Master’s in Public Administration

At Northeastern, students enrolled in the graduate program have the luxury to build their coursework around their specific internship. This is exactly what LaTasha Smith did while pursuing her master’s in Public Administration from 2010-2012.

Smith, who was interning with a nonprofit organization in Boston, focused a lot of her coursework around the nonprofit’s work and logic model — especially in the economic and policy analysis courses.

“(The nonprofit) did a lot of work to promote and advocate for improved scholarship models in Massachusetts, so I tailored some of my coursework around that to help deepen my value to the organization,” she said. It ended up paying off, as she was promoted from intern to full time as manager of communications.

After earning her MPA, Smith moved to Atlanta where she’s working in the communications department at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.



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