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Sarah Dorner '14G

Sarah Dorner '14G

Current position: Associate Director of Admissions & International Outreach for the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law
Description of job responsibilities: Responsible for overseeing admissions for the law school's residential and online graduate law programs
Carsey Degree: Master in Public Administration

"At Carsey, each degree offers a unique approach. The connections you make, lessons learned, and practical approach to teaching are invaluable."

Can you share what your capstone and/or internship experience with the Carsey School was like?

My capstone was focused on laying the groundwork for the development of a student leadership program at UNH Manchester. I completed a literature review, examined best practices for student leadership development at like schools, interviewed staff, held student focus groups, and completed a review of the school's existing relevant courses and leadership opportunities. At the conclusion I presented recommendations for the school to assist in their efforts to develop a student leadership academy.

Can you describe your most valuable takeaway from your master's program?

It's hard to pick just one! I could relate nearly everything I learned to the direct service work I was doing at the time with a local nonprofit. I did an interview with Dan Bromberg about a year ago so perhaps there are some sound bites in there? But I will say that one of the highlights of the program was connecting with my classmates. I learned so much from their experiences.

What are some career goals you have for yourself?

I feel like I am on a constantly evolving career journey. I enjoy my work at the law school but eventually see myself returning to nonprofit work in more of a leadership role rather than a direct service position.

What advice do you have for people considering a graduate degree from the Carsey School?

Do it! The connections you make, lessons learned, and practical approach to teaching are invaluable. Each degree offers a unique approach. The programs are flexible so you can go at a pace that fits for you. The curriculum also offers a good deal of flexibility in course offerings so you can tailor the program to your interests and career goals. You really can't go wrong!

Schedule a Meeting or Phone Call

Have questions or want to discuss if the Master of Public Administration program is right for you? Schedule a time for us to talk:
Dan Bromberg, Director of Academic Programs
Robin Husslage, Program Manager

Have questions about admissions, tuition costs, or financial aid? 
Contact Sanjeev Sharma, Carsey Admissions & Academic Advisor