About the search for post-graduation employment
Graduate Career Services staff work closely with Ford School master's students and PhD students pursuing non-academic careers to clarify career goals, identify opportunities, and create an individual action plan for their job search.
The career paths of our alumni and the range of employers recruiting at Ford reflect the versatility and transferability of the MPP/MPA across sectors. The required MPP internship and applied approach of all degree programs prepares students with a tool kit of skills eagerly sought by employers and the knowledge to effectively conduct a job search.
Through career information, connections, strategy, and support, Graduate Career Services helps job seekers to clarify career goals, identify and connect with relevant employers, and communicate the value-add of their Ford School knowledge and skills to key policy employers around the world.
Ford School students identify and secure full-time positions through many sources: jobs posted on the Ford School's FordCareers system, on-campus employers, campus-wide recruiting efforts, internship employers, faculty and alumni connections, policy job boards, and through their own personal and professional networks.
In addition to individual career advising appointments, each year we offer programs specifically designed for full-time job seekers. These programs cover a variety of topics, including the Presidential Management Fellowship Program, preparation for case- and behavioral-based interviews, salary negotiations, and more. In the spring, we lead a job group for soon-to-be grads to talk through job search strategies and goals.
We also help facilitate mock interviews, some with our GCS staff and others with experienced professionals from among our alumni base. We have a group of highly engaged alumni who received help while they were students, and in turn want to pay it forward; more than 60 percent of our on-campus employers have an alumni connection.
We actively engage our alumni and other employers in the U.S. and abroad to build professional connections with the Ford School. As a result, we have an extensive network of agencies and organizations eager to recruit Ford School graduates to full-time positions.
Employers recruiting at the Ford School
The reputation of U-M academic programs attracts employers to campus through many avenues. Some recruit specifically at the Ford School, others recruit through U-M’s central Career Center and campus-wide job fairs.