Professional Development

Students desiring help in securing professional opportunities should consult with the M.P.A. faculty, all of whom have established good working relationships with local governments, state agencies and nonprofit organizations. The M.P.A. program encourages the development of a portfolio.

Additionally, numerous public employment job listings and announcements from a number of sources are available to aid the student.

There are a number of post-graduate internships with large cities (e.g., Kansas City, Phoenix, Long Beach, Miami), the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows Program, and opportunities with private and nonprofit organizations. Finally, important resources are professionals in the field such as alumni, or professionals you meet becoming a member in an appropriate organization.

Likewise, the School of Law has a career services office that can assist students with employment and career opportunities.


Pre-service students are highly encouraged to take advantage of the internship opportunity. Internships may vary from one (1) to six (6) hours. They can be taken in any part of the state, or with an agency or organization with which the student seeks to develop his/her career interests or expertise. At the conclusion of the internship, the student submits an analytical paper evaluating a problem/issue encountered during the internship. The length of the paper is commensurate with the hours taken.