Sackton Fellowship

Fall 2019 Admits:  The application period for the Sackton Fellowship is now open. Please use this form to apply. Deadline to apply is Feb 1, 2019. Applications will be reviewed, interviews conducted, and the final candidate chosen by March 15, 2019.


A Sackton Fellow is a high-achieving, full-time MPA or MPP student who will serve as a Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) for up to two years while pursuing their degree. GSA’s work approximately 20 hours/week and provide instructional support to faculty teaching undergraduate-level courses in the School of Public Affairs. Duties include taking attendance, grading, assisting students outside of class, answering student emails and questions, assisting with Blackboard maintenance, moderating online discussion boards, and related tasks. Applicants must be full-time students (9 or more credit hours per semester) and have no other employment. This opportunity is a 2-year commitment, renewable every semester at the discretion of the School of Public Affairs, based on a high level of work performance and academic achievement in the fellow’s degree program.


  • Annual Tuition & Health Insurance Waiver        $14,000
  • Stipend: $7,500 per semester X 2                       $15,000
  • Employment is for fall and spring semesters only


  • New fall 2019 admit
  • Full-time student (9 or more credit hours per semester, fall and spring)
  • 3.5 or higher cumulative undergraduate GPA

 Skills/Qualities Required

  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Reliability
  • Integrity
  • Strong desire for a career in the public sector

Questions? Email Mark Reed at

 Meet the Sackton Fellows

Matthew Gandy is from Cave Creek, Arizona, and an ASU alumnus, graduating with a B.S in Justice Studies in 2018. Matthew is now pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Administration. He is inherently driven, and from a young age, he embodied both leadership and collaboration, two traits he credits for his aspiration to become a public servant. Matthew is extensively involved in the community and is the president of an organization named First Gen Scientist, a group of passionate college students who provide mentorship and STEM-based activities to local, underserved youth through afterschool programs. Following graduation, Matthew plans to work in local government. He hopes to help implement educational workshops for all ages in underserved communities, through collaboration with the non-profit sector.  

Jorge Suarez is a Colombian-American currently in the Masters of Public Policy program.  He holds a Bachelor’s a degree in Industrial Engineering from a Colombian university and a second B.S in Public Service and Public Policy (Nonprofit concentration) from ASU. Jorge has been involved with nonprofit organizations around the Phoenix area and is currently serving as a graduate research assistant in the ASU School of Public Affairs. His professional goals are to work for governmental organizations such as the UN, OAS, or development banks so he can positively impact the lives of people in underdeveloped countries. Jorge is especially interested in promoting development from innovated practices that involve network societies, governance, and sovereignty from a local to global perspective.

Haylie Smith, the 2017 Sackton Scholar, is from Prescott, Arizona and an ASU alumnus. She graduated with her B.S. in Psychological Sciences in May 2017. Haylie is currently a student in the Master of Public Administration program pursuing a concentration in Urban Management. Haylie has given back to her community through her efforts in the Body Project at ASU, an eating disorder prevention and body acceptance program. For over two years, Haylie worked for the Body Project as a research assistant, peer leader, and community outreach coordinator. She has two published articles in psychological journals related to her work for the Body Project, and is now taking her passion for helping people to the field of public service. Her professional goals are to work in local government, preferably in a small town like Prescott, AZ, where she can have a positive impact on the community. Haylie is especially interested in promoting healthy communities and finding more effective ways to meet the needs of the homeless population.