Backpack Donation

Graduating MPA students, do you have a gently used extra backpack you could donate?

UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement is partnering with Welcome Table Inc. to bring CDF – Freedom School® to Austin.  This summer learning program will serve 50 elementary school students in east Austin. The low incomes of the families participating mean that buying school supplies, like backpacks, is often very difficult.  Freedom School is a summer camp at which reading is emphasized.  In the afternoons STEM programming will be offered.  Over 180 Freedom Schools will be in session this summer all over the U.S.  This is the first one in Austin.  Accounting Department Chair Lillian Mills will make sure the backpacks get to the coordinators of this year’s Freedom School.

You can drop off your used backpack in the MPA Program Office by Thursday May 15.

Submitted by Madeline Jo 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.

Office VisitsAs the school year comes to a close, office visits are right around the corner. Office visits provide an opportunity for students and employers to finalize their assessments and selection decisions. The following provides some general information and advice based on my previous office visit experience:

  • Scheduling: Each firm will work with you regarding driving, flying, and hotel information, but it is best to make sure you handle this as soon as you receive the information. If you have questions, immediately reach out to a recruiter. Typically each firm will have multiple office visit time frames as multiple schools will often be in attendance. I had two one week and two the next which I liked as it allowed me to spread things out and not feel overwhelmed by the end. However, many students like to schedule them all at the same time in order to make side by side comparisons. The events usually will not overlap, but again if you foresee any challenges contact your recruiter.
  • Structure: When you arrive for the office visit, you will check in at your hotel and all meet in the lobby before heading out to dinner. Some firms will divide you by practice and take you to smaller group dinners while others might take everyone to a single location. The night prior is really about allowing you to reconnect with the people you have met during recruiting and making you feel comfortable. The next day you will typically go to the office and receive a full tour. You will usually be assigned a buddy for the day to escort you around and answer any questions that you have. The day will consist of presentations, networking, and final interviews.
  • Final Interview: Sometimes you might have just one interview while other times you will meet with multiple people. The individuals you meet with might be people you have become well-acquainted with, but they could also be a new face. The final office interview typically involves the employer assessing where you are at in your thought process and if there is anything more they can do to help sway your decision or solidify things. This final interview is a chance for you to talk with the employer and ask all the last minute questions you might have. The office interviews are typically very conversational, so your preparation will consist of reviewing your time with each firm and drafting some final questions that will assist you in making an informed decision.
  • Advice: Having an office visit does not guarantee an offer. Some firms might distribute offers at the office visit, but others will wait until the conclusion to make their selections. Therefore, you will want to continue putting your best foot forward and conveying why the firm should ultimately choose you to join their team. The office visits can be an exhausting process, especially if you do them all back to back. However, you need to remain fully engaged and interested no matter how tired you might be.  This is the final impression you will give the firm, so it is imperative to make it a good one!

Office visits immerse you in the city, office environment, and people of the firm you could potentially be working with and provide you with perspective to help in making your final decision.  Utilize your time with each firm and enjoy the process!

Courtney Crosby 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…best of luck!

Submitted by Kelly Ayers

iFLY FT Accountant Position Opening

Who: iFLY

What: FT-Entry Level Accountant

Responsible for the general recording and analysis of the revenue cycle and for generating, reconciling and analyzing revenue reported via a retail Point of Sale (POS) system. A strong systems orientation and comfort with gathering, analyzing, and reconciling large amounts of data. Able to diagnose errors and inconsistencies and develop systemic solutions.

When: Deadline to apply is April 30th

Where: Austin, Texas

How: Apply via OCR, click here


Submitted by: Shaan Patel




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