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Career Development

Master's in Public Administration

Career Development

Interactive career development workshops
Career dev seminar
Explore approaches to social impact with other social changemakers
Students brainstorm during a career development workshop
Reflect on job sectors and roles that align with your values and goals
Students explore career paths

Career Development Program

In addition to an excellent academic experience, we offer a career development program to prepare our students and alumni to succeed in the professional world. The program includes a semester-long group seminar and ongoing one-on-one coaching. These services, made possible by generous funding from the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service, help students improve their self-understanding, identify roles for which they are best suited, and develop hard and soft skills to forge successful careers that maximize both social impact and personal fulfillment.

MPA Career Development Seminar

Our two-part seminar is carefully sequenced to guide students through a process of introspection followed by skill acquisition. In Part 1, 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. In Part 2, they learn practical skills, including networking and personal branding, writing effective resumes and cover letters, and mastering common interview scenarios. The seminar is tuition-free and not for academic credit. It runs parallel to MPA coursework and meets in person every two weeks, with regular assignments on Blackboard. Students who attend every in-class session and complete all assignments satisfactorily are eligible for a scholarship of $250 for each part of the seminar, or $500 for the whole seminar. 

One-on-One Consulting

Students can make appointments for 30-minute coaching sessions. The goal of these one-on-one sessions is to adapt to students' unique needs at distinct points along their career paths. Consultations may focus on a range of topics, depending on the student's needs:

  • 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

Events and Resources

Recruitment Events
The MPA Program hosts recruiters from government agencies and nonprofit organizations. These recruiters give presentations about careers in their field and answer students' questions. Past guests have included representatives of the US State Department, the NYC Mayor's Office, PhilanthropyNY, and Human Rights Watch.

Networking Events
The MPA Program collaborates with career fairs and networking events at City College and on other CUNY campuses. The program also hosts networking events to help current students connect with alumni. 

Job, Internship, and Fellowship Lists
The MPA Program maintains a list list of job, internship, and fellowship listings on our MPA @ CCNY Careers Website. Our advisors regularly reach out to students to alert them to opportunities that match their interests and to upcoming deadlines. The listings are available only to MPA students and alumni. 


To schedule appointments and for additional information, please contact:

James Suggett
Program Manager