Public Policy has long been one of the most popular majors at Duke for good reason. It's flexible. There are many ways to be successful after choosing to major in Public Policy.
The Sanford School of Public Policy Career Services office conducted an analysis of the first steps taken by students who graduated from the Sanford School between 2017 and 2020. Here are the results:
What sector do Public Policy graduates work in?
- Top employer, private sector: Accenture
- Top employer, non-profit sector: RTI International
- Most common graduate school Harvard Law School.
- Top employer, public sector: US House of Representatives
* Data represents jobs gained post-graduation.
What fields do Public Policy graduates work in?
Note: Percentages are out of total students with known information.
What kinds of consulting do Public Policy majors do?
|Freedman Consulting||Bates White|
|Change Matrix||The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development|
|Freedman Consulting||Bain & Company|
|Public Consulting Group||McKinsey & Company|
Healthcare & Hospitals
|Triage Consulting Group|
|Ivy Research Council|
For Public Policy majors who go into the nonprofit sector, what field do they go into?
Interested in Public Service?
The Sanford Embark program is a student-driven initiative that provides support for undergraduates who are interested in public service careers after graduation but are not sure how to approach the job search or what kinds of entry-level policy jobs they are equipped for.
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