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Villanova on the Hill – Applications due April 18th

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Villanova on the Hill (VOH) program. VOH will provide an immersive experience that explores aspects of  the policymaking and political ecosystem of Washington DC, and how individuals from a variety of backgrounds, and in a broad range of professions, make it work.  The theme for the week is Finding Common Ground: Moving from Political Gridlock to Discovering Policy Solutions.

The program will take place from Monday, October 9, 2017 to Friday, October 13, 2017. By the end of the week, these students will have a clear grasp on how to forge a path toward a career in DC, and also learn from young alumni how to live and thrive in the district.

Applications are due April 18th!


Save the Date for A Discussion of the Iowa Caucuses and Key Election Issues: Feb. 3!

As the first major event of the 2016 Presidential electoral process, the Iowa Caucuses serves as an early indicator of each political party’s candidates as they march toward the nominating conventions this summer.

Please join Jim Brown ’73 CLAS, chief of staff for US Sen. Robert P. Casey, Jr., and Charlie Gerow ’80 VLS, chief executive officer of Quantum Communications, on Wednesday, February 3 from 5-6:30 p.m. in Driscoll Hall Room 132 for a discussion of the Iowa Caucus results and key election issues as campaign activity enters high gear. The discussion will be moderated by Jack Johannes, PhD, professor of Political Science, and the event is sponsored by the Villanova University Public Policy Society.

Internship Opportunity: NASPAA

Higher Education Policy Intern
Spring 2016

This is an exciting internship opportunity, ideal for a graduate student interested in higher education, program assessment, and policy analysis.
The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) is a nonprofit association in Washington DC, dedicated to ensuring excellence in public service education and promoting the ideal of public service.  We are a membership association of over 280 graduate education programs in public administration, public policy, and public affairs located across the US and around the globe.  NASPAA is also the accreditor of master’s degree programs in these fields.

NASPAA is seeking a master’s student in fields such as public policy, public administration, education, or similar for an internship position for approximately 15-19 weeks during Spring 2016, starting as soon as possible.  Students in master’s or doctoral programs in related fields are also encouraged to apply. 
Primary responsibilities are expected to include:
  • Creating the annual accreditation data report, NASPAA’s public resource on school data and trends. Candidate will be expected to clean, analyze, and present data effectively, resulting in the final report. Last year’s report can be viewed here: http://accreditation.naspaa.org/resources/data-on-accredited-programs/
  • Tracking MPA program success regarding public information requirements on their websites and building simple guidance tools to help programs to better display their information.
There are typically short additional projects if time allows regarding quality in public affairs education. The internship may also include occasional office duties and projects as assigned.    
The individual selected for this position will assist the NASPAA staff in supporting and enhancing programs and services for the association’s members; he or she will work directly with senior staff who will provide direction and supervision. 
The intern/project assistant position will pay $13-15 per hour, depending on experience and student status, and can be part time (15-20 hrs/week) or full time (40 hours/week).  Fellowship arrangements for doctoral candidates will be considered.
Applicants should have:
  • Completed the equivalent of at least one semester of a master’s or doctoral program in public policy, public administration, education, or a related field. 
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative analysis skills, including cleaning data, drawing appropriate conclusions, and communicating data in a compelling manner.
  • Strong writing skills, especially in presenting analysis and messages for public consumption.
  • Strong facility with Microsoft Excel.
  • An interest in public service education, higher education, and/or program evaluation.
  • An understanding of the subject matter and values orientation of public affairs education and practice. 
  • A desire to work in a non-profit and academic-oriented setting and confidence in dealing with academics and government professionals.
  • Academic coursework in program evaluation is a plus.
NASPAA is located in downtown Washington, one block from the McPherson Square Metro station and four blocks from the White House. 

Application Deadline  
The deadline is rolling.  We will start considering applications immediately, but applications will be accepted until filled. The posting on 
publicservicecareers.org will be removed once the position is filled– otherwise potential applicants should assume the position is still open. This internship is a time-limited position and does not include benefits.  International students may apply if they possess a visa that permits them to work in the US. NASPAA is an equal opportunity employer.
Application Process
Please e-mail your letter of interest and resume to projectassistant1@naspaa.org, using the subject line “Application for Spring Internship”.   A list of references will be required from candidates selected as finalists. 


April 14 – Day Trip to Washington, DC

An invitation for MPA students from Interim Department Chair Dr. Catherine Wilson:

Explore Careers in Public Policy on Capitol Hill

The Department of Public Administration is accepting applications to explore the field of public policy alongside Villanova students, alumni, and other invited guests on April 14, 2015 in Washington, DC.

The application process for the trip is competitive. Interested MPA students must submit: (1) a current resume and (2) a cover letter stating why they are interested in participating in this trip and how the trip would benefit them professionally by Tuesday, April 7, 2015 to Michele Griffin (michele.griffin@villanova.edu).

For more information, please see the event flyer. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Wilson.


Dr. Wilson interviewed: “Two Takes On Paul Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Plan”

Check it out! Dr. Catherine Wilson was interviewed today on WPR to comment on Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan’s tax proposal. Click the link below to listen. Dr. Wilson is the first guest interviewed on the show.

Listen | “Two Takes On Paul Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Plan” | Wisconsin Public Radio