USC Price School of Public Policy

Price Student Q&A: Carlyn Gilbert

Hometown: Roswell, GA
Major: Public Policy (Public Policy and Law track)

Q. What inspired you to choose your major?

A. When I came to USC, I had almost no idea what I wanted my major to be. I ended up changing my mind about five times just within my freshman year. I have always been interested in policy, but I didn’t consider it as a career option until I found the Price School. I was drawn to the Price School’s mission to improve the quality of life for people and their communities. Each track, in a way, represents a different way for students to be able to pursue that mission.

Q. What opportunities has Price afforded you?

A. I’m excited to say that I will be studying in Washington, DC in the spring through the Price Semester in Washington Program. I will be studying at George Washington University and interning with the Department of Education.

Q. What skills have you developed in your time at Price?

A. As a public policy major, I have been able to work on developing the skills and tools I need in order to discuss and analyze policy, solve problems, and work with others, regardless of their views.

Q. Tell us about your internship experience.

A. This past summer, I worked as an education and outreach intern at the Atlanta Community Food Bank. There, I was able to learn about food security and related policy on the state, local, and federal level. One of my favorite parts of my internship was being able to create advocacy-related education materials for middle and high school students, focusing primarily on the importance of contacting elected officials.

Q. What class have you enjoyed most at Price and why?

A. My favorite class at Price so far has been PPD 240, Citizenship and Public Ethics. I had never put much thought into how to actually define “citizenship” before taking this class. I really enjoyed the conversation the class inspired involving ethics and how we can make decisions in an ethical way.

Q. What are your future career plans?

A. I am still working to determine my future career plans. Right now, I hope to pursue a career in the public sector in which I can work with policy that will positively impact people’s lives.

Q. What is the best advice anyone has given to you regarding your education?
A. The best advice I ever received was to take full advantage of every opportunity that is given to me, especially those that will help me to grow as a student and more importantly, as a person.