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Making a Change in the U.S.

  • Richard Johns  When Richard Johns graduated from the Policy Center in 2005 he took a position as a research associate at Samaritan Village, a substance-abuse counseling service in New York City. "People at work are impressed with my research and evaluation skills." Read more.
  • Leah Kral After graduating from Duquesne, Leah began a one-year, paid program in nonprofit management run by the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation. After completing that program she was hired by one the foundation's grantees, The Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a research center that focuses on the role of markets in moving nations from poverty to prosperity. There Leah works directly with the chief operating officer in a management and program evaluation role. Read more.
  • Jing Li "They made me feel at home. I was totally amazed by the professionalism and warmth of faculties and staff at the Policy Center. I not only learned about social and public policy, but also the tools and method to study literally any new subject. It helps my career and personal life tremendously." Li now works as a producer for NBC New York, the number one news market in the country, where she writes, shoots, interviews, edits and produces stories for the daily broadcast. Read more.
  • Stephen McGinley Serving as a Peace Corps Fellow in Duquesne's Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy took Steve McGinley from his Peace Corps service in Tonga to a prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship and from there to service as a Congressional Liaison, first for the NASA and then for the VA. "I believe the Policy Center and being a Fellow prepared me for a career with the Federal Government, first as a Presidential Management Fellow, and later as a Congressional Liaison." Read more.
  • Iris Winter "Being a Fellow helped me to expand my professional network here in Pittsburgh and gave me some amazing opportunities to work for Girl Scouts Trillium Council as well as for the United Steelworkers of America," Iris Winter said, reflecting on her time as a Peace Corps Fellow in Duquesne University's Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy. Read more.
  • Manuel Zuniga collaborated with two local nonprofit organizations, Goodwill Industries and the Veterans Leadership Program. He describes these experiences of working in the nonprofit sector as a chance to practice and sharpen the invaluable tools and skills he was learning in the Policy Center. He notes, "The policy analysis and implementation skills I developed through my coursework and field experiences have been applied towards my career goals in many beneficial, diverse, and unforeseen ways." After graduating from the Policy Center, he accepted a position working for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission as a Human Relations Representative. Read more.
  • Andrew Gutierrez After graduating, Andy worked for Jewish Family and Children's Service-where he had completed his final internship. Since then he has used his contacts and connections forged while attending Duquesne to obtain a position with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).  Andy notes, "I could meet with professors and get the one-to-one education that really made me be successful. The Policy Center is blessed with an outstanding faculty...  I routinely use the knowledge I gained in these classes in my professional career." Read more.
  • Kat Stackel says, "The Peace Corps Fellowship at Duquesne was the perfect opportunity for me because it allowed me to incorporate work experience with a nonprofit organization with my studies, which I think is giving me a more holistic view of how we promote positive change in our society."  Shortly after graduating Kat took a position with the Women's Fund for Health Education and Research in Houston, Texas. In March 2012, less than two years after graduating, she was promoted to the position of Executive Director of the agency. Read more.