University at Albany

Emily Delehanty, MPA '14

Hometown: Albany, NY

Current position: Presidential Management Fellow
Department of Agriculture, Office of Budget and Program Analysis
Washington, DC

Received job offer:  I received my job offer the week before graduation, the day after my interview with the USDA. It was the best graduation present I could have imagined.

"Rockefeller was the right choice for me for too many reasons to count.
 I would have to say that one of the biggest draws to Rockefeller was the job placement rate, the caliber of jobs that Rockefeller grads have, and the well-established network of alums. When I started thinking about going back to grad school and first heard about the Presidential Management Fellowship program, I knew that my end goal was to be in Washington DC, hopefully working for the federal government as a PMF. I knew where I wanted to go and I knew that Rockefeller would help get me there. The Rockefeller network of alums helped me navigate the PMF process and gave great advice. Because of the depth of the coursework and how well professors helped prepare me for the realities of the workforce, I have been able to jump into my job at the USDA with both feet and contribute in a meaningful way to the budget and policy making process from the start. I think that is what really sets Rockefeller grads apart.

Rockefeller was the best financial choice for me as well. Looking at the price tags of some of the other choices that I had was daunting. At the end of the day, it didn't make sense to rack up more student loans when there was a nationally ranked and affordable option right in my back yard. Rockefeller also provided me with the ability to work full time and still complete the program in two years, which helped ease a lot of the financial burden.

The community of Rockefeller College set my graduate school experience apart from most others. From the sense of comradery built during Welcome Week to the happy hours and networking events, Rockefeller brings together an amazing group of students, faculty, and alums in a way that really fosters community and a sense that by working together we can make the world a better place. I met some of the best people at Rockefeller who I can't wait to see change the world over the course of our careers in public service."