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Katie DePalma

Katie DePalma
Katie is an undergraduate student at the University at Albany. She studies political science, in addition to violin performance.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?
Simple curiosity led me to apply for an internship position at CTG, but the challenging and rewarding work kept me here. As a political science student, it is absolutely essential that I learn to approach technology as an opportunity to improve the quality of public services. CTG is a great place to learn about and practice this approach. The environment here is perfect for students and leaders, both academic and professional, to come together to address cutting-edge topics in technology and policy.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?
When I was sixteen years old I was hired to stick address labels on newspapers for the local paper company. Since then I’ve worked on my grandfather’s farm, volunteered at the local hospital, gave violin lessons to elementary students, and interned as an accountant/receptionist/engineer/machinist at an engineering firm in New Jersey. I have also read a lot of books, learned to drive manual-shift cars, graduated from high school, and completed three years of undergraduate work. I’m working on that fourth and final undergrad year now.

What are your plans/goals for the future?
I intend to enroll in a graduate program and earn a masters degree in Public Administration upon completion of my undergraduate work. After that I would like to continue my education to the doctoral level, and someday I would like to become a university professor too. I’m also going to write an international bestselling book, perform on Broadway, and travel all over the world.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?
Working at CTG has been one of the most valuable experiences of my undergraduate career. I learned how to think and write analytically and how interact with important people in a professional style. I performed background research on a bunch of different topics including e-learning and government engagement with citizens, wrote a blog and made phone calls to hundreds of people that I have never even met. I also learned how to trust my own skills, abilities and knowledge. These lessons are the foundation of what I am sure will be an exciting and meaningful career both professionally and academically.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?
I am a classically-trained violinist by day and a bluegrass fiddler by night!

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