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Hire An MPP: Vinny Szczerowski

MPP photo.pngName: Vinny Szczerowski

Ideal Job Location: Michigan; especially Traverse City, Detroit, or Grand Rapids

Ideal Job: Vinny has a passion for health policy and is deeply engaged in how different entities are involved in its development.

“I would ideally like to work in the government relations branch of some health related entity, whether it be a hospital, insurance company, health-related association, or any other provider or deliverer of health care services,” he says.

Vinny is interested in working for an organization as a health policy lobbyist or advocate. He would also enjoy using his statistical skills and substantial knowledge of the field as a health care policy analyst. Ultimately, he hopes to become head of a lobbying firm or another association that serves clients in the health care industry.

Work Experience: Last summer, Vinny excelled at an internship with Northern Strategies 360, the government relations consulting firm for Munson Healthcare. He examined laws and regulations affecting the Munson system. As he explains, he also “crafted policy briefs and whitepapers that could be presented to both the administration of the healthcare network and the general public.”

Vinny has also contributed to the Michigan Policy Network, an online research and reporting center at Michigan State University. In this role, he was able to further develop his understanding of Michigan health policy and politics.

“This opportunity allowed me to learn a great deal about current topics being discussed and debated at the state level,” he says.

Skills and Academic Training: Vinny developed his interest in health policy as an undergraduate. He has directed his analytical MPP program work towards gaining a deeper understanding of this complex topic. Combined with his internship and work experiences, this has enabled Vinny to learn to effectively analyze issues, but also importantly to be able to clearly communicate them to his audience.

Vinny has the skills, knowledge, and communication expertise to assist any organization involved in the health policy field.

Internships, Student Profiles

MPP in the Summer, The Places They Go: Sean Weston


Sean Weston is a student in Michigan State University’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) program who will complete his degree in 2016. Over the summer Sean has had the opportunity to apply what he has already learned in the MPP at his internship. This summer Sean is interning at Kelley Cawthorne, a lobbying firm in downtown Lansing, MI.

The main goal of the firm is to advance the goals of their clients. Sean has learned through his experience that this is a two-part battle. He describes it as the necessity “to have the research to back up what you’re saying and [the] need to know the proper people to advance that viewpoint. It’s both who you know and what you know that allow you to win.”

More specifically Sean has spent a great amount of time attending committee meetings to take detailed notes and report back on them to the lobbyists. He has primarily been focusing on the critical current road debates in Michigan. He has also fielded several research requests ranging from standard language for firework sales to liability for bedbugs. In addition, through events with the firm Sean has had the chance to expand his contact network with both legislators and staff.

Overall Sean has been enjoying his internship with Kelley Cawthorne and is grateful for the opportunity. He looks forward to continuing to develop his experience in the political field going forward.

Connect with Sean by email through his MPP page