Career Development

From our alumni survey:

81%

Say their job makes a difference in the lives of others

78%

Say their job gives them a feeling of personal accomplishment

88%

Are employed full-time, according to a survey of alumni from 2009-2017

Where Our Alumni Work

Graduates of the MPA Program have found meaningful careers in a variety of social-mission-driven organizations. Below are a few examples of positions that our alumni hold or have held in recent years.

Local Government

Senior Business Analyst 
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development

Press Officer
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office

Senior Fraud Investigator
NYC Bureau of Fraud Investigation

Director of Community Affairs
New York City Council 

Budget Analyst
NYC Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget

State Government
 
Deputy Director of Recapture Operations and Systems
New York State Governor's Office of Storm Recovery

Financial Services Regulator
New York State Department of Financial Services

START Program Coordinator 
New York State Department of Health

Legislative Aide
New York State Assembly

Financial Auditor 
New York State Office of the State Comptroller

Federal Government

Senior Advisor and Public Health Analyst
US Department of Health and Human Services

Confidential Assistant 
White House

Office Manager and Community Liaison
US Congressman Gregory Meeks

Federal Field Specialist 
US Department of Health and Human Services

Applied Strategy Associate
US Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Program Support Assistant
US Department of Veterans Affairs

International 

General Coordinator, Publishing and Reading Access
Ministerio de la Cultura, Peru

Reporting Liaison Officer, Office for Project Services 
United Nations
 
Nonprofit
 
Senior Associate
The Rockefeller Foundation

Community Engagement Coordinator
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Operations Assistant
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Research Grants Specialist
Rutgers University

Academic Program Manager
City University of New York

Development Associate
The New School

Strategic Data Facilitator
New Visions for Public Schools
 
Co-Founder and Harm Reduction Coordinator
Community Action for Social Justice

Grants Administrator
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Private Sector

Director of Industry Solutions
Techstars

Community Engagement Associate
Ichor Strategies

Public Relations Associate
Mega Contracting Group

Co-Founder and Owner
Nory Pouncil - Master Self-Awareness

How We Help Students Achieve Their Career Goals

Through Changemaker Fellowships, 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.

Changemaker Fellowships

Students who complete their first semester in good academic standing are eligible to apply for a Changemaker Fellowship. This is a competitive application process among MPA students. The application requires students to propose a project that will help them grow professionally and develop their capabilities through experiential learning, advance toward their career goals, and contribute to solving a social problem.

Workshops

Our career workshops guide students through a process of introspection and skill-building. 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 in their social change ecosystem. They also learn practical skills, including personal branding, writing effective resumes and cover letters, and navigating common interview scenarios.  

One-on-One Consulting

One-on-one sessions address students' unique needs at distinct points along their career paths, including: 

  • Strategic career planning and goal-setting
  • Using online platforms for career development 
  • Building a network in one's area of interest
  • Writing and revising resumes and cover letters
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Applying to jobs, internships, and fellowships

Guest Speakers

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.