Florida State University

DeVoe L. Moore Center

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Alumni Testimonials

“In my time with the DMC I’ve grown immensely in my research and writing skills. As an economics major, research is an avenue I knew I could take professionally but that always felt out of reach as an undergraduate. The DMC, however, has given me the opportunity to conduct my own research and immerse myself in every step of the research process. I’ve also made leaps in my professional writing capabilities through the center. I feel more confident in starting my career given the tools the DMC has provided me with!”
— Mae Baltz, Public Policy ‘20-’21; Economics Major, Math and Statistics Minor

“The success of the center is due to the focus and reliance on interdisciplinary collaboration. All projects involve some level of partnership, even for remote interns. Shared productivity suites, team meetings, and a strong editorial process ensure that every student benefits from the range of skills that the center attracts.  As a manager, I am learning the mechanics of collaborative work environments and what strategies produce the best products within them. The skills I will take from my DeVoe L. Moore Center are extensive. The experience is additive to my course work, challenging to my leadership skills, and incomparably beneficial to my professional development. I am grateful to continue my work with the center and carry a refined skill set into graduate school and beyond.  ”
Amber Hedquist, Editorial and Public Affairs Manager ‘19-’21

“Becoming involved with the Devoe L. Moore center broadened my perspective regarding potential opportunities for me to pursue. My involvement allowed me to pinpoint specific areas in economic research where my passion shined and encouraged my development of necessary technical skills for future application in the field. Most importantly, my experience with the DMC served as a reassurance to myself that this is the field in which I belong.”
— Corrine Bresky, Data Analytics ‘20-’21; Psychology Major

“My internship experience at the DeVoe L. Moore Center helped me improve my research and writing skills. As an Editing, Writing, and Media major, I was given the role of staff writer for the social entrepreneurship group, I learned about different social enterprises and researched their impact in the marketplace as well as their impact on society. I received mentorship under a blog manager and I learned the process of editing blog articles for publication. I also received guidance and recommendations on my work from Dr. Staley, he played a vital role in shaping my writing and thought processes. My work consisted of writing articles, newsletters and reports, all of which gave me material to build a strong portfolio.” — Gianni Vasquez, ‘19, former editorial intern.

“As an economics student at the Florida State University, I wanted a challenge to enhance my research and analytical skills. I know that thanks to my experiences working with the Devoe Moore Center, I have been equipped with the skills necessary for my professional pursuits. Working with the Devoe Moore Center will give you the chance to contribute research that can make an impact in your community and potentially even beyond.”
Cole Davidson, FSU ‘16, B.S. Economics/minor entrepreneurship. Cole is pursuing his M.S. in Finance at Florida International University and training as an analyst for the Miami-based private equity firm Transcendent Investment Management.

“My overarching assertion is simply that this think-tank’s best asset is the quality of talent that it attracts. I am both grateful and humbled as a result of the experience…. My experience in the DeVoe Moore Center is one of the main reasons I’m glad I chose Florida State University. Florida State University provides the opportunities to make the connection between the classroom and the real world.”
—  Dante Grieco, Data Analysis Group, CRA Project, working with tableau & data visualization

“The DeVoe L. Moore Center provides exceptional intrapreneurial opportunities to its employees and interns. The DMC provides real-world work experience that pays off in the job market. I accepted an offer as a Data Scientist, at Northrop Grumman in Los Angeles. In my interview, they were very impressed with my experiences with the Data Analytics Group and its founding. In fact, when I was touring the facilities one of our tour guides recognized me from my time at the DMC working on government transparency. We had a great conversation while I was a DMC rep and he brought it up to the hiring manager.” — Tyler Worthington, ‘16, former intern and manager of the Data Analytics

“The Outreach Coordinator position had a huge impact on me professionally, intellectually, and personally. I am so glad to see the DeVoe Moore Center continue to be a resource for students. And thank you so much. Cornell was a great experience. It is hard to believe I accomplished and learned so much in so little time there. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to grow both there and at Florida State. Next, I am hoping to do more policy analysis and work on social or economic development issues. Ultimately, I would like to work on projects and ideas that apply market and behavioral economics. As someone who enjoys experiencing new places, I am not tied to staying in Washington D.C., but cannot ignore the vast opportunities here. I am really excited for this next step and will be sure to keep you updated!” — Jacqueline Stine, FSU ‘16 (may), Economics, minors in French, business, and mathematics; Cornell, applied economics & management, May ‘17

My experience with the DMC was definitely noteworthy. The staff truly cared about the success of each intern and was always there to help with any questions or concerns along the way. The remote work of the DMC allows individuals to take on their own projects without being “micromanaged”, and the freedom we have allows us to do work based on our own interests. Having taken all the coursework for Business Analytics, the hands-on experience I encountered in the DMC has truly been eye-opening for what’s to come post-graduation. I am lucky to have had the opportunity to work along with such a talented and motivated group of people!
Tala Halaby, Data Analytics, Economics Major, Business Analytics Minor

“To put it simply, I could not have gotten my current job without the experiences provided by the Devoe L. Moore Center. The DMC’s structure provided a world-class insight into data analysis, project management, and research presentation. Everything I learned could be immediately applied on the job, which allowed me to hit the ground running after graduation. I must shout out Dr. Crystal Taylor as well, every milestone hit would not have been possible without her! I am thankful every day that I got to join a group of hard-working, motivated individuals that pushed me further than I could imagine. Essentially, the DMC added rocket fuel to my degree.”               
— Matthew Stockwell, Public Policy ‘20-’21; BS in Finance and Economics