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Gain Real-World Experience While You Earn Your Degree at the Heller School

June 25, 2015

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Today’s blog is sponsored by Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management and is written by City Year and AmeriCorps VISTA alum Calla Mattox. The Heller School offers a guaranteed minimum 40% tuition scholarship for all AmeriCorps alumni enrolled in one of their programs.

Mattox City YearAs a proud AmeriCorps alum, I am thrilled to continue gaining real-world experience while advancing my social justice career at Brandeis University. I am a dual degree Master of Public Policy (MPP) and MBA in Nonprofit Management candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

I chose the Heller School because I was looking for a program that would teach me practical skills I could use right away. Heller stresses real-world experience. MPP students are strongly encouraged to immediately get out in the field and intern between their first and second years. The Heller community does all it can to find internships for everyone. The MPP program even offers matching funds to help compensate current MPP students during their internships. Professors, staff, and fellow students will also you help you navigate the Boston nonprofit scene and put you in contact with organizations hiring graduate interns. This support was critical in placing me at my first internships.

Currently, I am interning at two organizations. I am working with the Donor Services team at The Boston Foundation and doing a variety of special projects. The Boston Foundation devotes its resources to building and sustaining a vital, prosperous city and region, where justice and opportunity are extended to everyone. I am also writing about turnaround schools in Massachusetts for the Worcester Educational Collaborative, which works to ensure that excellence in education is available to all Worcester public school students and that they are prepared for success in college, career, and life. Both internships have helped me to determine what I might want to do after Heller and have allowed me to start making connections in the Boston area.

I would not have had these opportunities without both my AmeriCorps experience and my Heller education. My time serving in schools with City Year and working as a Donor Relations VISTA member at the Rhode Island Free Clinic gave me the relevant experience I needed to launch my social justice career. The Heller School has helped me to build those same skills and expand my network in the Boston area so that I could find the right internship for me. I am confident that the internship experience and education the Heller School provides will open up even more career opportunities when I graduate.

If you’re interested in going to graduate school to get more real-world experience and establish connections in the nonprofit network that could lead to a job after you graduate, apply to the Heller School today.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. David Ray permalink
    July 23, 2015 8:53 am

    My daughter is about to become an AmeriCorps Alum. Are there other universities that provide these kinds of benefits to Alums?

  2. July 28, 2015 8:51 am

    Congratulations to your daughter for graduating from AmeriCorps! For the most up-to-date list of schools that offer scholarships and financial incentives to AmeriCorps alums, visit this webpage:

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