It's All Worth It!

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Tara Griffin '19G

Current employer: Human Resources Specialist, U.S. Department of State
Undergraduate degree major: Sociology and Criminal Justice
Carsey Degree: Master in Public Policy


"Take full advantage of all the opportunities that Carsey offers! The faculty is second to none and have unbelievable experience. Listen to their stories and learn from their lessons. It's all worth it!"

What was your most valuable takeaway from your master's program?

The master's program taught me how important networking is. Being able to create and maintain relationships has proven to be invaluable when I am thinking about my career progression, or even when I just need to get something done.

What type of internship did you complete while working toward your master's degree?

I interned with the U.S. Department of State while completing my Master in Public Policy at the Carsey School. This experience not only allowed me to stay with the State Department full-time after I graduated, but also gave me an opportunity to apply what I was learning in the classroom within real-life situations.

What are one or two career goals you have for yourself?

It is my goal to continue working in government and move into a field that is more related to my particular interests, like in human trafficking prevention or organized crime reduction. I plan to pursue a graduate certificate in international organized crime studies over the next year, and then move to a relevant field within the government.

Schedule a Meeting or Phone Call

Have questions or want to discuss if the Master in Public Policy program is right for you? Schedule a time for us to talk:
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Learn More about the program

The Carsey School's Washington, D.C., Colloquium gives students front-row access to meetings with public policy institutions. Students learn about career paths across multiple sectors, discuss the current policy landscape, and connect with working professionals for networking and career building opportunities.