Rebecca Reyes

In EPPS, I have had fantastic professors who have believed in my potential and have taken the time to help me with academic and career pursuits. They have certainly helped make me a successful EPPS student.

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

Major: B.S. in Public Affairs
Expected Graduation Date: 2018

UT Dallas Achievements & Activities

  • Summa Cum Laude, BS in Public Affairs
  • Recipient of the Fred Hill Endowed Scholarship
  • Recipient of an Undergraduate Research Scholar Award
  • Presenter at 2018 Southeastern Conference for Public Administration
  • Future Presenter at 2019 American Society for Public Administration Annual Conference
  • Future Presenter at 2019 Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches
  • Student Worker in Development and Alumni Relations
  • Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society
  • Tau Sigma National Honor Society
  • Member of the EPPS Podcast
  • Alumna of NEW Leadership Texas

Deciding on Public Affairs

I received my Associate of Arts degree at my local community college prior to transferring to UT Dallas. At the community college, I participated in student organizations that focused on volunteerism, fundraising, and nonprofit work. I enjoyed working with local nonprofits and I was interested in further understanding organizational management. I learned about several MPA programs and was most interested in this academic area. I was so relieved to find a university so close to my hometown that offered an undergraduate degree in public affairs and a fast-track MPA program.

My EPPS Success

I am grateful that this program accepts student internships for academic credit. For my undergraduate degree and graduate degree, I completed a 6-credit-hour summer internship. Both internships have helped me to not only gain work experience but also to narrow my career interests. Through an internship, you’ll also learn what types of workplaces you like (or don’t). I didn’t realize how important the workplace atmosphere and culture was to me until I started working in different work cultures as an intern.

In EPPS, I have had fantastic professors who have believed in my potential and have taken the time to help me with academic and career pursuits. They have certainly helped make me a successful EPPS student.

Plans for the Future

I am interested in pursuing careers in both public and nonprofit work and I would like to continue working in fundraising, possibly in major gifts. I would also like to pursue opportunities and careers in research and museum education/administration.

Advice to Prospective EPPS Students

Please, talk to your professors! I cannot emphasize this enough. If you are struggling with a concept or need any assistance – ask your professor. They appreciate students that express genuine interest in the coursework and I guarantee that the majority of professors will go out of their way to help. Professors notice students that read the course material, complete assigned work on time, and remain attentive in the class. You never know what connections you’ll make in the classroom so always come to class and talk with both the students and the professor.

If you are interested in a scholarship, internship, or other academic opportunities – apply. Even if you don’t feel like you’ll receive the opportunity, go for it and apply. You never know what will happen and you may be happily surprised by the results. I did not think I would be accepted into either of the internships or the research opportunities I have completed in college, but I did, and I’m so glad I took the chance and applied.

Other Interests

During my free time, I enjoy listening to audiobook/podcasts, attending theatre performances, and attempting to swing dance without stepping on my partner’s toes. I am also training to become a docent at the Dallas Holocaust Museum.