Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Nikko Cayetano is a B.A. International Affairs, MPA., Master of Public Administration DoubleDawg student. His interests include comparative administration, global administrative policy, federal social policy, and the intersection of international policy and law. He has conducted research with the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government on the efficacy of emerging e-government in Georgia local government.
Nikko is from Brunswick, Georgia. He is a proud first-generation student – being the first in his family to work to obtain both an undergraduate and a graduate degree. He has interned on the municipal and state level and intends on working in the federal or global policy-legal advising space. He is a member of the University of Georgia Hispanic Student Association and serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the SPIA Student Union. Nikko brings with him a demonstrated commitment to work in public service. In 2018, Nikko was selected as a finalist for the inaugural School of Public and International Affairs Experiential Learning Internship Program where he interned for the Office of the District Attorney for the Western Judicial Circuit of Georgia as a Prosecutorial Intern where he engaged intimately with the local criminal justice process and local courts of law. Then, in 2019, Nikko was named a finalist for the Georgia Legislative Internship Program for the 2020 legislative session at the State Capitol in Atlanta. He was then chosen from the broader internship program with one other finalist to work in the Office of the Chairman for the Senate Committee on Rules, the paramount committee in the Georgia State Senate. He worked during both the 2020 regular and special legislative sessions – the former truncated by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. His work in the State Senate as a Rules Committee Aide focused primarily on assisting the fluid passage of legislation from the Committee to the body of the Senate. Here he worked closely with policy analysts, aides, and private sector representatives to gain insight into the public-private legislative drafting process as well as internalize the procedural ins-and-outs of the Georgia legislative process. Additionally, Nikko, assisting the Chairman, met with senior legislative and state government leaders, state department heads, and agency representatives from across state government. He gained invaluable knowledge about state-level policymaking, constituent services, and state politics. In spring of 2020, he was selected one of three fellows for the fall 2020 cohort of the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government Fellowship. Nikko was selected to serve in the Division of Strategic Operations and Planning Assistance under the guidance of a professional public service scholar. During his fellowship, he conducted qualitative research to better understand the current status of electronic government efforts in local government in Georgia. He presented his findings before the public service scholars of the Institute based on his final research study. In fall of 2020, Nikko was selected as a graduate finalist for the School of Public and International Affairs Emerging Leaders Program, an eight-to-eleven-week internship program for students interested in learning more about public policy and service in Georgia. Nikko intends on attending law school in the future. He plans to focus on global administrative or immigration law. He hopes to work in the policy-legal advising space in the federal government or for an intergovernmental organization, such as the United Nations.