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Author: Courtney Cooper-Lewter

Did you know that the MPA program offers a few weekend-intensive courses? They sure do! The weekend intensive courses are called immersion courses. They are intended to allow collaborative learning between our online and on-campus students. You spend a few weeks before your weekend meet date doing preliminary work online, which can include reading, quizzes, …

Author: Courtney Cooper-Lewter

Welcome back!!! As I mentioned in my previous post, I am taking on a new role this year! I will be working with our very own Director of Admissions, Cara Robinson. This year, I will serve as the Admissions Research Assistant. This means that I get to post a lot more here and do other …

Author: Courtney Cooper-Lewter

Welcome & welcome back!  I am back with the MPA Matters blog! Since the start of the new academic year, I have taken on a new role as the Admissions Research Assistant. I am beyond excited to help recruit the best and the brightest to our MPA program! To kick off my new role, I …

Author: Brian Farmer

Well, it has been a couple of weeks since I finished up my internship with the City of Salisbury, and I can honestly say I still miss this amazing experience (we can pretend that I saved the last post until some time had passed, and not that I left you all hanging because I was …

Author: Karson Nelson

With still no movement on the budget and little conversation about the continuing resolution from last year’s budget, it is unclear what the General Assembly’s plan is moving forward. The “Medicaid Light” bill as they call it still remains on the House Calendar with no movement, and it is unclear what the GA will do …

Author: Hallee Haygood

This is my last post for the summer, and it is very bittersweet for me. I have loved working for the City of Durham, and my last day of work this Friday will be an emotional one. I have had the best supervisors (seen below), worked on projects of great interest to me, and have …

Author: Sydney Lawrence

Hello blog readers! I am sad to say that this is my last blog post, so I’m here to say farewell to the EPA. I couldn’t have asked for a better summer internship experience, and I am so thankful to have been able to work alongside these awesome people! This week, a co-worker of mine …

Author: Courtney Cooper-Lewter

What a summer it has been! This will (unfortunately) be my last blog post of the summer. But rest assured, my work with Chatham County is not done! Over the last few weeks, I spent a lot of time deciphering and coding the information that I received from interviews.  And let me tell you…I had …

Author: Hallee Haygood

My supervisors have been incredibly supportive of me getting a well-rounded local government experience. One of their goals as part of my time in Durham, was for me to have several ride-a-long opportunities. As the summer has gone on, I have been able to meet with Inspections, Public Affairs, Solid Waste, Police, and more. Inspections …

Author: Sydney Lawrence

Welcome back! This week, the 9 OAQPS interns presented their summer projects and research to staff and management. Each one of us has been working on different issues, and I was really excited to learn about what everyone else had been up to. It was also a great opportunity to see the depth and breadth …

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