About the search for post-graduation employment

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.

We help students 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.

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.

Federal

  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System - Washington, DC
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Washington, DC
  • Environment Protection Agency, Office of Water and Watersheds - Seattle, WA
  • Internal Revenue Service, Program Evaluation and Risk Analysis - Washington, DC
  • U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau for Global Health
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office - Washington, D.C
  • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration - Washington, DC

State

  • California Legislative Analyst's Office - Sacramento, CA
  • State of Michigan, Governor's Office - Lansing MI
  • State of Oregon - Salem, OR
  • Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau, Program Evaluation - Madison, WA
Post grad plans by sector

Outcomes

Jobs at the federal, state, and local levels

Five-year view of employment outcomes of recent grads, 2015-19.

Local

  • Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability - Chicago, IL
  • City of Detroit, Department of Innovation & Technology - Detroit, MI
  • City of New York Consumer Affairs, Financial Empowerment - New York, NY
  • City of Seattle, Office of Civil Rights and Labor Standards - Seattle, WA
  • DC Office of State Superintendent of Education - Washington, DC
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Policy & Government Affairs - San Francisco, CA

International Organizations

  • The World Bank - Washington, DC
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - Geneva, Switzerland
  • United Nations Environment Programme - Quito, Ecuador
  • World Food Programme - Maputo, Mozambique

Non-Profit Organizations

  • Annie E. Casey Foundation, Office of Strategic Initiatives - Baltimore, MD
  • Center for American Progress - Washington, DC
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Strategy and Policy Office - Lansing, MI
  • PYXERA Global - Washington, DC
  • The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab - Cambridge, MA
  • The Urban Institute, Justice Policy Center - Washington, DC
  • UChicago Urban Labs - Chicago, IL
  • Vera Institute of Justice - New York, NY

Consulting

  • Accenture - Arlington, VA
  • Booz Allen Hamilton - Washington, DC
  • Deloitte, Government & Public Services - Chicago, IL
  • Guidehouse - Detroit, MI
  • LMI, Implementation Practice - Tysons, VA
  • McKinsey and Company - Chicago, IL
Post-grad plans by sector

Outcomes

Jobs in the not-for-profit, private, and consulting sectors

Five-year view of employment outcomes of recent grads, 2015-19.

Private

  • Abt Associate, Social and Economic Policy Division
  • Acccumen, LLC - Washington DC
  • Bird - Los Angeles, CA
  • Element AI - Montreal, Canada
  • General Motors - Detroit, MI
  • Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. - Ann Arbor, MI
  • Vysnova Partners - Washington, DC

Download list of post-graduation plans for the class of 2019.

Download list of post-graduation plans for the class of 2018.

Download list of post-graduation plans for the class of 2017.

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