Laura Lewis

MPA '13

Current location

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


Bachelor of Arts, (Political Science), Acadia University

Master of Public Administration, Dalhousie University

Current employment

Agenda & Council Coordinator, Halifax Regional Municipality 

Background and education

Prior to starting the MPA program I completed a BA, with a major in Political Science at Acadia University. I also spent some time working for government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. My academic background, and previous work experience in each of the above sectors helped me realize that government was where I wanted to make a career and that an MPA degree would help me enter the government workforce and be successful.  

What skills did Dal help you develop?

The MPA program provided me with an overview of all three levels of government, and specifically allowed me to take courses focusing on local government. During the MPA I was also involved with the planning of the Atlantic Conference on Public Administration, which is the largest public sector conference in Atlantic Canada, and is organized entirely by students. This opportunity allowed me to network with public servants in Halifax, develop my teamwork and leadership skills, and learn more about new and innovative public sector practices. 

Any advice for future MPA students?

The Dalhousie MPA program provides a good base for those who wish to enter the public service, while also allowing students to pursue their specific interests, whether it be a specific level of government or a particular topic within government. Anyone considering a career in government should consider this program.