Academic Advisor Extended Walk-ins [Spring 2014]

Just in time for registration, the academic advisors have opened up extended walk-in hours.

Mon., 4/14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (Kathy)
Mon., 4/14, 1-3 p.m. (Jason)

Tue., 4/15, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Kathy)
Tue., 4/15, 2-4 p.m. (Jason)

Wed., 4/16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (Jason)

Thu., 4/17, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (Kathy)
Thu., 4/17, 2-4 p.m. (Jason)

Fri., 4/18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (Jason)
Fri., 4/18, 1-3 p.m. (Kathy)

Mon., 4/21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Kathy)
Mon., 4/21, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Jason)
Mon., 4/21, 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Kathy)

Normal walk-ins resume on 4/22.

Scholarship for Students Accepted into to Law School

The Broden & Mickelsen Scholarship Award was established to support students enrolled in Texas law schools who desire to pursue employment or are currently employed at a Federal or State Public Defender Office. These employment opportunities can include paid or unpaid internships, full time employment or completion of a short response on a student’s desire to be employed at a Federal or State Public Defender’s Office. To offset the cost of more lucrative opportunities, Clint Broden and Mick Mickelsen are rewarding students who meet the requirements below with one $1,500 scholarship award.


1. Accepted into a Texas, American Bar Accredited Law School

2. A desire of employment, pursuit of future employment, or currently employed by a Federal or State Public Defender’s Office. Can be located anywhere in the country and include unpaid or paid internships or full employment.

3. Completion of a 500 word response in application on why you wish to pursue employment with a Federal or State Public Defender Office (if not currently employed)

Deadline to Apply:

Completed applications must be submitted no later than May 1st, 2014. Application materials should be emailed to the attention of Sarah Klein at:

[email protected] or mailed to:

Attention: Sarah Klein
Broden & Mickelsen
2600 State St, Dallas TX 75204

Download the application form and read more about the scholarship here:

Etiquette for Business and Social Occasions Class

The “Etiquette for Business and Social Occasions” class will be held in as a UT Informal Class. This course will teach the basics of business and social etiquette attendees can use to improve their chances for success in their personal and professional lives.

When:  Two Saturdays; June 14 and June 21

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Thompson Conference Center, Room 3.122

For further details including class description, enrollment information and contact numbers, go to the Informal Class Website here

It’s Okay, It’s Not About You

RejectionRejection is never fun.  Recruiting, interviewing, or being new on the team can sometimes feel like you are on the ‘ins’ or you are on the ‘outs’.  The message that is essential that you NOT take away from situations like this are that it is a personal attack on you.  The recruiting process, with all the events, dinners, and interviews are subjective.  If you get a rejection along the way or even on the job, don’t take it personally.  Easier said than done, I agree.  So, here are a couple tips to help you:

1)      Others’ actions are about them, and your actions are about you.  You are only responsible for you and you only have control over your own actions.  So, a common and understandable question that arises when you don’t get selected for 2nd rounds or you get left out of lunch plans with the group is what’s wrong with me?  Why wasn’t I chosen?  Well, the answer is not so clear.  There could be areas of improvement which are in your realm of control.  So, take a good look at some things you could change.  Practice interviewing by doing more mock interviews; make an appointment with a Career Consultant to help identify areas for improvement; ask someone on your team to lunch instead of waiting to be asked.  There is a big distinction, however, between improvement and telling yourself it’s who you are and you just don’t fit in.  The problem may be that it really isn’t a good fit and that is a good thing for you too.  Realize that the decisions others make have to do with their priorities, not you.

2)      Intentions are not obvious.  Intentions cannot be seen.  It is so easy to make up stories about why others act the way they act.  And we can convince ourselves that we know the exact intent behind someone’s actions.  For example, we may think they didn’t choose us because it was the end of a busy day and they were too tired to pay attention.  Or we may think, it’s just a popularity contest.  Really, unless someone reveals their true intentions, there is little we really know as to why someone does what they do.  The risk of making up stories like this is we may believe in something that is entirely untrue.

3)      You are valuable and have unique strengths to offer any team.  It’s true that no one is perfect.  It is true that there are always areas that we could improve.  It is also true that everyone has unique strengths and adds value to a team.  Don’t pick on yourself too much when you get rejected.  Remember that you have unique value as well.

4)      Have a personal cheerleading squad.  To help you remember what those good qualities are, turn to your support who can remind you.  We all experience rejection (even though we may hide it on the outside).  Everyone, at times, has felt on the ‘outs’.  So, when this happens, it always helps to be reminded by those who choose you!  And don’t forget to be that person to your friends as well.  We could all use the reminders of greatness! 

Good luck, MPAs are wonderful,

Dawn Shaw, Career Consultant

MPA Commencement: Hotels

Graduates, if your families and friends are coming from out of town for Commencement, they should reserve their hotel rooms soon! Commencement weekend is at the same time as events at the Circuit of the Americas, so hotel rooms are expected to fill up!

We have some information regarding area accommodations on our Commencement webpage. This is also where you will find information regarding regalia, parking, security, and services for families and graduates with disabilities. (Check the tabs at the bottom of the page).

Additional information will be added to the MPA Commencement webpage as it becomes available, so check back often! MPA graduates are also being contacted via email, the MPA blog, Twitter and via notices in the MPA Program Office and mailroom.

For questions, please contact [email protected].

Submitted by Madeline Jo Chauvin

Still need your GOV 310L credit?

Still need to take the Texas Government test to claim GOV 310L credit?

UT’s Student Testing Services is administrating the Texas Government exam for the last time for spring 2014 on May 1. Students interested in taking the exam and other exams administered during this time period can register on the CTL/STS website,, beginning April 23rd.

The Office of the Registrar will make its final update to students’ transcripts on Monday, May 12. Please be aware that May 12 at 1:00 a.m. is the final update for Credit By Exam for the spring 2014 semester. If you want Credit By Exam applied to your spring 2014 transcript, you must petition for the credit prior to Monday, May 12, 2014.

Submitted by Tatiana Jessen

Applying for a Summer Internship

Are you planning to do a summer internship?  Don’t forget to get approval before you start!

The deadline to apply is Friday May 2 at 5:00 p.m. If you do not submit your application by the deadline you will be required to write a short paper regarding why you missed the deadline.

You can find information regarding MPA internships online.  Please note that the “Apply online now” button is toward the bottom of the web page.

MPA Internship Syllabus Summer 2014

For questions, please contact the Internship Coordinator at [email protected].

Submitted by Madeline Chauvin

MPA Peer Career Consultants’ Top Recruiting Tips

Courtney Crosby and Kelly Ayers are your MPA Peer Career Consultants.  They’ve successfully navigated the MPA recruiting process and want to help you do the same.  Check out their posts here each week for valuable recruiting tips.

standoutKelly described recruiting events last week and mentioned several fun events that she attended herself as a third-year, such as a game night and a cooking class. As you start receiving invitations for similar events, keep in mind that the most important part of any outing is the networking. You may find yourself playing blackjack, painting a picture, or enjoying a day at the spa with your recruiters, but the priority is always to make a good impression. Here are some strategies you can use to stand out among your peers:

  • Build rapport: When you are with your friends and family, do you like to talk about your accounting coursework 100% of the time? Probably not. Recruiters and representatives are happy to talk about the company and their work, but they also enjoy having conversations that are not focused on accounting. When you are getting to know a company employee, ask them about themselves – learn about their background, their hobbies, their favorite restaurant in City XYZ, etc. This will help you build a relationship with that individual, which will be beneficial to you in the future.
  • Do your research: You have already done company research to get to this point. However, you must keep building on this as you learn more about the firm. Whenever a company employee mentions a client, task, or engagement that he or she worked on, go home and learn more. This will give you great follow up questions for the next event, because it can be difficult to keep making conversation with the same individuals over and over again.
  • Stay professional: After you attend multiple events with the same employees, you will start to feel very comfortable around them and may start to consider them as friends. It is great if you get to this point; however, never forget that they are in a position to influence your hiring decision. You do not want to share anything you would not tell a partner at an interview, i.e. deeply personal matters, wild weekend escapades, or offensive/untasteful jokes. When the employee is back in the office and is discussing interview candidates with upper management, any unprofessional moments may sway their decision.

There is a lot to think about when you attend recruiting events.  However, don’t forget to be yourself, have fun, and gather as much information about the firm as you can. This will help you make an informed decision about where you will best fit in.

Kelly Ayers and I will be offering you words of advice throughout your recruiting journey this semester, so be sure to check out our posts in the newsletter each week! And, as always, if you have any questions about recruiting and want to talk about how to prepare, please feel free to email us at [email protected] or come to our walk-in hours on Tuesday 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 – 5 p.m., Wednesday 9 – 11 a.m., and Thursday 11 a.m. – Noon.. Until next week…good luck with the recruiting events!

Jobs in the Federal Government and at the CDC (Workshop)

Who: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin – Liberal Arts Career Services, to discuss federal-wide internship, fellowship, public health training, and career opportunities nationwide and in Texas

What: Find & Apply Workshop  with CDC Staff

When: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6-8 P.M.

Where: The University of Texas at Austin
Flawn Academic Center (FAC), Room 21
2304 Whitis Ave.
Austin, TX 78712

Registration: This event is free and open to all majors. Students are strongly encouraged to attend with laptops. Click here to pre-register.

Submitted by Shaan Patel

Spring 2014 Career and Internship Fair

Who: Liberal Arts Career Services & Liberal Arts Council

What: Meet recruiters from a variety of companies and organizations, including Morningstar, Teach For America, National Instruments, US Dept of State, Center for Disease Control, DHL Express, American Cancer Society, Yelp, and more! Explore the list of attending employers

When: Wednesday, April 9, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Texas Union Ballroom, The University of Texas at Austin

Attire: Business Professional to Business Casual

Submitted by: Shaan Patel