Philip Purciello

MPA, 2014

Project Leader, Travelers Insurance

Before UConn Intelligence Specialist, United States Navy


NAME

Philip Purciello

EDUCATION

B.A., Legal Studies, American Military University

BEFORE UCONN

Intelligence Specialist, United States Navy

Before entering into the MPA program, Philip spent 6 years serving in the United States Navy as an Intelligence Specialist. Simultaneously, he earned his Bachelor’s in Legal Studies at American Military University. After leaving the military, Philip worked on many local and federal political campaigns in the state of Connecticut. He was initially attracted to the UConn MPA program by the program’s reputation. After attending an open house, Philip was impressed with the way the DPP faculty interacted with the students. He saw that the faculty and staff were able to provide students with the skills to succeed after graduate school.

Philip’s first year as an MPA student was full of challenges and learning experiences. His favorite aspect was the oral presentations and debates which he participated in during class. They refined his public communication skills and gave him confidence in his communication abilities.

Now in his second year of the MPA program, Philip is active in his Capstone, Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) placement, and other courses. For his Capstone project, Philip is working with Achievement First Hartford Academy Elementary School (AFHA). This experience has allowed him to practice his project management and analytical skills to address real problems and create solutions for his client. For his internship, Philip is working for the Newington Board of Education as their Communications Specialist. Philip uses skills in surveying, analysis, and communication to serve the stakeholders of the Newington community. He is also completing his Certificate in Leadership and Public Management.

After his graduation in May of 2014, Philip hopes to continue working in the communication field. As for a long term goal, Philip strives to pursue a career in politics. Philip’s advice for first year students is to find a balance between work and personal life. This balance is the key to success in the first year of graduate level studies.

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