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.

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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
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