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Career Services for MPP Students

The Office of Career Services is here to help you get great jobs and internships.

We encourage you to visit with an advisor regularly. The small MPP class size at the Sanford School allows us to get to know you well, so we can make specific suggestions for your career and connect you with employers and alumni.Graphic of post-grad success rate - 95% of graduates settled in jobs, further education, etc. within 6 months

We are committed to offering individually tailored advising, and the more you visit our office and take advantage of our resources, the more productive your career search will be. We can :

  • help you with general career planning and networking
  • guide your internship and job search
  • review your resume and cover letters.

We use SanfordCareerLink to manage appointments, provide handouts and presentations, and list job and internship opportunities. Register for an account and we’ll approve you right away.

Overview of Services

One-on-One Career Advising

We are experts at individual advising and coaching to help you achieve your career goals. We will work with you to develop a plan, make connections, write great resumes and cover letters, and negotiate your job offers. The small size of the program allows us to dedicate plenty of time to student advising.

Bar graph of topic areas grads take. Most common is consulting, followed by education, international dev, research,healtth, foreigh policy, budget and finance, economic development, business, social policy and otherProfessional Development Boot Camps and Workshop Series

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  • Director of Career Services Donna Dyer advising a student

    Individualized Career Advising

    Donna Dyer, Director of Career Services, reviews an MPP student's resume and provides suggestions on improving it to target specific employers. Photo by Stan Lewis.

Brush up on your professional skills and jump-start your internship search.

Networking Opportunities

  • Alumni Connections - Our alumni love to help students.
  • Practice Interviews - Often with local alumni
  • Winter Career Forum in Washington, D.C. - Two days of panels and site visits with alumni and employers. Get the inside perspective on DC careers.
  • Summer Reception on Capitol Hill
  • NC Networking Opportunities Site visits, employer info sessions, and an evening career forum and reception. North Carolina is a rapidly developing area, particularly in fields related to technology, children, education, poverty, environmental quality, and community development. Your policy interests may be best served by a local internship.

Job/Internship Database, Job Lists, and Resource Books

Browse, read former student internship evaluations, conduct a targeted search, and connect.


A series of handouts our office has created on topics including resumes, cover letters, networking, interviewing, negotiating, and careers in specific sectors.

Internship and Professional Development Funds

We can help fund an unpaid internship or a professional development opportunity, such as an interview or conference.

our interns work in all sectors

Internships and first jobs - most often is Washington, DC, followed by the south.

Please contact us today!

Interns on Instagram

Sanford interns often take over our Instagram channel. Abby Zofchak interned with the U.S. Senate Budget Committee during the summer of 2018.

Images of a student's internship in Washington, DC


The Sanford MPP program staff offers many opportunities for students to network. In the "speed networking" option, MPP candidates meet Sanford alumni living in the Triangle. The fast-paced event allows students tp have eight conversations with people working in a wide range of policy areas.