Institute for Public Affairs News

Public policy affects the laws that govern everything from social to economic issues and beyond. Here you’ll find stories about the work our students, alumni and faculty perform to affect positive changes in policy. And you can contact us if you have a story you’d like to see shared here. The College of Liberal Arts’ Institute for Public Affairs takes a particular interest in issues affecting Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley and is interested in telling stories that foster a collaborative, intellectual exchange of policy ideas.

photo of Angel Betancourt in graduation attire

Angel Betancourt, CLA ’19, didn’t wait until graduation last month to start looking for a job. He started that work by networking in a couple internships he had in the Pennsylvania Senate beginning last summer. It all paid off when he landed a full-time job while still a student.

Tony Perry, CLA ’12, became Middletown, N.J.’s youngest mayor ever earlier this year at just 28 years old. The political science major credits his College of Liberal Arts’ professors’ real-world lessons and push for him to get an internship with setting him up for his career.

Each semester, the College of Liberal Arts sends students to Washington D.C. where they work in full-time, credited internships in the world of politics or public policy while earning full-time credits as students. Find out what some of their experiences were like in spring 2019.

A recent policy brief from the Center on Regional Politics, “A Tale of Haves and Have-Nots,” forecasts the fiscal future for all 500 school districts in PA for the period 2017-18 through 2021-22. The brief projects budget shortfalls for almost 300 districts, requiring them to reduce expenditures through program cuts or raise additional revenue.

photo of Taylor Allen conducting interview

Senior Taylor Allen, a dual Political Science and Journalism major, reflects on her three internships and shares some tips for how other Temple University students can succeed in their own internships.

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