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The Leadership Pipeline

September 23, 2011

One of the many things I like about this job, is meeting individual AmeriCorps Alums and hearing their stories.  “Where did you serve? What are you doing now?” It always makes for incredibly interesting conversations, particularly in seeing how alumni of AmeriCorps are truly EVERYWHERE.

Doctors, Lawyers, Tech Start-ups, Marketing, PR, International Aid, Peace Corps, Grassroots Organizers, Non-profit EDs, Farmers, Social Entrepreneurs….

The list goes on.  What’s the constant? Leadership.  I believe that the skills acquired and experiences gathered in AmeriCorps, really sets the AmeriCorps Alum apart from others as they pursue what’s next professionally and personally.  Guess what?  Others agree with me.

Take a peak at what Brandeis’ Heller School says about AmeriCorps Alums.  Not only does the Heller School offer Ed Award incentives to students, like doubling the award and one full-scholarship per year, but they also enthusiastically include this statement in their marketing materials:

“Heller views AmeriCorps experience as a reliable indicator of high performance, commitment to social justice, leadership and teamwork. These are the attributes of successful graduate students, professionals and citizens.”

So it comes as little surprise that others are interested in  recruiting Alums for their post-secondary programs.  Segal Fellow, AmeriCorps*NCCC Alum, and AmeriCorps Alums adviser Diana Epstein shared a similar interest from her alma mater RAND – where she earned her PhD focused on education policy, with a dissertation on the long-term impacts of AmeriCorps.  Well RAND is hosting an upcoming info session on their PhD in Policy – and they want to encourage AmeriCorps Alums to apply.  This could be a great opportunity to leverage your formative experience as an AmeriCorps member into academia and policy research professions. Here’s the details and the registration link:

—The Pardee RAND Graduate School is now accepting applications for enrollment into the 2012 entering class. The application period runs through January 5, 2012.

The Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS) is unique in American higher education. Founded in 1970 as one of eight graduate programs created to train future leaders in public policy, PRGS focuses exclusively in the Ph.D. degree in Policy Analysis. It is also the only one based at a public policy research organization—the RAND Corporation.

Upcoming virtual information sessions:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PST

Tuesday, November 8, 2011: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PST

Register here

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