photo of SusanneWhat Susanne Says About IPA

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

undergrad degree: Dipl., University of Bayreuth (Germany), Urban Geography
graduate concentration: Urban and Regional Planning
RA experience area: Geographic Information Systems, Comprehensive Planning

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

A.I was attracted by the opportunity to combine studying with working as a research assistant, especially since IPA is involved in a variety of activities. Apart from that, the MA program with the concentration in planning is perfectly tailored to my personal interests and very multifaceted.

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

A.It was an interesting experience that allowed me to connect my areas of interest with the work I have done. It offered a lot of insights in policy-making and planning in Delaware.

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

A.IPA provided the opportunity to attend many interesting conferences. Besides, I could [improve] my GIS skills and get useful insights in comprehensive-planning processes.

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

A.Generally, I hope to find a job in the field of urban planning and urban development. I have applied for a research job at an institute for housing and environment in Germany.

Q.Why would you recommend IPA to prospective students?

A.I would recommend IPA because it offers a variety of areas you can work in and it works at the interface of school and professional practice.

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

A.Make sure your RA [(research assistantship)] connects to your studies (concentration) and areas of interest. Set up a good time management in order to have some free weekends to see all the big cities that are nearby.