Recent Rockefeller College grad Rachel Jones, MPA '13 is poised to make a mark on the world! After completing an internship with the New York State Division of the Budget, Rachel began working in the Department of Civil Service as an Excelsior Service Fellow. The fellowship program is an initiative to bring highly talented graduates into government service. Fellows are placed in the Executive Chamber and at 41 New York State government agencies and authorities.
"Attending Rockefeller College not only gave me the skills to succeed professionally but also helped me in making connections and receiving opportunities I otherwise might not have had," said Rachel. While at Rockefeller College Jones excelled not just academically — studying public finance, economics, and information strategy and management — but also outside the classroom. She was active is the Public Affairs Student Association (PASA) and worked at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Budget and Planning. Rachel, a recipient of the Dean Frank Thompson Scholarship, was able to attend Rockefeller in large part because of the award. "The financial assistance I received gave me the opportunity to attend Rockefeller College for almost the same cost as attending graduate school in my home state of Georgia," said Rachel. "Receiving a scholarship and assistantship gave me the chance to focus on my studies without having to worry about how I would pay for my first year of graduate school."