Preparing Students for Professional Success
Strategic analyst. Elected official. Executive director of a nonprofit. Health policy researcher. Community planner. Legislative aide. International policy specialist.
These are just a few examples of the positions filled by alumni of School of Public Policy & Administration (SPPA) graduate programs. Whatever your professional aspirations, we provide tools, support, and many opportunities for practical skill development to help you pursue your dreams once you graduate.
SPPA works with the University of Delaware Career Services Center (CSC)
to provide critical skill development opportunities and employment
search tools. When you graduate with a SPPA degree, you are armed with a
world-class education and skillsets that prepare you to be an asset in all types of organizations, and we want to make sure that
your future employer will see your potential for success.
Together with the CSC, we offer many career services events and resources, including:
- Career counseling – one-on-one counseling with our CSC liaison
- Job search and application workshops just for SPPA students – resume building, networking, effective use of LinkedIn, and more
- Employer networking nights – nonprofit and governmental organization leaders network with our graduate students
- Employer panels – an opportunity to get your questions answered by the people who might hire you after you graduate
- UD in D.C. – a networking opportunity with Washington, D.C.-based employers
- Employer relations – outreach to employers that are of interest to current students
- Job search resources – including subscriptions to Opportunities in Public Affairs and CareerShift
- Career fairs on campus
For career counseling or professional
development and employment search resources, go to the Handshake website and click on the appointment tab and then select the Government, Law, Policy, and Nonprofit Career Community.
One of the hallmarks of your education in SPPA is our emphasis on experiential learning–we
weave opportunities to get hands-on, real-world experience into the
fabric of our graduate programs. We believe that our students need to be
equipped with first-hand, practical knowledge of how theories work in
actual organizations to be successful once they graduate. This
is achieved in a variety of ways, including through our graduate research assistantships in research and public service centers.
We also emphasize the importance of internships
and help guide our students through the process of securing meaningful, valuable internship
opportunities at various government offices at the local, state, and federal levels,
nonprofits and NGOs, and sometimes in international organizations.
faculty and staff have a large network of professional connections, and
we leverage that network to help our students get the real-world experience needed
to build their professional skills. We are also often able to help graduates secure interviews at organizations where we have connections and contacts.
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