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DHS Scholars Program

Since 2008, DHS has sought talented individuals to participate in the Scholars in Local Government program, a career development initiative designed to attract and retain bright graduates while exposing them to government work in the Pittsburgh region.

The program is now in its fifth year and Erin Dalton, DHS Deputy Director for the Office of Data Analysis Research and Evaluation (DARE), is pleased that the number of quality applicants continues to grow: “We now regularly receive applicants from public policy, health, social work, business and law, and while most of the applicants are local, we receive applications from students graduating from schools such as the University of Michigan, UNC at Chapel Hill and the College of William & Mary,” she said. “We received 36 fantastic applications for the 2012 class, and hope to continue to attract qualified applicants and to increase the diversity of our applicant pool each year.”

Scholars applicants must have completed their degrees in masters- and doctoral-level programs of social work, public policy, public administration, law, business and related fields, graduating within 18 months of the application deadline. While there are no residency requirements, candidates must be willing to relocate to the Pittsburgh region.

From the pool of applicants, DHS chooses up to two Scholars to participate in the year-long program. Scholars receive on-the-job training, high profile projects tailored to their skills and interests, professional development, and leadership opportunities. Scholars are employed by Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute and receive both a salary and a full range of fringe benefits.

The two Scholars recently selected for the 2012 class are Ellen Ramsden and Kelly Wilkinson. Both will graduate this spring from the University of Pittsburgh. Ellen will receive her Masters of Public Administration from the School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and Kelly will graduate with a joint degree, receiving her Masters of Public Administration from GSPIA and her Masters of Social Work from the School of Social Work. Both begin their work with DHS this summer.

Applications for the 2013 Scholars class will be available in August 2012. For more information, please contact Megan Good at 412-350-5226 or visit the program's webpage

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