Career Counseling

Career and Internship Search

The Office of Career Services helps to facilitate summer internships around the city, nation, and throughout the world that enable students to apply their classroom work to actual public policy situations. The Career Resources Center and library are dedicated to supporting student career and internship research. In addition, Career Services maintains two searchable databases, EPPIC and internship archive. 

Employer Information Sessions and Professional Development Workshops

Employer information sessions, brought to campus by career services, give students the opportunity to to discover details about an organization and its application process. In past years, organizations such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of State, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the RAND Corporation, and the California State Auditor, among others, actively recruited on campus. Career services office hosts a variety of professional workshops throughout the year.

Individual Résumé and Cover Letter Review

Students should schedule a meeting with the director of career services to review résumés and tailor cover letters to specific internships and jobs. Follow-up coaching is also available to help students prepare for interviews, salary negotiations, and the first few weeks on the job. These services continue after graduation to support alumni in their future career transitions.

Mock Interviewing

Mock interviews can be scheduled with the director of career services. These individualized sessions will introduce the key skills necessary to make a great first impression, including preparation, attire, appearance, best answers to tough questions, and how to follow-up. 

Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Workshop

The Presidential Management Fellowship program, established by Executive Order in 1977, is designed to attract to the Federal service outstanding individuals from a wide variety of academic disciplines. Eligible individuals are graduate students who are completing or expect to complete a master's or doctoral-level degree and have a commitment to a career in public policy. Finalists receive an initial two-year appointment and are eligible, which is not guaranteed, a permanent government position and accelerated promotional opportunities. Many School of Public Policy graduates have received these prestigious fellowships and it is a part of the program to pair prospective Presidential Management Fellows with PMF alums.