Career Services

Graduation March

The Office of Career Services is dedicated to supporting you with career guidance, resources and variety of services, including professional development workshops, individual career counseling, resume/cover letter review, Myers-Briggs assessment, mock interviews, and enhance alumni networking. This area of support also offers assistance in facilitating summer internships around the city, nation, and throughout the world enabling classroom instruction to be experienced in actual public policy opportunities.

Career Counseling

By Appointment

SPP students and alumni are welcome to make career counseling appointments with the Office of Career Services. To do so, email the Office of Career Services. 

Professional Development

MPP 608 or the Professional Development Requirement aims to get students out of the classroom to experience policy in action. The Office of Career Services and other organizations on campus provide on-campus professional development opportunities.  Or students can take advantage of off-campus opportunities as well.  For more details, see the Professional Development page.


Career Resources

Interviewing Strategies

  • 5 Ways to Prepare for a Behavioral Interview
  • Following Up After an Information Interview**
  • Sample Letter Requesting an Information Interview**
  • Sample Questions for an Information Interview**
  • What is Information Interviewing?**


**Please contact the Student Services Office at 310-506-7493 to make an appointment to discuss these interviewing strategies.


Reference Library

This list of references offers opportunities to strengthen your individual strengths and career skills.

  • Good to Great, Collins, Jim, (Oct 16, 2001)
  • Lean In, Knopf; 1 edition (March 11, 2013)
  • StrengthsFinder 2.0, Rath, Tom, Gallup Press (2007)
  • What Color is Your Parachute?, Ten Speed Press; Rev Upd edition (August 13, 2013)
  • Who's Got Your Back, Ferrazzi, Keith (May 19, 2009)
  • The Tipping Point, Gladwell, Malcolm (November 1, 2006)
  • Go Government Webinar Series, (Passcode: GoGov)
  1. How to Stand Out in the Application Process
  2. Maximizing Your Summer Opportunities
  3. Security Clearance 101


Resume and Cover Letter Resources

Resume Strategies

  • Resume Template**
  • Describing Your Accomplishments**
  • High Impact Phrases, Action Verbs and Personal Descriptors**
  • Ignore These 5 Pieces of Career Advice
  • What Can Be Considered an Accomplishment**

Cover Letter Strategies


**Please contact Student Services at 310-506-7493 to make an appointment to discuss these resume strategies.

Salary Surveys and Negotiation Information

  • Salary Survey Sites
  • - Provides cost-of-living analysis between different living locations
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics - National Compensation Survey provided by BLS, broken down by industries, locations, and disciplines
  • Glassdoor - Is your free look at salary details for any company or job
  • - this website is a collection of online paycheck calculators
  • Salary Expert - Contains over 1000 job titles and can be searched by location
  • Salary Calculator - Compare the cost of living in hundreds of U.S. and international cities
  • Wall Street Journal - A comprehensive job resource with categories including: career strategies, business schools, college rankings, education, career guides, job search, and student journal.

Utilizing Social Media