Career Programs

The Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations sponsors dozens of trainings, workshops, employer information sessions and career panels each academic year.  Participation in these programs enables students to explore career options, develop professional skill sets and network with potential employers.    

Some highlights of our career programs include:

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Information Session and Assessment Training

The PMF program attracts some of the most talented students to the federal workforce each year. Through an extremely competitive process, PMF finalists receive an initial two-year appointment and eligibility for conversion to a permanent government position and further promotional opportunities.  Maryland School of Public Policy students receive PMF appointments every year. The Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations helps students in the PMF application and selection process by offering:

  • Fall orientation to the application and selection process
  • Full day assessment training workshop
  • Intensive behavioral interview preparation
  • Maryland School of Public Policy PMF Alumni Network

Professional Development Series

Each semester, the Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations coordinates a series of workshops that help current students gain a competitive edge when searching for internships and jobs. Traditional topics include resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, job searching and networking.  Additional programs address leveraging social media in the job search, demystifying the security clearance process and navigating the Federal Government’s Pathways hiring program.

Employer Information Sessions

Employers from across all sectors regularly visit the School of Public Policy to engage and recruit students.  These information sessions expose students to the many career fields available to them and the differing employment opportunities that result from their degree.

Public Policy Panels

Washington, D.C. area policy professionals and  School of Public Policy alumni visit campus regularly each semester to share helpful information about their professional experiences and provide insight into critical public policy issues and trends.  Panelists also provide guidance on preparing for internship and job searches in today’s markets and taking advantage of important academic and experiential learning opportunities.