MPP First-Year Students Begin Summer Internships

This summer, eleven MPP students will take the skills learned in the first year of the Michigan State University Master of Public Policy program and apply them to summer internships. The students will be interning all over the world, including Detroit, Washington, D.C., China, and Africa. Internship sites include United States Department of Commerce, Governmental Consultant Services, ITC Holdings, the Citizens Research Council, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, the City of Detroit, and YouThink. Throughout the summer, our student interns will be profiled on their experiences and what they’ve learned through their internship. Good luck to our students!


Meet Our 2016 Cohort—and Maybe Your Next Hire!

A few months from now, Michigan State University’s second-year cohort of Master of Public Policy students will be graduating. These 15 individuals bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion to put the skills they’ve acquired to 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!

Below you can find links to all the profiles we’ve posted; we’ll keep updating this list as we publish more profiles.

haoshuHaoshu Duan: Using Research to Alleviate Poverty and Unemployment

Ideal Job Location(s): Haoshu is applying to Ph.D. programs—and looking for internships!—in various locations in the U.S.

Areas of Interest: Alleviating the poverty rates and unemployment rates among low and moderate income families.

Mike_CnossenMike Cnossen: Crossing Political Divides with Clear Communication about Policy Research

Ideal Job Location(s): Grand Rapids or Lansing, Michigan. Open to opportunities farther afield.

Areas of Interest: Education and healthcare policy. Using policy research to increase dialogue across political divides.

20150625_092117Sean Weston: Helping Organizations Make Informed Decisions

Ideal Job Location(s): Washington, DC; Detroit.

Areas of Interest: Defense, intelligence, and foreign policy; Detroit auto industry.


Lauren (2)Lauren Faulkner: Experienced Survey Researcher

Ideal Job Location(s): Short-term: Lansing, Michigan; open to working in other states.

Areas of Interest: Survey research.


marcus_coffin (2)Marcus Coffin: Passionate about Urban Economics

Ideal Job Location(s): Southeast Michigan or Lansing, Michigan. Longer term, possibly relocating to East Coast.

Areas of Interest: Urban economic issues, state fiscal interventions.


sean_tobinSean Tobin: Campaigner and Analyst

Ideal Job Location(s):Michigan, Washington D.C.

Areas of Interest: Campaign research, forecasting and consulting. Transparency and accountability.




MSU MPP Linked Program Provides New Opportunities


Students seeking the opportunity to complete their Master degree faster now have the chance. Through the BA-MPP Linked Program, students can start work in the field of public policy sooner than a traditional two-year graduate program would allow. Michigan State University’s Departments of Political Science and Economics have come together to create a comprehensive five-year Linked Bachelor and Master in Public Policy Degree Program.

“Completing them both within five years is saving me time, money, and effort, not only now but also in the future,” said Linked candidate, Sean Weston.  “The information and techniques I learned in my undergraduate studies are all still fresh and help me greatly in the coursework for my Master.”

The Linked program caters to students who want to pursue professional careers in policy analysis, program management, and policy advocacy. How it works is by allowing MSU undergraduates to apply up to 9 approved credits from the undergraduate level to their Master degree requirements, or vice versa.

The MPP Linked program has come with great excitement as its candidates have found many benefits to taking this route.

“One of the foremost benefits of being a linked student was having access to the resources of the MPP program, as well as resources reserved for undergraduates,” said Marcus Coffin. “One of the most useful skill-sets developed during the program is acquired through the quantitative sequence, as quantitative skills are occasionally neglected during the undergraduate experience in the social sciences, but they are demanded and coveted by employers. Interpersonal skills, teamwork, reading ability, and writing skills are also honed during the program.”

“In these few short weeks with the MPP program, I have been surrounded by great people and there has already been multiple opportunities to expand my knowledge of different policy issues. I look forward to seeing what all the program has to offer,” said Alexa Malesky.

Since the linked BA-MPP program’s start in 2011, there has been overwhelming positive feedback from both faculty and staff. The Linked program has provided a pathway to combining both undergraduate and grated level work to effectively place students on a track for success in the field of public policy.

If you are interested in learning more about MSU’s MPP Linked program, please visit: ( or contact Professor Valentina Bali at


Happy New Year!

This week begins the spring semester at MSU, and our MPP students and faculty are already off and running. 2015 brings us courses in public finance, urban fiscal distress, policy evaluation, anti-trust and consumer protection, regulation in public policy, and quantitative methods. Our second-year students are beginning their capstone projects, which are in-depth research projects on public policy topics of their choice. Save the date now for their presentation of these projects in a poster session on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 6pm at the Kellogg Center. We will provide more information on the event as the date approaches – our students are looking forward to sharing their work with our alumni community!

On social media this semester we will be adding new features that will help keep you connected to the program and our students and faculty connected to alumni and the broader policy community. As always, if you have any suggestions or questions for how we can improve, please let us know.


See You Next Year!

Now that the semester is over, the MPP program will be taking a break from posting new content until 2015. We would like to thank everyone who has helped us launch our social media presence. Thanks to the faculty, alumni, and students who participated in the profiles we’ve featured this semester and profiles we will post in the coming semester. Thanks to everyone who completed our alumni feedback survey – we will continue to highlight the improvements to the program based on your responses. Thanks to the distinguished speakers who made time to speak with our current students this semester. Also, A very big thank you to Keran Zhu, our unofficial program photographer!

Next semester, you can look for more alumni and faculty profiles, news about the program, as well as profiles of the Class of 2015. Lastly, thank you from the social media team of the program, Erika Rosebrook and Mike Sayre.

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