photo of SallyannWhat Sallyann Says About IPA

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

undergrad degree: BA, Duke University 2003, Public Policy Studies
graduate concentration: Health Policy and Management
RA experience area: Conflict Resolution, Legislative Fellow

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

A.I applied to a number of graduate programs and ultimately chose the University of Delaware for its unbelievable offer of full tuition and a paid research experience. IPA interested me for its work across a number of sectors—government, nonprofit, school districts, etc.—and [the] variety of programs of which [its] students can be a part.

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

A.IPA has provided real-world experience. Having had two years of work experience before coming to Delaware, I wanted to be in a program that would allow me to still face challenges outside of a solely academic schedule. I was placed in the Conflict Resolution Program and then later served as a Legislative Fellow with the Delaware State Senate. Both of these experiences within IPA have helped me to gain valuable research and writing skills. IPA provides students the access to a number of high-level officials and intitiatives. Most importantly, IPA students play an invaluable role to both the university and the state.

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

A.IPA has provided me the skills to confidently conduct trainings, converse with high-level officials, and improve my research and writing skills. Being in a small state like Delaware and working for IPA has offered me a lot of opportunities.

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

A.My future career plans include finding a health-policy position at either the government or advocacy level. I know that the skills learned from my work in IPA will benefit me regardless of what field I enter.

Q.Why would you recommend IPA to prospective students?

A.IPA is a great place for all students, no matter what your background. For students coming right out of college, IPA provides one with real-world experience that one might not be able to find with other master’s-level programs. The faculty and staff associated with IPA are always willing to lend a helping hand in your professional development.

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

A.I would suggest making a visit to campus before you decide on joining the MPA program and IPA. Meet with some of the IPA groups to learn about what they do and what types of projects are planned for the upcoming year. Current students and MPA faculty are also a wealth of information. I spoke to people in all three areas, each serving an important role in my decision-making process. You will know right away if this is a place you could envision yourself being for two years. For me, I immediately felt warmly welcomed on my first visit. A visit is an important part of the decision-making process.