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Cultivating Connections Outside the Classroom
I was attracted to Peabody for its emphasis on opportunities outside the classroom and its many connections with state and local policymakers.
Mark Dunn
Education Policy
M.P.P. '12
Director of Outreach and Recruitment
Undergraduate Admissions Office at Yale University

Mark is currently the Director of Outreach and Recruitment for Yale University's Undergraduate Admissions Office.
I began the M.P.P. Program in 2010 after three years of working as an undergraduate admissions officer, with an itch of curiosity about the larger policy frameworks shaping how students prepared for and entered college. I was attracted to Peabody for its emphasis on opportunities outside the classroom and its many connections with state and local policymakers. During my two years in the program, I pursued different internships with very different organizations - bolstering both my resume and my sense of where to make my next career move. As someone whose interests straddle both K-12 and higher education, I was able to pursue coursework in both fields, including several courses that bear directly on the intersection of the two. I also greatly improved my fluency and capacity with quantitative analysis and data-driven decision-making. I use these skills and many of the lessons I learned on a daily basis in my current position at Yale.