Departments and Research Centers

Graduate Career Services

GCS 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 the career planning and the job search process.

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Staff

Claire E. Davidson

Career & Leadership Development Manager, Graduate Career Services & Alumni Relations
Claire Davidson is the career and leadership development manager in the Ford School's Graduate Career Services & Alumni Relations. In this role, she provides career advising for Ford School graduate students, leads workshops, and supports programming…
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Elisabeth A. Johnston

Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
Elisabeth Johnston is the assistant director, alumni relations and joined the Ford School in January 2011 as the alumni relations manager. In this role, she serves as the primary liaison to the Ford School Alumni Board, partners with Graduate Career…
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Jennifer Niggemeier

Director of Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations
As Director, Jennifer is responsible for the overall strategic direction of Graduate Career Services and Alumni Relations and also co-leads the Ford’s School new Leadership Initiative. In her role, Jennifer works closely with graduate students,…
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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…
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Casey M. Sullens

Employer Relations Manager
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…
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Peter Vasher

Associate Director, Graduate Career Services
As Associate Director, Peter works with Ford School students to discover future career paths, navigate their career journey, and develop/enhance professional competencies and skills. He leads workshop development in the office, plans career…

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...

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...
News

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...
News

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-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.  
Career Development

Career Conversation with Eric Beinhart & Gregory Ducot, U.S. Department of Justice

Jan 29, 2020, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EST
Weill Hall Room 3240
Please join us for a Career Talk & Seminar with Eric Beinhart and Gregory Ducot from U.S. Department of Justice in conversation with Associate Professor John Ciorciari, director of Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center about the Practice of International Development.
Ford School

Policy Pitch Competition

Sep 12, 2018, 6:00-7:15 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
Returning Ford School Master's students completing summer internship experiences will have the opportunity to reflect/and pitch their policy impact and skills gained during their summer internship experience to a panel of esteemed judges.

Ford School Reunion

Oct 4-5, 2019, 12:00-6:00 pm EDT
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall
We'll be celebrating this fall! Save the date and join us for the Ford School Reunion!
Ford School

FinTech Career Talk

Nov 6, 2019, 4:00-5:00 pm EST
3240 Weill Hall
Interested in a career in Finance or Technology? Learn More From Professor Adrienne Harris!Adrienne A. Harris is a Professor of the Practice at the University of Michigan, as well as a Gates Foundation Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Finance, Law and Policy at the University. Adrienne also advises fintech companies, incumbent financial institutions, and large venture capital firms. Most recently, Adrienne was the Chief Business Officer and General Counsel a San Francisco-based, insur-tech start-up for which she is now an Advisor. Adrienne was a Special Assistant to President Obama for Economic Policy at the National Economic Council in the Obama White House. She spearheaded the development of the Administration’s fintech strategy, chairing both the Interagency Fintech Working Group and the Administration’s Distributed Ledger Technology Task Force. She came to the White House from the U.S. Department of Treasury where she served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary. Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., Adrienne was an Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, where her practice included representing financial institutions in complex regulatory proceedings and M&A transactions. Adrienne earned her M.B.A. from New York University Stern School of Business with specializations in Economics and Management, her J.D. from Columbia University Law School, and her B.A. from Georgetown University.

Policy Pitch Competition

Sep 17, 2019, 5:30-6:30 pm EDT
Betty Ford Classroom (1110 Weill Hall)
Returning Ford School Master's students completing summer internship experiences will have the opportunity to reflect on their internship experience and celebrate the start of the upcoming school year.

Graduate career services

An overview of services As a professional school, we offer a variety of programs, services, and resources to help students grow and develop in their careers. Students are encouraged to begin working with Graduate Career Services early on to...

Staebler Award

Neil Staebler Distinguished Alumni Service Award The Neil Staebler Distinguished Service Award recognizes a Ford School alumnus or alumna for outstanding professional achievement consistent with Neil Staebler’s dedication to excellence in public...

Resume collections

Graduate Career Services is pleased to provide you with a MPP/MPA electronic resume collection to assist your organization in recruiting top candidates from the Ford School. If you are recruiting for a specific position, please feel free to email...

The Weiser Diplomacy Fellowship

Overview The Weiser Diplomacy Center provides funding to a number of newly-admitted MPP and MPA students to pursue studies focused on international affairs and diplomacy. These fellowships are made possible through the generosity of U-M Regent...

Admitted student activities

Coming up Between now and mid-April, when admissions responses are due, we’re organizing a broad suite of opportunities for you to spend time with members of the Ford School community. Please see below for a schedule of events. In addition,...

Jobs in public policy

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...