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Supporting lifelong careers in public service leadership 

The Evans School Career Development team connects world-ready leaders from across our graduate programs with practitioners who know the value, power, and potential of Evans School talent.  

We empower students to navigate career complexity, helping them craft life-long, fulfilling careers in public service leadership. We develop future leaders knowing that curiosity, confidence, courage, and agility are required to thrive in a constantly changing professional landscape.  From the moment you arrive on campus until one year after you graduate, you have the Career Development team’s support as you plan for a successful and productive career. 

Career Development Services for Students 

Students at the Evans School have access to an assigned career advisor, weekly walk-in hours, an exclusive and curated job board for Evans School students, and free programs throughout the academic year providing information and networking opportunities with professionals in relevant organizations. Individual support includes career counseling, resume and cover letter support, mock interviews, and salary negotiation advice. 

Career Programming 

Each quarter, Evans School Career Development offers free events designed to familiarize students with the landscape of public service careers, network with professionals, and enhance professional development skills that will serve graduates beyond their time at the Evans School. Programs may include alumni panels, networking events, alumni mentorship, career planning classes or seminars, and online workshops.  

Finding an Internship or Job 

Evans School Career Development supports students in identifying interests and goals, generating leads, connecting with appropriate resources, and preparing for interviews. The Evans School does not provide job or internship placement services, and students are ultimately responsible for finding a professional experience that meets their interests and experience. 

Funding for Unpaid Internships 

The Evans School makes a concentrated effort to encourage employers to offer paid internships. If a student accepts an unpaid summer internship, they may be eligible for internship funding through the Evans School. Please note that funding is limited and cannot be guaranteed. 

Professional Experience Requirement 

As a component of their professional graduate degree, Evans School Full-Time, Part-Time, and Global MPA students are required to complete a 400-hour professional experience (paid or unpaid ) during their time in the program, or demonstrate that they bring at least 2 years of relevant full-time professional experience prior to entering the program..   

A professional experience, including but not limited to graduate internships, is one of the cornerstones of the Evans School MPA program because it allows students to:  

  • Apply classroom learning and skills to real-life settings that directly match your career goals.  

  • Be competitive in the post-graduation job market by expanding your professional network.  

  • Gain professional experience by using substantive analytical or managerial skills to solve real-world problems related to policy development, implementation, or evaluation.  

This degree requirement must be fulfilled through one of the following options:  

  •  400-hours of professional experience completed during time in the program. Professional experiences may include graduate internships, research, working in part-time or full-time employment opportunities, consulting, or other as discussed with Career Development staff.  

  • 2 years of full-time professional experience using substantive analytical or managerial skills completed prior to entrance into MPA program.    

Career Development staff evaluates all incoming student applications and will inform students of their official status prior to or during their first quarter in the program.   

All students are required to report professional experiences during their time as an Evans School student. Additionally, students completing the required 400-hour professional experience will submit a self-evaluation.