Professional Development

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Students must participate in a series of professional development experiences each semester. The School of Public Policy hosts a range of professional development events throughout the academic year. These co-curricular activities are intended to provide both career-oriented professional preparation in areas such as job search strategies, career development, and networking, as well as hands-on opportunities to interact with leading scholars and practitioners in the field of public policy.


The assistant dean for admission and program relations provides students with instructions on the Professional Development requirement at the start of each term, including the number of credits for various categories of events and procedures on how to receive credit (currently, full-time enrolled students must attend 8 credits of events by the end of the term). Throughout the term (minimum of at least once), the assistant dean for admission and program relations will update students of their progress for that term's Professional Development requirement. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they are attending and submitting for credit the required number of events per semester.

Review the Professional Development Procedures here.


Professional Development credits summary (subject to change)

Event Type Professional Development (PD) Credits Earned
On-campus, SPP-sponsored event (or otherwise pre-approved on-campus event) 2
Policy Practitioner Intensive event 3
Pre-approved off-campus event 4

*If students have questions about what credit category an event counts toward, they should email the assistant dean for admission and program relations PRIOR to attending the event.*

 

Fall 2018 SPP on-campus Professional Development Events (note: off-campus & non-SPP events require pre-approval)

Date Event Eligible Credits
8/28 Davenport Discussion: Crowdsourcing for Democracy 2
9/10 Second Year Resume Peer Review and Mock Interviewing 2
9/13 Cover Letter and Resume Writing Session 2
9/18 Constitution Day Lecture: Making Freedom Last - The Role of Religion in Sustaining Our Republic 2
9/19  Davenport Discussion: Mayor Sylvia Ballin  2
9/21 Policy Intensive: A Convenient Truth - How Film Can Influence Policy 3
9/25 Congressional Budget Office Information Sessions
9/27  Financial Literacy 101 
10/1  Cross Sector Leadership Conference 
10/2 Presidential Management Fellows Information Session 2
10/8 Ask-an-Alum with Shane Tayloe (MPP '15) 2
10/10 Sempra Utilities Information Sessions 2
10/16 International Students - Navigating Grad School in the US 2
10/17 Fighting Nuclear Proliferation with Intelligence 2
10/18 Protest Politics in the Marketplace 2
10/19 Policy Intensive: How the Intelligence Community Works - Sometimes 3
10/22 Office of Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (AD-43) 2
10/23 Davenport Discussion: Fighting Slave Labor in California 2
10/25 First Year Mandatory: Internship Meeting 2
11/1 Coro Public Affairs Fellowship Program Information Session 2
11/6 Dean's Discussion: Into Our Third Decade 2
11/7 Department of Toxic Substances Control (California EPA) 2
11/12 Davenport Discussion: Corruption & Community in the City of Bell 2
11/14 Ask-an-Alum with Elle Wang (MPP '09) 2
11/14 Has Liberalism Failed? 2
11/28 Tagliaferri Dean's Distinguished Lecture: Dennis Prager 2
11/30 Policy Intensive: How the Intelligence Community Works - Sometimes 3

 *This list may not be completely updated. Students should reference the SPP events page for more details about these and other SPP events.*

Deadlines for Submission of Professional Development Credits

  • Incomplete Spring 2018 Term MPP 608: 11:59 PM PT on Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Fall 2018 Term MPP 608: 11:59 PM PT on Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Incomplete Fall 2018 Term MPP 608 (for students applying for 2019 graduation): 11:59 PM PT on Thursday, February 14, 2018
  • Incomplete Fall 2018 Term MPP 608 (for students not applying for 2019 graduation): 11:59 PM PT on Friday, April 12, 2018
  • Spring 2019 Term MPP 608: 11:59 PM on Friday, April 12, 2018 

Non-Compliance Policy

The School of Public Policy commits to providing sufficient opportunities on-campus to satisfy the Professional Development requirement.  It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they are complying with this program requirement. 

Failure to complete eight (8) professional development credits (as communicated by the assistant dean for admission and program relations and via the Procedures) by at least two (2) weeks before the end of the term will result in a grade of incomplete for that term. A grade of incomplete must be completed by the end of the following term or it will become a grade of no credit ("NC") for the course.

Students must successfully complete four (4) terms of MPP 608 in order to complete the MPP program.

Failure to complete all four (4) terms will prevent a student from graduating.

Any questions regarding the Professional Development requirement should be directed to the assistant dean for admission and program relations. If the student has concerns about their ability to complete this requirement during a term, they should consult with the assistant dean for admission and program relations at the beginning of the term (or immediately following a life event that may preclude satisfaction with the requirement) to discuss appropriate arrangements.