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Breann Speraneo

Breann Speraneo, Fall 2018

As a former intern, I highly recommend participating in the PAPA department's internship program. I was placed at the City of Highland in February 2018, and it was my first time working in the public sector. In my time with the city, I gained a comprehensive overview of local government and was able to pinpoint my interest areas. To my surprise, I learned that I enjoy working with zoning regulations and became interested in the field of city planning. My mentors at the city helped me explore this area of interest, and ask my skills developed, I began taking on more of my own responsibilities. Upon graduating in December 2018, I accepted a full-time city planning job at the City of Highland. Without the internship program, I likely would not have discovered that zoning is an interest of mine or made the connections to obtain a full-time position at the agency after completing the MPA program.

Nick Urban

Nicholas Urban, Fall 2018

My time working as an intern at the St. Clair County Housing Authority gave me the opportunity to gain some valuable experience in the Public Administration field.  I learned how important communication is in this field along with the ins and outs of how a government agency works.  The various projects that I was assigned to work on, which included grant writing, Capital Fund work and resident interactions among others, were vital to growing my knowledge base.  Being able to tie my hands-on experiences at the agency with the classes I was taking in the PAPA Program was necessary for success.  There is no doubt that the experiences and knowledge that I gained while interning at the St. Clair County Housing Authority led me to getting hired on full-time with the agency.  I will always be grateful to the SIUE PAPA Program for helping me get my career started in the Public Administration field!

Spring 2018 Graduates

Spring 2018 Graduates

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