Our alumni build meaningful careers in public service:
Say their job makes a difference in the lives of others
Say their job gives them a feeling of personal accomplishment
Are employed full-time, according to a survey of alumni from 2009-2017
Graduates of the MPA Program have found meaningful careers managing programs in the US Department of Health and Human Services, performing budget analysis at the Governor's Office, managing communications in the NY City Council, setting up public health programs in South Sudan, guiding the strategic planning of charitable foundations, advocating for disability rights, organizing marginalized communities to fight for social justice, and creating a nonprofit to treat and prevent drug addiction.
Through workshops, one-on-one guidance, and events, we prepare students for careers that maximize both social impact and personal fulfillment. Students improve their self-understanding, identify roles that align with their values, and develop skills to make connections and build meaningful careers.
Our career workshops guide students through a process of introspection and skill acquisition. Students explore what motivates them to work for social change. They identify their core values and strengths, clarify the social issues that move them the most, and learn about roles they can play as changemakers. They also learn practical skills, including personal branding, writing effective resumes and cover letters, and navigating common interview scenarios.
One-on-one sessions address students' unique needs at distinct points along their career paths, including:
- Writing and revising resumes and cover letters
- Using online platforms for career development
- Building a network in one's area of interest
- Video-recorded mock interviews
- Strategic career planning to align MPA coursework with career goals
- Support with applications to jobs, internships, and fellowships
The MPA Program hosts events with professionals in the field who talk to students about their career paths and offer advice. We also host networking events to help current students connect with alumni.