Student Successes

Taylor Rhodes

M.P.A. in Nonprofit Management and M.A. in Philanthropic Studies

What degree are you working toward?

I am a dual degree Masters student with IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. I am working towards an MPA in Nonprofit Management and MA in Philanthropic Studies.

Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?

For my programs specifically, IUPUI was the best choice.

The IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs is top ranked and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is globally recognized as the first of its kind.

The faculty are also really great and highly regarded, so it was a pretty easy decision.

What has been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?

I was afforded the opportunity to study abroad this summer in Uganda were I completed an 11 week internship in sustainable international development. I lived in the town of Masaka which holds a population around 74,000 people. While in Masaka, I was placed with the Non-governmental organization, Step Up Primary School. At the heart of my internship was the sustainable projects I developed and implemented. The projects were aimed at supporting the work of Step Up. The overall focus was on community involvement, sustainability, and effectiveness. I designed four different projects. The overarching goal was to empower the students, staff and teachers of the Step Up community. I am very thankful for this amazing experience and proud of the work I was able to accomplish in such a short time.

What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?

Indianapolis is an up and coming city. There is so much that goes on here. When I am not studying or working, I know I can find a fun activity to enjoy.