University at Albany

Kaylin M. Harrington '16

MPA student, with a concentration in Homeland Security
Class of 2017

Hometown: Binghamton, NY

2016 Semester in Washington Internship Site: 
Executive Office of the President, Office of Emergency Preparedness/Continuity of Operations

“Without receiving the scholarship to attend the Semester in Washington program, I certainly would not have had the opportunity to see and experience the professional world in Washington, DC.  An internship or job in such a powerful city seemed like this distant dream of mine—one that I would see, hear or read about from others but not be able to do on my own.  With Alumni support for scholarships, those dreams were made tangible and pushed me to reach for those goals and make it happen.  Knowing that Rockefeller supports your dreams, however big they may seem, makes the experience so much more enjoyable and really drives UAlbany’s idea that the World is Within Reach.”

Future plans: “For the short-term, I plan to finish my MPA within the next year.  I also hope to find a career in Albany or Washington, DC in something focused on emergency management and/or the continuity of operations in either the public or private sector.  As for the long-term, I don’t know yet and I think there’s a beauty in that!  I am confident that whatever Rockefeller shows me in the next year will put me where I need to be and will lead me to something that makes a career out of passion.”

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