Scholarships and Career Development

Scholarships

Students who complete their first semester in good academic standing are eligible to apply for the MPA Changemaker Scholarship. This is a competitive application process among MPA students who wish to use critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills to address social issues. 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. Scholarship recipients complete reflective-action assignments throughout the semester of their scholarship. These assignments help them set goals, reflect on their progress, and learn from their experience. 

Scholarships, loans, financial aid, and other funding are also available from the Colin Powell School, City College, CUNY, local and state government, and private organizations. To learn more, visit the CCNY Financial Aid Office

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“My scholarship helped me gain a better understanding of how elected officials can promote social change.”

Yaritza Holguin, MPA '19
Congressional Intern at the United States Congress

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“My scholarship supported my research, which helped me gain an advanced understanding of municipal legal issues."

Rob Bentlyewski, MPA '19
Research Assistant, Topic: Succession Politics and Legal Mechanisms at Municipal Governments

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“My scholarship helped me learn about social innovation, which is paramount for identifying and addressing large-scale social and economic problems.”

Raisa Alam, MPA '19
Social Innovation Fellow, Project: Investigating Interventions Aimed at Eradicating Child Marriage in South Asia.

Career Development

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.

Workshops

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 Consulting

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
  • Preparation for interviews
  • Strategic career planning and goal-setting
  • Support with applications 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.

Where Our Alumni Work

Here 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 

Social Innovation Consultant
Ministerio de la Produccion, Peru

Human Resources Coordinator 
Doctors Without Borders
 
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

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