Many of Michigan State University’s second-year Master of Public Policy students will be graduating this May. They have a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion that will allow them to put the skills they’ve acquired to good use. We’re posting profiles of all our soon-to-be graduates so you can get to know them—and maybe find the next addition to your firm or organization!
Name: Alexa Malesky
Ideal Job Location: United States
Ideal Job: “I’d love to work in a policy think-tank focusing on education policy,” Alexa says. She has long been interested in politics and education policy is particularly compelling to her. Coming from a family of many teachers, she has a personal connection to this field in addition to the interest inspired by her own education and experiences.
Alexa is also interested in governmental relations roles at large corporations. Eventually, she would like to be in an executive position, such as director, at an education policy think tank.
Work Experience: Last summer, Alexa had first-hand experience with think tank policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. She shares, “I gained a greater understanding of the education policy sector and further developed my passion in advocating for school choice policies and more options for students everywhere to succeed.”
Currently, Alexa is working at the Lansing lobbying firm MGS Consultants.
“This position allows me to keep in contact with a wide range of clients and updating them with various policy topics such as energy and technology, health, higher education, and transportation. Through this position, I’m able to fine tune my communication skills and get experience in developing professional relationships.”
Skills and Academic Training: The MPP program has allowed Alexa to enjoy courses well-suited to her strong analytical skills, like economics and statistics. These courses provide excellent training in how to analyze information, create and interpret statistical models, and understand important economic principles. Alexa plans to combine this knowledge with her experience and understanding of educational policy.
Alexa aspires to make a positive impact on citizens’ lives through policy work. “I would love the opportunity to collect research, analyze the best pathway, and craft policy to help students reach their full potential.”