Rockefeller College Welcomes Public Policy Professionals from across the Country

Listening intently are some of the 50 career service public policy professionals from 18 states in attendance at Rockefeller College's NASPAA 2015 Career Professionals Conference.

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 5, 2016) — Building relationships in public service and having compassion for those served were among the top themes highlighted at a recent national conference for public policy professionals hosted by UAlbany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.

More than 50 career service professionals from 18 states and the District of Columbia attended the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) 2015 Career Professionals Conference in December.

Rick Lathrop, founder, executive director, and Africa and Asia program director of Global Services Corps, gave the keynote address. Global Services is a U.S.-based nonprofit international development volunteer organization that offers service-learning volunteer, internship, and study abroad opportunities around the world.

“He really provided the framework for the conference because he put into perspective why we do what we do,” said Katherine French, director of admissions for public policy programs at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

During the two-day conference in Albany, career services directors and staff from NASPAA member schools covered topics that included advising students on internship and job searches, networking with employers, training students in career search skills, and managing career offices.

Conference attendees had the opportunity to hear from and interact with professionals from state and federal government, finance, community-based service, higher education, and international development.

Among the experts who participated were representatives from the New York State Department of Health, New York State Division of the Budget, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, New York State Assembly and Senate, Congressional Budget Office, KPMG, Moody’s Investment Services, Girls Inc., International Hispanic Network, Pilot Peak Consulting, Milbank Memorial Fund, Trust for America’s Health, Pride Center of the Capital Region, Binghamton University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Devex International Development.

View a gallery of photos from the December conference in Albany, N.Y. 

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