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Embark: Navigating & Networking for Aspiring Policy Professionals

embark navigating & networking for aspiring policy professionalsAbout a third of public policy undergraduates choose post-graduation jobs in finance and consulting in part because banks and consulting firms recruit earlier in the academic year and are more visible on campus. The Embark program seeks to offer a wider range of options for students.

Embark is a student-driven initiative that helps students navigate and network to find jobs and career paths in policy-related areas (e.g., Public Affairs, Capitol Hill, Advocacy & Lobbying, City Government, etc.). Embark's aim is to connect students to alumni who work in organizations, think tanks or political offices that undergraduates are interested in. Embark also seeks to help create a sense of community among students interested in working in different policy areas.

Embark provides support for public policy majors 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. Embark provides students with strategies and networking opportunities to guide them on a trajectory that is much less defined than the on-campus interviewing job search common for consulting and management training positions.

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    Public Service Job Tips

    Need to connect with people in a specific area or sector to learn about jobs/internships and meet alumni in that sector? Where are the best targeted job boards and other websites that can help you find your first job after Duke? Are there best practices for connecting with Duke/Sanford alumni? Explore the website Job Ideas in Policy, Advocacy and Politics from Sanford's Career Services.

young woman smiling“It is extremely important to share our experiences because a job or opportunity may seem out of reach until you see someone in that role who looks like you.”  -Jasmin Palomares, PPS'17, Legislative Aide, US Sen Kirsten Gillibrand.


Embark is open to all Duke students, even those who are not majoring in public policy. Embark is a partnership between the Duke Sanford Career Services and the Duke Career Center. The partnership makes it possible to reach a broader audience of students and to incorporate concrete job-seeking skills into events.

Riley PfaffThrough Embark, I learned how to find policy-related jobs that mattered to me and gained the skills and confidence to navigate a job search that is less structured than going through recruiting for positions in consulting or finance. - Riley Pfaff, PPS'20

Alumni Needed

We are always looking for alumni to help with the program! Bring your advice about job hunting to campus in a small, group setting.