MPA student Roberta Ayers has received a position as a management analyst for the City of O'Fallon, IL. She will be serving as a liaison for the City's Human Resources and Clerk Departments. Ayers chose the MPA program to pursue a career in local government and aspires to become a city administrator in the future. She said, "The MPA was the best option for me given my interest in the public sector and career aspirations." Roberta chose to participate in the MPA program's professional internship program. The internship program provides students with the opportunity to gain invaluable professional experience while pursuing a graduate degree. The internships are competitively awarded and Roberta served as an intern in O'Fallon, IL, for approximately two years.
Roberta credits the MPA program and the internship for preparing her for the career path she had chosen to pursue. She stated "The MPA Program in conjunction with the internship program prepared me for my new position and gave me the tools and resources for a career in the realm of local government. I would like to thank the dedicated professors and staff in the PAPA Department for their commitments to ensuring that students succeed in both their academic and professional goals." Roberta Ayers graduated in Spring 2013.
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