Will you please review the current draft of my letter of intent for admission into a Master of Public Administration program? Here is the prompt: "Letter of Intent: In two pages or less, explain why you are seeking an MPA degree, and why from KSU"
"MPA Letter of Intent
Nearing the end of my undergraduate career, I attended a presentation given by Invisible Children, a nonprofit agency that has grown over the course of a few years into an internationally supported group that organizes thousands of volunteers. This presentation had a profound influence on my life. I was inspired by Invisible Children's success, which I believe strongly correlates to the passion and love its employees have for their work. I discovered my own passion for the nonprofit sector that day and subsequently began to explore new educational and career possibilities. This led me to an interest in a Master of Public Administration program.
My mother is an employee of KSU, making it an admittedly obvious choice for my graduate education. However, it is K's commitment to providing access to graduate education, via the web based MPA program, that truly makes the pursuit of a Master of Public Administration degree a viable option for me. The program's National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration accreditation is also a factor of great importance in my decision to apply to KSU. I want to be proud of any degree that I earn and know I have completed a program that is true to the standards of the discipline. It is this combination of K's dedication to education, unique MPA program, and national accreditation that have brought me to believe that my zeal for a field in which I can work with purpose and foster positive change can be channeled into a Master of Public Administration degree with KSU. I realize that the Public Administration program does not focus solely on the nonprofit sector, but I am confident that all the courses have relevant applications to work in the field.
I already have a great deal of experience with nonprofit organizations, through volunteering, holding leadership positions in local chapters of national nonprofit organizations, and participating in nonprofit courses and student organizations based on nonprofit management. Serving as the Vice President of University Affairs for the Student Government Association at my previous institution, I observed how a nonprofit status works in a higher education setting. I worked in teams dedicated to recruitment and fundraising for the Theta Upsilon chapter of Alpha Xi Delta (for which I served as Vice President of Public Relations), my university's chapter of American Humanics, Invisible Children's Rescue event, the National Catholic Student Coalition. I also participated in philanthropy events for The Rich Center for Autism and Potential Development Program.
Upon completion of graduate study, I hope to pursue a career with a nonprofit agency in the xxx, xx area. There are many remarkable educational, charitable, and other such nonprofit organizations in the area, of which I would be proud to be a member. With K's ninety-five percent placement rate, I am confident I would have the education and skills necessary to attain a management level position in one of these organizations. I aspire to utilize the information and abilities that are learned through K's MPA program to grow and enhance each facet of a nonprofit agency, furthering their work by introducing new ideas and programs. I look forward to the culmination of KSU's MPA program, leading into a genuinely rewarding career."