photo of MicheleWhat Michele Says About IPA

Take a look at what Michele says about IPA. Then, come and see for yourself and become another of our success stories! Here’s her profile.

undergraduate concentration: Human Services, Education & Public Policy / Biology
PSF experience area: Health Care

Q.What attracted you to the University of Delaware? to IPA?

A.I chose UD because it’s a large university with a lot of potential opportunities. Since I had no idea what I was going to major in, I wanted to have the chance to explore. I kind of “fell into” my position at IPA. I knew that I wanted to learn more about health policy, so I contacted a few people and found out about undergraduate Public Administation Fellows.

Q.What has your experience been like as a UD undergrad student working at IPA?

A.As an undergrad working with IPA, it’s really been a “sneak preview” into what grad school is like. Most undergrads don’t know about SUAPP and IPA, and it's a different environment from other departments on campus. IPA students and staff are a great group to work with, and I’ve also really enjoyed working on projects that serve the public.

Q.What opportunities have been available to you as a result of your association with IPA?

A.Being a PSF [the undergraduate service position at IPA] has been a huge learning experience; this in itself is something I view as an opportunity. Through IPA, I’ve gotten some exposure to state and local government just by being at work and learning about what is going on. I’ve also attended the NCOA Conference and LIFE Disabilities conferences—two events that showed me how the work we do at IPA connects to many other areas. Finally, working with IPA helped me to discover and get an internship with Nemours Health and Prevention Services last fall.

Q.What immediate and future career plans do you have?

A.I'll be attending graduate school for a Master of Public Policy concentrating in health policy.

Q.Why would you recommend IPA to prospective students?

A.The environment, hands-down. Everyone at IPA has been really encouraging and supportive.

Q.What advice would you give to a student who is considering joining the MPA program/IPA?

A.Working with IPA, I’ve had more autonomy and responsibility for my own work, which can be a bit unusual at first. Just don’t be afraid to ask questions. Overall, IPA offers a lot to work with and learn.