The Policy School is deeply committed to providing students with experiential learning opportunities whether locally in Boston, nationally or around the globe. Thanks to a number of generous donors, we’re able to award fellowships to deserving graduate students who want to apply the skills and knowledge they’ve gained from their coursework to hands-on work in their respective areas of interest.
In 2012 we launched the Graduate Fellowship Program, which established five separate fellowship awards to help students further their graduate education and training. We’re pleased to share that two of our fellowship recipients had the opportunity to meet their donors at a recent board meeting!
Read on to learn more about Jason Desrosier’s internship with the Boston Housing Authority via the Beal Fellowship and Winthrop Roosevelt’s internship with the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) via the NAIOP Fellowship.
Jason Desrosier and Robert Beal
Jason, a second year student in the Master of Urban and Regional Policy program, spent the summer working on the Whittier Street Choice grant program for the Boston Housing Authority. His work was focused on engaging residents, particularly youth in the area, in creating a community-driven plan, revitalizing public housing and transforming the Whittier Street neighborhood. Jason helped create and disseminate a community-wide survey and also organized focus groups to poll youth on their opinions of the community. Low survey responses and turnout to focus groups led Jason to create a set of best practices for working with youth in the future for the BHA.
As a result of his internship experience Jason is now a Program Director for DREAM, a mentoring organization that pairs college students with youth from affordable housing neighborhoods. Jason will work on expanding the organization’s reach throughout Boston.
David Begelfer and Winthrop Roosevelt
Winthrop, also a second year Master of Urban and Regional Policy program student, worked with MassINC, a non-partisan, public policy think tank, this summer. Winthrop spent his summer working on a specific MassINC program called the Gateway Cities Innovation Institute, where he focused specifically on lobbyist efforts for Bill H.311, an act to promote transformative development in gateway cities. The Bill was filed with the Massachusetts Legislature.
Due to the traditional and grassroots lobbying efforts he conducted and the action plans he developed for Bill H.311, he is staying on at MassINC as a government affairs coordinator where he has begun work to develop a coalition among city and state organizations to ensure the Bill is enacted.
Thanks to our generous donors, these fellowship opportunities are providing our students with excellent, practical experience that is benefiting the students themselves, as well as communities at the local, city and state levels. Stay tuned for more updates on our students and the wonderful work they’re accomplishing thanks to people like Robert Beal and David Begelfer.