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Public Policy and Administration

Address:
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Department of Public Policy and Administration
College of Business and Public Management
Fifth Floor
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2438
Email: mpa@wcupa.edu

Name: Dr. Jeremy Phillips
Position: Department Chair & DPA Director
Email: jphillips2@wcupa.edu
Phone: 610-436-2016

Name: Dr. Allison Turner
Position: Assistant Chair & MPA Director
Email: aturner@wcupa.edu
Phone: 610-436-2286

Name: Lillian Miller
Position: Assistant Director
Email: lmiller@wcupa.edu
Phone: 610-436-2018


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Job Postings

TRAINING ANALYST: US Department of Labor. Job Information

BILINGUAL OUTREACH EDUCATOR: This position staffs the mobile market and assists in outreach efforts among the Spanish-speaking community; leads seasonal cooking classes at various locations; and administers pre- and post-surveys and focus groups in Spanish for program evaluation. The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in education, nutrition, public health or a related discipline; have experience teaching food education classes in Spanish to various age groups; and experience working with diverse populations including recipients of public benefits. Click here to read more.

FISCAL OPERATIONS SPECIALIST: Department of Labor, Philadelphia. Application deadline fast approaching! Job Information

ECONOMIC POLICY ANALYST: Office of the City Conroller, Philadelphia. For position description and essential qualifications, see EcoPolAnalyst.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR for EXTERNAL RELATIONS: West Chester University. For job description, qualification requirements and application click here.

MPA Internship

MPA students entering the program with less than one year of relevant post-baccalaureate work experience are required to complete either a three-credit internship or professional development seminar. This requirement is waived for students who can demonstrate more than one year of relevant post-baccalaureate work experience.

For students interested in completing the three-credit internship, a minimum of 20 hours per week of work for 15 weeks, or 300 hours, is required. Students who are unable to elect not to complete a traditional internship are required to complete the three-credit professional development seminar. This course is designed to provide students with an equivalent experience to that of an internship in the public sector. Students should consult their faculty advisor to discuss whether the internship or professional development seminar is required. The Department Chairperson makes the final decision.

Students who have additional questions or who would like assistance in securing an internship should contact the MPA Internship Coordinator, Dr. Michelle Wade.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

NASPAA PAID GRADUATE INTERNSHIP Summer 2018 - Data Analysis and Survey Design related to Increasing Minority PhDs in Public Policy & Administration. The main focus of this internship will be NASPAA’s PhD Pathways Initiative. This initiative seeks to increase the number of under-represented minorities who pursue their doctoral degree in public policy, affairs, and administration. The hope is that increasing the number of underrepresented minorities who pursue their graduate degree in public affairs, particularly through to their doctorate, will positively impact the diversity of the public affairs professorate and field at large. The intern chosen for this position will assist the Data Center Director of NASPAA in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data regarding how students move through our programs. The internship position will last for approximately 10-12 weeks during summer 2018, starting late May or early June, and extending to the middle of August. It will be open to master’s/doctoral students in fields such as public policy, public administration, data analytics, higher education administration, or similar. Students in doctoral programs in related fields may also apply.

Primary responsibilities are expected to include working with NASPAA staff and members of the PhD Pathways Taskforce, interviewing Doctoral Directors and students to supplement NASPAA’s survey efforts, conducting outreach and marketing to NASPAA schools to encourage participation in NASPAA’s survey instruments and cleaning, analyzing, and presenting data effectively. In addition to the PhD Pathways Initiative, the chosen candidate will also assist NASPAA in analyzing salary data for the field. This includes but is not limited to mining the back end of NASPAA’s Job Board (PublicServiceCareers.org) for salary information by sector, identifying and analyzing information from other sources of salary information for our field and occasional office duties and projects as assigned.

The intern/project assistant position will pay $14-18 per hour, depending on experience and student status, and it will be full time or part time (15-35 hrs/week) with hours by mutual arrangement. The PhD Pathways initiative will be 50-75% of the intern’s time, depending on number of hours per week and scope of the project.) Fellowship arrangements for doctoral candidates will be considered. Funding for the internship is provided by the NASPAA Executive Council specifically to support the PhD Project.

Applicants should have:

  • Completed the equivalent of at least one year of a master's OR doctoral program in public policy, public administration, data analytics, higher education policy/administration, 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 higher education, public service, and/or research methods
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills.
  • A desire to work in a non-profit and academic-oriented setting and confidence in dealing with academics and government professionals.

NASPAA is located in downtown Washington, three blocks from the White House, one block from the McPherson Square Metro station and four blocks from the Farragut North metro.

Application deadline is rolling. We will start considering applications on March 1, but we will continue to accept applications until the internship is filled. (The position will remain posted on publicservicecareers.org as long as it is unfilled.) 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. Please e-mail your letter of interest and resume to projectassistant1@naspaa.org, using the subject line “Application for Summer 2018 PhD Project”. Contact information for two references will be required from candidates selected as finalists.

THE MILL AT ANSELMA: This local nonprofit is looking for an intern to help with strategic planning efforts. If you are interested and would like more details, please contact Dr. Jeremy Phillips who can get you in touch with the organization.

The CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE: Summer internship program located in Washington, D.C. The CBO provides provides the Congress with the objective, timely, and nonpartisan analyses needed for economic and budgetary decisions. CBO will accept applications from graduate students for the 2018 Summer Internship Program between January 2 and February 28, 2018. Interns contribute to CBO’s work in areas such as budget and tax policy, health care, national defense, the environment, education, retirement assistance, other income assistance, regulation and public investment.

CBO internships offer:
• Ten weeks of experience in the federal budget process and policymaking,
• Responsibility for specific projects,
• The opportunity to work with experts in economic analysis,
• Flexible start and end dates,
• The opportunity to participate in educational events on Capitol Hill,
• The dynamic environment of one of the world’s premier cities,
• Competitive compensation based on academic level and related experience, and
• A local transportation subsidy of up to $260 per month.

Candidates should have some preparation in disciplines related to CBO’s mission. Ideal candidates are pursuing graduate academic programs in the following fields:
• Economics
• Public Policy/Public Affairs
• Health policy
• Finance
• Mathematics
• Statistics

More information is available at www.cbo.gov/about/our-careers/our-internships.
Students submit a cover letter, résumé, contact information for references, unofficial transcripts (include an undergraduate transcript if the applicant is a first-year graduate student), and a list of spring coursework at www.cbo.gov/careers.
Selections are based on academic achievement, the relevance of academic work to CBO’s responsibilities, and work experience, and should be completed by early April 2018.

WEST GOSHEN TOWNSHIP: West Goshen Township is seeking an intern for the upcoming spring and summer semesters. The applicant shall be studying political science or public administration and be available at least 20 hours per week (this will include one night meeting that is held on the 4th Tuesday of every month). The intern will be engaged in the daily activities of local government including working on the Township's Comprehensive Plan and helping township staff with daily business functions. The intern will have an option to either obtain credit or be paid $12.50 an hour. Interested individuals should contact Dr. Michelle Wade.

 

Previous Sites for WCU MPA Interns

  • Borough of Phoenixville
  • Chester County Fund for Women & Girls
  • Chester County Historical Society
  • Chester County Recorder of Deeds
  • Chester County Department of Health
  • Decade to Doorways
  • Easttown Township
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fleck Consulting, Inc.
  • Girls on the Run
  • iWorkwell, Inc.
  • Office of the special envoy for Middle East Peace
  • Philadelphia Housing Authority
  • Philadelphia Police Department
  • Phoenixville Area High School summer Bridge Program
  • Resources for Human Development
  • Resilient in spite of Stressful Events Program--NIMH funded program
  • SAP America
  • Ten Thousand Villages
  • West Chester University Foundation
  • West Chester University Office of Residence Life and Housing Services
  • West Chester University Office of Organizational Development
  • West Whiteland Township

Policy

According to the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree programs shall have a primary focus, "of preparing students to be leaders, managers, and analysts in the professions of public affairs, public administration, and public policy and only master's degree programs engaged in educating and training professionals for the aforementioned professions are eligible for accreditation." Furthermore, NASPAA accredited programs will, "ensure that students learn to apply their education, such as through experiential exercises and interactions with practitioners across the broad range of public affairs, administration, and policy professions and sectors."

While all students entering the degree program acquire professional competency through a number of applied and experiential exercises, pre-service students, those with less than one year of relevant post-baccalaureate work experience, are at such an early stage in their professional development that an internship is necessary to provide a sufficient link between theory and practice. In light of this, the internship program is designed so that students acquire public sector work experience that prepares students to lead and manage across boundaries of the public, nonprofit and private sectors.

Based on the universal purpose of MPA programs, which is to prepare students for careers in public affairs, public administration, and public policy, the internship requirement may be waived for students who can demonstrate more than one year of relevant post-baccalaureate work experience. Relevant work experience is defined as a professional position in the public, nonprofit, and/or private sectors that required significant leadership and independent decision making. Because we are a program committed to educating and training professionals for careers in public service, we find that the public service values found throughout the curriculum provides individuals with private sector experiences as leaders, mangers and analysts with sufficient training to make those private sector experiences relevant and therefore warrant waiver of the internship experience.

For pre-service students requiring an internship, a minimum of 20 hours per week of work for 15 weeks, or 300 hours, is required to successfully complete the required 3-credit hour internship course. Because our mission is to provide a high quality accessible public service education, we recognize that not all students will be able to complete a traditional internship where the entirety of work is completed onsite at the placement organization. On the recommendation of the MPA Internship Coordinator and the approval of the MPA Director, students whose work schedules or personal obligations prohibit them from completing a traditional onsite internship, may obtain permission to complete a project based internship where work is conducted off-site. Students seeking this alternative assignment must demonstrate that the project will prepare them for leadership roles in the public sector as well as fulfilling all required internship hours.

With the assistance of the MPA Internship Coordinator, students should secure their internship prior to the start of the semester. Throughout the semester, the MPA Internship Coordinator will have regular contact with the student and host site to facilitate a productive internship experience. All students will be required to complete an internship portfolio. The portfolio shall consist of an activity log that documents the student's activities and progress on meeting the goals of the internship program. The portfolio will also require students construct an essay that links theory and practice, with an emphasis on demonstrating the ability to apply public service values.

 

MPA and DPA Job Placements

Graduates of the MPA and DPA programs at West Chester University are finding employment in positions that are relevant to their graduate education. The most recent alumni survey found that our graduates are in the following positions:

  • Assistant Director
  • Assistant Regional Director
  • Assistant Urban and Regional Planner
  • Assistant Township Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Compliance Fraud Analyst
  • Deputy Director of Fundraising
  • Director of Athletics
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Director of Medical Surgical Services
  • Legislative District Aide
  • Doctoral Researcher
  • Employment Manager
  • Federal Contracting Officer
  • Forensic Targeted Case Manager Supervisor
  • Geographic Information System Specialist
  • Human Resource Recruiter
  • Human Resource Professional
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Legislative Aide
  • Major Gift Officer
  • Marketing Manager for a nonprofit
  • Nonprofit Program Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Program Analyst
  • Project Coordinator
  • Recovery Manager
  • Borough Secretary / Treasurer
  • Social Media Service Specialist
  • Senior HR Systems Analyst
  • Student Affairs Generalist
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Workflow Management Coordinator

In addition, here is a sampling of some of the organizations that have hired graduates of the MPA program:

  • Borough of South Coatesville
  • Chester County Recorder of Deeds
  • City of Philadelphia
  • City of York
  • Crestwood Area School District
  • Federal Reserve
  • Department of Public Policy & Administration, Rutgers University - Camden
  • Human Achievement Project
  • Morris County Department of Planning and Development: Division of Transportation
  • Pennsylvania State Legislature
  • Philabundance
  • Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health
  • Philadelphia Mental Health Care Corporation (nonprofit)
  • The Chester County Hospital
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • United States Department of Defense
  • United States Department of Education
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Victim Services Center of Montgomery County, Inc.
  • West Chester University
  • West Chester University Foundation

Testimonials

Tom Konen MPA '14

"I wanted to let you all know I was promoted this past week to Regional Coordinator with the PA House of Representatives. I cannot thank you all enough because I know it was the great instruction given to me at WCU that's made the difference for me."