the wide range of professional opportunities that are available to them as graduates of our programs. Students meet SPP alumni and other policy professionals who are working in a variety of government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
"The New York trip was one of my favorite SPP experiences to date. Not only did I get to visit NYC for the first time, but I also was able to learn about companies and professions I wasn't previously aware of. With any luck I'll end up back in New York this summer!" said Derrick Ray, MPP 2018.
In January of this year the Prosem class traveled to New York City for the first time! Along with SPP Associate Director for Academic Programs Satu Zoller, SPP students visited a number of government, nonprofit and private organizations, including the United Nations, the City of New York’s Department of Education, Booz Allen Hamilton and AVAC, an international health NGO
“We have wanted to visit New York for some time” said Zoller, “but as a policy program DC has always been a bigger draw. I think students realized that there are many exciting opportunities in New York as well. I know that students were encouraged by the trip and that some of them are applying to internships in New York. Of course cost of living is very expensive so the students will likely need the support of our travel funds to make the internships a reality.”
Beth Leibinger, MPPA 2018, said “I really came out of the New York trip feeling inspired. When you’re in the midst of the MPPA program, it’s easy to let your focus narrow down to the work that’s right in front of you. Meeting with people working on such diverse aspects of the public policy field helped me see that there are so many directions I could go from here, and I was grateful for the chance to make professional contacts I could reach out to in the future.”