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.

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.

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 vary year-to-year and may include alumni panels, networking events, on-site employer informational interview sessions, policy talks, alumni mentorship, career planning classes or seminars, and online workshops.

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.

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.

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.

The Evans School gathers employment information each year over the six months following June graduation. 90% of our 2018 graduates were working or continuing education within 6 months of graduation. Nearly half of them went on to work in the public sector. See the 2020 Employment Report. with information about our Class of 2019 graduates.  You can take a look at the shorter version here.

A real-time way to explore our alumni career outcomes is to explore the alumni community on LinkedIn. The Evans School Alumni Network spans across 6 continents, 56 countries, 49 U.S. states and territories, and 684 cities around the world. Our growing global network has 4,500+ alumni working for organizations including the City of Seattle, the Obama Foundation, the Washington State Department of Ecology, Mathematica Policy Research and more. Our alumni regularly change jobs and advance, so LinkedIn is the best way to see exactly what they’re doing now. You can search our alumni on LinkedIn by navigating to the page for the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, and sorting through alumni based on location, organization, skills, and more!