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Career Services

Career Services provides students with information about the variety of career choices available with a policy degree, connects students and policy employers, assists students in creating an individual strategy for their career goals, and offers support through career planning and the job search

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Eric Coughlin

Administrative Assistant, Career Services
Eric Coughlin is the administrative assistant in the Ford School's Office of Graduate Career Services…

Emma Frazier

Assistant Director, Graduate Career Services
Emma Frazier is the assistant director of graduate career services at the Ford School, where she leads programming, support, and advising for graduate students. Prior to joining the Ford School, Emma held multiple roles at the University of Michigan…

May Skelton

Career Development Specialist
May Skelton is the career development specialist in the Ford School's Office of Graduate Career Services & Alumni Relations. As career development specialist, May helps Ford School students to navigate their career journeys, reflect on their…

Casey M. Sullens

Assistant Director, Employer Relations
As a member of the Ford School Graduate Career Services Team, Casey works to develop, cultivate, and manage relationships and recruitment activities with government agencies, international organizations, non-profits, and the private sector to benefit…

Gail Tien

Assistant Director, Undergraduate Career Services

Peter Vasher

Director of Career Services
As director, Peter works with Ford School students to discover future career paths, navigate their career journey, and develop/enhance professional competencies and skills.

Careers in public policy

A world of possibilities Ford School graduates understand the facts. They communicate clearly. They make ethical, principled decisions. They lead for positive change in our communities and nations. Our world is in urgent need of those...

Admitted student activities

There are a variety of opportunities for you to spend time with and get to know members of the Ford School community. Visit us in Ann Arbor for Spring Preview Day, have coffee with our alumni, connect with current students, and attend our Future...

For employers

The Ford School prepares outstanding public leaders, and connects them with influential organizations that help solve the world’s most urgent and complex challenges. We can help you navigate the recruiting process, increase your presence on the...

Policy Pitch Competition brings summer internships to life

Sep 21, 2023
A packed Annenberg Auditorium was on edge as 14 BA and MPP students gave enthusiastic renderings of “What I did with my summer” at the 6th Annual Policy Pitch Competition, hosted by Ford School Career Services. They were each given just three...

2022 Riecker Michigan Delegation Fellows named

Jan 13, 2022
The 2022 winter semester will look a little bit different for two second-year Ford School graduate students. Bethany Haddad (MPP ‘22) and Kate Randall (MPP ‘22), were selected from a very competitive pool of applicants for the prestigious Riecker...

January Career Expo taps Ford School’s global community

Jan 29, 2021
Finding opportunity among the continued challenges of the coronavirus, the Ford School’s traditional career trip to Washington, DC took on a new and expanded approach this year in the form of a three-day virtual January Graduate Student Career Expo...

A Q&A with Iqra Nasir, 2020 Riecker Fellow

Oct 8, 2020
Iqra Nasir (MPP/MS ‘21) was selected as one of the two 2020 Riecker Michigan Delegation Fellows. Named for Margaret (Ranny) Riecker, a longtime friend and generous benefactor of the Ford School, this fellowship sends competitively selected graduate...

Alumni Coffee Hour with Brian Wesolowski (MPA, '13)

Sep 18, 2023, 10:00-11:00 am EDT
Room 3240, Weill Hall
The Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, in partnership with Career Services, is excited to welcome Brian Wesolowski (MPA, '13,) Senior Public Affairs Manager for Microsoft. Brian will gather with students to share his experiences about his career in lobbying and public relations in tech.

Weiser Diplomacy Fellows alumni experiences

Feb 20, 2023, 11:30 am-12:45 pm EST
3240 Weill Hall
The Weiser Diplomacy Center, Career Services, and Development and Alumni Relations are offering sessions during the winter '23 semester for you to engage with alumni who are working abroad/have worked abroad and/or work on a variety of international policy issues. 
Career Development

Career development expo: Learn, explore, develop

Feb 1, 2023, 12:00-1:00 pm EST
Feb 3, 2023, 9:00-10:00 am EST
Feb 6, 2023, 12:00-1:00 pm EST
Hybrid (see details)
The career development expo offers opportunities for career exploration and alumni engagement through a series of virtual career programs that participants can attend either remotely or in-person in Weill Hall.

5th annual Ford School Policy Pitch Competition

Sep 6, 2022, 6:00-8:00 pm EDT
Virtual & in person (1120 Weill Hall)
Students who have just completed internships will deliver 3-4 minute pitches to highlight their internship experience, policy impact, key deliverables gained, and compete for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Audience Student Prize.
Career Development

Graduate student career expo

Feb 3, 2022, 6:00-8:00 pm EST
Feb 4, 2022, 9:00 am-3:00 pm EST
Virtual & hybrid
The graduate student career expo offers opportunities for career exploration and alumni engagement through a series of virtual career programs that participants can attend either remotely or in-person in Weill Hall.

Careers in public policy

Dec 14, 2021, 12:00 pm EST
With professional, personalized career services and a powerful, deeply committed alumni network, the Ford School helps students achieve their career goals.

Tools for influence and action

Nov 15, 2021, 12:00 pm EST
Learn about opportunities to practice social science research and quantitative analysis skills in and out of the classroom and how they provide a toolbox of research, analytical, and management skills that are highly transferable across sectors and issue areas.

Alumni-in-Residence student conversation with Penny Naas (MPP '93)

Sep 23, 2021, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT
3240 Weill Hall
Graduate Career Services and the Weiser Diplomacy Center invite Ford School graduate and undergraduate students to an Alumni-in-Residence conversation with UPS President for International Public Affairs and Sustainability, Penelope Naas. 
Career Development

Alumni in Residence conversation with Lesley Miller

Mar 25, 2021, 8:00-9:00 pm EDT
Join us for the Alumni in Residence conversation with Lesley Miller (MPP/MBA '93) Deputy Representative of UNICEF in Viet Nam, focusing on advancing the rights and well-being of the most disadvantaged children and adolescents.

Alumni in Residence conversation with Nicole Shepardson

Feb 22, 2021, 12:00-12:50 pm EST
Join us for the Alumni in Residence conversation with Nicole Shepardson (MPP '01), policy team leader and senior protection policy officer in the Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration at the U.S. Department of State.