At the beginning of this semester, the MPA program called for applications for funding to attend the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) National Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference, which was held March 8-12, gathered almost 1,300 scholars, practitioners, and students to share and discuss diverse ideas and themes across the field of public administration. This year, topics centered on “Advancing Public Service” through the lenses of: public finance, infrastructure, social equity, public service, and global public administration.
Our MPA program was well-represented by one of the largest student groups at the conference. Six MPA students were granted full or partial funding to participate and network within the broader community of public administrators and scholars and engage in panel discussions based on their personal interests. Read the full blog to hear how the attendees reflect on their experiences at the ASPA 2019 Annual Conference.
Front (left to right): Steve Fletcher, Melanie Seidel, Michaela Abbott, Danielle Bloom, Patrick Carlson (Back): Dr. Kendra Stewart and Dr. Maren Trochmann MPA students were happy to meet Dr. Maren Trochmann, the new MPA faculty member, at the ASPA Welcome Reception. We are excited to have you at The College this fall!
Student Participation Wanted for Diversity Initiatives
In response to the community conversation held last month, the MPA program outlined action items regarding our program structures and policies. We invite and encourage participation on these diversity initiatives, specifically helping update the diversity plan for NASPAA re-accreditation. Please contact Dr. Millesen for more information about this process.
What: Hosted by TogetherSC, this summit is an interactive half-day opportunity to gain the tools needed to build a highly engaged board. When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019; 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Where: The Citadel: 171 Moultrie Street - Charleston, SC Contact: Debbie Nelson (803-929-0399) See more information here!
Community Engagement Grants Info Session
What: Trident United Way invites local 501(c)3s to learn more about its community engagement grants, designated for activities and events aimed to strengthen volunteer efforts and connect individuals to resources in the areas of education, financial stability and health across the Tri-County region. When: April 4th (3 pm) & 5th (9 am) Where: 6295 Rivers Ave Ste 200, North Charleston, SC Register Here!
Organization: City of Charleston Position: Office ofCultural Affairs Internship Details: Summer interns at the Office of Cultural Affairs have the unique opportunity to be directly involved with the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Interns will primarily serve as house managers for a variety of festival events, communicating with volunteers, coordinators, producers, and box office to ensure successful performances. Other duties, such as helping at the Farmers Market, working at the City Gallery, and helping in the office may be required.Read more about the position here. Organization: SC Department of Corrections Position: Summer Intern Details: This is a part-time paid internship where students build skills with hands on involvement in their desired field. This opportunity is unlike most internships, because students are encouraged to take part in projects as well as the day to day operations of their divisions. The internship program at SCDC is full of endless opportunities for students to grow in a unique and positive environment.Read more about the position here.
Organization: Charleston County Building Inspection Services Position: Summer Intern Details: Charleston County Building Inspection Services Department has 2 graduate student intern positions available this summer. These positions will be full time, typically Monday through Friday (8am to 5pm), but we are open to a flexible work schedule. The department can provide the students with tuition reimbursement (potentially including out of state tuition) or can be paid by an hourly rate.Read more about the position here. Organization: Lowcountry Food Bank Positions: GIS Intern/Graduate Assistant Details: The Lowcountry Food Bank is looking for technical research and support to be completed by a College of Charleston graduate student with GIS experience and interest in addressing hunger in the Lowcountry. This position will be hosted at the Joseph P. Riley Center for Livable Communities, with the goal of assisting the LCFB with identifying areas of highest need and to make sure its people are being fed nutritious food regularly. Read more about the position here.
Organization: Columbia Urban League, Inc. (Columbia, SC)
What: College Internship Program (CIP)
Details: CIP provides a unique opportunity for employers to identify future employees while helping students to gain the kinds of experiences that will enhance their ability to succeed in a fruitful career. This program strives to connect interns with career professionals to enhance participants’ career opportunities and to provide potential candidates for your company/ organization. Interested students may submit a resume to Ms. Anna White at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Cheryl Humphries at email@example.com as early as Friday, April 5, and no later than Monday, April 15, 2019.
Organization: Cascadia Consulting Group Position: Climate & Sustainability Intern Details: This is a paid ($20/hr) summer internship at a women-owned environmental consulting firm. We are looking for one individual to support our climate, sustainability, and natural resources analysis and planning work. Key aspects of the work will include researching policies and best practices, analyzing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change impacts, facilitating workshops and meetings, conducting interviews, preparing literature reviews, and distilling and translating complex information into clear, compelling materials for diverse audiences.Read more about the position here.
Organization: City of Charleston
Positions: Project Coordinator - Mayor's Office for Children, Youth and Families Details: This position serves as the coordinator and point of contact for the Department of Justice Office on Violence against Women (OVW) Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program grant, planning, organizing and delivering to ensure compliance with funding agencies and regulatory guidelines. Click here for the full description.
Organization: City of Charleston - Planning, Preservation, & Sustainability Department Positions: Technical Review Committee Coordinator Details: Performs professional and administrative work in the coordination and navigation of
the Technical Review Committee (TRC) land development review and approval process
and provides professional customer service at all times. Acts as the primary coordinator
for TRC site plan and subdivision reviews. Click here for the full description.
Organization: Town of Mount Pleasant Position: Assistant Finance Director Details: The Assistant Finance Director is responsible for the management, coordination and direction of the daily operations in the Finance Division. Full description provided here.Organization: Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation Position:Community Building and Grants Manager Details: The Community Building and Grants Manager oversees all of the Foundation’s community building work and grantmaking programs, as defined by the Bunnelle Foundation’s Board of Directors. This Manager provides information, oversight and technical assistance to grantee and grant-seeking organizations and oversees the Foundation’s Palmetto Giving Day event and the Common Issues/Common Threads initiative. Click here for the full description. Organization: MUSC Positions:Vice Chair for Finance and Administration Details: In the role of Vice Chair for Finance and Administration, this position works closely with and under the direction of the Department Chair and serves as the senior administrative officer for the Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS). The individual in this position is responsible for the financial, budgetary, and administrative activities related to the department’s missions of education/training, research, and service, and oversees the management of the departmental budgets, administrative manager, and related support staff. Click here for the full description.
Organization: Lowcountry Local First Position: Good Enterprises Program Director Details: Good Enterprises is our biggest endeavor to date with the goal of transforming lives and building sustainable communities through business ownership. Good Enterprises will support economically distressed and underserved communities by helping low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs in achieving economic sustainability. Good Enterprises Program Director is responsible for providing leadership and direction for program delivery, management, instruction and oversight related to all aspects of this initiative.Read more about the position here.
Organization: College of Charleston Position: Assistant Director of the Center for Civic Engagement Details:The Assistant Director will work collaboratively with the Director and other professional staff and students to develop, support, and promote service opportunities to engage students with the mission and values of the College of Charleston. The Assistant Director will grow the Alternative Break Program into a robust program that offers various types of educational experiences. They will manage the Alternative Breaks Program and provide oversight and direction to the Alternative Break Fellow and Leadership Board. Full description provided here.
Organization: Community Foundation of the Lowcountry Position: VP for Grantmaking and Community Leadership Details: This position reports directly to the President and CEO and is charged with stewarding the majority of our grantmaking and scholarship programs, from application to implementation to evaluation. Additional responsibilities include managing two community-wide initiatives as well as several staff members. View more details here!Organization: EdVenture Position: Director of Grants and Proposals Details: Raise financial support for EdVenture through the preparation and submission of grants, proposals, print and online applications for support from corporate, foundation, and government (local, state, federal) funders.Read more about the position here.Organization: State of South Carolina Position: Administrative Coordinator Details: This position is responsible for providing administrative and technical support to the Vice President for Student Services. The Administrative Coordinator will initiate correspondence for the Vice President in regards to divisional special events, various state and community agencies, divisional managers, and any projects and committees handled by the Vice President. Read more about the position here.
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