While attending Columbia College, Charles Stam was an intern for a New York company that focused on market research. In his role, he was responsible for compiling political data. Following graduation, Charles Stam accepted a position with another New York firm that allows him to use his education in political science to fulfill his public policy analyst duties.
Public policy analysts must possess effective communication skills, work well in groups, and have the ability to do independent research. In addition, they must be patient and focused, as it is typical for an analyst to study one topic for a long period of time.
In addition to these characteristics, a public policy analyst will have college education in political science, economics, and public policy. Dependent of the employer, a degree in business administration, education, or philosophy may also be deemed valuable in researching a specific industry. It is recommended that analysts also specialize in a related field to provide further insight into their areas of expertise. For individuals who do not possess the academic requirements, freelance writing is an ideal avenue to establish experience and demonstrate knowledge.