Graduate Career Services

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As a professional school, the Ford School places a high priority on the career development of students. The Graduate Career Services Office is staffed with two full-time career counselors who work closely with MPP and MPA students. We also work with a wide range of employers to develop and enhance recruiting relationships with organizations in the US and abroad. Employer outreach efforts are conducted with peer institutions in the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) as well as specifically for the Ford School.

Overview of Services

Graduate Career Services offers a variety of programs, services, and resources to assist students in exploring careers and securing internships and full-time positions. Ford School graduates are actively recruited not only by employers at all levels of government, but also by financial institutions, think tanks/research institutions, international agencies, the private sector, and non-profit organizations. Graduate Career Services helps students connect with these employers by posting job openings, arranging resume collections and on-campus interview opportunities, connecting students with alumni across fields, and actively engaging in outreach to employers in the US and abroad.

Graduate Career Services staff also assists Ford School students in clarifying their interests and values, exploring career options, and developing successful job search strategies for securing internships and full-time positions. Programs and services available through the Ford School include:

Individual Career Counseling

The Graduate Career Services staff is available to work with each student to develop career plans and job search strategies. We can help you clarify your goals, explore career options available with your degree, and map out a plan of action for identifying and securing internships and jobs. We also assist you in evaluating and negotiating your offers. Students are encouraged to begin working with Graduate Career Services early on to create a professional and academic plan to develop the skills and experiences needed for your future career.

Ford School eRecruiting

Job and internship postings are forwarded to the Ford School from a wide range of national and international employers. Students and alumni can access part-time, internship, and full-time job openings via Ford School eRecruiting, a web-based recruiting system. Search features enable you to view job postings that match your individual qualifications and interests.

On-Campus Recruiting

Throughout the year, organizations interested in Ford School students visit campus to present information sessions and conduct interviews for both full-time and internship positions. These on-campus visits allow students to connect face-to-face with employers interested in the skills of public policy students. In addition, students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to connect with employers through the University's central Career Center external link.

Ford School Alumni Connections

Ford School alums are one of the best resources for assistance with “real-world” career information, leads to internships and jobs, and mentoring advice. Many alumni return to Ann Arbor to share their expertise with current students. Others assist by funding unpaid internships, and informing the Ford School of internship and job opportunities within their organizations.

Each year, the School organizes a winter semester trip to Washington, D.C., which includes a student-alumni networking reception and presentations by Ford School alumni in their workplaces. Alumni receptions are also held in conjunction with the annual Ford School Fall Alumni Board meeting and the annual conference of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). Alumni are also available by phone or e-mail to assist students in exploring careers and to serve as important networking contacts.

Career Programs & Workshops

Graduate Career Services provides career development programs aimed at exploring careers and developing skills students can use in their internship/job search and throughout their professional careers. These include resume-writing and cover letter workshops, brown-bag luncheons with Ford School alumni, and employer information sessions to acquaint students with their organizations and to discuss career paths and job possibilities. Students can access a list of upcoming programs and events via the eRecruiting calendar.

Career Resource Library

The Career Resources Library has a wealth of information to assist students in learning about policy careers. Our print resources include policy area and location-specific directories, employer recruiting literature, and general job search and interviewing guides as well as other print resources to assist you in your career exploration and decision-making. The library also provides application materials for fellowships and post-graduate internship programs such as the Presidential Management Fellows Program. Publications and job bulletins such as International Employment Weekly are also available. In addition to our print resources, a computer, printer, telephone and fax are provided for students to contact employers and conduct their job or internship search activities.