Expected MPA 2017
B.A. Political Science Minors: Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Public Policy
Prior to the MPA Program, Angelica studied Political Science at the University of Connecticut. In addition to a minor in WGSS, she was able to simultaneously obtain a minor in Public Policy as a Fast-Track student. Angelica was heavily involved in UConn College Democrats, serving as the Communications Director and held this same position for a statewide organization, College Democrats of Connecticut. One of her memorable experiences was participating in an alternative spring break through UConn’s Office of Community Outreach. For one week, she lived in an all men’s homeless shelter in Washington D.C. with eleven other participants doing community service with local organizations and speaking with representatives at the nation’s capital in order to better understand how policies can help address homelessness, hunger and affordable housing. This experience helped her gain insight on what she was most passionate about: serving marginalized communities. During her senior year, Angelica was Project Manager of Democracy & Political Engagement, a non-partisan program through Community Outreach where she coordinated and facilitated dialogues surrounding issues such as immigration reform and the achievement gap. Angelica is a certified National Issues Forum (NIF) facilitator. She also worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Department of Political Science.
During her undergraduate experience she was a Constituent Services Intern for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and had the opportunity to work internationally as a Government Relations/Communications Intern for an international energy company in Istanbul, Turkey. As a second-year graduate student, Angelica is participating in the Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) program as a Public Policy intern for YWCA Hartford Region, serving low-income women and their families in the area.
UConn’s MPA Program was an easy choice because with her experience in the Fast-Track Program, Angelica gained insight on what the classes and professors were like. Pleased with the collaborative team culture, competitive internship program and vast alumni network, Angelica knew this was the right program for her.
After the program, Angelica envisions herself working in the nonprofit sector serving marginalized communities. Her ultimate career goal is to coordinate or start a program held in a local library that provides events for elementary school children focusing on the following activities: yoga, holistic meditation, journaling, creating art, musical performances and educational dialogues. Angelica’s advice to potential students is: “If you are still an undergraduate student, take advantage of the Fast-Track Program in order to expedite your graduate career while picking up a minor in Public Policy. I definitely recommend attending the informational sessions as they are very helpful and will keep you up to date if any changes are made regarding the program and classes. Because of the mock interview session, I was well-prepared when interviewing for numerous organizations during the IPP Selection process. If you are eligible, I would definitely take advantage of the IPP program to assist with tuition costs.”