2023 Policy Apprenticeships

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June 5, 2023
2023 DC Student Policy Apprenticeships

The eighth cohort of graduate students in the LBJ School of Public Affairs's unique and accelerated DC Concentration have begun their Policy Apprenticeships in Washington, DC.

While in DC, these Master of Public Affairs and Master of Global Policy Studies students take evening coursework as well as their required, simultaneous six-month (June–December 2023) Policy Apprenticeship at a public or private policy organization throughout the city, before graduating early in December 2023.


Will Barrett, MGPS-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Fragile democracies, rise of authoritarianism, international security

Policy Apprenticeship: Foreign Policy for America


Brandon Bradley, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Zero-emission electrification, incentivizing dense, transit-oriented development, regulating/leveraging emerging technologies

Policy Apprenticeship: Office of U.S. Representative Jasmine Crockett (D-TX)


Jacob Burks, MGPS-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Economic security, transnational threats, diplomacy, emerging technology, and government efficiency 

Policy Apprenticeship: Contracting and National Security Acquisitions, U.S Government Accountability Office


Mauliola Harley Gonsalves, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Social policy, public diplomacy, indigenous foreign policy, regulatory affairs

Policy Apprenticeship: Office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)


Lauren Guillaume, MGPS-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Human security; intelligence; foreign affairs and diplomacy 

Policy Apprenticeship: Razom for Ukraine


Destiny Herndon, MGPS-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Immigration policy reform, asylum policy, gender equity

Policy Apprenticeship: Professional Services Council


Ian Jones, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: International diplomacy, US-China relations, US-China economics, Taiwan

Policy Apprenticeship: Institute for the Study of War


Cassidy Lee, MGPS-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Gender and sexuality, inclusive and accessible education, immigration and integration resources

Policy Apprenticeship:  Center for Presidential Transition, Partnership for Public Service


Madelyn Lucas, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Higher education for first-generation students, gender inequity, poverty, alternatives to higher education

Policy Apprenticeship: U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce (Democratic Staff)


Rylee Pluta, MPAff-DC Candidate

Policy interests: Elimination of school-to-prison pipeline, civil rights advocacy, equitable resource accessibility

Policy Apprenticeship: Office of Planning and Analytics, U.S. Department of Transportation


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