Each year we are blessed to have an enthusiastic core group of SIPA graduate students serve as Admission Program Assistants (PA). For prospective students interested in hearing the SIPA student perspective, the PA is here to provide that insight. Chances are you will meet one or two or all of them during the admissions process — either in the office, online or on the telephone.
We will post a few Q&A responses from each of them in the next few days so you get to know who is on the other end. Our wonderful PAs come from different backgrounds and experiences and bring a diverse perspective. They will also be a great resource on what to do (and not do) as you consider going back to school … since they’ve all been where you are now.
Eric Medina, MPA 2015 is concentrating in International Security Policy with a focus on the United States (specialization)
What was your previous professional experience?
I spent 10 years in the United States Army. I was assigned to Fort Bragg, NC for the majority of my career. My first international assignment was a combat deployment to Afghanistan with the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). My last international assignment was as the Military Development Liaison Officer to the United States Embassy in the Philippines.
What kind of work do you want to do when you graduate?
I would like to work in the Intelligence Community as a policy advisor for senior government officials.
What has been the best part of your SIPA experience?
The best part has been the friends I’ve made. The diversity of the student body never ceases to amaze me. The opinions and perspectives they bring to conversations regarding domestic and international policy is by far something I have not experienced elsewhere.
Do you feel like you have gotten to know some of the faculty members?
Yes, the faculty at SIPA is exceptional. Not only are there brilliant scholars, but also many are still current practitioners in their field. The experience and insights they bring into the classroom is immeasurable.