#ELGLInspire Speakers: Doug Ihrke

Posted on September 13, 2018


Douglas Ihrke

Doug Ihrke

Professor and Chair, Dept of Public and Nonprofit Administration, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee


What was the very first paying job you held (that you paid taxes on)?

Sims Security in Minneapolis

What was your: undergraduate institution? Graduate institution? What was/were your degree(s) in?

University of Minnesota, Northern Michigan University, Northern Illinois University UM-Bachelor of Civil Engineering, NMU – MPA, NIU – PhD – Political Science

Do you have a work or life motto? What is it?

Crush people

What book are you currently reading? Would you recommend it?

Managing America’s Small Communities

Other than ELGL – do you belong to any other professional associations? Which one(s)?

American Society for Public Administration, Midwest Political Science Association, Urban Affairs Association

What’s the best networking advice for job seekers you’ve heard or shared?

Never stop networking

What’s the fastest way to NOT get a job or internship with you? (e.g. what should potential applicants avoid doing if they were to ever interview with you for a position).

Don’t show up on time. Don’t impress me early.

Why should an undergraduate student consider a career working in local government?

Because the work is meaningful and you can have a great career.

Register for #ELGLInspire at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. This event is free for students!

Register for #ELGLInspire on September 14 in Milwaukee!

I’m the co-founder and executive director of ELGL. I love my job. Other things I love: local government, my family, my dog Michael Jordan, sandwiches, naps, books, and skee-ball.

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