PSA Minor Student Spotlight: Raven Young

Meet Raven! Raven is currently a senior studying Political Science in the Five-Year B.A./M.A. program offered by the Political Science Department at Villanova University. Raven has also pursued other interests by minoring in Public Service and Administration, as well as Spanish. Outside of the classroom, Raven previously enjoyed serving as a Sophomore Student Mentor for students in the Villanova Leadership Academy, and she is currently the President for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Committee at Villanova. After graduation, Raven hopes to begin a career in public service at the federal or state level.


1) What interested you in the PSA minor program?

The interdisciplinary course of study and diversified experience of the professors in the PSA department are what initially sparked my interest in the PSA minor program.  The classes offered by the PSA minor program are incredibly complementary to the Political Science classes that I am enrolled in for my major, and all of the classes have allowed me to study the intricacies of politics and government at both the theoretical and practical level. I believe that there is an increasing need in our society for a more responsible and engaged citizenry, and I cannot think of a better course of study to make sure that I am prepared to positively contribute to the communities I am a part of after graduation.

2) Are there any particular courses or learning experiences during your time in the PSA program that stands out to you?

My favorite course that I have been able to take under the PSA minor program is Public Administration with Dr. Miltenberger. Besides learning about the bureaucratic processes involved in the field of public administration, it was really exciting to see government in practice throughout our semester long projects working with city employees to come up with innovative solutions to solve some of Philadelphia’s public problems. My group focused on Criminal Justice Reform, and we were fortunate enough to be mentored by a research and information analyst from Philadelphia Police Headquarters. Following the “Solution Revolution” model, we worked hard throughout the semester to convene Philadelphia “wavemakers” (those who are already working on solving problems with the Criminal Justice system), find ways to use new technologies to connect people in the City, and apply business models that we thought would be successful with our project proposal. This project, and the class in general, showed me that effective public administration requires a great deal of dedication and cooperation, and it was incredible to learn about the various public servants here in the greater Philadelphia region who are working together to make change happen.

3) What are your possible future career choices?

After graduation, I hope to immediately begin a career in public service at the federal or state level. During the summer between my sophomore and junior year, I interned with the Chief Policy Director at the Mayor’s Office in Newark, NJ. This internship exposed me to many different aspects of City government, and it is an experience that I hope to take with me as I explore other career paths on a larger scale. This past summer, I was fortunate enough to intern full-time with a federal agency, and I am continuing this internship throughout the rest of my time here at Villanova. This experience has been invaluable in solidifying my assurance in my future career choices. While I am not sure where I will end up years down the road, I am sure that I want to begin my career in public service with a federal agency, and I hope I will be able to blend my interest in public service with my interest in promoting and protecting national security.

Raven Young
Raven Young

Public Policy Society BRIDGE Mentoring and Networking Event for Careers in Law, Government and Politics – 9/20

Undergraduate AND graduate students, here’s a great professional development event for you!

The BRIDGE student organization in CLAS coordinates a series of networking and mentoring events throughout the year. September 20th from 6-8 pm is an event focusing specifically on careers in politics, government, and law! Meet professionals in the field and discuss your professional career journey!

Register and learn more here.

Did You Know? September 2016

Do You Know your Villanova History? Maybe not? Here’s a little crash course!

The University traces its origins to old Saint Augustine’s Church in Philadelphia, which the Augustinians founded in 1796, and to its parish school, Saint Augustine’s Academy, established in 1811. The University itself was founded in 1842.

Today, the University is comprised of six colleges: Liberal Arts and Sciences (Villanova College), Engineering, School of Business (formerly known as the College of Commerce and Finance), Nursing, Professional Studies, and the School of Law.

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#CHANGEISGOOD The New Paradigm for Nonprofits

Global Philadelphia Association is hosting an engaging panel discussion regarding nonprofit financial management in the 21st century.  At this event, you will learn from experts in the field and network with professionals in the Philadelphia region!

Registration is free for GPA members, $12 for non-GPA members.

Learn more and register here!

The 2016 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum: Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

The abuse of heroin and other opioids is a deadly epidemic in Pennsylvania. The 2016 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum, Understanding the Opioid Epidemic, explores the medical, legal, policy and sociological dimensions of this issue.

The event takes place on Friday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Rm 101) at the Law School and is open to the Villanova Community and the public.

Learn more here!