Class of 2009 after Congressional Budget Office visit
While the exposure to policy experts and world class researchers can’t be overstated, the technical training delivered during The Academy Fellowship... the SAS and GIS programming ... were invaluable in helping me supplement my soft skills with something more tangible and marketable.
The program’s combination of technical and academic emphasis including policy writing, speaking, expert engagement, and data programming strengthened my breadth as an undergraduate student, inspiring me to obtain a graduate degree in economics...
Class of 2008 at Congressional Budget Office with then Director Peter Orszag
Class of 2009 after Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program visit
[The Academy Fellowship] provided me with exposure to some of the nation’s leading experts in almost every critical policy issue facing the country. I joined a cohort of ten students who were challenged daily to think and explore how policy research can affect change, and also how we as students could design projects to tackle these issues.
[The Academy Fellowship] played an important role in shaping my career path and developing a skillset that I could easily translate into the workforce and academia…
Class of 2009 at Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee seminar hosted by then Senior Education Policy Advisor, Mr. David Johns #teachthebabies
Presenting original research at Academy research conference
As the only Native American in my Academy Fellowship class and coming from a reservation, I was worried about feeling isolated. Prior to The Academy, I had only limited interactions with other groups professionally. It was energizing and fulfilling to be in a community that shared my career goals of improving the lives of others through policy research.
As a first generation college student from an underserved area, I’ve spent a lot of time worrying if I would ever “catch up” with the general population. I’m extremely thankful for [The Academy Fellowship] for not only helping me catch up, but helping me to exceed expectations.
Class of 2010 at the Urban Institute
Class of 2011 after visit at US Department of Health and Human Services
Participating with a cohort of other students created a safe space to speak about issues that were important to me and provided a network of colleagues that I can reach out to for guidance and future collaboration.
The Academy Fellowship was a critical launchpad for success in my career in public policy. The Academy not only contributed greatly to my advancement in the field, but instilled a life long commitment to leadership and public policy. I can think of no better or higher quality program for preparing underrepresented groups to produce lasting policy change.
At US Department of Labor with then Assistant Secretary for Policy, Dr. William Spriggs III
Presenting original research at Academy conference
[The Academy Fellowship] was a formative experience for my career by giving me the skills and confidence necessary for future growth as a young professional.
The Academy Fellowship helped me understand the strengths and gaps I had hoping to enter the workforce after graduation. My Academy training gave me the knowledge and practical skills to be a top performer in my current role within a large education nonprofit. I feel my career trajectory was steepened in large part by this exceptional program.
Class of 2009 at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities seminar led by Susan Steinmetz
Class of 2010 at White House Executive Offices waiting to meet with Domestic Policy Council Staff
[The Academy Fellowship] opened my life to the field of public policy. I had the opportunity to meet experts in different specialties and this showed me what type of work I could do after graduation. It also gave me statistical skills that have become invaluable in my schooling and career. I can say without hesitation that I would not be where I am today if it were not for this program.
The effect [The Academy Fellowship] had on my life and professional goals is immeasurable. I gained technical skills and research experience that without this program, I don’t see how I could have otherwise received. This program allowed me to believe in myself despite the disadvantages I faced in comparison to my peers. I also cannot emphasize enough the amazing level of mentorship I received. I am still in touch with most of my mentors and they provide me regular guidance and support.
Having lunch discussion at the Congressional Budget Office with then Director Douglas Elmendorf
Class of 2011 at seminar at National Congress of American Indians
[The Academy Fellowship] provided me the experience necessary to craft my post-doctoral goals, specifically returning to DC to help inform policies and programs impacting rural, Native American, low-income communities like the one I grew up in.